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I was invited to a Vegan catered Holiday Party - what to eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 05, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I've never eaten at a Vegan event so I'm not sure what to expect.

I've never been vegetarian or vegan and I don't have any Vegan friends. I have some vegetarian friends but they're never evangelical about it so they're fine with me eating meat in front of them. I've eaten some vegetarian meals before, and I'm okay with that but I don't know what typically vegans eat since I don't have exposure to that crowd.

I have soy and gluten allergies although fermented soy like in tamari is okay.

I'm planning to eat Chipotle before I go.

Any suggestions?

I know a lot of Paleohackers used to be Vegan or have Vegan friends so maybe they can give some better suggestions on eating. TIA.

UPDATE: So most of the food was various concoctions of seitan (thou art my enemy) and tofu (oh no!). There were a few nuts to nibble on. I ate before and after at home!

828429fe885f42968c0519d5b84cec40

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on December 09, 2011
at 04:43 AM

They probably taste like patchouli.

828429fe885f42968c0519d5b84cec40

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on December 09, 2011
at 04:43 AM

You should have eaten a Vegan. (ah, sorry wrote that before scrolling down) But there are def lots of items you could take to eat and share- Veggie platter, Guac and corn chips, roasted eggplant, sweet potato fries, potato salad...etc

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:02 AM

Awesome! You beat me to it! :-D

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:35 AM

As usual, a very sensible answer from Nance. Eat something before you go. Ask a lot of questions while at the event. You might find some non-offending dishes you enjoy and can prepare later by either adding meat or preparing as a side. Certainly nothing to fear. Now, a pasta party on the other hand...

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Yeah, I can fast a few hours - no biggie but even one cube of tofu feels like an explosion in my stomach (and that was pre-Paleo)!!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Too hilarious! :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:25 AM

bring your own food in your purse and casually munch on things from your purse that are primal.

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:10 AM

This is why people think we're weird.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 05, 2011
at 10:56 PM

Yes. Eat before you go and focus on the drink. Sneak in a dark chocolate bar if you must.

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on December 05, 2011
at 10:14 PM

For what possible reason, Ratiocinative? Most veg'n folks I know are far more conscious about where they source their food than *any* SAD friends. I try not to let my dietary choices interfere with socializing with friends, but I have to admit I am definitely more comfortable eating with veg'ns than with SAD people because the veg'ns are almost always using far higher quality ingredients. I'd rather have a stir-fry with little tofu than a casserole with cream of chemical soup.

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on December 05, 2011
at 09:19 PM

I'd also recommend eating a really huge steak minutes before you enter. There will probably be lots you won't want to eat there, like tofu and beans on whole wheat.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 05, 2011
at 07:20 PM

Luckily, a lot of vegans are gluten-free these days. I was at a vegan-catered event recently and there were a lot of gluten-free options.

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Stop by Wendy's on the way there and get a sextuple bacon cheeseburger (way overpriced, but the looks on their faces will be priceless), or just fast through it. That's what I do. Some here will probably disagree with me, but I'd rather eat semi-SAD than eat vegetarian/vegan.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:22 PM

The guests are probably soy-fed and as such not really paleo.

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Not funny! Those vegans aren't even grass-fed !!!

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:21 PM

OMG - I just spit my chicken soup on the keyboard. Too funny!

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:35 PM

unless they pre-dress them :(

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Ff6560918e3b3cede8958b070cc07822

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:08 PM

One of the other guests.

828429fe885f42968c0519d5b84cec40

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on December 09, 2011
at 04:43 AM

They probably taste like patchouli.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:27 AM

Too hilarious! :)

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:22 PM

Not funny! Those vegans aren't even grass-fed !!!

3414f91a77f564517f30c391d36c85b4

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:21 PM

OMG - I just spit my chicken soup on the keyboard. Too funny!

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:10 AM

This is why people think we're weird.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:02 AM

Awesome! You beat me to it! :-D

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:22 PM

The guests are probably soy-fed and as such not really paleo.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:35 PM

I wouldn't fear this at all. My standard habit is to eat some meat before I go; dainty eating at the event isn't a sin and I know my eating started with my favorite food.

Then, I'd troll the event in hopes of finding some really nice fruit/veggie dishes you might not see every day. If nothing looks good, I'd be astonished if they don't offer raw fruit and veggies so you can round out the meat you ate earlier.

Let us know how it worked out!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on December 06, 2011
at 02:35 AM

As usual, a very sensible answer from Nance. Eat something before you go. Ask a lot of questions while at the event. You might find some non-offending dishes you enjoy and can prepare later by either adding meat or preparing as a side. Certainly nothing to fear. Now, a pasta party on the other hand...

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5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Salad. Bowls and bowls of salad.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:35 PM

unless they pre-dress them :(

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:33 PM

call the caterer and ask what's on the menu. tell them of your dietary needs and ask if anything on their list meets these needs and plan accordingly.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 05, 2011
at 07:20 PM

Luckily, a lot of vegans are gluten-free these days. I was at a vegan-catered event recently and there were a lot of gluten-free options.

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on December 05, 2011
at 10:10 PM

For the average paleo adherent I wouldn't see any reason to be particularly fearful of this event. It's highly likely there will be lots of fresh fruits and veggies. SAD events would likely be far worse for most paleo folks. However, with your allergies I would definitely contact the caterers in advance or at the very least ask them about gluten and soy-free options when you get there.

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:21 PM

This is impossible to answer without more details. Vegan could mean lots of fruits and veggies (most raw vegan recipes are also acceptable paleo), or it could mean that every single dish has soy and/or gluten. I agree that you should contact them in advance - it's possible that they can adapt some dishes to be edible for you if they're aware of your needs (ie. replacing soy milk with coconut or almond milk).

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on December 05, 2011
at 05:56 PM

I would probably just drink wine. And plan what I'm gonna eat when I get home. I can't eat garlic and onions so I'd be afraid of every single casserole.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 05, 2011
at 10:56 PM

Yes. Eat before you go and focus on the drink. Sneak in a dark chocolate bar if you must.

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on December 05, 2011
at 06:01 PM

You might get "lucky" and have some sort of a tamale-pie option which may also be gluten free. It will probably have beans. If you are super lucky, you might get something fun like coconut ice cream. It will be too sweet. I would eat well beforehand and enjoy the salads.

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