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Devoted October 2022

Welcome bbq - Vegan Guests

Jennifer, on July 7, 2022 at 12:07 AM Posted in Parties and Events 0 30
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I’m hosting a Welcome BBQ the day before the wedding since basically all of my guests are from out of town. It’s supposed to be a little intro to our little town of Eureka Springs. How do you all handle guests who are vegan at a BBQ buffet?! I’m ordering from a BBQ Pit so literally everything has meat, dairy, or eggs in it except maybe the baked beans… They don’t have grilled vegetables. I don’t exactly want to overhaul the menu for 1-3 people, should I order food especially just for those select few? That’s what my reception is doing but it’s plated service so it’s not such a big deal. I’m not sure how to handle it for a buffet.

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Latest activity by Jennifer, on July 9, 2022 at 5:47 PM
  • W
    VIP September 2020
    Willow ·
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    Can you order a few portabello mushroom dishes from a different place? Or avocado toast? Salad? It's always nice to have some greens regardless
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Should I order a big thing or just a small thing for that person? Lol my fiancé and I never thought of salad… we just considered the coleslaw the vegetables 🤣 We are so bad at ordering salad that I don’t even know where to get a good salad 😅
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Oh! There’s another BBQ place that has a vegan burger so I may just get her and other vegans/vegetarians that. If there are enough people with dietary restrictions, then I’ll add a salad in instead.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
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    Jackfruit can be purchased at Trader Joe’s and is a vegan alternative to pulled pork that can be marinated in bbq sauce. Talk to the restaurant and see what they are able to do accommodate the vegan guests. Because they need to be able to eat more than just a fruit skewer.
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  • Sylvana
    Devoted August 2021
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    As a vegetarian who consistently feels underfed at weddings, get a vegan burger or go with the jackfruit recommendation from the previous poster AND a salad or fries on the side. A salad is not enough food during an event like a wedding.
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  • Sonal
    Beginner August 2024
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    That's a great idea! I would get a few of the vegan, and salad on the side - not as a main course.


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  • Alyssa
    Devoted October 2023
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    Since it's not your wedding and just a welcome party I wouldn't go all out for a couple people. Maybe tell them it's BBQ and to plan accordingly.


    I have dietary restrictions and usually go to weddings/functions assuming i can't eat the food. Sometimes the wedding party will reach out to me and let me know in case I need to bring my own food.
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  • Sylvana
    Devoted August 2021
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    .....if someone invites me to a function and then tells me to "plan accordingly" cause there will be no food for me, my plan will be to stay home. Yes, I expect to not get the same quality or level of attention to my food since most vegetarian or vegan food options seem to be thrown together as an afterthought. But the point is they exist and it isn't that hard to find an option in this day and age.


    Please do not tell your guests to plan accordingly. Please give them an option. Doesn't need to be amazing. Just needs to sustain someone for an event. If there is liquor involved, do a pasta of some kind. Cheap, easy, and filling.
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    I want to do the vegan burger, but my main issue right now is how to give it to her since it’s a buffet. I really don’t want to have to buy 50 vegan burgers to accommodate for 1 vegan, you know what I mean? Like, is it it weird if I just give her the burger? I’d probably still have a salad and I’ll try to see if I can find any pasta bow tie summer salads anywhere since those go well with BBQs, too.
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Is it weird if I just give her the burger? I really don’t want to buy 50 vegan burgers for 1 vegan at $14 a burger. The entire buffet spread is like $1200. The burgers would 1.5x that for 1 person. Or would it be awkward if we just gave it to her at the start of people getting their food?
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    I definitely don’t want to plan the buffet spread around 1 vegan. I think getting a salad is good anyway and will probably add that, but for the main, I found another BBQ place that makes vegan burgers. The only thing is I don’t want to buy 50 burgers for 1 vegan lol. At $14 a burger that’s a like half of my entire BBQ spread. Would it be weird if I just bought her the vegan burger and had one of the servers give it to her when people are lining up for food?
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  • Sonal
    Beginner August 2024
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    Not at all! This is normal, people at work and parties do that exact thing for me all the time to make sure no one grabs my food accidentally. 😊
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  • Kelly
    Rockstar October 2023
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    You could also look into watermelon burgers. They're grilled watermelon on a bun and surprisingly good. It might be cheaper and more interesting than a black bean burger.

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  • Bird
    Expert June 2021
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    I got my wedding catered by a bbq place. The package was they would add a veggie burger on at no cost as long as it didn’t exceed 10 burgers or something like that. Your place has to offer something similar? Also, DO get a salad for everyone, carnivores and vegetarians alike!
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  • Bird
    Expert June 2021
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    Welcome bbq - Vegan Guests 1
    From my catering company website
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn’t cater. We are just ordering meat and sides by the pound. They don’t make salads or vegan burgers but I’m asking other restaurants around now to see if any of them would make salad by bulk. I did find another BBQ place that makes vegan burgers but it’s $14 a burger so that’s why I didn’t want to order in bulk and more just by individual.
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Haha I wasn’t planning on cooking anything, but I’ll check what we have in town. I live in a small town near a place that’s known for its BBQ but I haven’t seen many vegan options yet. That one Vegan Burger (not sure what “meat”) is the only one I’ve found so far. There’s obviously other restaurants with salads and pasta but to be in the spirit of the BBQ theme, there’s only one Vegan burger available lol
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Yay! Okay! So that’s what I’ll do then Smiley smile I just wasn’t sure what the etiquette was on that.
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
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    Not weird. My wedding was a buffet, but my veg guests were given a plated meal. Seems a pretty standard procedure. They could still go up to the buffet on their own, but they were delivered a special entree to their seat by the staff.
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  • Jennifer
    Devoted October 2022
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    Perfect! I’ll go ahead and do that and notify our wait staff to give the vegan option to certain people.
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