Wedding Catering: How the Tasting Process Actually Works

The food tasting may be one of the most delicious tasks to tackle when it comes to wedding planning, but don’t wait until the last minute! You should give yourself enough time for a second tasting, in case any dishes are less than satisfactory.

Keep in mind that tastings are typically included as part of the catering fee. If you are working with an in-house caterer, make sure that the catering manager is present for your tasting.

A formal dinner reception usually includes three courses: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Try to choose dishes that will appeal to your guests but not overwhelm them. Your first focus should be on the main meal, then hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and the dessert.

Listen to your taste buds, but don’t forget to also pay attention to these details:

  1. How is the plate presentation for each dish? Take a photo of each course.
  2. Check portion size of each dish. Is what you see now what your guests are going to see on their plate at the reception?
  3. How is the taste? Is it bland? Is it seasoned well? Does it need less spice?
  4. How much time is needed to serve each plate? This will help you plan a timeline of your dinner reception.
  5. Speak up! This is the time to ask any and all questions to your caterer, and request any menu alternatives.

Featured Cover Image: Elle Jae Photography

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