Post # 1
I just found out today that my FI’s family includes vegans. My family is die hard carnivores. Our reception is from 2:30 to 6:00 and includes an appetizer buffet and cookie buffet.
Baked Ham with a Maple Mustard Glaze, presliced and served on trays
Baked Turkey with a Cranberry Compote, presliced and served on trays
Salmon Mousse (grandmothers recipe) with sliced cucumbers
Cheese Board – Brie, Cheddar, Gouda, and Blue on a wooden cutting board with grapes, strawberries, almonds, sliced baguettes, and crackers
Vegetable Tray with Tzatziki Dip
Canteloupe wrapped in Proscuitto
Hummus & Pitas
Horseradish Deviled Eggs
Lemonade & Iced Tea Bar
Cookie Bar – Chocolate Chip, PB Kisses, Snickerdoodles, Oatmeal Scotchies, Lemon Bars, Raspberry Bars, Pecan Tarts, Cocoa Drops.
Wedding Cake – White with Raspberry Filling, Vanilla Buttercream
Grooms Cake – Chocolate with Chocolate Filling, Vanilla Buttercream
So, is my menu ok for vegans? And OK in general?
Post # 3
There is almost nothing on there that a vegan would eat unfortunately. How many vegans? If it’s just 1 or 2 people the venue may be willing to make a seperate dish for them.
Post # 4
The fruit salad is about it… Maybe the pitas if there’s no egg involved?
The menu sounds nice in general for those who don’t follow a vegan diet but your vegan guests will unfortunately have almost nothing to eat… Can you add in other items?
Post # 5
Nope, not great for a vegan, sorry. While vegetarians eat cheese and eggs, vegans do not. There’s almost nothing they can eat – just the vegetables (minus the Tzatziki Dip, since it’s probably dairy-based), hummus and pita, and fruit salad. That’s not much of a meal.
Post # 6
you can probably get small trays of vegan friendly food and desert in your area. I agree with other people :/
Post # 7
It sounds lovely overall, but your vegans are going to be basically eating fruit salad and drinking lemonade and iced tea. Have you mentioned this to your caterer (I assume it’s catered just because of the food types)? They may have some suggestions.
Post # 8
Looks like fruit and hummus only for the vegans. You definitely need to add something more substantive. Maybe a veggie curry (coconut milk) or portabellas and cous cous? Something heartier.
Post # 9
Hmm, it’s an appetizer buffet, so adding a different plate might be tough. What would you suggest for extras? I’m not really into knowing vegan dishes, sorry, so I don’t know what would be safe to serve. However, if the couple doesn’t come, then I guess I don’t have to worry – RSVPs aren’t in yet.
What about in general? For non-vegans, would you be satisfied with this menu?
Post # 10
Granted, since your reception isn’t really during a meal time, it’s probably less of a big deal than it would be for a dinner, but it still sucks for some of the guests to have to just hang back and watch everyone else happily snack away.
Post # 11
Your vegans can eat the veggies without dip, the fruit platter, the hummus & pitas (if the pitas are made vegan-friendly), and the lemonade & iced tea. (No idea what finger rolls are, but I’m assuming that they’re not vegan-friendly.)
I would recommend getting some more items on there that are vegan. For example: bruschetta without cheese on vegan-friendly crostinis/baquettes, grilled marinated mushroom skewers, polenta/couscous/quinoa cakes/patties with roasted tomato & red pepper tapenade, vegan-friendly crackers & dip, salted edamame beans, tofu (marinated & grilled with veggies, on a cracker/crostini with roasted garlic, the sweet flavoured kind on its own for dessert), etc.
I strongly believe in including food for everyone — that’s how I was brought up — and ESPECIALLY since you’re having a grazing reception, I think you should do it. I’m sure that they’re used to having to scrounge, but they’d also LOVE YOU if you accomodated them!
Post # 12
It’s a vegetarian friendly spread, but unfortunately it looks pretty dependent on dairy and eggs which are not vegan friendly. What about a bean or pasta salad made with a vinaigrette instead of a milk/mayonnaise base?
Post # 13
The vegans will be starving to death.
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Post # 15
I’ll talk to my caterer when we meet next week. I know that many of the items you suggested he will truthfully balk at – I’m talking small town, 1980’s catering – his highlight item on the menu, which was all meat, was roast beef. So getting some other options will be tough. If all else fails, I’ll contact the couple and see what they would like added. Truthfully, most of the items listed will be uneaten by everyone but the two people in question, so maybe bringing in a few items in small quantities from a specialty deli would be the best. I wanted a couscous salad – that was shot down 100% by all the parents, and my FI.
@Jenniphyr: Finger rolls are dinner rolls that are long and thin, about the size of your middle finger but puffier, and are coated in butter.
So what about non vegetarians and vegans? Is the menu ok for you?
Post # 16
Maybe it would be a start if someone clarified what vegans *don’t* eat for you – I realised that while it’s a no-brainer for me, if you don’t have vegans in your every day life, you might not have thought about it much!
The obvious is that vegans don’t consume meat of any kind (including fish and seafood), and they don’t consumer animal products of any kind (meaning no milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, eggs). This also means that a lot of common ingredients in every-day foods can be problematic (ie, breads might have milk/butter/eggs, fresh pasta has eggs, dips like tzatiki are usually yogurt based, some things have fish sauce in them). Most (really probably all) vegans wouldn’t want to eat something that had been cooked with any animal product or that was served on top of/touching an animal product.
But there *lots* of things vegans can eat that are delicious. Here are some examples of vegan-friendly apps.