Who would think this was a sensible option?

(107 Posts)
Thistledew Mon 18-Aug-14 11:11:10

At a wedding this weekend. The wedding breakfast was a hog roast, so guests were asked in advance if they wanted a vegetarian option.

MIL is vegetarian, so requested this option. The food was served buffet style, so we all went up to collect our meal. MIL says "Please can I have the vegetarian option - what is it?"

...

"Salmon"!

shockconfusedangry

I'm still boggling as to who might have selected this. I know that some 'vegetarians' or rather pescetarians eat fish, but surely it is common knowledge that most many vegetarians don't? Who would have thought it a good idea?

Fortunately, she didn't go hungry as there were several salads served as accompaniment although there had been no veggie canapés but she had to fend of several enquiries from her friend, the mother of the groom, as to whether she had enjoyed her meal!

AIBU to think this was rather bonkers?

pointythings Mon 18-Aug-14 21:08:09

I always ask about cheese, milk and eggs when catering for vegetarians - we have a lot of staff turnover where I work and I love to bake, so I've learned to ask - and to adapt. There are so many 'Free from' recipes of all kind out there, there's no excuse for not trying. At one time I had a coeliac vegetarian with dairy intolerance on the team, I learned a lot and it will stand me in good stand in the future, no doubt.

Primadonnagirl Mon 18-Aug-14 21:11:49

Once went to a hog roast and asked what the veggie option was " er..nothing?!" Hostess was a bitch though who had designs on my DH.

lettertoherms Mon 18-Aug-14 21:37:21

Andrewofgg why did you aim that at me?

Catnuzzle Tue 19-Aug-14 15:47:40

When arranging the food for my wedding I asked the hotel's wedding coordinator if the puddings were vegetarian, her response she was a bit of a dullard 'Well they don't have any meat in them'.
You don't say!!

TouchPauseEngage Tue 19-Aug-14 18:58:03

I cater for weddings. We would never ever serve salmon as a veggie option. In the bizarre situation that the host demanded we did I think we'd probably have a spare tart set aside for vegetarians just in case. Most of the hog roasts round here are supplied and run by butchers so maybe that (sort of) explains the cluelessness.

We always have at least 3 spare veggie dishes as people always claim the veggie option when they haven't requested it.

Also, in defence of caterers who've not catered for allergies or other requirements. It is very very common for the host to rush up at start of event and say they forgot about the coeliac vegan for example. Cue mad rush to assemble a stuffed pepper and some GF canapés in 5 mins!

MewlingQuim Tue 19-Aug-14 19:09:07

I'm not a vegetarian, but I had a massive argument at a catered work training course when the organiser asked the usual question 'what could we do to improve the course' and I said 'i expect the vegetarians would prefer it if you don't provide tuna and prawn sandwiches as the vegetarian option'

Stupid cow was insisting that all vegetarians eat fish, she said 'well I'm vegetarian and I eat fish' hmm

Alconleigh Tue 19-Aug-14 20:12:17

Where are all these spectacular thickos? Everyone I know manages to grasp that fish aren't plants and that vegetarians don't eat meat OR fish....

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