Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Mountain Terrace, Woodside, CA
This weekend we’re going to a tasting at our ceremony/reception site. It’s early, being still over a year until our wedding, but it’s something we can easily cross off the list, and our taste in food isn’t likely to change between now and then.
We’re going to be using the onsite caterer, since the price is right and they have a large selection to choose from. However, they only do group tastings 4 times a year, with a pre-set menu of food off their list. Ultimately, we get to choose 4 passed appetizers (from a list of about 35 choices) and 2 entrees (from a list of about 20 choices), along with the standard sides and veggies.
I’m excited to get to taste the quality of the food and see how it’s presented, but I’m also a little nervous to have to make our dinner selections off of such a big list, when we may or may not get to actually try the items first. Has anyone else had a similar situation? Did you pick the items you got to try, since you knew what they would be like at your wedding reception, or were you brave enough to select items you’d never seen/tasted?
Post # 3
We got to pick our own menu for our tasting, which was really nice. (It’s next week). I think if I was in your situation I would just try to get a general feel for how they prepare fish, veggie, beef, chicken. For apps, I would try to pick one of each type of food and proabably a fish or a beef.
You might also try and go there for dinner one time to try out other menu options if you don’t feel like you can get a good feel for the food from the tasting.
Mmm I am hungry!
Post # 4
We had the exact same situation. There was a list of appetizers, salads and entrees to choose from but we could only choose 4 appetizers, 2 salads, etc. Plus we had to pay for it!! It was pricey ($100!) so I was careful of choosing the food. But I didn’t know how the food would taste like so I just chose what I thought sounded good. Well the foods that I picked weren’t that great. My fiance and I were really disappointed and told our event coordinator this and she offered us another tasting for free but I didn’t want to go back there again (2 hour drive). So I just asked her what were the top choices that previous guests enjoyed and she told me, so I picked the ones she suggested. I say ask the coordinator or the caterer the same question and go from there. Unless you ate there before you have no idea how the food taste like. Good luck!!
Post # 5
Do they do the same menu every time? If you have a whole year, you could attend other tastings and try different things. You could make an informed decision about the general quality of the food, and use that to decide to book them or not. But specifics about which meals could be worked out later, after multiple tastings. I’m not sure if they would allow you to go to multiple tastings, but it’s worth a try!