Post # 32
Honestly, I don’t eat meat and I’m really sensitive to stuff like that, so that would make me have a pretty strong negative reaction. But, if you are sure that not only your guests eat meat, but pork, then do it. I think it reminds me more of a luau (I don’t know how its spelled) but as long as it just a casual affair, you can get away with whatever you want really.
Post # 33
I am actually considering doing this in our wedding. In Filipino weddings/celebrations, a lechon (whole roasted suckling pig) is pretty common and my Fiance is absolutely on board. For me it would ruin the whole point if we already have it all carved up. The point is to see the entire pig so that you can divide amongst the community. It’s a shared sense of celebration.
I am a little concerned about how my vegetarian friends will react but the buffet table will be in the adjoining room so they don’t have to stare at it when they sit down to eat.
I have to say that although I understand the sentiment, I’m a little offended by people saying this is “gross” or “tacky.” Not to get all PC up in this house or anything. Unless you are a vegetarian, I’m not really sure I understand what the problem is of knowing where your food comes from. In my own personal heirachy of grossness, it seems to me like bits and pieces of unidentifiable meat, aka burger or hotdog, is a little more gross than seeing where the product actually comes from. I think everyone needs to start honoring what they eat by actually realizing where it comes from. Unless you’re vegetarian what you eat on a regular basis is from an animal. It doesn’t come packaged in nature.
I hope I’m not derailing this thread with my soapbox. I don’t mean to offend anyone, just wanted to pitch in my two cents. Food awareness is a theme close to my heart as I am an aspiring chef.
Post # 34
@Kwago Not preachy at all! I am on board with food awareness. In my everyday life I eat organic and local! Think about your food is my motto… Thank you for your view
Post # 35
A lot of people consider that festive. I say do it, and I’m a vegetarian myself.
People should learn to deal with where food comes from. And a pig roast is always a good party!
Post # 36
That would scare me and make me sad.
Post # 37
I went to a birthday BBQ where they had a roasted pig… I didn’t eat pork again for the next few years and I still, to this day, cannot eat roasted or sliced ham. I know where it comes from, but I don’t like the visual of the actual animal. Seeing the snout, ears, feet, skin & eye sockets just doesn’t make me want to “dig in”.
I wouldn’t say its tacky… it’s just not visually appetizing.
Post # 38
Can you compromise and display it somewhere else? It just seems a little much to me, but if you gave people the choice to check it out, that could work. Then people who might be grossed our or offended don’t have to go see it and those that think it’s cool, can. I know not all venues could accomodate this (ours could) but maybe it would work…
Post # 39
We’re having a pig roast too!! But we are pretty country, so I’m sure no one will mind. I mean the family (aunts and uncles) build their own roaster, so no big deal for us, but I can definitly see where people would mind if there not accustomed to this sort of thing.
Post # 40
I was at an event where they roasted the pig for everyone to see and for me, it really was not appealing. Im not a vegetarian but I really didnt want to see the pig rotating around. If you do put it on a buffet and you are worried about your guests, can you put it near a corner of the room so its not in plain view?
Post # 41
I used to love love love meat. I still do, but lately ( I have no earthly idea why) sometimes I get a little squemish about eating it. So, if I saw a whole pig, apple or no apple, I would immediately lose my appetite. It would so gross me out. Even before I had this whole meat squemish thing going on, it would have grossed me out. lol
Post # 42
I am suprised not more ppl found this tacky. I think not only is it tacky its also disgusting. The whole idea of showing a killed pig on display with a apple in its mouth is horrible. I cant see how this would be something anyone would want at their wedding. If i went to a wedding and saw that I wouldnt be eating at all.
Post # 43
Full disclosure: I’ve been veg since 8 and vegan since 13.
I would never even attend a function with a pig roast at this point. I find it too morbid, horrifying, and disgusting. Last time I was at a function with a pig roast, I was fourteen, and I actually vomited a little bit after seeing the charred pig and had to leave.
Post # 44
It wouldn’t bother me at all. I am from a small(ish) town that is half country clubs and half farms…so at the farm events pig roasts were very common. My fiance’ also is familiar with them from his family cookouts. That being said…I think it *would* bother some people. My best advice would be to gauge your guest list and see if you think people would be bothered…or have it off to the side of the main setup so it isn’t as much of a showpiece.
Post # 45
I think it all depends on culture. If you and your guests are used to this kind of thing, then go for it! I personally think a whole pig looks festive! It’s a great reminder where exactly our food comes from!
I’m Asian and it’s a fairly traditional celebration food. Last winter I was surprised to see a whole head at a Christmas Smörgåsbord at an old Swedish inn. Apparently, they do that here too (though it’s not at all common).
Post # 46
I don’t think it is tacky but I don’t think I would do it for a wedding.