Post # 1
Just wondering if you are having a chinese banquet and how do you deal with the vegetarians? have a separate table for them or try to mix it up the regular banquet dishes w/ more vegetarian dishes?
Post # 3
Um, usually there’s no such thing as veggie Chinese food (unless it’s a special Vegetarian Chinese caterer)–they’ll TELL you it’s vegetarian but it’s probably cooked in chicken broth or pork fat or contains fish sauce, etc. Most vegetarians know this, though.
However, to answer your question I would just mix up the regular banquet dishes with vegetarian stuff and the veggies can choose as they like. It’s generally better to include rather than segregate.
We’ve got friends who are veggie, vegan, pescetarian, locotarian, allergies-to-everything etc. and while they very much appreciate accomodations, they don’t expect them. I think that being able to pick from a variety of dishes would be a welcome change to the “vegetarian option.”
Post # 4
It can be done, but it just depends on your restaurant and what their experience is with veggie dishes. I’m really lucky that my banquet restaurant was really accomodating for my veggie menu. I’m going to have a lot (probably over 100) of vegetarian guests so when I asked they told me I had the choice of mixing or doing straight vegetarian menu for them. I wanted the straight veggie menu but was worried that they’d be eating the same thing over and over since sometimes places don’t have that many options for veggie food. I was amazed when they drew up a 8 course menu with very different dishes! They’re actually pretty experienced with veggie dishes so they were able to give me lots of options! I liked the veggie menu so much I even added one of the dishes to my regular menu 🙂
Post # 5
@JennyW1: Go to a Buddhist temple. I assure you, ALL of their food is vegetarian. My restaurant even specifically asked me if I wanted my menu Buddhist style or just vegetarian. Buddhists do not allow the use of garlic and onions, so my veggie dishes will not have any.