(Closed) Vegetarian option.

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Does the venue already offer some vegetarian options? I would stick with what they offer because that would be what they are best at. Our venue had 3 or so options for hubby and i to pick one from, then that one option was offered to any guest that wanted a vegetarian meal. We had a buffet too, but anyone with allergies or a veg/vegan was served a plated meal.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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katierattray:  Awesome of your venue to be so flexable! I wish I had a yummy recipe to share, but i’m sure a lot of the bees on here will offer some wonderful suggestions!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Awesome that you’re being so thoughtful to your veg guests! I’m one, and I’m pretty much resigned to eating a salad with some rolls at most weddings. I’d love to be invited to something like this!

I’m sorry that I don’t have any advice, but just wanted to say that I appreciate what you’re doing. I’d go for one vegan option if you can, in case people have allergies or don’t like dairy. Have you tried googling “vegetarian wedding main course options?” Don’t mean to throw you to google – I’m sure others here will have great suggestions – but it might help!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

mac and cheese is always good! even though not great for vegans!

grilled or steamed or fried veggies

rice and beans

pasta! 

Post # 7
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Honey bee

I attended a wedding a few months ago, where the vegetarian dish was supposed to be a pasta dish, that I would have really liked. When I got there, the groom’s aunt told me she had called to talk about their vegan option. I’m guessing they didn’t want to find/buy the ingredients it would have taken to make the pasta dish vegan (or maybe they couldn’t do it?), so they changed the entree. It ended up being a bunch of steamed root vegetables, on top of about 4 cups of quinoa (too gritty, for me). I used all the butter on the table, along with salt and pepper, to try to get those vegetables down. If I had known they were going to switch the entrees, I would have probably stayed home, instead of wasting the couples’ money.

I had a vegetable Wellington last year, that was really tasty. Only problem – they put some of the vegetables through a slicer, without peeling it, and the eggplant I got in my entree was mostly the outside skin. And I love eggplant …

From my daughters’ weding menus): older daughter – Wild Mushroom & Asparagus Vol-au-Vent – Wilted Spinach, Porcini Mushroom Sauce, Parmesan Cheese. younger daughter – Stilton Risotto, Roasted Pear and Carmelized Walnuts

 

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Personally, I would stay away from all pastas. They are super heavy. Eggplant parm? AVeggie pot pie. Ratatouille. Spanakopita. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

We added at last minute a vegetarian lasagna. I would say that it was a crowd favorite among everyone including the carnivores. Ours was buffet style too. And we offered mixed veggies and two different salads. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

I went to a wedding recently that served a mushroom and squash rissotto that was amazing. Ive also been to weddings and was served stuffed portabella mushrooms. 

I would see what they could cook well once you have a few ideas because cooking for a wedding can easily ruin some dishes due to extended cooking. When I helped my sister plan the cater said vegetarian dishes were last out due to cooking them immediate once dinner service was to start to ensure quality. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2016

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MangoSong:  Love these suggestions!

OP, the best vegetarian dishes I’ve had have been quinoa and veggie stuffed mushrooms and eggplant parm.  I do want to say thank you for having an option because my own sister didn’t have a vegetarian option for myself (her MOH) and her SIL (a BM).  It was a long night!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper

That’s great that you’re putting so much thought into your vegetarian guests. Sounds like you’re getting some good ideas here.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I have been vego for over 15 years and our whole wedding will be vego. A good venue should know how to cook a few good meals. Some examples are wild mushroom lasagne, pea and mint risotto, vegetable stack, potato and leek pie.

The vego meals should use most of the same ingredients they typically use for meat dishes.

“Spinach and Ricotta Something” is by far the most common and boring meal I get served here in Australia.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Husband and I had a total vegetarian wedding. Being vegetarians, we are familiar with filling up on side dishes. We had tons of yummy passed h’ors dourves like chipotle egg rolls, Brie and raspberry puffed pastry, bruschetta, spanakopita, Parmesan crusted artichokes and cheese/fruit. Our main meals were stations. We had a mashed potatoes bar which was a hit. We has a pasta station W/cheese tortellini and mushroom ravioli with different sauces. We had a grilled vegetable sliders station with fixings and salad. It was all delicious. They offered to make risotto too but we liked our choices. Some of the best pasta dishes I have had have been at weddings- mmmm I still remember a pasta primavera from 2006! So good.  Unless you are offering appetizer options and salad, I suggest something filling for your vegetarians Such as pasta. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Whatever you do, don’t have anything with parmesan in it – vegetarians can’t eat it as the rennet used in its production is made from calves stomach.

I’d second the vegetarian lasagne, or something like a risotto. If you’re doing a buffet please have the veg food plated – often at buffets the meat eaters will devour the veggie food, leaving the actual vegetarians hungry.

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