with the tastings, what they do is, once u sign the venue contract, they'll send u an invite for a tasting "party" they pretty much get all of their customers who have yet to pick the food together on the same day & serve small portions of a wide selection of their menu. (to save from carting the stuff a thousand time for a single person) & OMG the food is amazing! u don't get to sample the hor'deurves, but they do show examples & explain them to u. & while ur there they sit down & give u info on how the day of operates & even give u suggested liquor quantity info (they have a bartender, but they don't have the liscense to sell it, so u supply the liquor yourself)they also have the rental lady there so u can pick out your linens & tablewear.Patti & craige are wonderful to work with. they can be a bit slow in getting you info that's requested, but it's only because they're always busy. they do make u feel special when u have their attention though.right now i'm waiting for them to send me a revised copy of the catering/rental contract so i can send in the big part of the deposit. (they seperate everything into 2 contracts. 1 has the space rental with just how long your event is, will the ceremony be outside, etc. & the other big one has the food, rentals, service, cake, etc.)something i love is the fact that, as long as it's not anything that will damage stuff, you can decorate the carraige house however you want (hang stuff from the walls & ceiling). but the more you put up, the more you have to do yourself/hire someone to do. & everything has to be taken down at the end of the evening.