(Closed) VEGAN FOOD?

posted 6 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I think the more important question is what style food are you having? Casual, formal, traditional, country-specific, spicy, etc…  There are a ton of vegan options you can add in. For entrees what about fried eggplant with pasta in marinara sauce, ratatouille, or vegetable curry? That’s usually a good hit even with omnivores. You can also do stuffed portobello mushrooms with an herbed stuffing. Any vegetabls as long as they’re cooked with vegetable/olive oil. You could do a rice and lentil pilaf with chickpeas as a carbohydrate side item. Your caterer should be able to help yoy plan for a few vegetarian/vegan guests.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Not sure if this is helpful or not but i have MANY food allergies which result in me eating a very similar diet to Vegan, (i do eat meat just nothing red) I have found that when i am asked to a dinner party and i am concerned about food contamination i will offer to supply my own food. That way it takes the stress off my host and people dont leave me out just because they are affraid of feeding me. Perhaps you should ask them what they like eating and if your caterer can come up with something for them, or perhaps if you are making the food yourself ask them if they would be alright with bringing their own? I know some people may think its a ‘fauxpas’ but honestly i dont mind one single bit! 🙂 Good luck pretty lady!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

We had some food restrictions for specific guests at our wedding as well, and our venue luckily was able to provide options and take care of it. If your venue’s providing the meal, they may have all the answers you need.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

A lot of vegans wont eat pasta (eggs) unless it is vegan pasta.

Some other options could be:

Vegetable stack

Marinated portobello mushroom stuffed with quinoa and asparagus

Grilled Tempeh with Black Rice

Vegan Mousakka

Paella

Vegetable cassoulet with mash (potato, pumpkin, swede, turnip, parsnip, taro)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

 @j_jaye:  <– awesome suggestions!  yumyum

But don’t do vege stack – it’s what most vegans/vegetarians get at weddings and I always get disappointed when I get served a vege stack (even if it turns out to be nice!)

We have heaps of food restrictions, but it depends on what else you are serving and how much flexibility your caterer gives you in choosing the vegan options.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

It depends on what you’re serving, but most caterers have vegan & vegetarian options.  If it’s not too many people, they usually don’t charge extra for it or anything.  Every time I’ve selected a vegetarian option I’ve been happy!  Vegan is a little harder, but your caterer should be a food expert and know how to handle something that will go with what you’re serving.  If it’s a buffet, just make sure you have some veggies, salad, and maybe a grain option available that isn’t touching the meat.  Someone mentioned portobelo mushrooms or maybe even some sort of mushroom blend, that’s always a great option.  It’s usally hard to find protein at buffets.  But even with a buffet, your caterer should be able to handle it. 

Also, just keep in mind, for the most part, those of us with different eating habbits know we’re the difficult ones, so we know our choices are usually limited and we are acustomed to dealing with it. Good luck!!

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We had a vegetable stack over calypso rice and then made sure the salad and dressing was vegan and that the appetizer could come without the sauce (and therefore be vegan) for the people who requested the vegetarian plate. I myself ate this meal. The stack has a portabella at the bottom, the rice and then grilled green beans, baby carrots, zucchini, squash, and red onion. The rice helped make this quite filling. I couldn’t finish my plate.

Six people of 83 ordered it and only 2 of us were actually vegetarian or vegan.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mrsSonthebeach:  You’re making me hungry.  I’ve been trying not to eat late at night.  Darn it!!  😉

Post # 11
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Worker bee

It really depends on the style of your wedidng. Is it buffet, sit down, cocktail hour?Is it being catered or are you preparing the food? I will base my post on the assumption it’s catered. Here’s a link to sample vegan menu which may give you some ideas: 

http://www.chezalicecatering.com/menus_vegan.asp

Also, http://www.snuffins.com/index.php/Menus/VegetarianVegan/

In general, pasta (most pasta I’ve seen is vegan, unless it’s made fresh), risotto, beans, rice, quinoa are great options. For instance, if I saw a quinoa stuffed pepper at a wedding, I would think I hit the vegan jackpot. Be careful with mushrooms. People can really hate them. Hummus is a cheap option for cocktail hour that a lot of non-vegans like too. Olives would be a good option as well.

Again that’s just to give you some ideas. I would just discuss it with your caterer. They should be familiar with vegan diets. I would say whatever you decide to do, try to have the caterer make it something substantial. I would never expect someone to plan their menu around my eating habits, nor would I expect to be served a three course meal, but I’ve been to many weddings where the vegan option for dinner was just grilled vegetables with a side of vegetables. Now that’s fine and I’ll take what I’m given and be grateful, but I know I would be super psyched if there  was something a little more filling. At my sister’s wedding, I believe I had a pasta primavera dish, and it was sooo good. Anyway, there’s nothing wrong with grilled vegetables, just giving you some ideas.  =)

Post # 14
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Worker bee

There are lots of vegan options you could do with mexican food. Maybe bean tostadas? Or just rice and beans with some vegetables on the side? What about bean and/or vegetable enchiladas or a layered tortilla casserole of some kind? Stuffed poblanos would be yummy too!

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper

@jennifer89:  I have a great recipe for bean burritos which I make. Tortillas tend to be vegan.  It has chickpeas, kidney beans, capsicum (bell pepper), onion and then mexican spices. We use vegan cheese but I have also made them without cheese as well but i will usually make a gucamole to have with it then.

Serve them with some spicy rice and salad and it is a complete meal 🙂

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