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    Should I go?

    my company is having a large, picnic in the next couple of weeks. the menu is hamburgers, hotdogs chips.cookies and soda. Since i'm a vegetarian and don't indulge in sweets I asked the coordinators about the possibility of veggie burgers. my request was turned down. i'm debating whether or not to attend- not attending shouldn't have an effect on my career but my absence could be noted. If i attend i will most surely be harassed for 2 hours as to why i'm not eating what is served, should i go and not eat or just skip and say i had an out of office meeting? poll results will decide
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    tell them the truth. if they still laugh at you or make fun of you for it, are you really sure you want to work with these guys?

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    I'd take a bag lunch and go (assuming you otherwise like and want to be with these people). If anyone asks about your food, its the perfect opportunity to let folks know that your vegetarian lifestyle was not accommodated. Can't really understand that these days when so many people are vegetarians or only eat kosher or halal meat.

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    Go.

    I'm an all-but-omnivore, but if someone on a "special diet" brought a box lunch to avoid any verboten foods I was serving, I wouldn't care.

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    go, and bring your lunch. When asked about it I wouldn't use it as a soap box (it is work folks, after all) and just say you don't do hotdogs/hamburgers....

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    (and this really belongs in Foo)

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    I vote "no".

    We make wheelchair ramps for handicap people, there should be something for you there. Not saying they need to go all out, but a little consideration would be nice. How big is your company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammonjj View Post
    I vote "no".

    We make wheelchair ramps for handicap people, there should be something for you there. Not saying they need to go all out, but a little consideration would be nice. How big is your company?
    it's hard to say how many people work here now- we've had so many layoffs. i think it's between 50-75
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    If I like the company and my co-workers, I'd more than likely go and bring my own lunch...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lshaped View Post
    it's hard to say how many people work here now- we've had so many layoffs. i think it's between 50-75
    A company that small, you'd think they could throw a couple of patties on for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammonjj View Post
    A company that small, you'd think they could throw a couple of patties on for you.
    you would think- i'm torn on this- i can certainly take a good natured ribbing on almost anything. but in the past when i've brought my own food to a company function i've had people say that they thought I was too good to eat their food. i absolutely do not want to give this impression. I am not preachy about how i live, live and let live
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    Go. Don't make a big stink out of it. Take your own and be low key about the logistics of unpacking it. It's about keeping company, not eating.

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    If they harass you for your diet choices, ask them how they like eating cow poopie. Ya know... almost all ground beef contains at least a little fecal matter.

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    It's work - it might look like a party, but it's work. You have to go.

    Carry a plate around for a little while, then if someone asks you, just say you already ate. What's the big deal?

    I think dietary choices are like religion and politics... don't discuss at work, or if you do, use care and tact.
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    when you organize an event you can either strive to make it accessible for all or accept the fact that not everyone will attend. those are the choices.

    i vote don't go.
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    You should attend, and eat some burgers.

    “Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food.”

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    Bring a box O veggie burgers to share. If someone wants to razz you tell 'em to try one before they run their mouth.
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    The logistics of planning around vegetarians is understandable to me. I have known a few that were over the top (IMO). For that reason, I'm a "serve to the masses, and let the exceptions deal".

    I would say either take a salad, or simply eat before, and go to enjoy from chips/dips and drinks. Just tell them you already ate.

    deeper explanation if you're curious:
    I have NOTHING against vegetarians... but I have known someone who turned down a veggy burger because it touched the same smoke as the other burgers (it was cooked on it's own side, and touched with it's own set of utensils... but the smoke had mixed). If they start to modify the original plan, it can turn into a large hassle and go too far before they even know it.
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    If it's outside working hours, give it a pass. Geez my employer accommodates my vegetarianism and we have BBQ Friday every second Friday during the summer.

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    I have entertained for up to 75 people and you can't accommodate everyone, but a veggie alternative is not that big of a deal (even a huge salad is OK). Personally, and am not at all remotely politically correct, folks who preach a lifestyle or "open mindedness about homosexuality" or "global warming" or "ban all guns" (I have a permit and carry a pistol everywhere I go) drive me friggin' bonkers. BUT, I do not criticize or attack but just let them enjoy their lifestyle while I enjoy mine and I think that's the way to go. Live and let live and keep your mouth shut.

    Here is my take: they should accomodate you, what's the big deal?? I always have non alcoholic drinks and a veggie dish at my functions, they should too. Since it seems they're not I would go, not say a word, grab a plate, put a few chips and a dog on it, walk around, maybe nibble a bit on the chips. Nobody will notice, trust me. When was the last time you monitored your coworkers plates at a party? If so you need a life : ) Chuck it in the can when nobody's looking, tell 'em you're not hungry much. Bet you dollars to donuts that there is somebody else there who is in your predicament but only YOU are smart enough to ask the scholars on this forum! Go have fun dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lshaped View Post
    you would think- i'm torn on this- i can certainly take a good natured ribbing on almost anything. but in the past when i've brought my own food to a company function i've had people say that they thought I was too good to eat their food. i absolutely do not want to give this impression. I am not preachy about how i live, live and let live

    Wow. I've been veg for 20 years and very few people at work have said anything remotely negative about it. Maybe a very small amout of good-natured ribbing as you put it, but not two hours worth of grief. I have also not had a company refuse to do a veg option for company-sposored meals, although I often vounteer to shop or cook so people on the organizing committee don't feel like I am causing them extra work. And that way the veg food isn't just limp iceberg lettuce.

    I've found at a few companies that there already were a number of vegetarians there, but until I showed up they wern't saying anything so no one knew to do veg food.

    In your shoes, I'd go if I liked the co-workers, and eat a good meal ahead of time so if anyone asks why you're not eating dead animal parts, you can say that you're not hungry. It'd be better in the long run if you "came out" as a vegetarian, got your co-workers used to it, and management to accept it, just by being open and persistent. But with the job market the way it is, I could see staying in the "closet".... sometimes the wierd people get laid off.

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    I've found most places willing to accommodate vegetarians.

    I'm vegan so most of the time it doesn't do me any good though. My work has gotten a bit better over the years about accommodating my needs though.

    If you want to socialize, go, and bring your own food. I never let my food choices get in the way of having fun.
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    I'd guess the reason for the no was that they don't want to separate the grill, worry about contaminating the vegan food, etc.

    Eat before you go, and munch lightly on whatever there is acceptable (pickles, salads, etc)

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    eat before you go
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    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
    Bring a box O veggie burgers to share. If someone wants to razz you tell 'em to try one before they run their mouth.
    My thoughts exactly. I don't really know anything about your company, but they shouldn't deny you use of the grill for the veggie burgers. If they do, thats on the verge of illegal b/c of your dietary requests. Plus some of the more open minded people there will probably give them a whirl, so you won't be eating them alone.

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