(Closed) unable to taste caterer

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t know.  It seems strange to me that the food is ‘so unique’ that they can’t make it in advance.  I had a tasting for my location, maybe someone else will have more info about not having a tasting.

Post # 4
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Have you ever tasted this person’s food?  Have any of your friends?  Do the alternative caterers offer tastings?  

 

I’d be afraid to hire a caterer if I or my friends or family have never tasted their food, but if you have limited options you might need to do so.

Post # 5
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1757 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our venue has an exclusive caterer, so we didn’t get a choice when it came to which company to use. However, before finalizing our menu, we’re most decidedly going to try their food and figure out what we prefer. I’d be uncomfortable paying someone a bunch of money to provide food at my wedding if they weren’t willing/able to let me try it in advance.

Post # 6
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1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We didn’t try the specific wedding food (it’s specially made and seasonal), but we had sandwiches at our caterer’s cafe and they were amazing. So, ask if you can try something! Or ask if they go to bridal shows – our caterer was at the one I went to and was serving appetizers. Otherwise don’t do it unless you have to or get great recs from someone reliable.

Post # 7
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1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would never use any food vendor who cannot or will not offer a tasting before you book them. Otherwise you’re setting yourself up for disaster and if the food turns out terrible, there’s nothing you can do at that point.

Are there any restaurants where you live that you enjoy eating at? Ask them if they offer catering (most do with no problem for a fraction of the price of a regular wedding caterer for the same amount of food). That way, you already know what the food is like and you will save a ton of money in the process.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I would never hire a vendor whose service I could not evaluate in advance.  Food is such a huge thing at a wedding, so you want it to be good.  It worries me that the catering company is unwillling to do a tasting, even if it is just something simple to prove that they can cook.  I would consider your other options.  If you really want to go with this company, see if they can provide you references that you can contact to see how their events went.

Post # 9
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2196 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

Am I really the only one whose mind went straight to the gutter when they saw, “unable to taste caterer”  instead of like “unable to taste caterer‘s food“?

As for the original question, I would be really worried that they say it’s “so unique” that they can’t make any in advance.  That doesn’t just leave me with no confidence in them, it sounds super-sketchy.  I would never ever hire someone if I had no idea what their product was like.  I would keep looking.

Post # 10
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605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our caterer offered a paid tasting if we wanted to try our exact menu or a free tasting if we wanted to try the food he was making for another wedding. We went with the latter option (which had a couple of overlapping items and a couple of others we decided to include because they were so good). Maybe you can ask to try food your caterer is making for another wedding. If he still won’t let you, I agree that’s a bit weird. You’ll be paying big money for a complete unknown product. Can you at least speak with other clients to hear about their experiences with this caterer?

Post # 11
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1465 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The only thing about asking other people for their opinions is that not everyone has the same tastes or expectations. What they may like and find normal, you may not and vice versa. Which is why you need to get a tasting yourself or else move on to someone else asap.

Post # 12
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126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Being from a town of 900 (yes, 900) we have no caterers in my town. A friend of my mothers is my caterer, and I have no hesitation hiring her. I trust her.

As long as you have  a good feeling about it, go with it. If you are a little iffy, then ask for a sample of SOMETHING. They should accomodate, even if it is coming to their place for supper (which, yes, I have done. Hick…what can I say?)

Post # 13
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74 posts
Worker bee

Vegan, my mind went to the gutter too!

I’d be very hesitant to book with them if you can’t taste anything… at least look around at other caterers and see if you have any better options.

Post # 14
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333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We were originally planning a wedding at a venue that didn’t do tastings for the catering, and actually went with another place entirely.  I would never rely on sight unseen (or taste untasted) for something as critical as the food.  If it’s bad, it’s all people will remember! Or at least that was my fear.  If it’s so unique and individual, you might not get to try the exact wedding meal, but you should be able to try something.  However, I think the caterer should be willing to make up a mock wedding meal for you to taste.  After all, if it’s so unique and custom made, I would think he would want to make sure it’s what you’re looking for!

Post # 16
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397 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our venue actually functions as a restaurant during the week, so it has an exclusive caterer, but they still let us try the food.  That is pretty odd… have you read any reviews about the food?

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