2) Food tastings allow you to better understand the catering package of your choice.
Wedding caterers can only do so much to customize your menu. Nevertheless, if you opt to choose from the packages, these are already inclusive of standard menu and amenities. Caterers themselves want clients to choose a package first before the food tasting and booking, so there will be no need to prepare foods that the client will not sample.
The standard menu is 2-4 appetizers, 1-2 salads, 1-2 pork or beef dishes, 1 chicken dish, 1 veggie dish and 1-2 desserts–although these may vary depending on the provider. There are caterers who serve only the planned menu based on the pre-chosen package.
Furthermore, food tastings give you a real feel of what’s to expect on your wedding day including how the buffet table and individual tables will be set up. You’d also know how the food will be presented to you and the guests from skirting to centerpieces to dinnerware, flatware, and glassware.
Eventually, you may decide whether to pursue your chosen package initially or replace an inclusion or two from another package. This is how caterers customize a wedding package to suit the needs and preferences of the clients. Through this, the package will include only those that the to-be-weds will like to see and eat on their wedding day.
For one, you will be able to sample the dishes from the hors d’oeuvres to desserts which will be specifically prepared for your wedding. In some instances, the caterer of your choice will let you meet the chef behind the dishes. He or she will have a better idea of your taste preferences such as whether the main course is too bland, too salty, or too sauce-y for you.
While at it, you must tell the caterer or the chef the truth. Food tastings are the perfect venue to express how you are feeling and air concerns about the food including dietary specifications for the folks, children, and vegetarians, for example. The catering provider would love to hear feedback beforehand so that they can make adjustments rather than hearing complaints on the wedding day itself.
Adjustments are necessary especially if you know who among your guests are allergic to what and which ingredient. The chef may also recommend specific dishes more so if you have a particular food theme in mind. Chefs are more than willing to share what they know and contribute to the success of your wedding like every should be. As such, food tastings often lead to creating the final menu.
It is not just about the different dishes on the table, but the quality of such and of every ingredient that goes into the dish. Salads must be fresh. Vegetables should not be soggy and brightly colored. Baked breads should be soft and chewy. Cheeses must be moist. In particular, how well-prepared the dishes served during the food tasting is an indicator of the caterer’s attention to detail or lack thereof. Not to mention, caterers have very different interpretations of various cuisines.