Hi! I'm Amy. You might remember me from this blog post. And if you've ever called the Dandelion office or emailed us, I'm almost certainly the one you've been speaking/emailing with. Today I'm here to talk (blog?) with you about tastings.
"Do you offer tastings?"
This is one question I get asked by almost every potential client, and the answer is "Yes!" Tastings are a great opportunity to try our food and meet the Dandelion team while a couple is trying to make some big wedding-related decisions.
Before a tasting appointment is made, we work on a first draft of a menu proposal and quote. If this lines up with the couple's goals for their wedding (from both a menu and budget perspective), then we move onward to the tasting.
A lot of behind-the-scenes work goes into making every tasting a success. First, we try to nail down a time and date that works for everyone. Since the Dandelion crew is away almost every weekend for event work, this can sometimes be a challenge as this is often the only opportunity the couple has to visit us. We try to get all of our tastings on the calendar for our slow season (roughly January - April), which gives us a little more flexibility to match our client's schedule.
Once an appointment is on the calendar I speak with the clients about dishes they'd like to try, then our chef and kitchen team spend the week leading up to the tasting going over recipes, becoming familiar with the menu, and sourcing ingredients. Sometimes we're showing couples our favorite dishes, and sometimes we're showing them a specific favorite dish they've requested that is not on our regular menu, so this time is important to make sure we nail every flavor.