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Caterers Offering/Not Offering Free Tasting


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Caterers Offering/Not Offering Free Tasting

Pei | Mar 7, 2007 03:16 PM

[Split from on L.A. board]

Ever so slightly miffed at them right now. I'm going to view a wedding later this month (the manager of the location invited me to see what they can do with the space), and they happen to be catering it so I called to see if, maybe just maybe, it would be possible for me to try ONE piece of ONE hors d'oeuvres while I was there.

The answer was no no and no. I mean, I understand that my request is unorthodox. I understand that what I taste will NOT reflect what's on my own personal menu. I understand that I will get my own tasting dinner later on in the process. I even understand that I might have to pay a few bucks for that one single hors d'oeuvres.

I, more than anything, understand that on that evening I will be at someone else's wedding and that the staff needs to be focused on her needs and wants.

But c'mon, ONE hors d'oeuvres? Am I being unreasonable or is it really impossible to slip me one before the guests arrive? It's not like I'm asking for a full meal. I just want a taste of something to let me if their catered food wows me, because I'll happen to be there anyway. And she really made it sound like I was trying to get free food--c'mon, going 20 miles out of my way for one hors d'oeuvres? They're not THAT special!

Am I totally off base, or are all caterers so reluctant to let you taste any of their cooking before the actual scheduled tasting for your event? Those tastings are $50 a head, and I really can't afford to reject three or four caterers before I find THE ONE.

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