Post # 1
I am having a Caribbean menu (both my Fiance and I are from the Caribbean), please let me know what you think:
– miniature fish tacos
– vegetarian empanada
– plantain tostone with jerk beef
Main Course (Buffet)
– Curry Chicken
– Mango ginger salmon
– Fried Pork (Griot- a traditional haitian dish)
– Black bean sauce
– Rice and Peas
– Seasonal salad
– Grilled seasonal vegetables
Does this sound good? Do you think we need a separate “protein” for the 1 or 2 vegetarians (literally no more than 2).
I am debating if I should have a third protein at all. It would save us some cash! But I like people to have options so that is why we have included three.
Post # 3
I think it sounds great! What would the vegetarian protein be if you went with one? Is this being catered? Some caterers offer a vegetarian option without it counting as a “choice.”
Post # 4
I was thinking the vegetarians would just eat the sides? But I can ask if they can provide a specific vegetarian option for the 1-2 guests who have that dietary restriction.
Post # 5
Mofongo is tasy- I love it, but doesn’t really reflect our background (Haitian/Cruzan).
Post # 6
As a (former) vegetarian, I always appreciated when there was a veg option that was more than just the sides. However, I ate fish so I would be fine in this case. But as PP mentioned, most caterers will provide a vegetarian entree for those who are veg, without it counting as a choice. Could you do some kind of curry veg/chana?
Other than that, that menu looks BOMB and I wish I was a guest at your wedding 🙂
Post # 7
I would probably change the chicken curry to a vegetarian one with chickpeas. Otherwise, what about something like red beans and coconut rice served with the tostones since you’ll already have tostones from the cocktail hour.
Post # 8
I would provide a specifically vegetarian entree. While I am no longer a vegetarian, it really sucks when your dinner winds up being salad/bread and e erroneous else has options.
plus, you might be thinking they could just eat the sides, but are the sides vegetarian? And if they are, will the vegetarians know? So many people honk you can make a dish “vegetarian” by plucking the meat out of a cooked serving, or that a rice dish cooked in chicken stock or fish stock counts as vegetarian. (True story: when I was vegetarian, I was served a salad at a fancy wedding as the “vegetarian option”. That salad sent me to the hospital because the salad dressing was made with fish stock and I am allergic to fish.)
And you never know, there may be some non-vegetarian guests who would prefer the vegetarian option.
Post # 9
I’m vegan and I could make a (light) meal out of rice and peas, grilled veggies, and salad (assuming they were all actually vegetarian/vegan and labeled as such, as PP noted, and assuming there were large enough portions for me to take an entree sized amount). However, I would certainly be happier if there were either more veggie sides (what about adding fried plantains, okra, a bean stew, mango salsa, coconut jerk black eyed peas?) or a specific veggie entree.