It is a very common misconception that a catering tasting is just all about eating delicious free food specially prepared for you by those in the business of catering in Gettysburg PA. Although this is true to some extent, the taste testing process should be considered as an important part of the hiring process. This is the best time to sample the food and to see how the catering services work when it comes to setting tables and other event essentials.
Before running to your next tasting appointment to enjoy delectable samples of would-be event food, here are some things to remember:
1. Do NOT Expect A Full Meal
The tasting menu will not be a full 8-course meal. The food will mostly be in sample sizes because they are there to be sampled and tasted, not be feasted on. A lot of people forget that the serving sizes are toned down to be bite sized so that they can sample a wide array of dishes. Others feel that they are being “cheated” by caterers because they are not served a full meal.
No, tasting is a way to come up with a menu for the event where you can find out which of the food from the service compliments each other. On that note, never go to a taste test on an empty stomach because you will regret it.
2. Don’t Go Alone
Soon to be married couples usually have each other during the menu tasting, but for other non-wedding events bringing along another person is always a good idea. Having another person give a different perspective on the food means you will not create a menu that is biased towards your taste.
Remember, you are serving different guests at an event, you should make decisions according to what people will enjoy, not just what you personally like.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions
The tasting isn’t just a time to sample the caterer’s food it is also a great way to get to know the company doing the catering in Gettysburg PA. Ask questions related to food, wine pairings, and even ask for their suggestions about the event menu. It is great to have a professional’s input when it comes to planning a menu that over a hundred people will eat during a catered event.
This is also a good time to ask about their fees, other services they include in their package, and availability on your event date. Don’t miss the opportunity to hire a caterer on the spot if your gut is telling you it is the right choice.
Stay Focused And Remain A Professional
Being served plate after plate of samples can be overwhelming, but stay professional throughout the tasting. This is still a business deal in the works so everything must remain professional, no matter how delicious the samples were or how many sips of wine you’ve had; be respectful to the catering service provider.
Keep any bad and foul comments to yourself. Do not trash talk the taste of the food and always be polite or risk being blacklisted by other catering services.
Looking for catering in Gettysburg PA should not be a problem. Altland House is always ready to help you create memories with your family and friends through good food and excellent service.