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Savannah Posted at 2013/01/28 10:20pm reply to

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Any suggestions? Green Island catering looks pretty good...do any of yall have any experience with them?
AustinVegLiving Posted at 2013/01/29 7:19am reply to

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Everything I've had has been delicious!
KatieB Posted at 2013/01/30 10:12pm reply to

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She did my wedding in October, and everything was DELICIOUS. She was very professional, the quantities were generous, and the guests (including carnivores)loved everything. I highly recommend Green Island!
weigand Posted at 2013/02/03 11:13pm reply to

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You're sure the non-vegetarians were good with all the food? What were some of the dishes? Did you stay away from meat analogs?

I'm about to get married also, and I read about this particular subject in advice columns. Usually the answer is that it's okay to serve entirely vegetarian food, because that's your wedding, and you get to serve whatever you want. But the comments in the reader feedback section are often like, "It's okay if you're vegetarian, but if you have guests that aren't, then they should eat whatever they want. After all, you're not eating it, they are." There were a lot of comments from people who said that the lack of meat would be upsetting to them. One comment I saw said that if they didn't get some meat, they'd just leave right then and there. Wow.

So it's good to hear about this from others who have actually done it. If your guests were all good with it, then that's reassuring to me.

- Steve
Ross Posted at 2013/02/04 12:50pm reply to

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I mean I think you'll know beforehand if you have any guests that will react like that(people who are particularly vehement about eating meat).

We did a totally vegan wedding with vegan peppersteaks/mashed potatoes and gravy + garlic green beans, etc. and the feedback we got was totally positive. Plenty of good ol' boys and such were in attendance, though of course my little cousins did tell me they had to go to mcdonald's afterwards. Gee thanks guys. haha
Bishop Posted at 2013/02/05 9:20am reply to

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To be honest, most little kids will use any meal that doesn't contain tater tots or pizza as an excuse to go to McDonalds.
Ross Posted at 2013/02/05 10:14am reply to

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Granted, they were teenagers, haha
Jessica. Posted at 2013/02/05 10:54am reply to

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It's ONE meal, and you're the one paying for it, not your guests. If they can't eat one meal without meat, that's pretty sad.

side note: catering with pizza and tater tots is a genius idea.
Savannah Posted at 2013/02/05 12:15pm reply to

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Thanks for the feedback guys =)

Ross- Who catered your wedding?
Ross Posted at 2013/02/05 2:59pm reply to

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Ours was Sterling Affairs, who were pretty pricey and we were required by our venue to use them. We tried to get them to be a little creative in achieving what we wanted, and instead they just mass-ordered the Vegetarian Plus vegan black peppersteaks(that we suggested as something *similar* to what we wanted, which ultimately was more like what you get at Red Bamboo in NYC) and cooked em up, though they did get earth balance to serve with rolls and all that jazz.
weigand Posted at 2013/02/05 11:15pm reply to

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I'm really hoping I can get Green Island to do our wedding. We're looking at venues right now, and it's sad that many venues only allow their own caterers. I always hear the same response, "Oh, vegan is no problem. Our caterers know how to cook vegan food." And I'm just thinking to myself: so that probably means stuff like grilled veggies, sauteed asparagus, pasta marinara, and salad. Basically everything you've seen offered at restaurants that have no clue what vegans actually like to eat. Haha.

- Steve
Savannah Posted at 2013/02/06 7:31am reply to

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That's so annoying! "you can only use our caterers" pish posh.

We're getting married at 'Austin Heaven'. It's a pretty cabin on 20 acres, we're having a smallish (60 people) outdoor wedding and reception (several of our friends will be camping, we'll sleep in the lovely cabin). The owner is really nice and is letting us do what we want.....

https://www.facebook.com/AustinHeavenCabin?fref=ts
Ross Posted at 2013/02/06 5:20pm reply to

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Yeah... was a bit frustrating :/ It's one thing if you have a standard diet requirement, but we didn't want to provide our guests with a slab of grilled tofu, cause no one would eat that...
KatieB Posted at 2013/02/22 3:32pm reply to

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>You're sure the non-vegetarians were good with all the food? What were some of the dishes? Did you stay away from meat analogs?
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I had a really strange brunch, because I wanted pancakes and breakfast food, my husband wanted lunch, and my parents wanted dinner, lol.  I did have meat analogs created by Green Island, but the favorite dishes didn't all include them.  We had a berry cobbler, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls for the breakfast people. (Cinnamon rolls were a huge hit!) We had "chik'n" fajitas with a bunch of fixin's (EVERYONE loved those)and a beautifully colorful salad, macaroni and cheeze (another favorite with all guests), seitan steaks (not as well received), mashed potatos, etc....

I think another favorite item was an appetizer, Green Island's Coastal Cakes. They are similar to crab cakes, but I would not label them as a meat analog.

There was one guest who joked that he was going to get some "real food" after the wedding, BUT he was a jackass, AND he had three plates of food, so I don't think he was hating it happy  

Capital City Bakery did our cake/cupcakes, and those were raved about for months.


Also: My mother fought me for a long time about having an all-vegan reception. She's vegan too, but she was more concerned about all of the guests. My argument was that if the groom (an omnivore) agreed to it, and he did, I did not need anyone else's opinion. He readily agreed for the reception to be all-vegan when I told him that I didn't want any death or cruelty to contribute to our wedding day. In exchange I told him that we could have the rehearsal dinner anywhere he wanted, as long as there were options for vegans.  We ended up having Whole Foods cater the rehearsal dinner, and that worked out for all parties.
weigand Posted at 2013/03/01 9:16pm reply to

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Awesome. Thanks for the reply.

- Steve
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