The New York Times recently has an article questioning whether vegans or vegetarians should serve meat at their weddings for the sake of carnivores who attend. The comments section includes rants from guests who complain that they need to eat “real food,” and that the wedding isn’t about the couple, it’s about the guests, etc., etc., ad nauseum, ad infinitum.
1. I’ve been to few carnivorous weddings where provision was made for vegetarians. Even when I’ve been eating meat, I thought this was tacky. The vegetarians were forced to subsist on salad and bread.
2. Meat eaters don’t have to eat meat at every meal. You won’t die if you have vegetable lasagna or spaghetti with marinara sauce or pizza Margherita, or falafel, or a vegetarian “meatloaf,” or a casserole of gluten and nuts and grains, or anything else.
3. Vegetarians and vegans are such because of religious, ethical, or health reasons (or a combination). They are going to serve you what they think is best and most ethical. Be grateful.
4. Another article was by chefs complaining that they wouldn’t know what to cook if they didn’t have meat. Really? There are millions of possibilities of fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts possible, either singly or in combination. If you run out of ideas so quickly, perhaps you are in the wrong profession.
5. Several articles suggest that vegetarians must pay a premium to get proper catering. Why? Why should someone pay more to get less? Vegetables are cheaper than steak. If you’re being charged more, you’re being ripped off.