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Buffets and Vegetarian options.

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perhapsiwill Fri 22-Sep-17 09:57:48

The last buffet I went to there were meat options and veggie options, great.
Unfortunately the meat eaters enjoy eating non meat food too, as they should, but this meant that as I was not first in the queue, the veggie options were gone and only meat left. Apart from some cakes.

I am not blaming the people who eat meat, the veggie options were attractive, but why does whoever provides the buffet not realise that the meat eaters don't always only eat meat!? There were only three vegetarians out of forty people.

This is not the first time by the way. Anyone else get this?

StickThatInYourPipe Fri 22-Sep-17 10:00:06

This is why when I do a buffet it is mainly vegetarian food with some sausage rolls chucked in for good measure.

Notreallyarsed Fri 22-Sep-17 10:03:58

It’s pretty rude of the meat eaters to take all of the veggie stuff and leave nothing for the actual vegetarians (I’m not a vegetarian but would be conscious of not taking the only food someone else could eat)

sharklovers Fri 22-Sep-17 10:09:15

not taking the only food someone else could eat

Don’t be mistaken, it’s the only food they choose to eat. Someone else’s faddy eating is not your issue.

youhavetobekidding Fri 22-Sep-17 10:09:30

It’s pretty rude of the meat eaters to take all of the veggie stuff and leave nothing for the actual vegetarians

I eat meat, but I like veg food too. At a buffet, I would expect the hosts to cater for all the guests. If veg food runs out, I think it's the caterer / host's fault for not having enough veg food.

FakePlasticTeaLeaves Fri 22-Sep-17 10:15:19

It's not really the other guests being rude, more so than the caters not doing their % properly.

CommunistLegoBloc Fri 22-Sep-17 10:15:34

🙄 okay sharklover. There's always one.

FakePlasticTeaLeaves Fri 22-Sep-17 10:16:18

LOL at vegetarian being 'faddy'.

existentialmoment Fri 22-Sep-17 10:19:20

It’s pretty rude of the meat eaters to take all of the veggie stuff and leave nothing for the actual vegetarians

Someone always comes out with this, and another will be along soon crying about the terrible carnivores eating the food meant for vegetarians. hmm
Seems some people think you aren't allowed salad if you eat meat, it's somehow selfish. If I go to a buffet I get a little bit of whatever I fancy, I'm hardly going to take only meat items in case there are a few vegetarians who don't move quick enough. It's not my fault as a guest that the provider didn't make enough food for everyone.

Shesaysso Fri 22-Sep-17 10:21:20

I eat meat but prefer vegetarian so at a buffet would probably go for fish and mainly veggie food.

If it was a small buffet with only a few people I would be very aware and leave veggie food for the non vegetarians, but at something like a wedding I'd just pick what I prefer.

I'd say you probably need to get yourself near the front of the queue in future.

Shesaysso Fri 22-Sep-17 10:22:13

*I mean vegetarians not non vegetarians!

Shoxfordian Fri 22-Sep-17 10:22:46

Yeah buffets should have a good mixture of both so that vegetarians can still find something to eat

Either that or be quicker up to the buffet table next time OP! Snooze you lose...etc!

existentialmoment Fri 22-Sep-17 10:24:56

The last time this came up someone suggested that meat eaters should not touch the food until the vegetarians had what they wanted. Then a vegan came along and told the vegetarians off for the same thing the vegetarians were telling the meat eaters off for, and it all got a bit mental once a coeliac and a someone with a nut allergy joined in.

WeatherDependent Fri 22-Sep-17 10:26:20

I eat meat but only if I know where it's come from and no processed meat. I always hang back at buffets anyway so am usually one of the last to go up.

People need to wise up and cater for all and not think of a vegetarian option as an extra special dish. It's not and we should all be eating it. To be honest the meat should be the optional extra.

ShowMePotatoSalad Fri 22-Sep-17 10:27:42

If I went to a buffet I wouldn't just eat the meat options? Just because an item of food is free of meat doesn't mean it is solely for vegetarians. It's not rude of the meat-eating guests to also eat vegetarian food - it's the fault of the person who did the buffet for not providing enough.

WillowtheWasp Fri 22-Sep-17 10:29:29

I'm not blaming the meat eaters but whoever it is that does the buffet.
Having said all that, I was at a conference where they only had veggie food, great I thought! A few of the people there were acting as if they had been ripped off and as though they were going to starve all day as they had no meat.

perhapsiwill Fri 22-Sep-17 10:32:05

You snooze you lose grin

The thing is I couldn't get there any quicker as I was coming from the part of the room which was furthest from the buffet when it came out!

notacooldad Fri 22-Sep-17 10:32:55

As a veggie I find it annoying because I hear so many people going on that they couldn't be a veggie because they don't like rabbit food and other cliched bullshit, yet when veggie food is laid out in front of them they are happy to eat it then!
However the blame lies with the caterer.

I am the only veggie at work and when we have a buffet the manager always tells everyone else to leave the veggie stuff alone until after I've had first pick at it!

PinkHeart5913 Fri 22-Sep-17 10:33:28

Just because someone eats meat it doesn't mean they don't like veggie food, and I see no problem with a meat eater picking up some veggie bits to eat.
I mean I eat meat but I like food without meat in it too!

I think the problem at your buffet was someone clearly didn't put on enough food

RiversrunWoodville Fri 22-Sep-17 10:33:59

shark as someone who had to go veggie after illness because meat, poultry fish and crustaceans now physically don't stay down is that faddy eating? Not that anyone should have to justify it whether it's by choice or not.
In buffet situations like this I end up hungry too op! I agree with the idea of a lot more veggie options that everyone can eat so they don't disappear quickly

existentialmoment Fri 22-Sep-17 10:34:42

I am the only veggie at work and when we have a buffet the manager always tells everyone else to leave the veggie stuff alone until after I've had first pick at it!

Don't you think that is a bit rude to everyone else?

WillowtheWasp Fri 22-Sep-17 10:39:11

I hope for the sake of the planet, the welfare of animals and the health of the nation that one day faddy eating will be the name given to those that are eating the meat and not the other way around.
Maybe one day, you never know smile

(Hides behind sofa awaiting onslaught of abuse)

existentialmoment Fri 22-Sep-17 10:39:41

I doubt it.

notacooldad Fri 22-Sep-17 10:42:33

Afew of the people there were acting as if they had been ripped off and as though they were going to starve all day as they had no meat

I know exactly what you mean! Some people will go I could never eat anything vegetarian. I always say something like ' what? You never have jam on toast?, shredded wheat or cornflakes, not even a fried egg butty or a cheese omlettte?'
It's usually followed by ' no a mean vegetarian food'
I am a master of veggie cooking and can do vegan and vegetarian 'fakeways', really good 3 course menus or party food and their has been loads of times when I've thrown a party and or an Indian food night and nobody has noticed until I've said something.

notacooldad Fri 22-Sep-17 10:46:33

Don't you think that is a bit rude to everyone else?
I did initially feel uncomfortable with it but we are a small team and everyone gets on great so no offence was took ( if there was somebody would have definitely said something, we are all opinionated and can put our thoughts forward! ) If the manager is paying I guess they can make the rules. Beside the manager tries to get everyone's favourite bits to keep everyone happy.

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