(Closed) No vegan option on our menu?

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

What is not vegan in your vegetarian option? 

Post # 3
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Newbee

What is your vegetarian option? It usually is a good idea to have the vegetarian option be vegan as well- that way it is only one option! Would this be something your caterer could do? 

Post # 5
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Worker bee

Maybe you can have them modify an existing menu item that you already chose or pick one that would work for them. Like add no sauce if that has dairy, or salad with no cheese, roasted veg and rice. It doesn’t have to be fancy, as long as they can eat. Or pasta made with vegetable stock instead of chicken broth. I’d tell your venue it’s not reasonable to charge that much extra if you’re just trying to feed three people. They might compromise.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK

To be honest I don’t think there’s any reasonable way you can not provide a vegan option. Providing for dietary requirements is expected, surely? Granted I’ve not had many wedding invitations yet, but they have all specifically asked for the recipient to write if they have a specific dietary requriement. It’s the norm where I’m from anyway. It doesn’t make sense to me that 3 vegan meals would be several hundred dollars. If it’s a catering company or a venue with a chef, surely they have made a vegan meal at some point before and therefore wouldn’t need to create and practice a new dish. Vegan meals do not require ‘special ingredients’. You can make something simple and delicious with very normal, easily accessible ingredients. It’s odd to me that this would apparently be such a struggle for a professional caterer x 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

Pick another pasta option for them without the dairy. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I don’t know if there is much you can do at this stage, it’s completely unreasonable for you to not offer these 3 guests something they can eat.  I have no idea how this can be several hundred extra, I would speak to your caterer about this in more detail.  I’m curious to know if they would charge a few hundred for a plate if someone had a severe allergy. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

Yikes! That is definitely not something you can adept to make vegan. Are you allowed to bring in four vegan meals for you guests? Maybe a local restaurant can pre make four meals that just have to be plated by the caterer? 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: London, UK

miabear1989 :  Absolutely! It’s definitely not the place of the caterer to make that differentiation. Their job is to make the food, not to pass judgement on why people eat what they eat. It’s actually laughable that they want to charge so much for 3 vegan meals. The veggie option is pasta so they could very easily do an extremely simple but tasty vegan pasta dish with a tomato sauce and loads of fresh vegetables and garlic. Might not be the most creative dish in the world, but that would honestly cost less than $2 per person if you were shopping and preparing that meal at home! Doesn’t show them in a very good light that it’s such a struggle for them and that they are so unaccommodating x 

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Bumble Beekeeper

Unfortunately I think you’re gonna have to bite the bullet and come up with the couple hundred dollars to cover these meals. If these guests come to your wedding and see that you spend all this money on plated dinners for everyone else, yet couldn’t arrange to accommodate their fairly mainstream needs, they will be understandably perplexed and hurt. 

I think it’s really weird your caterer doesn’t have a go-to vegan option though – this is hardly an unusual request. And as pp mentioned, lots of people have dairy allergies too so you’d think they’d be able to accommodate that without moving mountains. Can you ask to speak to someone higher up at the catering company? The more I think about it, the caterer is being really ridiculous with this.

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