xjmrufinix (xjmrufinix) wrote in vegancooking,
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Question RE: Vegetarian Meals at Weddings etc...

As I've mentioned here before, I work in the banquet kitchen of a country club. We don't specialize in vegetarian food at all, but we will often have banquets, particularly weddings, when we have an order of 4-5 vegetarian/vegan meals in addition to the regular orders of prime rib and chicken and all that.

The previous head chef was not particularly bright or ethical and generally served some atrocious veggie meals; typically either some kind of fish or a mediocre Pasta Primavera drenched in butter and chicken base. (Yes, he put chicken base in the meals of people who declined the chicken option)

Thankfully, his incompetence got him canned and got me promoted so I am now Sous Chef and have the opportunity to come up with ideas for the vegetarian meals as they come along. What I wanted to ask you guys is:

1) What would you like to be served if you were invited to a banquet and only allowed to order something as vague as "Vegetarian Meal"? I think these days it goes without saying that we should not assume a veggie eats fish, but should we also assume that they don't want any dairy? Or would most vegans make a point to have that specified?

2) Also, I'd like to hear any horror stories you've got about "vegetarian" meals you've been served in the past. Personally, I've had a lot of bad buttery pasta at weddings.

Thanks a lot in advance!
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