Catering for Vegans
More and more people are turning vegan especially the millennial generation. People today are buying into an animal cruelty-free lifestyle and a lifestyle that makes them feel healthy, happy and vital. Magazines, the newspapers and even the TV News are full of features and articles on the benefits of a meat-free, poultry-free and fish-free diet. Today’s restaurants and hotels have really responded to requests for dairy free, gluten free, meat-free and free-from plenty of other ingredients, they’re used to providing meals for every palate and every type of diet. The same applies to Brisk Catering here in Melbourne’s CBD. Our clientele includes offices and businesses throughout Melbourne’s busy working district and we are well known for our immense variety, freshness and innovation. So if you do need to cater for vegans, you know who’ll do it best because frankly, a couple of lettuce leaves and a stray tomato is just not what today’s vegan is all about!
So why do people choose to be vegan apart from animal cruelty? Well, there are lots of reasons, some people are simply intolerant to ingredients in usual diet, for example, they have intolerance to cow’s milk or eggs. Some religions discourage diets with meat and even eggs and other religions state that you shouldn’t eat certain animals. A vegan doesn’t eat any animal products. That means no meat, fish, poultry, animal fats, gelatine, dairy, eggs or Quorn and honey.
There’s lots of choice now, there are more interesting grains available and of course, rice and noodles are still very popular. With gorgeously flavoursome dips and dressings, often these dishes taste better than any meat-based recipe. In times gone by, vegan dishes used to mean trying to compensate for ingredients like egg, cheese and milk but today there are lots of substitutes that deliver a whole new eating experience. Vegans can eat the following:
- Cereals and grains (including quinoa, rice, oats, rye, barley, wheat and millet)
- Beans and lentils (kidney beans, chickpeas, butter beans, split peas)
- Nuts and seeds
- Vegetable oil
- Soya milk
- Egg-free mayonnaise
- Herbs and spices
- Yeast extract, lemon juice, garlic puree, curry powder, vegetable stock
- Tomato ketchup, BBQ sauce, mustard, pickles, chutneys
So there’s plenty of choice but what can you order from a quality corporate caterer like Brisk? Here are our top vegan dishes guaranteed to wow…
You know that limp salad we mentioned earlier? The one with the lettuce leaf and a stray tomato? Forget about that, serve a great kickass salad for your vegan clients/employees, one like our Chickpea, Pumpkin, Kale and Coriander salad with our own magical Dukkah dressing (completely vegan friendly and really, even the biggest carnivore devours this one!). Or try the Quinoa, Beetroot and Carrot salad with red wine dressing…no sign of any animal product in that one!
- Finger Food
Finger food isn’t just about mini-pies or juicy chicken skewers, there’s plenty for vegans to wrap their mouths round! One of our Vietnamese Lettuce Roll options is with tofu and Asian vegetables – filling and healthy with plenty of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. We’ve also got vegetarian skewers, supplied by local growers and including a sumptuous array of choice: lightly grilled mushroom, lightly grilled eggplant and lightly grilled red peppers – yum yum!
- Fruit Cups
For breakfast, dessert or for anytime of day, we’ve got our fresh fruit cups filled with a sumptuously juicy and colourful selection of the freshest seasonal fruit, such as berries, pineapple, strawberries, melon and other varieties. If you prefer, our fruit skewers are small and neat, yet jam-packed with lots of exciting fruity flavours!
Everyone needs a little pick-me-up and our Protein Balls are something so delicious, vegans and meat eaters will feel more than a little excited! They’re sugar free, gluten free and completely natural. Choose from coconut (with dates, quinoa and vanilla), almond (made with dates, almonds, coconut and cranberries) and peanut butter (dates, coconut, whey protein and coconut sugar).
So there you have it – plenty of bits and pieces to keep your vegans happy. For more vegan ideas and carnivore ideas too, contact Brisk, the corporate caterer choice in Melbourne’s CBD.