- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2016
We are having an evening wedding and will be serving dinner, buffet style, from a local barbecue joint. We only have 2-3 known vegetarians – I say “known” because there are a few friends-of-family invited that I’m not sure of, but I’m about 85% sure there are no other vegetarians. We are around 99.99% sure that no one is a vegan (I leave the .01% in case someone becomes a vegan in the next 5 months, I’m 100% sure there are none right now).
One of our 3 vegetarians will eat meat from our caterer because the restaurant has ethical sourcing (she has stated this about this restaurant, I would never presume to make this decision for her). Additionally, one of our other vegetarians is finishing grad school and applying to jobs, so there’s a chance she won’t be able to make it if she’s just started a job in another state/country. So, basically, we may only have 1 true vegetarian there.
The base catering options for the barbecue place we are using are 2 meats and 2 sides. We chose to also add a mixed greens salad and cornbread biscuits to give some additional options that don’t have meat in them. It is NOT an option to bring in our own vegetarian meals (the venue has policies against food that is not prepared and served by a licensed caterer). The desserts (cupcakes, popsicles, and donuts) are all vegetarian. We did choose roast chicken and beef briscut for the meats because I do know we have some people that don’t eat pork/red meat but will eat chicken.
**TL;DR start here :)**
I haven’t met with the caterer yet, so I do plan to ask them if they have any vegetarian options (i.e. can they make 5 or so vegetarian meals – heavy salads, veggie options, or something like that which can be available upon request for vegetarians?). I’m hopeful that since they have a large catering business they may have an option for this. However, assuming their answer is no:
1) People who have had buffet barbecue weddings, how did you accomodate vegetarians? Did you just focus on vegetarian sides? Did you find a way to do a vegetarian entree? Did your barbecue vendor have a special vegetarian meal you could order?
2) Vegetarians – if you went to a wedding with barbecue and there was a mixed salad and cornbread – what two additional “sides” would you like to see so that you would be most satisfied? Our options are potato salad, mac n cheese, collard greens, cole slaw, and baked beans (there’s also green beans and brunswick stew, but I know both of these have meat in them – they cook the green beans with ham).
I’m hopeful that the restaurant can make 5 or so vegetarian meals, their best sides are their mac-n-cheese and brunswick stew, but I won’t order the brunswick if there isn’t another vegetarian option for my vegetarian guests.