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Don't want to starve the Vegetarian at my Summer Party

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My cousin informs me that his friend the vegetarian will be coming to my Summer Party. I want to make sure that he is welcome and fed. How should I add to or adapt my menu?

Gazpacho
Smoked Bluefish Pate
Shrimp Cerviche

Ribs
Chinese Duck Salad
Grilled Fish Nicoise

Toasted Israeli Cous Cous with Grilled Vegetables
No Mayo Slaw
Fresh Corn Pudding

Ice Creams & Sorbets.

The only vegetarian things I have now are the Gazpacho and the sides. TIA.

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  1. Kudos for thinking of us vege folks!

    I'd recommend perhaps marinating firm tofu or tempeh and serving it along with the grilled vegis - in fact, one can easily make kabobs for the grill using cubes of firm tofu.
    If you go with the kabobs..

    I'd suggest either marinating the tofu in a simple marinade of soy sauce, pineapple juice and a touch of maple syrup and then grilling.

    or brush the whole kabob with olive oil and crushed garlic with a bit of good sea salt and pepper...

    either way should be yummy -

    Good luck and have fun!

    1. Most vegetarians would probably do fine with the gazpacho and your sides, since there's enough variety in there to make a meal of it.

      If you're concerned about lack of main dish, I'd suggest grilling some stuffed portobello mushrooms. Here are a couple of interesting ones you could try out:

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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      1. re: tartiflette

        I second this idea! And your non-veg guests would probably enjoy them, too! Tofu would be good, but I think it is better not to single out the vegetarian by saying, "oh, and I made grilled tofu for you!" The stuffed mushrooms would ensure that your veg guest has plenty of good eats, without drawing attention to his dietary choices. However... If tofu is something that you prepare often and are comfortable with, and would serve to your other guests, then tofu would be an equally good choice!

      2. Another thank you for considering the vegetarian! I love that you have multiple dishes available. My only comment is on protein. If you're comfortable with it, you might consider converting the cous cous dish into a quinoa dish. But, even with the menu as you have it, I think I would come away quite satisfied!

        1. I think it's great that you're considering but I hope it was somehow not as it came across - that someone "informed YOU" that a friend who requires different food - not trying to start trouble with veggies here, didn't eat red meat for years and had to try to stay under the radar to not be a pain at parties, just implying on the method of "invite" - is coming to your party. Because that seems kind of rude and I think it's great you are going out of your way to have food for them. That said the person themselves may not even know!

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          1. re: AMFM

            I have known the friend for years and that he was a vegetarian. I try to be considerate of guests' food preferences so the question was more whether he would be able to come to the party or not. I have a big Chinese feast the day after Thanksgiving and that is a challenge between vegetarians, partial Kosher (I know I don't understand partial Kosher either) and everyone else I set up grids to make sure everyone is accounted for.

            1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

              okay! :) it was the wording that made me think that. glad for your sake to hear! :) your menu sounds fabulous. and i agree with above about stuffed portabellas and the rest as is - i felt bad when i was singled out with a piece of chicken or fish when everyone else was eating steak not because of the principle but because everyone was looking at you as if you caused all this extra work. have fun.

              1. re: AGM_Cape_Cod

                Kudos to you! You sound like an absolutely wonderful host/hostess. I too think the menu sounds lovely. The idea of portobello mushrooms is nice (if the friend eats mushrooms). If you felt you needed something, you could add/substitute vichysoisse for an appetizer or a simple bruschetta topped with fresh tomatoes.

            2. You're menu sounds wonderful!

              I recently had a bbq and for my two vegetarian friends I made grilled pizzas: one with tomato sauce, asiago cheese, grilled portabellos and carmelized onions, the other with pesto, goat cheese, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers. Those and the sides made them very happy!

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              1. re: TorontoJo

                Double kudos for thinking of your vegetarian friend.
                I think Toronto Joe has the best idea, as yes, what if he doesn't like/want a stuffed mushroom or tofu? Whereas everybody in the world loves pizza & it's so nice and normal. Not 'the vegetarian dish'...if you get my drift.

              2. It looks like you've planned thoughtfully and well. And you have some very good advice upstream. Just the same, it never hurts to have a few extra bowls of peanuts about the place. Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men... but everyone likes peanuts. Even the people who are deathly allergic to them like peanuts. Er, check on that too.