Your Thoughts Thursday: Being A Vegan Dinner Guest
In a vegan utopia, we could all have the same delicious, healthy vegan food available to us when we’re out in the world as we do in our own homes. The thing is, life is full of adventures, outings, and mixed company, and no one wants to miss out on any of it! Dining out has become relatively easy, with many restaurants adding at least one option to the menu (okay, choices would be great, but as long as I have something to eat I’m not complaining), but the real challenge often lies in dining in the homes of our friends, relatives, and acquaintances. This is where being the polite dinner guest and “just grin and chew” gets complicated. Of course there are options; bring our own food or a dish to share, call ahead and kindly explain our dilemma, fake the stomach flu coming on and don’t eat anything (okay, I’m completely kidding on that last one- don’t do that!), but no matter what we do there are many of our carnivorous counterparts wagging a finger and saying we’re being rude guests. If we bring our own food we hear mutterings about how we’d feel differently about them bringing a fat slab of steak into our homes because we aren’t serving to their tastes. But isn’t that differently because they don’t have any ethical issues with eating legumes, grains, fruits, and vegetables? And the politeness police are saying vegan isn’t the same as a dinner guest with food allergies because it’s a choice. So what do you think? What do you do when you’re a dinner guest in an omnivorous home?
Do you bring your own food?
Do you politely voice your needs?
Offer to cook?
Hope they have a hungry dog that hangs out under the table (kidding again!)?
And if you’re not vegan, what would you prefer your hypothetical vegan guests do to get food on their compassionate little plates?