(Closed) What type of vegetarian foods for reception?

posted 7 years ago in Food
Post # 3
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I think pastas are always a good bet because almost everyone likes them. What about cheese ravioli in a marinara sauce or spaghetti? Here’s a link to AllRecipes’ most loved pasta recipes.


Or maybe a variety of salads? Cous-cous, pasta, potato, etc. (although potato salad can make people ill if not refrigerated properly).

Fruit salad is always delcious as well but is time consuming and spendy to make. Not sure if those are important factors or not.

Depending on the time of day you could do a brunch with spinach quiche, pancakes, eggs, etc.


Post # 4
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love using mushrooms (mushroom ravioli, portobello burgers (expensive), pasta with mushrooms, etc.  They’re kind of meaty and dense in texture and very filling.  We mostly use them in soup but soup isn’t super wedding friendly, so if I were you I’d go with a mushroom ravioli.  If you’re doing plated dinners, I think ravioli looks nicer than just a heap of pasta on a plate.  You can also do different fillings- I have seen squash a lot and while it’s not my personal favorite, a lot of people love it.  

If you’re open to it, some ethnic cuisines do a great job with vegetarian food- I’m thinking Indian and Middle Eastern.  Their sauces have a ton of flavors going on and usually multiple vegetables, so it’s less noticeable that the food is vegetarian than, say, substituting meaty pasta for pasta with just cheese.  They also don’t rely on tofu, which may be unappealing to some guests.  

Post # 5
3696 posts
Sugar bee

Is it going to be a meal-type reception, or more hors d’oeuvres/appetizers type stuff?

For the latter, I would get a bunch of veggie trays and cheese trays, some hummus and pita bread, crackers, spanakopita and tiropita (Greek phyllo triangles stuffed with spinach and cheese), a selection of olives, some Italian crostini or bruschetta … you can do a lot of great vegetarian finger foods. (oh, and I second the suggestion about lots of fruit!)

If it’s going to be a meal, pasta is a great suggestion.

You could also do a dessert reception! Dessert is generally vegetarian … ;-P

Another thing you can do to look for ideas: go to a bookstore and leaf through a vegetarian cookbook or three.

Post # 6
7977 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I would do either a wild mushroom or a butternut squash risotto, some stuffed peppers, and perhaps some fried goat’s cheese. I also second the veggie trays, cheese trays, hummous, black olives, crusty bread and artichokes, maybe with mozerella, tomatoes and parsley?

Om nom nom nom… (hungry now).

Post # 8
262 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Go for things that are tasty on their own and do not try to find a meat substitute like tofu or soy. A lot of people suggested pasta which would give you many great options. If you want something less starchy as well, maybe grilled vegetable skewers  or stuffed bell peppers?

Post # 9
1297 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are choosing between gorgonzola-stuffed mushrooms and pasta with seasonal veggies for the vegetarian option at our tasting in a couple weeks 🙂

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