Food Tasting is a Weird Thing to Do

Well not weird in the sense that it’s strange. Weird in the sense that you truly don’t know what to make of the whole process after its done and weird in the sense that how do you truly judge food without coming across like a stuck-up judge on Chopped or any of those cooking shows.

I only know how to assess by saying the item was good or bad- or salty. But to go into the descriptive details of it? It’s not really my thing.

Today, we had a food tasting with one of our catering options, the one with whom we had an initial misunderstanding because no one clearly told him what we were looking for. After some modifications and discussions, he sent us an updated version of the menu that suited our vision better. From that menu, we picked an item from each section, also making sure to try something beef, something chicken, something seafood, and vegetarian.

So this food can be best described as unsophisticated. That’s not a bad thing. It means that everyone can find what they are looking for and you know that its the kind that everyone would enjoy. But is wedding worthy? That’s the question I have been asking myself from the moment we left the tasting?

Food is such a key part of the wedding, and it is often the thing that people will talk about weeks after the event. They won’t remember that the DJ didn’t play their song but they surely will remember a dish or a flavor. They’ll remember the set-up and appreciate new ideas. Or they will never stop talking about how this one time at a wedding, a waiter took their plate away before they had even finished eating (true story).

Also, I had an issue with their presentation. They had no pictures to show us of the different plates and stations they were offering, only of their dessert section, and honestly, I don’t need anyone to sell me on cake or chocolate.

And when it came down to trying, they served us the food as if we were dining in, not at an event for a 100 people. So they really had my imagination working.

Another note. Frozen food. Really? For the money you’re asking, you could at least bother with fresh veggies to serve with your steak- one that felt very familiar to the one that my mother makes at home. Even the shrimps felt like they had come out of a bag.

The questions to ask here, the one that was on our minds for the majority of our discussion post-meeting was are they overselling us the food? Or should we just stick to what’s simple and recognizable and save some money to put elsewhere? 

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Hayley says:

    I hope you find the answers to your food choices! I recently went to a wedding and it was a bbq buffet style – we loved it! juicy burgers and chicken, food which seems fairly basic but it was so well prepared and scrumptious! Dessert was Eton mess and brownies and was perfect! Good luck with finding what you want! xx

    1. TK says:

      Thanks Hayley! We’ll probably be having something similar with BBQs and grills and things being made live for our guests- which is always entertaining and now the trend with buffets here. I don’t want to serve something that we won’t be able to pronounce 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

      1. Hayley says:

        I’m sure your guests will be delighted! Good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing photos of your big day – hearing about the build up has been lovely 🙂

  2. HumaAq says:

    It’s a fact that food needs to be good and it remembers on guests tongue the longest.. No pressure, hope you’ll find answers to your queries.. Have fun tasting:)

    1. TK says:

      Thanks for the tip! That’s really good advice. I will have to see what happens after we try out the other option.

  3. artman413 says:

    Good luck on your food quest…that does seem a bit of a tricky situation to handle.

    On the plus side, you can taste some good stuff along the way!

    1. TK says:

      It is! In the end it comes down to this: Do I save some money and serve regular food or do I splurge at bit and have something a bit more “wow”? I guess I can’t know without also trying the other option. Fingers crossed.

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