Food For Thought

Simon's caterer won't allow a taste-testing before the wedding.

by Simon Prentice

I mentioned in an earlier post how easy it was to pick our caterer. We had limited options as our venue was exclusive to three caterers. Within these choices, one was too expensive, one offered barbeque food and we had heard good reviews of the other one. Not a tough decision really.

We met with the caterer and she was very much on the same page as us in terms of style of food and flavours. This was very important to us as we love our food and can think of nothing more embarrassing than serving up bad food at our wedding. We chose a Mediterranean theme which ties in with the feeling of the venue. Some particularly exciting exerts from the menu include:

•    Crouton with pea puree, chargrilled lamb fillet and red capsicum mayonnaise
•    Golden kumara, red capsicum, feta, onion, chorizo and thyme frittata
•    Chicken thigh stuffed with bacon, onion, thyme, cranberries, orange and rice, wrapped with prosciutto and baked

Diary of a Groom: Food for Thought

Great, all of the ideas have come together to create a cohesive menu! Very exciting.

“So when can we have a tasting to make sure that we have chosen wisely?” The quick reply from our caterer was, “I’m sorry, but I don’t do tastings. I have been in the catering business for 30 years and it is my job to make sure that the food is amazing.” Erm… while that may be… we have not tasted your food, and this doesn’t really fill me with much confidence. I can go blindly into the music, but the food? How arrogant can one human being be? We left with our tail between our legs feeling like we had been told off for questioning the caterer’s greatness. How dare we?

After reflecting on this situation for a couple of months, we recently decided to approach the subject again with the caterer. We are spending the biggest portion of our wedding budget on food and feel like that cost should include a taster of at least some of the food for our big day! We were met again with the same resistance and now she has also added that December is one of her busiest times and she is far too busy to spend five minutes with us to have a tasting. Surely if that’s your busiest time, you’ll be cooking some of the same foods anyway, and you still can’t spare one sliver and a just a few minutes with us?
What is the big mystery? Is she like The Great Oz from the Wizard of Oz? All showmanship with no substance? Or perhaps she just considers herself an artist who shouldn’t have to prove herself to anyone? Either way, it doesn’t inspire confidence and I can guarantee that we will be nervous on the day!

Are we asking for too much? Has anyone else faced this same situation? How did it work out for you?

by Simon Prentice


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  1. While I havent been in this situation a way around trying the caterers food might be to ask them for details of past clients who would be ok if you spoke to them ? most businesses ask for some kind of referral statement or info after events to put on their websites so while I agree its a bit “snooty” of them if they are your only option for your venue and you have booked it or its to late to change your mind, this might ease your minds.

  2. It is not just a half hour of her time she has to cook it first and that would be at least an hour so dont be smart arsed yes I agree that you should have a tast so ask her when she will be doing this menu before your wedding and can you come by and have a taste then, you dont get a tatse test before you go to a restaurant but surely a caterer could arrange a tasting night for prospective customers together.

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