Post # 1
I’m thinking of having some friends over for brunch soon. My fiance and I are the only vegans out of our group of friends, although almost no one is super-picky, there are some more traditional eaters. Usually I make/have meat or at least something cheesy available for them just for hospitality’s sake.
I thought it’d be fun to try an all-vegan brunch though. The dishes would be somewhat traditional (pancakes, pumpkin french toast, scones, fresh fruit) but I’d also have some more adventurous dishes with tofu and lots of veggies like mushrooms, etc, which I don’t expect everyone to like/try but I know some of my friends would enjoy.
Would you feel comfortable trying this food? Do you feel like you could find something you like, even if you steer clear of things like tofu? I’d love your honest feedback!
Post # 3
I think it’d be fun! My Maid/Matron of Honor had a vegan wedding and brunch, and there was some tasty stuff there. I love trying new stuff!
Post # 5
Because this is a smaller brunch at your house I think you get a lot more leeway then if you were throwing a big party. And of all the meals to make vegan, brunch seems pretty safe. As long as you have some crowd favorites like you mention (pancakes, fruit, etc) I think it’ll be just fine. 🙂
Post # 6
I think the best part about making a meal that suits your dietary needs is shocking people about how good things can be, and how familiar they can be, even without meat and cheese!
Post # 7
I voted the “Maybe” option.
But I personally would want to have some cheese! I love cheese though, so I’m a bit biased (hence why I voted the “maybe” option).
It really depends on your guests though. (For example: I would love to have Ethiopian cuisine for the dinner at my wedding, and I know my side of the family would be fine with that, but fiance’s family likes more traditional American food and would be like “what the hell is this?!”, so I nixed the idea.)
Post # 8
I wouldn’t eat tofu and tons of veggies like mushrooms dishes but would be just fine eating pancakes, fruit and french toast!
Post # 9
I’m all for the tofu! If you cook it just right, some people don’t even know it’s tofu! I think an all vegan brunch is cool. I would do it!
Post # 10
I’m a very picky eater, so I don’t know if I’d actually like the food, but I think it would be fun to try it all!
Post # 11
I would definitely try everything, and since you have some classics like fruit and pancakes no one should go hungry!
Post # 12
Good food is good food. Period.
I love the idea. And there are plenty of vegan dishes that are totally crowd-friendly, as you know. Find a good caterer, try their wares, and make some converts!
Post # 13
My guy and I are major meat eaters, but we’re planning on having a vegan friend over for wine-pong and vegan spaghetti (she’s bringing tiramisu). Quite frankly, I’m enjoying trying to figure out a filling vegan meal. I’d include some non-tofu protein (my guys gets grumpy without protein – but that can just be a couple of almonds), but really, it’s not a terrible thing to eat a vegan meal.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t have any problem eating whatever you served! Pumpkin french toast sounds *amazing*, btw!!!!!
One thing I’ve found in dealing with less adventurous eaters is to not make a big deal about telling them what they are eating beforehand (unless you think there might be an allergy issue, of course). If you are having a smaller dinner party, or brunch, it’s not always necessary to say “oh, and this is TOFU” – just present your dishes. It seems like so many people just think they don’t like things or won’t like things and then never try them. If they don’t know they are about to eat something they “don’t like”, more times than not they actually like it. Have fun!
Post # 15
Go for it! I find that it’s almost best not to point out that it’s all vegan/vegetarian food when it happens, because it seems like people don’t really notice until you point it out.
Post # 16
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far for your thoughts! Seems like I am on the same page with just about all of you, and I really appreciate the feedback.
@abbyful: I know exactly what you mean, and for that reason we are having a meat main dish at our wedding. It makes me uncomfortable, but I want to be considerate, and I know how good it makes me feel when meat-eaters go out of their way to cook me vegetarian meals, so I guess it’s my way of returning the favor?
@JennyW1: Actually, I’d cook it all myself! I cook at work, and it’s a huge hobby of mine, so it definitely won’t be a disaster. I have a slew of cookbooks and recipes in reserve, so I’m looking forward to playing around with them in the next few weeks.
@ILikePink: doesn’t it seem like such a great fall brunch dish? And you’re both spot on with the tofu/vegan aspect. I gave my in-laws vegan cupcakes and cookies without telling them first. They adored them, and halfway through eating her cupcake, my Future Mother-In-Law saw the recipe and goes, “this is vegan?” and then looked at it, ate the rest and said “well, are there any more?” and she’s very… non-vegan friendly, haha.