(Closed) Would this vegetarian meal satiate meat eaters?

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 32
1646 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i’m another vegetarian who thinks your menu sounds aaaaaamazing!!

one thing though, and i noticed some other commenters mentioned protein too–maybe adding some chickpeas or white beans to one of the appetizers would help “hearty”-it up for the meat eaters? there’s a lot of cheese, which also is a good protein, but beans sometimes feel more filling. i tend to eat them with almost eveything! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 33
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Anela Garden Chapel & Japanese Cultural Center, Honolulu

as someone who will eat just about anything, that sounds delicious! and i think that panini menu thing is super cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ and now i am hungry ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 35
1300 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

im a huuuge meat and potatoes person – its practically 90% of my diet with a sprinkling of veggies in there here and there – so thats my caveat.

your menu sounds tasty – however i think i would walk away hungry.

My suggestion: like some other bees mentioned have a pasta course – or replace the couscous with pasta – it will fill you up. even if its something like pasta primavera (just pasta with roasted veggies) which will leave meat eaters feeling full. Or something with a tomato based marinara like sauce.

Of the paninis while they sound tasty, the only one i might eat would be the spicy one – minus the beans. most of the paninis i would look at and go “wheres the meat???”

A grilled cheese will go a LONG way for the less adventurous in the crowd so definately have that as one of the adult panini choices (whats orange cheddar cheese? – does that mean the color?).

all and all not bad though.


Post # 36
3674 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

i don’t like most veggies… so the only thing i’d eat is the panini. but i know i’m a minority.

Post # 37
36 posts

I’m a super picky eater, so to be entirely honest I wouldn’t eat a lot of that (though the Feisty Grandma panini sounds amazing). But also as a picky eater I know going into a lot of situations that I have to make due, and maybe (just maybe) try new things! I would never go to a wedding or any other plated event and be upset at all that they didn’t have my favorite foods. 

I do agree with the suggestions about a fancier grilled cheese and adding pasta if possible to the menu. But in regards to you worry about it not being filling enough, I don’t think that is a problem at all. There is more than enough there to keep even me (truly the pickiest eater you will meet, and a huge meat and potatoes girl) full and satisfied. I would also be extremely excited for the s’mores dessert, and would use that to fill me up afterwards if necessary. 

Post # 38
1 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

That menu sounds awesome!  I am a vegan so I am also biased.  I do agree with the idea for bean dips and a grain more dense than the cous cous such as risotto (though that is hard to do for a wedding).  You could do polenta instead of cous cous as well.  I am surrounded by meat eaters and they love stuff like polenta, whole grain pasta, hummus and bean dips.  Do you mind if I borrow some of your food ideas for my wedding?  The paninis sound great!

Post # 39
165 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a meat eater, just like Spaganya, from a real meat and potatoes family.  And this menu would NOT fly.  At All.  My cousin’s wife is a vegetarian for religious reasons and they bitch and complain at every single one of her functions.  Looking at the menu, it sounds tasty but nothing that I would personally want to eat and I’m not a picky eater.  It just isn’t my taste. It’s bread, cheese and vegetables pretty much.  I don’t like gazpacho.  I probably wouldn’t leave satisfied, honestly.  But since offering meat is not an option,  I mean, what can you do? It’s just one night, I could deal with it, but would be a bit crabby on my empty stomach.  Or, maybe someone will pick up food elsewhere and bring it (yes, I have seen that done before).  I think you’ve done well for what you are willing to provide.

Post # 40
3856 posts
Honey bee

Yeah, I’m a little overwhelmed by the amount of dairy on this list. I can’t eat a lot of dairy (mild lactose intolerance). I’m also surprised by the lack of beans/tofu/protein anywhere on the list. Besides cheese which I know some people call a protien at times.

It looks good, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t make it through your reception if I ate all that dairy. I second a cheese-less or a soy-cheese panini option.

Post # 41
301 posts
Helper bee

I’m a meat and potatoe lover and I seriously <3 your menu!!!!!  I wanna come!!!!  Pleeezzzeeee!!!!

Seriously, I would love to attend a wedding where something different (for me) like your menu would be served!!! 

Post # 42
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yummy!!  Your menu sounds tasty.  I’m a meat eater foodie from a meat and potatoes background whose first grad school roomate was a vegetarian foodie.  We were also concious of having veggie and non-veggie tasty options at our wedding.  

There are a couple of things I would consider changing/adding.  1) Definitely have a tasty option sans dairy.  There are more lactose sensitive people out there than you think.  (I personally love dairy but have many friends who do not…) 2) Have a protein rich panini.  The menu’s main protein is dairy.  Something may appeal more to the meat and potatoes crowd that had a meat substitute either a really good homemade veggie burger (high in the nuts) or a soy based substitute with yummy marinade.  

Post # 43
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have a sensitive stomach and for whatever reason I get sick when I eat too many veggies, so I think I would personally have a hard time with that menu. I know a lot of people prefer simpler foods due to stomach issues so you might have a slight problem with too many veggies and too much cheese. But the paninis do sound good and I would eat that. I think a pasta option would be perfect though ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 44
180 posts
Blushing bee

Hmm.  I don’t eat a lot of meat, but my SO does and he hates cheese.  Especially melted cheese.  I agree with previous responses that the menu is very dairy heavy and seems repetitive with a basic vegetable+cheese+starch pattern.  Do you need all those plated dishes?  What about sticking with one straight vegetable side, maybe roasted carrots or whatever, one soup (carrot ginger bisque? tomato soup? yum!) and then the paninis?

Speaking of… The Bad Larry sounds like a grown-up grilled cheese, so what if you billed it as such? For the Fungus Amongus (cute name, btw!), what if you took out the cheese and added portabello mushrooms, which are pretty meaty on their own? the Mighty Aphrodite sounds the least appealing to me.  I did discover a super tasty sandwich – avocado & apple, with walnuts.  This could be a non-panini alternative for those who are vegan?

Post # 45
1652 posts
Bumble bee

I’m a meat eater.  Each menu item sounds tasty on its own.  But I agree that I would look at it and feel something was missing.  I agree with those advising on a pasta or egg type option (not that I don’t love paninis).  I think that is in part because they are heavier.  But I also think their is a psychological component that a souffle or pasta dish might remind the meat eater of more of a meat type dish, they eat. (ie. pasta and meatballs or a one dish casserole.)  The familiarity might keep them grounded. 

But as is, I was looking at the items and thinking, it’s just one salad after another…and I like salad.

Post # 46
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Sounds pretty good! I like the idea of an adult grilled cheese or pasta if you are worried but I do love the panini menu! I am wholly not vegetarian but I love the ideas on the menu!

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