Post # 1
Has anyone ever been hit with a “tasting fee” after deciding to go another caterer? I sampled two different caterers before deciding and when I politely let one down they told me I had to pay a $250 tasting fee since we chose another company. I never signed anything or agreed to that at all, I wouldn’t have gone for that much! Anyone deal with this in the Cincinnati area?
Post # 3
Never, never heard of this before.
Post # 4
Unless you had agreed with them in advance that either 1 – you were going to book them and the tasting was just a formality or 2 – that you were going to pay for the tasting if you didn’t book them, then that is totally unenforceable.
Post # 6
@carleymo: I know that if we went with a tasting before signing with the caterer we would have to pay, the fee would be credited on signing.
Did you get a quote from the caterer? It’s probably in there.
Post # 7
@carleymo: I haven’t dealt with anything like that, but that sounds legally unenforceable.
Post # 8
We had a quote but nowhere did it say tasting fee. It was never discussed and I would never have done it if I knew the cost. i scanned over all emails and documents and there was not one dollar sign mentioned.
Post # 9
I’ve heard of tasting fees but they should have been up front about it. I don’t think they can charge you now.
Post # 10
@carleymo: If it’s not mentioned in your quote or any other document/email you received from them, you are under no obligation to pay anything.
Post # 11
I hope you haven’t paid them and DONT. If they didn’t disclose that then they can’t enforce it you owe them nothing.
Post # 12
Sounds like they’re trying to extort you. They wouldn’t see a bent penny from me, but they would see an honest review on The Knot and Wedding Wire!!!
Post # 13
do not pay that. do you have the quote on hand to reference? even if it mentions the fee, unless you signed it like a contract, you have no obligation.
Post # 13
carleymo: tell them to kick rocks in flip flops, but in a nicer way, of course!