Tasting Policy

We are really proud of our food quality (it’s one of our bottom lines!) and we think the best way to learn about our food is to taste it.

We encourage you to come into the deli and sample from our cheese case, daily salad selections, meats, breads and pastries. Anyone can come in and taste anything for free, we are that confident of what we sell. If you’d like an event planner to walk through with you, to give you more information and help you with sampling items, give us a call and we’ll schedule a half hour walk through. While not everything on the catering menu will be available at the deli, it will give you a good idea of our food quality and the diversity of our menu selection.

If you want to do a more formal sit down tasting with us to finalize your menu choices there are a few things that we’d like you to know before your tasting occurs. The first step is talking with one of our planners about the style of your event. We’ll ask questions, hear what you are excited about, and begin to work with you on tailoring a menu that fits your needs. Once you have narrowed your choices to a few of the menu items that you are most interested in tasting, we will set up a time for you and your planner to taste and talk. By the end of your tasting we are sure that you will have a menu that will wow your crowd.

FAQ about formal tastings with Zingerman’s Events

Q. Can I bring family and/or friends with me to the tasting?
Yes! We can accommodate up to a total of six attendees.

Q. How many menu items can we taste?
We ask that you limit your menu selections to no more than a total of 10. (This will allow for a comparison of a few appetizers, salad, entree, side dishes and still leave some room for a dessert if desired.)

Q. Can we ask about and possibly taste custom menu items?
Yes! While there are certainly limitations to what the chefs are comfortable customizing it is often possible to slightly augment a specific dish to better suit your tastes or dietary restrictions. Sometimes we do require more lead time for the chefs to develop recipes and/or source product. It will also potentially impact the final price of the menu item for the event.

Q. Is there a charge for the tasting?
No! We feel our food is a selling point and offer our tastings free of charge.

Q. Do I need to be booked with you to plan a tasting?
No! Again, we feel tasting our food will be to our benefit in your decision making process about which caterer is right for you.

Q. How much advance notice do you need to schedule our tasting?
We ask for at least two weeks notice and some dates might not be available based on the volume of business we are doing that day.

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