Hello, all! It’s Kelsey’s dad again, back to share with you thoughts of the recent menu tasting for Kelsey and Phillip’s upcoming wedding.
First of all let me start with this: I was honored and flattered to be invited to this event. Since Kelsey is my only daughter I have never been to a wedding menu tasting before. As such I had no idea what to expect. From my position, though, everything turned out terrifically!
Setting the Stage
As you might know, the wedding is going to be in Peachtree City, GA. There were three of us at the tasting, Kelsey, Phillip, and me. Prior to the actual tasting I suggested that the two of them “narrow the field” of what we would be trying, and for the sake of this post I am going to focus on the entree options. At the beginning I believe there were approximately 20 entree options. This is way too many options for me! Kelsey and Phillip narrowed the entree options down to six. Thank you, both! Phillip designed, printed, and brought “score sheets” for us to rank the entree options. Thank you, Phillip. This helped me greatly to focus and stay on course. Jena at the Manor, for lack of a better description, runs the Manor. Jena’s dad owns the Manor. She was at the tasting and provided descriptions of each dish, sharing various dining etiquette protocol, for example, for each sample. Thank you, Jena. However, I have been sworn to secrecy and will not share any specific details for any menu items you will enjoy at the reception.
Jena brought out and shared ingredient information about each entree option. She also shared the preparation details for each. This was very, very helpful.
I saw my role as a sort of “tie-breaker.” If Kelsey and Phillip were tied on an entree, then and only then would I share my vote, comments, etc…In my opinion, the menu selections were ultimately Kelsey and Phillip’s decisions. The only point that I would have stepped forward on was the type of entree selection. I thought options would be a good idea. I would have said “no” to two chicken entrees. I would have said “no” to two meat entrees, etc…As it finished, Kelsey and Phillip decided on two different types of entrees, and you will love them both!
I have never been part of a wedding menu tasting, so I learned a lot. Jena had a great sense of humor that really, really helped. If you are planning or have scheduled a wedding menu tasting I would STRONGLY suggest the following, which Kelsey and I have talked about on many occasions: INVITE/TAKE THE FEWEST NUMBER OF PEOPLE POSSIBLE. You don’t want an entire posse with you for the menu tasting. The bride and groom are under enough pressure already and do not need 10 different tasting opinions to muddy the decision-making process. The fewer people the better. My suggestion would be the bride, groom, and father of the bride. 🙂
Speaking of father of the bride…Jena, bless her heart, during the tasting mentioned that on the wedding day the father of the bride (that would be me) “is a celebrity at the event.” Guilty as charged, this is the last thing I needed to hear! Kelsey has already given me very strict instructions as to what to say, what not to say, etc…And even though I will have a microphone at the wedding, I promised Kelsey that I would not do anything to offend or embarrass her.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed the menu tasting and hope that this blog helps you if you are invited to a wedding menu tasting.