Have any hounds ever attended an event at Claxton Farm in Weaverville, NC (near Asheville)? I'm getting married in Asheville and considering hosting the rehearsal dinner at Claxton Farm. It seems like a great venue. However, we just learned that they won't let us set up a sample tasting of the food until we sign a contract and pay a deposit. So they want us to fork over a couple thousand dollars to host an event centered around food before we ever have a chance to taste that food. Am I crazy or does that seem unreasonable? My worst nightmare would be to pay for my closest family and friends to be bussed out to this farm on a beautiful spring evening to be served up overcooked, dried out chicken and pork slathered in sub-par bbq sauce served with nasty cole slaw and potato salad.
Anyway, I always (well, almost always) trust the opinions of fellow chowhounds. Has anyone been to an event here? Was the food good? They have offered to give us references, but of course they'll put us in touch with people who liked the food.
If anyone out there has any feedback here, we sure would appreciate it.