I’ve written before about the difficulty of following a vegetarian diet when attending parties or potlucks. There’s usually plenty of buffalo chicken dip, sausage balls, chicken wings and fingers, and ham rolls, but nothing more than a soggy bowl of spinach and artichoke dip or maybe some raw veggies with french onion for the vegetarians. Not to mention that the vegetarian options are not off limits to the carnivores so you have to elbow in just to get a nibble! But I’ll save the subject of inconsiderate meat eaters who gobble up all the vegetarian food for another post.
Back to wedding food, more specifically, what we’ll be eating at my wedding. The plan is for a buffet with something for everyone and enough to make a complete and hearty meal. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than making a sad dinner out of cheese and crackers, raw carrots, and a bit of wilted lettuce. That will not do.
Most of our guests are meat eaters, so we will accommodate them, of course. There will be several vegetarians, myself included, and it’s important to me that they be able to tuck into a satisfying meal, rather than nibbling some sort of consolation food that makes them feel unwelcome. We also want to keep the menu southern and simple- no pyramids of fruit and cheese or mini quiches passed on silver trays- it’s just dinner, folks. And plenty of it.
We’re actually doing the whole thing twice. Once for the rehearsal dinner (which is a pig pickin’ for the out of town guests) and again for the wedding. And here’s what’s on the menu.
Roast pig (my fiancé’s father’s specialty)
Baked bean casserole (1 vegetarian and 1 for meat eaters)
Sweet potato casserole
Mac n’ cheese
Dessert- assortment of homemade pound cakes (lemon, chocolate, pecan, sour cream, etc.)
Green beans with toasted almonds
Mixed green salad with goat cheese, candied pecans, pears and balsamic dressing
Squash casserole (the caterer is famous for this dish!)
Dessert- wedding cake
For the rehearsal dinner, we wanted the food to be in abundance and a bit more casual. For the wedding, the options are slightly more refined, but still southern and comforting. As you can see, there’s a bit of protein and green for everyone. Also, lots of delicious carbs to soak up that alcohol and keep our guests full!
So, that’s the menu for the big event. While we hope to accommodate most everyone, though we realize this selection doesn’t offer much for vegans. Sadly, you can’t always please everyone and, now that I think of it, I don’t know of any vegans who will be in attendance. Hopefully, these menus will do the trick and everyone will leave with full bellies, having had a memorable evening.
If you are in the Laurinburg, NC area and need the name of my caterer, just drop me a line. She’s the sweet, lovely and really, truly does it all!
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