(Closed) BBQ wedding and 1 Vegetarian guest

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
2022 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

What about a veggie burger?

Post # 4
895 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We have one family member who is vegetarian and will be doing a pasta plate for her. I don’t want her to feel left out by not having a full meal. Or, the veggie burger suggestion is awesome too!

Post # 5
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Pasta plates or a veggie wrap are relatively easy and quick.

Are you grilling barbequing? You can make her a few veggie scewers and some ‘camper potatoes’ (they’re just chopped up with oninons, peppers, etc and wrapped in tinfoil). You can grill corn on the cob as well. 

Post # 6
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I was a vegetarian for 16 years (still don’t eat red meat or pork), when I went to casual weddings I always expected that side dishes would be my meal. I think as a veg you prepare yourself for the fact that there may not be much for you.

To be honest, I always pre-ate just in case and knew there would be plenty of dessert! LOL

Post # 7
518 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you’re having BBQ catered, they probably have a suggestion for a vegetarian guest.  You may even have more than one veggie guest, as not everyone advertises their dietary restrictions.  If you or your family are doing the BBQ, I’d simply provide a veggie burger or veggie skewers for them, as PPs suggested.  As a vegetarian/pescatarian myself, I’d be bummed if my only option was to fill up on carb heavy side dishes.

Post # 8
30392 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If by BBQ you mean hamburgers etc , you could always grill a few portobello mushrooms. They make great burgers.

Post # 9
364 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago

I could’ve written this post, too 🙂  We’ll have 2 vegans attending our wedding, out of about 170 people.  We’re having ribs, brisket, pulled pork, etc…even the beans have brisket in them…so I think we’re going to have some BBQ seitan made up or bought by our caterer.  This way they don’t get something completely different that doesn’t jibe with the rest of the meal.  I think having a main would be considerate for your vegetarians, whether its more veggies  (squash or portabellos),  a grain dish (veggie risotto, a barley salad with beets and cheese) or a meat substitute.  Your caterer should be able to handle it 🙂

Post # 10
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@JBing: Great suggestions!

If nothing else, feel free to ask your guest for a suggestion.  As

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@mwitter80 said, most vegetarians know to prepare in advance, just in case.  I always keep snacks in my car at weddings and map out the nearest Taco Bell in case there is NOTHING for me to eat and I need to go get a bean burrito with no cheese.  Wink  That said, I’m sure it would be VERY much appreciated if you provided a main dish for your guest.  It feels nice to be included in the meal and taken into consideration.

Post # 12
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@superh2ogirl: Morningstar actually makes “riblets” which is bbq soyand they come two per box. Also, Quorn (vegetarian) makes Chik’n Breasts which are also two per box and they can be marinated like regular chicken breasts (just don’t put them together…obviously).

Both of these products can be grilled like your meat products, just require less time. They are really tasty especially on the barbecue. They are readily available at my local grocery stores but if you are limited in your area try a Whole Foods type place.

I Was a vegetarian for 15 years, know my stuff.




(PS I was born in Glendora….funny).

Post # 13
161 posts
Blushing bee

Personally as a vegetarian it makes me very happy (and pleasantly surprised!) to be acknowledged as such when I’m provided a seperate meal or food option at a wedding.  Even if it’s something I might not like, I always appreciate the thought because many people don’t even take it into consideration. 🙂

Post # 14
7941 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@StaceyMay81:  Agreed.

I also think that providing something similar to what is being offered is always nice too. While we can’t always expect to be accomodated it is a relief to have real food (like the soy products I suggested) rather than an extra portion of salad or pasta.

Post # 15
1033 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@treejewel19  Morningstar is such a great suggestion. I love them and I’m not a vegetarian.

Post # 16
606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@StaceyMay81: Exactly!  None of the vegetarians I know would ever complain about the veggie option at a wedding, even if they didn’t LOVE it.  It’s nice to just be taken into consideration, and if it’s not something we’d order off the menu at a restaurant, who cares?  You’re feeding your guests something you’re hoping they’ll enjoy & it’s the thought that counts!

Those Morningstar Ribs are crazy good.  Even every meat-eater I know loves them.

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