Post # 1
Every so often, my job or a vendor of ours provides us with lunch. As a vegetarian, there’s a 50/50 shot it’s something I can eat. I brought lunch as back up today and it’s good I did. the only thing possible for me to eat is bread, salad and rice..not exactly lunch. It irritates me that everyone just assumes that the entire branch are carnivores and drool over slabs of chicken. We had a lunch not so long ago where the only thing available was chicken and rice AGAIN and if it hadn’t been for the coordinator remembering I didn’t eat meat, I’d have lost out again. So what do you think? Would it be appropriate to provide a vegetarian option aside from salad and side dishes in a corporate setting?
Post # 3
@Pixie26: Have you spoken up and asked for a vegetarian option?
Post # 4
@julies1949: unfortunately, we aren’t normally told until the day of that we’re getting a free lunch. And even so, management is aware of my preferences. They’ve never asked me if I wanted a sandwich or something instead and I’d feel a bit awkward asking…
Post # 5
@Pixie26: If it’s a gift from a vendor (sometimes ours send treat/lunch etc..) there’s really nothing you or your company can do. If it’s something your company is catering in, I think it’s fair to ask for a veg. option.
Post # 6
I’m pretty opinionated about this. As a vegan I always ensure that I bring something myself because I know my choices are not the norm. I know how easy it is to make something veggie friendly but people usually assume it’s a lot more difficult. Since this is a nice gesture on their part I personally do not feel comfortable requesting something specific, I always think, “what if someone just didn’t like chicken?” should there be something else provided? Now when we have working lunches or something where I know we will be catered I will ask for a salad option or something like that.
Post # 7
@Pixie26: …there comes a point, where your diet requirements, are your sole and solitary province….because once someone opens that door, it can never be closed again…and its nothing but kosher, gluten free, paleo friendly, pescatarian, sugar free, organic and NO PEANUTS…ever.
And what ends up happening, is no lunches for anyone, because the logistics of it are a nightmare.
Post # 8
Girl I feel you. My office is pretty good about it, and other companies I’ve previously worked for have also kept it in mind. But once someone ate my vegetarian sandwich on accident (he didn’t realize there was no meat??) so I didn’t get a lunch that day, haha.
Post # 9
@cora_123: agreed. I would not even think to request anything special when it’s being brought here as a gift. however i do think next time im aware of something i can’t eat being catered by my company, I’ll ask for an alternative
@Nona99: very true. I can appreciate how this would become a huge problem down the road
Post # 10
Yeah as someone who can’t eat gluten, I never assume there will be ok food for me anywhere. Even salad’s aren’t normally safe. I either eat before I go, pack something for myself, and I always have my old staple of larabars.
Would I love it if they started taking my food “allergy” into consideration more? Absolutely. Is it ever going to happen? Probably not.
Post # 11
@TaraMay_: lol that sucks! and see that’s a good example. there was no meat and your coworker still liked it!!
Post # 12
@Pixie26: I’ve been vegetarian/vegan since I was in junior high, and the reality of it is that most people eat meat. I honestly don’t ever expect there to be an option when my work provides lunch or in situations where a standard meal is provided. It sucks, but if you’re in the minority when it comes to diet, you can’t expect people to always cater to that. It is nice when they do, but I never expect it. Plan ahead, have another option planned, eat before/after, etc.
Also I don’t think salad and side dishes is too bad! Bread, rice, and salad is more than a lot of places do lol. I’ve been at events where there was meat in literally EVERYTHING (including the salad dressing on the salad! lol).
Post # 13
I was vegan for a long time and vegetarian after that for awhile. My office was constantly getting food that I couldn’t eat. Like a triple meat lovers pizza that I was supposed to help pay for but couldn’t eat…very frustrating.
Now, if it’s a vendor…just pack your lunch and suck it up. However, if it’s the office or your actual company, I would speak up. Your voice might go unnoticed but at least you tried. You don’t have to ask that the whole lunch be veggie, but maybe just one option?
Post # 14
I think in a big corporate office you can’t really expect the company to cater specifically to you. There are so many people with different diet choices these days, I think it would be impossible to make it fair for everyone.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
It can be tough, I know when places I work provided lunch there was always a veggie option..but even there we ran into problems with non-veggie only people eating the veggie option. Sometimes by the time the vegetarian co-workers got there the veggie option was gone.
At FI’s work holiday party they offered a gluten free dessert option and actually said please only take one at first if you are actually gluten intolerant NOT just because you think being gluten free is the cool new thing. You were then welcome to try it later if there was any left and you wanted/preferred (but did not need) gluten free.
I do think it opens a door for everyone’s needs to be met though and that can get tricky. I have known people who are simply just picky eaters and would still bring their own lunch even though they didn’t really have any dietary restrictions..just honestly preferred PB&J to anything else…
I agree in your case if it was the employer providing it would be nice, but an outside vendor has no way of knowing and probably can’t always cater to everyone. Best to be prepared.
Post # 16
@ErinC6: lol @ meat salad dressing! I can’t tell you how many times that has screwed me over! Usually it’s bacon something!