Post # 46
MeandMyLouboutins: I don’t think you understand at all! We are talking values here, not personal preferences.
Nobody’s core values are “to eat meat”.
And all those who would leave because they’re expecting a meal, vegan meals are meals. Could you be any more closed minded?
Oh, and I am not a vegan.
Post # 47
veganbee2017: I’m a meat eater and totally happy to eat vegan sometimes. The only thing I would add is to skip the fake meat type things and tofu. I know a lot of my friends and family are they same as me – we’ll happily fill up on vegetables that we’re used to but put fake meat on my plate and I’m going to be pretty grossed out.
Post # 48
i will never understand the people who genuinely think they cannot have a tasty, satisfying vegetarian/vegan meal for a single meal on a single day. and i’m not vegetarian myself.
OP – have a vegan wedding. take a non-vegan, non-vegetarian to your tasting to get their opinions on things. stay away from fake meat/cheese/tofu. and, don’t tell people it’s vegan if you can help it. if people are just enjoying the food, they won’t question it. it’s the idea of vegan that freaks people out, not the actual food.
Post # 49
ZOODLES in cilantro avacado line sauce!!
Post # 50
I’m not vegan, so I’d be excited to try anything! I’ve seen some great vegan recipes before, but have never tried them, so I think it would be fun to see what was served at a wedding.
Post # 51
Echoing PPs–skip the fake meat entirely and focus on veggies and grains. I’d also limit soy products just because a lot of people don’t care for the texture of things like tempeh, and it can be pretty off-putting if you’re not used to it or not expecting it.
Grain salads are some of my favortie things and are pretty filling–wheatberries, farro, black rice etc. tossed with vinaigrette and nuts and fruit and/or veggies is amazing. Don’t mention that it’s a vegan reception, but you should check with guests about possible allergies (soy and nuts come to mind).
Post # 52
Just because people CAN go a meal without meat doesn’t mean they have to be thrilled over the idea. Many guests will eat the food and dislike it, or waste it and go hungry, and they’re allowed to do that – just as a host/hostess can choose to serve food they want even if they know the majority of their guests would not like. I know many health-reasons vegans as opposed to ethical-reasons vegans, and they would react the same way to a meat-only meal (despite not having a moral basis for not enjoying the food selection).
As far as OP’s question, I’d say do not serve “fake” meats/eggs/cheeses because people not used to them will not eat them and it will be a waste. Grilled veggie skewers (sans mushrooms, most non-vegans do not like them), pasta dishes, rice-stuffed peppers. Is bruschetta possibly vegan? Like some kind of bread with an oil-based spread. A shooter of sweet potato fries might be cute. Tortillas with guac/salsa. Pita/veggies and hummus, Fried chickpeas. Soups. more veggies. Bean/rice/couscous salads. Just stick to “normal” foods and you’ll have less waste. I’d eat any of those, and not notice the vegan aspect. Don’t proclaim a “vegan wedding” and people won’t even be able to tell.
Post # 53
While I LOVE mushrooms, they are a pretty common food that many people do not like, so avoiding them or using them minimally would be ideal. As for mock meats and cheeses, I have found that some of the cheeses (like Daiya) tend to be better in something than on their own, like a cheesy salsa dip with the cheese melted in.
I would ask your venu chef if they have a vef or vegan menu option, ours did, and I was very surprised oat how well the vegan options were executed and the creativity behind them. When talking ot the chef, I would ask what their strengths are, and work with that. While most vegans think vegan cooking is pretty easy, we have been doing it for a while, and picking specific dishes that may not be the strength of the chef could end in a not so tasty meal.
Also, try and bring a non-vegan to your tasting, that really helps! We brought my Mother-In-Law and having her insight on the food was very important. Overall, there were maybe 2 or 3 people who grumbled about the food being vegan at the reception, but there is always someone who is not happy, so I figure we did good!
I’m posting a pic below of our menu (on the right), so you can see what we did.
MeandMyLouboutins: Depending on the reasons that the bride and groom are vegan, asking them to spend money on a non vegan option could be in direct conflict with their beliefs. Also, barring food allergies, everyone can eat vegan food, whether they are a vegan or not. So while people may “miss” the meat or cheese, they will be ablel to eat everything offered to them. If a vegan attented wedding where there was not an option for them, they could not eat. Just some insight on the “it’s our money” statement.
Post # 54
- Wedding: December 2014 - Maui
I’m fine with vegan/vegetarian food as long as it’s not fake stuff. I like vegetables, pasta, beans, potatoes, even tofu, but no meat/dairy substitutes. I’m not a fan of vegan baked goods though, because I see them as substitutes for the real thing. I’d rather have good ol’ fruit than a vegan wedding cake.
But no matter what my food preferences are, if I were invited to a wedding by my vegan friends, I’d just be happy to celebrate with them.
Post # 55
I am not vegan or vegetarian but I eat a lot of vegetarian and some vegan items. I would vote for food that consists of just fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, etc. as opposed to fake bacon or fake chicken type things. That might be the easiest way to please the masses, if you are concerned about that [did not read any updates or comments].
Post # 56
- Wedding: May 2018 - City, State
I have no suggestions, but I’d be so excited to try a delicious vegan meal! I actually would love to make more veg/vegan meals for fi and i so I’m loving the suggestions on this thread!
Post # 57
veganbee2017: I think it really depends on what time of year your wedding is. My favorite vegan menus (I’ve done food writing & cookbook testing for years) involve lots of seasonal foods and not so much of the vegan faux meats and cheeses. I find that omnivores do not like vegan meats and cheeses nearly as much as vegans do.
I love naturally vegan dishes like mixed beet salad with toasted walnuts and orange balsamic glaze, vegetable spring rolls with spicy peanut dipping sauce, sweet potato bisque (no cream required), toasted bread with selection of olive tapanade, babaganoush, heirloom tomatos with fresh basil and olive oil, zacusca, and artichoke dip. Falafel can be made fancier if it’s bite size and drizzeled with a sauce while paired with some elegant sides like maybe tabbouleh or even a farro cucumber and sun dried tomato salad. Pan seared brussels sprouts, walnut apple stuffing, individually sized vegan casseroles, roasted and stuffed acorn squash, etc.
Also, you can’t go wrong with pasta. Everyone loves pasta!
ETA: And, just a note, if your caterer sends you a menu that’s realllly tofu heavy or faux meat/cheese heavy get a new caterer. There are so many stunning vegan dishes, you don’t have to settle for something that mimics a meat meal.
Post # 58
Veggie here, planning veggie wedding.
Deffo avoid fake meat/cheese for the wedding breakfast. Guessing you’re also in the UK as you mentioned a wedding breakfast, are you doing a buffet in the evening? A chip fan (minus the fish obvs) might work for the evening. Everyone lives chips generally.
Could curry be an option? (Esp if you can offer a more familiar pasta dish if you have any oldest relatives like me who won’t even try it…). A lot of curries are naturally vegan or easily tweaked. We often eat vegan curries – spiced aubergine, chana masala etc. Mmmm. Mexican food can be similar.
I liked a previous poster’s suggestion of ratatouille.
Before you speak to your venue have a look online of some veggie/vegan caterers. Then you can always suggest some dishes to your venue if they’re like ‘umm, what’.
Post # 59
MeandMyLouboutins: (& the other PPs who feel it is rude for me not to offer a meat/fish/dairy option) I hadn’t considered the fact that people might want to leave the reception because there was no meat/dairy on offer?! Really?! You talk about suiting other peoples preferences, which I’m more than happy to do, just in a way that does not involve slaughtering animals…incidentally, that was the reason I started this thread – to find out what people would like to eat…..because I intend to be a good host!
To to all others:
Thank you all for your responses and support!
Im glad everyone seems to be feeling the same about faux meat/cheese – Fiance is a big fan but I was worried people would feel this way and it seems I’m right, so thank you 🙂
I laughed really hard when I read a number of posts, I didn’t realise wedding breakfast wasn’t a universal term – sorry all!! So no, I’m not trying to provide three courses of vegan breakfast foods, it’s just a three course meal followed up with some amazing cupcakes (red velvet??). I think chip butties will be winner, I do think faux meat is too much of an acquired taste for most people!
I will update when I have more of an idea of what we will be serving…
Post # 60
veganbee2017: American here…..just googled “Chip butties” – HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE:)