09 Mar Dream Tips: Planning a Vegan or Vegetarian Menu
Adding a vegetarian option or two to your menu is a modern day must, but it’s not only about dietary restrictions anymore. It’s about sustainability. One way to make an impact is to work with caterers who source their food locally and organically, as well as those who have a plan for the leftovers. But if your biggest concern is the agricultural industry, a vegan or vegetarian menu will be your number one priority. Bonus? Offering an entirely vegetarian menu is a great way to cut down on your catering budget.
Keep scrolling for some of our tips on planning a vegan or vegetarian menu. One thing’s for sure: no guest will leave hungry. Trust us on this one!
1. Start things off with recognizable & delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Beginning the evening with recognizable bites will help eliminate any negative preconceived notions your meat-loving guests might have about a completely vegetarian or vegan menu. Dreamy hors d’oeuvres will also leave guests excited for what’s to come in the next course.
Who doesn’t love avocado toast? Mashed avocado with red pepper flakes and lime juice will be a slam dunk.
Thai Summer Rolls
Rainbow vegetables combined with vermicelli noodles and served with a side of spicy peanut sauce creates a fresh roll that is full of flavor.
Tomato, bocconcini, fresh basil and a balsamic drizzle create a jam packed bite that will leave guests wanting more.
2. Let the veggies shine with creative entrées.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with the main dish. We’ve re-envisioned modern vegetarian menus to create new entrées that are so delicious, even die-hard steak fans won’t stop talking about them.
Nashville Hot Cauliflower
Music City might be known for its hot chicken, but we’re all for this seasoned hot cauliflower.
Stuffed peppers can have a variety of fillings to create a healthy meal bursting with zesty flavor.
3. Consider interactive stations so guests can customize their dish.
Chef-attended stations are perfect options for vegetarian or vegan friendly menus, as they allow dishes to be customized for each guests’ tastes and dietary needs.
Serving a build-your-own pasta station (hold the meat) is a classic meal you know without a doubt your friends and family will enjoy.
Fresh Garden Crudité
Hummus with garden vegetables and herbed dip is a classic station guests can munch on.
Seasonal Sides Station
Spring, summer, autumn, or winter sides are the perfect menu addition for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores alike. Whether you’re enjoying tuscan blistered tomatoes in the spring or rosemary roasted carrots in the fall, these sides are ready to steal the show.
4. Have your cake and eat it too!
Don’t forget about the sweet treats! There are plenty of alternative options that guests can enjoy while indulging their sweet tooth.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Rich, creamy, and full of flavor your guests won’t believe it’s vegan!
Photos by Jen & Chris Creed