Most wedding caterers offer a tasting of menu options for the couple that is included in the price of catering the wedding. This tasting is a great opportunity to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it for your big day.
1. Know what you’re looking for.
Go in with either an exact menu in mind (this is what you envision as your finished product for the event) or maybe a few big ticket items you are deciding between. You do not want to waste time tasting items you know you don’t want on your menu.
This is your wedding! Don’t be afraid to say what you want. Communicate clearly what you want to taste, communicate when you don’t want something, and also be sure to clearly communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions before your tasting.
3. Enjoy the experience!
Taste the food while it is hot and in the order the chef wants things to flow, have a nice conversation, and maybe even a glass of wine. Food tastes different based on our moods and you want it to taste like it will taste on your wonderfully exciting big day!
4. Take notes and be specific about your preferences.
If something is too salty, or if you would like your meat cooked differently – write it down, then tell the chef at the end. They can change things if you tell them, but everyone tastes and enjoys food differently, and they can’t make your meal perfect if you do not communicate. Let them know your preferences and they should adjust accordingly.
5. Talk about logistics.
Remember you are sitting with experts, so if there are any logistics you are worried about regarding how the food will be served on the big day, bring it up! The sooner your wedding caterer knows about potential planning problems, the better.
6. Trust your caterer.
Remember that they do this for a living! Exchange some stories and have a little fun with the people you just hired. If you get to know them, you will feel more comfortable, they will feel more comfortable, and everything will go more smoothly.