Recreating Your Menu

Creative Vegetarian Catering Ideas

If you are a vegetarian or have a lot of friends and family members who are, you may want to plan a meat-free menu for your next special event. The good news is that you'll have no shortage of meal options that are sure to please even the carnivores in the crowd. 

There are so many meatless alternatives available that you can offer your guests a wide range of appetizers and main courses that feature much more than just vegetables. While fresh, seasonal produce can add flavor, color, and nutrition to the dishes, it doesn't have to take center stage on the menu. 

When looking for the perfect caterer for your event, go with one that has experience working with totally vegetarian menus, so you aren't given just a collection of side dish options. A professional catering company will help you create an event menu that will satisfy everyone on your guest list. 

A vegetarian menu will work for any type of special occasion, including wedding receptions, anniversary and graduation soirees, kid and adult birthday parties, family and corporate holiday get-togethers, family reunions, and bridal and baby showers. There are plenty of meal options for both casual and fancy celebrations.

Here are some creative vegetarian catering ideas to consider:

1. Kabobs

If you're hosting an outdoor event, such as at a country barn, state park or preserve, or a backyard, treat guests to a variety of grilled kabobs. Load up skewers with fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers, and squash. Serve them alongside rice pilaf, a pasta dish, and a side salad.

As a fun idea, provide all of the ingredients and have guests create their own kabobs. You can also grill soy-based meats, such as brats, sausages, and hamburgers to accompany the kabobs. 

2. Build-Your-Own Pizza Bar 

Party-goers of all ages will enjoy making their own pizzas with a build-your-own bar. On a buffet-style table, set up all of the ingredients, such as a few crust options, shredded mozzarella cheese, soy-based sausage crumbles and pepperoni, and pizza sauce. 

Provide a mix of classic and gourmet topping options, such as diced and sundried tomatoes, grilled eggplant, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, bell peppers, and red onions. If you're hosting a brunch event, have guests make their own breakfast-style pies, complete with soy-based bacon, scrambled eggs, and a croissant crust. Serve the pizzas with hashbrowns and a fresh fruit salad to complete the meal.