We’re vegetarians (along with several of my relative and my FILs) and food was our top priority. We actually selected the caterer first and then made sure they could work at the venue of our choice. The caterers we chose own a restaurant and butcher shop, and if asked, many people in town would say they specialize in meat, but really what they specialize in is farm-to-table, seasonal food. Since our wedding is in June and produce is AMAZING at that time of year, we’re having a vegetable-focused, family-style meal, with only about 3 meat options (we could easily go without it and we might). We won’t finalize the menu until about 1 week before the wedding, since we want to pick whatever is best at the market at that time. This is what we’ve discussed as possibilities so far, with our “meat-loving” caterer:
Passed or buffet appetizers for cocktail hour: spicy green pesto or smoked whitefish crostini and entils, garlic herb vinaigrette dressing wrapped in steamed chard
Placed on tables as guests sit, so they have something to munch on during welcome speeches: homemade pretzels, special WI cheese, mustard
Dinner: barley risotto with assorted grilled mushrooms, onion, pecorino & asparagus, chicken breast roulade stuffed with pine nuts, swiss chard & farmstead artisinal cheese or skirt steak with chimmichurri, grilled scallions
Sides: roasted spring carrots with mint, butter, honey and salad with shaved kale, toasted hazelnuts & ricotta salata
Kids: Mac n cheese
Dessert: assorted fruit pies: strawberry / rhubarb / cherry / mixed berry
I should mention that we also did a tasting with another caterer, a steakhouse actually, and they came up with an awesome vegetarian menu focused on Italian dishes. I think if you tell the caterer you want a vegetarian meal that is seasonal and sticks to a specific type of cuisine (Indian, Thai, Italian) that is known for amazing vegetable dishes, no one will miss the meat!