(Closed) Vegetarian option at dinner?

posted 8 years ago in Food
  • poll: Vegetarian option at dinner?
    Yes, one vegetarian meal is necessary : (49 votes)
    80 %
    No, there are other non meat sides available : (8 votes)
    13 %
    Other! I'll tell you what I think below! : (4 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Am not a vegetarian but I definitely think it is courteous to offer something. Instead of using one of your two entree choices for the vegetarians, since you mentioned that only a small handful are vegetarians, are you allowed to pay a bit extra for an additional side dish? That should be able to appease everyone and give you a better variety than the entree selections they give you. Any caterer worth their salt will do what they can to fit your needs and budget.

    Post # 4
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    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I don’t expect a main dish, but I will tell you that it literally makes my night when there is one. It’s really nice to be considered and not have to make do with the non-nutritious sides that are usually provided. 

    Post # 5
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    873 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I’m a vegetarian and have been left out of countless weddings/events, so you can guess which way I voted.  I think the two options you have been given are also good for meat eaters.  Even though I only have a few vegetarians at my wedding, I know there will be several other people at the wedding who will choose the veggie option for healthy/diet reasons, so I think a lot of people will be happy to see that option in your buffet.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    Not having a meal while everyone else chows down is depressing, frustrating, and alienating.  Please work something out so that your veg guests have a real meal!  Perhaps suggest a dish that you think your vegetarian guests might like better than the pasta and see if the caterer can whip something up.

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    @veganglam -amen!!! I was at a wedding once where all the “non meat” food had mayo on it, so i ate plain rice. yumm.

    I know my mom eats meat but almost always chooses the vegetarian menu at weddings. so you might have lots of takers!

    Post # 9
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I became a vegetarian when I was 11, and my family treated it like it was a stage, too! It’s been well over 8 years since I’ve eaten meat, and I haven’t been tempted yet. 🙂 They’ll learn, but it’ll take time. Good for you for sticking up for your cousin, though. 

    Eggplant parm. is usually popular. I personally love mushroom dishes, but a lot of people don’t like mushrooms. You could also go with a ravioli or, if you want to get adventurous, a type of tofu or seitan. 

    Post # 10
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    perhaps you can talk to your caterer and come up with a better veg option if you aren’t happy. they *should* be willing to work with you and at least give you some suggestions. But yes, you should have a veg option – I even know a bunch of meat eaters that are really picky and would choose the non-meat option anyways.

    Post # 11
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    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I’m a vegetarian and at the last wedding I went to I had mashed potatoes.  A LOT of mashed potatoes because there was no vegetarian entree and that was the only side that didn’t have meat in it too.  It’s pretty depressing and disappointing at a lot of events (not just weddings) when there is nothing to eat.  You wonder who those people are who take more than one piece of cake?  It’s the vegetarians – we’re starving!  All kidding aside, especially if someone in your wedding party is vegetarian, it is courteous to have an entree selection that is not meaty. 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    i voted that a veg meal was necessary, but honestly, it probably depends on the sides and if they’re hearty. if there were 2 veggie salads and 2 veggie sides, which had a protein, i’d be happy. i’ve been a vegetarian since i was 4, i’m used to not having options. if the sides are cooked vegetables, that wouldn’t be enough. but if one was like, mac and cheese or something, or something with cheese or beans, i’d be happy.

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I am so happy my family never treated my vegetarianism as a stage!  People who didn’t know me, yeah, sometimes, but my mom even went pescetarian and started cooking all-vegetarian family dinners when I announced that I was going vegetarian at age 8!  

    I agree with lilyfaith on the ravioli, with an interesting sauce or maybe some kind of risotto, chock full of veggies?  You should find out if your guests like mushrooms–they’re my favorite food and SO many things can be done with them.  My favorite restaurant, Horizons Philadelphia, makes amazing entrees with mushrooms cooked like, five ways.  You should definitely check out their menus for inspiration!  I am a bit more hesitant, however, on the tofu, seitan, or tempeh dishes.  People who have never worked with these foods before have a tendency to f them up.  If you caterer has cooked extensively with them, that’s awesome, but if not, you might not want to risk it. Still, make sure to include  SOME kind of protein: I know I get all headache-y and dizzy if I go for a long period of time during the day without eating any! You don’t want a guest passing out at your reception :/

    I do this every time someone brings up vegetarian meals at receptions: take a look at the menus at some of my favorite vegetarian restaurants, all their food is sure to be crowd-pleasing (for vegetarians and omnivores alike).  It really depends on the palettes of your guests as to what the best thing to serve is, so maybe just take a glance and see if anything sounds right?

    Ubuntu : Michelin-ranked “vegetable-based” restaurant in Napa, CA

    Millennium: San Francisco vegan gourmet restaurant that has consistently won “Best Vegetarian Restaurant” VegNews survey for the past like, ten years

    Horizons : mentioned above, my favorite restaurant, in Philadelphia; first vegetarian restaurant to ever serve a meal at the James Beard House in NYC

    Candle 79 : NYC’s  premiere vegan restaurant (two locations in Manhattan); they’ll be doing MY wedding catering

    Blossom : Another AWESOME vegan restaurant in NYC; they have three locations in Manhattan now so they must be doing something very, very right.

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think the plated dinner for the exceptions can work well, if the caterer will help you out or allow an outside caterer. I am getting a couple of kosher meals brought. It was an added expense, but I think it is worth going the extra mile for my friends without sacrificing the overall meal.

    Post # 15
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    157 posts
    Blushing bee

    I would feel pretty left out if I was a guest or a member of your wedding party and wasn’t fed enough. Especially, your Maid/Matron of Honor who will be with you from the very beginning until the end (whenever that may be). I think the extra cost of having some plated dinners for your guests and Maid/Matron of Honor. I don’t have any recipes to provide you, but I’m sure your caterer would be open to it. 

     

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Just a little tip: I think the Vegitarian option is usually cheaper too! :o)

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