(Closed) Veg. option on the menu

posted 4 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

This seems a bit risky – if the 1st 10 meat eaters take baked potatoes as side dishes then your vegetarian friends are going to go hungry. Is there anything else they can eat?

Post # 4
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Busy bee

I’m not sure whereabouts you live, and this may be a regional thing, but as far as I’m concerned baked potatoes are a popular side dish at barbecues, and I would expect almost everyone to want one (meat eaters included).  As such, if you want them specifically to be main dishes for the (potential) vegetarians, you’ll need to make this very clear, otherwise you could well find that the first 10 people at the buffet each take a baked potato to have with their chicken or sausages or what have you, and then there’s nothing left for the vegetarians.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Is the baked potato meant to be the main for the vegetarian guests? What else is there for them to eat?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Can the caterer simply propose a vegetarian meal to have handy and be ready to serve if requested?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yikes. Talk to your caterer about how to handle this. You definitely don’t want your vegetarian guests going hungry–that would be terrible hospitality. Believe me, there is nothing worse than looking at plate after plate of half-eaten veggie options all around you while you try to make a meal out of salad and crackers.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It’s great that you are thinking about your vegetarian guests but a baked potato is not an entree.  I would either have one vegetarian entree available that would appeal to meat eaters too in a larger quantity or have a few meals prepared specifically for vegetarians that are available by request only so meat-eaters don’t eat them all.  Even something like a veggie/black bean burger would be a better option.  And hopefully there are other sides for them to eat as well.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@vanessa7:  Will the beans definitely be veggie? Half of the time a buffet looks ok for vegetarians until you find out there’s pork in the beans and bacon in the green beans…

Corn and/or cornbread (no lard!) might be nice crowd-pleasing vegetarian side options as well.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@vanessa7:  Okay. A baked potato is not a main dish – it’s a side dish. Especially when you’re providing potato salad as a side. A potato with potatoes is not a meal. You might also want to verify the way the beans are cooked, as many baked beans (I’m guessing that’s what you mean if you’re serving bbq) are cooked with pork, thus not for vegetarians.

What about providing something like stuffed portabello mushrooms? A salad?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would love to be more accomodating, but we are having a bbq restaurant cater

But that is a deliberate choice that you made. You selected a cuisine that doesn’t lend itself very easily to vegetarian options, so isn’t the onus on you to find something suitable to offer your guests within the constraints that you yourself imposed? I agree with PP that a baked potato is not a main dish, but I don’t think you necessarily need to provide a main dish as long as a variety of sides is available. I think that most vegetarians would be perfectly happy with a plate that included, say, a baked potato, vegetarian beans, corn on the cob, and salad or another green vegetable. If the beans aren’t vegetarian and all that’s available for them to eat is potato salad and a baked potato, they may not feel particularly welcome.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vanessa7: 

For the veg options:

How about something like baked mac and cheese with stewed tomatoes, and steamed veggies?

Or baked potato with broccoli and cheddar sauce on top, with a salad and roll?

I think a BBQ place might be able to do these things, not sure.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

A baked potato can TOTALLY be an entree. My cousins who are veg always get that at restaurants, even when there are other veg options available. Of course, they are loaded with lots of steamed veggies, beans, cheese, etc… 

However, if you think there might be even ONE vegitarian at your wedding, you should really set these aside for them! Do not put them on the buffet line, because the first 10 meat eaters will absolutely take them! This is a HUGE problem for my veg cousins at any buffet. Meat eaters see “veggie lasagne” or “cheese enchiladas” and take them along with whatever meat is being served, leaving none for the vegitarians. 

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