Food Tasting: Why You Should Attend One | Saphire Event Group

Once you have selected the perfect wedding venue, you will begin planning all the other details of your big day. From dress shopping to invitations, deciding on your wedding colors and theme, there is so much to accomplish. One of the most exciting and perhaps lesser known parts of the wedding planning process is the food tasting. Your tasting is essentially a date night where you and your fiancé are able to sit back, relax, and sample various food options offered by your venue.

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Food Tasting

There are various different types of food tastings your venue may offer. The most common two being a private tasting and a group tasting. A private tasting is when you and your fiancé have an appointment to sample the food. During a private tasting, you are usually able to select the entrees you will be sampling ahead of time. If you have very specific menu options you would like to try, this might be a good option for you.

A group tasting is where multiple couples come on the same evening to sample the food. This type of food tasting operates more like a wedding and will usually have a menu chosen by the venue based on the popularity of certain items. There is a much larger variety of food served at a group tasting, so you will have many more options to sample. We love that a group tasting truly gives you the opportunity to experience your venue in action prior to your big day. At Saphire Event Group, we offer both, but highly recommend our couples attend the group tasting.

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While it’s nearly impossible to try every item your venue may offer, a group tasting will provide a great selection of the venues most popular dishes and the chef’s specialties. You might arrive to find that they are not serving the exact items you are considering for your wedding dinner. Don’t fret, the main purpose of a food tasting is to get a sense of the style, quality, and presentation of the food while enjoying the atmosphere of an event. It is also a wonderful opportunity to experience menu items you may not have otherwise considered.

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Food Tasting To-Do’s

Save your appetite. There will be copious amounts of food, from hors d’oeuvres to stations, even some plated entrées; you’ll absolutely want to have room to try it all.

Take plenty of notes and photos. As you’re trying different selections, taking notes of what you liked and what you might want to include on your wedding menu will help keep you organized. Remember, you will be trying so many different things, you’ll definitely want to document your favorites.

Ask questions. Your venue should have plenty of staff on hand to answer any questions you may have. You might love an entrée, but wonder if you could change the sauce or perhaps you’d like to know how something is presented to a larger group. These are all great questions.

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Schedule a menu meeting with your wedding producer/coordinator. You’ll want to schedule a meeting to make your final selections soon after the food tasting. This will ensure your favorites are still fresh in your mind.

Have fun! A food tasting is essentially a date night at your wedding venue, eat, drink and have a great time!

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By: Dana Bates

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