(Closed) Trying out caterers before choosing venue

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
7892 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Wow, that’s an expensive tasting fee! I wouldn’t pay that either if I wasn’t sure I was going with them. Will they apply the tasting fee to the catering cost if you choose them? That might be a little more forgivable. Sometimes caterers have samples of their food at bridal expos too. 

Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I would see if there’s any bridal shows/venue open houses that any of the caterers will be going to before you need to decide.  That would give you a chance to taste the food first!

I agree with PP $150pp for a TASTING is ridiculous, and in my opinion a bad business practice.  I do not think that is standard, so you may have more luck with the other vendors.  A fee is normal, $300 is not.

Post # 4
1443 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

hmm, that sounds a lot for a tasting. We didn’t commit to our venue until we tried out their caterer, but luckily their caterer is also a restaurant! maybe you could see if any of their caterers are attached to restaurants or cater any events open to the public?

Post # 5
47449 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would ask the caterer if their are any events they are catering that are open to the public. You could make it a date night if they are doing a charity event or as the pp suggested a bridal fair etc.

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