As you plan your reception, one of the top details to finalize is the food. Guests are going to come hungry, as are you, and everyone will be craving scrumptious fare. Whether you are having a sit-down dinner, buffet, or stations, having a food tasting during the planning process is highly suggested.
Even if the dinner menu is curated from your favorite restaurant, chef, or catering company and a tasting seems like an unnecessary step, it’s a decision that you won’t regret. Thoughtful planning in both cocktails and cuisine will only reinforce that all aspects of the reception will be perfect. A great dinner is going to recharge both you and your guests, and food tasting is the best way to prepare that on the special day, everyone will be satisfied.
Here are six reasons why:
1. You will make sure it actually tastes good.
Reading the menu is one thing, but tasting the food is even more important. All venues/restaurants/caterers cook differently, so you’ll want to ensure everything actually tastes the way you imagine.
2. It helps narrow your choices.
Maybe you’re a foodie and desire an assortment of family-style shared dishes for the reception. Not only will you want to consider how much you will need for each table, a tasting will help you decide which plates are most delicious and suitable for your guests.
3. You might not like the way it looks.
You are not going to want to eat a dish that does not look appetizing – nor will any of your attendees. Request that your food tasting be plated exactly how it will be at the wedding. You don’t want to be disappointed when you sit down for dinner and find your carefully selected meal presented in a less than desirable fashion.
4. Guests and family should be considered.
Though your dinner menu should reflect your tastes and favorites in cuisine, it’s always nice to consider your family and friends when making final selections. It’s also a considerate gesture to have a designated vegetarian entree and/or to ask your loved ones if there are any special dietary restrictions or allergies. At the food tasting, you’ll have an opportunity to think through the options.
5. You can determine which cocktails will match the menu.
Custom cocktails are always a fun choice for special events. If you have this in mind, tasting the food will help you decide which libations will work well with each dish. Also, ask the caterer if he or she has any suggestions. Cocktails that include seasonal fruits or spices are a great way to make the concoction extra tasty.
6. You will have assurance that dinner will be enjoyable.
Tasting the food prior helps to avoid unexpected surprises and eliminates any stress or worries you might have had before. Due to your careful preparation, you will feel confident that supper will be exactly what you wished for.
Remember to keep an open mind when food tasting and keep the communication open with your caterer, so you and your soon-to-be spouse will have the dinner reception of your dreams!