Post # 1
FI and I are both meat-eaters, and plan to have a BBQ reception. The “feel” is more picnic than traditional plated meal.
The vegetarian option our vendor offers is essentially “salad”, and I would rather make a vegetarian option myself or with help than scout out a second food vendor.
We are anticipating about 30 guests, all of which eat meat…it’s their dates I’m worried about, whom I may not know well enough to be aware of their dietary restrictions.
So, I have a couple of questions:
1. Short of calling every person and their guest and asking if there are any dietary preferences…how do I figure out how much vegetarian food I will need, if any?
2. Like I mentioned above, it needs to be something I can make myself. I’d just like to give them something *other* than salad as an option.
3. How have other bees *without* a vegetarian option from their vendor addressed this?
Post # 3
@badabing88: lol please feed us food!
1. Have a vegetarian friendly option that can be used as a side for everyone – just use a veg protein like beans. Then I’d say have enough for everyone.
2. A bean salad, veggie chili, lentils.. something that you can make the day before would be easiest for you.
3. Can’t help you there!
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 4
@sanjessica: Good ideas! Thank you! I’m actually a big fan of lentil burritos, and I could easily whip some up the night before 🙂 Thank you!!
Post # 5
@badabing88: So if you are going to make it, it should be easy, simple and low fuss because you’ll have bigger fish to fry, right?
Someone in a previous thread suggested baked potatoes with cheese, sour cream, chives, meatless chili, etc. That could be TASTY! How about a yummy quinoa dish with nuts and berries in it? Quinoa is Gluten Free so if you add no dairy, meat (by)products and stuff, you could cover nearly every “intolerance.” You can make a bunch of that ahead and then warm it up right ahead of time. Other ideas are mac & cheese, pasta anything, etc.
Last night I made a fantastic roasted sweet potato salad that was tasty and I found it on a vegeterian site. Yum. Options are limitless (unfortunately)! Good luck!
Post # 6
As a vegetarian myself, I would appreciate veggie friendly sides such as mashed or roasted potatoes, mac and cheese, pasta salad, fruit salad, and perhaps a few veggie burgers as an option for the main meal.. otherwise, make sure the sides are filling and not just a salad.
Post # 7
@LilRhodyGem: LOVE the potatos idea, thank you!!
@Bobcat: Absolutely, thank you 🙂 We are hoping for lots of drinking, so we want to make sure everyone has a full belly 🙂
Post # 8
Since you said you’re doing BBQ, what about veggie kabobs? Meat eaters would enjoy those, as well. Just cut up some veggies, skewer them, and put them in a marinade overnight. Second the lentil salad idea!
Post # 9
@badabing88: Being a BBQ I assume you guys are grilling out. I know they make veggie burgers. Pick up a few of those and you are set! I wouldn’t put to much thought into it really. My sister is a vegetarian and she doesn’t have a hard time finding food. I’m sure you will have lots of sides and desserts they can eat!
Post # 10
@Bobcat: I totally forgot about veggie burgers.. d’oh!
@badabing88: by far, the absolute hands-down BEST veggie burgers I’ve ever had are the Lick’s burgers. Around here you can buy them from your regular grocery store and they’re reasonably priced 🙂 Also I love the burritos idea! If you’re feeling fancy, you can set up a taco station and have beans as the protein
Post # 11
@badabing88: I had a BBQ reception and we had 10 veggie burgers added to the menu for our 5 vegetarians. The rest of us had brisket, chicken, and ribs, and the shared sides were cornbread, coleslaw, beans, and mac and cheese. The servers were told to make sure the vegetarians got their veggie burgers before non-veggies asked for them and it worked out fine.
Post # 12
When you send your RSVP cards, put a line for the guest to note any dietary restrictions. You’ll identify the vegetarians that way. If it is a BBQ reception then perhaps the caterer can provide some grilled/roasted portobello mushrooms as a main; if not, these are pretty easy to DIY. Some caterers will do whatever you ask but you have to spell out exactly what you want. Other ideas would be a grilled veggie skewer, BBQ tofu/tempeh, or an upscale veggie burger (add sprouts, avocado, and other nice garnishes so it’s not just a veggie patty on a bun). I would expect any caterer to be able to provide these.
Make at least one side veggie-friendly but don’t expect your guests to have a dinner made of just sides without feeling like they’re getting left out.
Post # 13
@TGold: @weddingbound: *WE* wont be doing the BBQing, it will be catered in from a local restaurant :-/
Post # 14
I love the idea of doing veggie kabobs, veggie burgers, or a jackfruit pulled “pork” sandwich or tacos/burritos. Something like this: http://www.everyoneisvegan.com/2013/04/bbq-jackfruit-taco-experiment-with-cashew-sour-cream-recipe.html
Post # 15
@badabing88: hmmm well in that case. What about some sort of veggie wrap
Maybe offer some fun dips or you could even set up a lil station with cool toppings and stuff
Post # 16
@Bobcat: Yes. BBQ sides are my favorite. Mac and cheese, corn on the cob, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes, beans (but make sure they’re not cooked with meat), grilled veggie kabobs — These are all thing you may have anyway. Just try to increase the portions a bit because they will turn into the mains for the vegetarians! Veggie burgers can be an okay option too — but they’re often hit or miss and get cold/gross quickly if they’re sitting out. I’d also prefer all of the above to lentil burritos.. 😉