(Closed) BBQ weddings – what did you do for vegetarians?

posted 4 years ago in Food
  • poll: Which 2 sides would you choose (you can vote for more than one)
    Baked Beans : (30 votes)
    17 %
    Potato Salad : (28 votes)
    16 %
    Mac n Cheese : (72 votes)
    42 %
    Collard Greens : (20 votes)
    12 %
    Cole Slaw : (18 votes)
    10 %
    Brunswick Stew (limit options for the 1-3 vegetarians) : (4 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 2
    325 posts
    Helper bee

    I would definitely include Mac and cheese as it is substantial enough for a meal. If I had to choose another, it would

    be potato salad. Those options would go over well with non vegetarians too. If you were to do baked beans, I’d check to see how they are prepared because they often have pork in them.

    Post # 3
    585 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    The poll only allows for a single vote. I voted for beans because they have the most substance and would make me feel most satiated. As a veg, I think of beans as a “meat replacement” in my meals. My second choice would be collard greens because corn bread, beans, and greens sounds like an actual, balanced meal for me. But I recognize that mac & cheese is delicious, even though I’m vegan–so my alternative pair would be beans and mac & cheese, especially if you’ll have a good amount of salad available.

    Post # 5
    2804 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    We are having a pig roast. We have decided to offer a plated vegan option for our vegetarians/vegans. When you meet with your caterer see if this is an option. I’m sure if they do weddings often, they run into this and have a solution.

    We were going to do heartier side dish options, but ended up not liking the taste of those options (worst Mac and cheese ever!), so we chose to do a special plate. Out venue charges extra per multiple dish, which is why one choice that is vegan to please as many as we can afforably.

    Post # 6
    998 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

    i would do mac and cheese bceause it’s hearty. and baked beans because it’s also a protein replacement. but both are liked by others.

    Post # 7
    1199 posts
    Bumble bee

    I would double check that there’s no meat in the baked beans. I worked at a BBQ restaurant for years and we used pork in our beans.

    Post # 8
    1774 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I went to a wedding where the couple were vegetarian and they only served vegetarian food. At least 75% of us guests were not vegetarian. And when we complained every vegetarian person laughed at us like “awww, you can’t go 1 meal without meat??” So that pissed me off and since then I won’t take anyone else’s diet into consideration. If I’m the host they’ll eat what I want to eat, whether it be Xmas or MY wedding.

    Post # 10
    5072 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    baked beans and potato salad please.  I would love the cole slaw too but I won’t be greedy 

    Post # 11
    1122 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    penguinwapi:  When I go to a BBQ ask the host if I can bring veggie burgers from the grocery store.  They are cheap and easy to cook.  Just wrap them in aluminum foil and flip after a few minutes.  I would honestly be disappointed if my only options were two sides.  This will only cost you a few bucks! 

    Post # 12
    3443 posts
    Sugar bee

    We had a green salad with strawberries and feta, garlic bread, salsa, Gouda mac n cheese, roasted potatoes, roasted veggies (in addition to tri tip and chicken.) Passed apps included a caprese skewer. The caterer also said they could make separate dishes for vegetarians but we figured we were covered with our sides.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  SLOBee.
    Post # 13
    6772 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Mac and Cheese belongs at any bbq, so it definitely gets my vote.  I also picked collards to give a veggie, but since you have salad, something else would suffice – baked beans have protein so might be a good choice.  I looked up Brunswick stew and from what I can tell, leave out hte meat and you’re basically left with lima beans in broth – it looks disgusting (to me).  Anything with mayo and egg is instantly off my list so you can’t count on my opinion much.  For me it’s b/c I hate it, but remember also that you want things that don’t spoil so easily, caterers or not.

    I gave the option for people to indicate vegetarian but no one was.  I’m actually glad b/c it meant a lot less work on my part.  Anyone who hadn’t told me would have been left with bread, potatoes and salad.

    Post # 14
    556 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    In terms of overall balance I chose mac and cheese and coleslaw, but if the beans are meat-free that might be a good option to get some protein in there.

    I do think it’s nice to offer a proper veggie option vs. just putting together a meal from sides if at all possible, but I know different caterers have different limitations! We’re doing a southern BBQ reception and ours is making roasted tofu and portobello skewers for the vegetarians/vegans. I would ask if it’s possible to do something similar.

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