Post # 1
we’re anticipating about 250 people at my wedding. only 3-4 are vegetarian/vegan. do i really need to figure out a separate menu for them since there’s so few?
my cousin is a very strict vegan and she usually tells people not to worry about feeding her since she’s so picky. she’d rather provide her own food so she knows exactly how it’s prepared. her husband is borderline vegetarian; he eats meat sometimes.
my brother’s girlfriend is a vegetarian, borderline vegan.
my fiance’s aunt…i guess you could call her a flexible vegetarian. from what i understand she eats meat sometimes.
we are serving chile verde, barbacoa, rice, beans, potato salad, and tortillas. we’re not really doing appetizers since people always seem to fill up on them and then end up throwing away their dinner because they’re so full, but we will have chips and salsa and maybe some fresh fruit. i will ask my caterer to cook with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth if he can, but should i look into a completely vegetarian/vegan menu?
any ideas for easy/inexpensive vegetarian options?
Post # 3
Is your meal going to be a buffet, or burrito/taco bar? (I just assumed because you listed a bunch of taco-appropriate ingredients, and tortillas). Could you have a sauteed vegetable mix or some kind of bean chile? You could even do the chile verde (same base) and just throw in lots of veggies and even tofu in one batch instead of meat.
Post # 4
it’s a sit down dinner.
our caterer makes nothing but mexican food and has a pretty limited selection, so i’d probably have to look for a completely different caterer for a vegetarian menu. that’s the thing that i’m dreading. i’m tired of meeting with vendors :/
i like the idea of a veggie mix, tho.
Post # 5
Have you asked the caterer if there is a vegetarian option that she can make for these few people? Ours did that and we notified them what table they’d be at ahead of time and it worked out well.
Post # 6
If you can ensure that the rice and beans will be cooked in vegetable broth, that should be fine. I’m vegetarian, and I’d be really grumpy if there was nothing I could eat but tortilas. Rice and beans would be fine, though. You do need to give people an option.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
My brother is vegan, I’m a vegetarian, the hubs is a pescetarian, and 3 other guests (of 81) were vegetarians, so we had a vegan option (listed as vegetarian on the response card, but definitely vegan). It was a grilled veggie stack: grilled portobello topped with calypso rice and then grilled green beans, zucchini, squash, red onion, and carrots. It was delicious.
During cocktail hour, the crudité display was vegan since we kept the cheeses separate. We also had a vegan grileld veggie skewer with balsamic glaze as a passed hors d’oeuvres. The appetizer was a fruit salad in a hallowed out pinapple half and every vegetarian diner got theirs without the raspberry vanilla sauce on it. Vegetarians also got their salad without the bacon and cheese (the dressings were on the side in boats per table: ranch and champagn vinagrette, vinagrette made in house and vegan already). We didn’t worry about the cake. My brother jsut didn’t eat a piece.
Obviously you aren’t doing the many course dinner, but I don’t see why a mexican-food caterer couldn’t make a grilled veggie and rice plate.
Post # 8
thank you for all your suggestions. i will definitely try to offer more options for my veggie eating guests 🙂
Post # 9
Almost all caterers have vegetarian options. I was literally the ONLY vegetarian at my best friend’s wedding and they made the most delicious vegetarian dish (I dont’ remember what it was, but it was delicious!). My caterer actually has a special vegetarian menu that doesn’t cost extra to have added on to the meal at all! Just ask your caterer. 🙂
Post # 10
there are many vegetarian meals your caterer can prepare that will fit this theme. grilled vegetable fajitas or burritos with rice and beans. have them prepared all vegan to keep those guests satisfied too.
Post # 11
If you just talk to your caterer, there’s probably already a standard dish selection in place. I know a venue I have worked with only counts our chicken and beef dishes as the only two entree choices, but gladly makes up a couple of plates that work for the vegan/vegetarian/kosher attendees to our dinner. (The only difference between the dishes is that the vegan meal doesn’t have cheese on top, but they sprinkle some cheese on the vegetarian and kosher meals.) We don’t have to pay for a bigger package to get these meals since it’s usually less than half a dozen. If it was too many more (out of about 90 plates), then they would probably say something about paying more for another entree choice.