Kind Cuisine: 6 Tips For Hosting A Vegan Dinner Guest

If you have a vegan guest coming for dinner and you’re low-key freaking out about what on earth you’re meant to prepare for them, don’t stress! It’s actually much easier than you think to accommodate a vegan visitor at your house. They might avoid dairy milk and eating anything with a face, but there are plenty of delicious, vegan-suitable dishes. So everyone at your dinner party will be able to enjoy your hospitality. 

To help you settle on a suitable menu, here are six tips for hosting a vegan dinner guest: 

  • Don’t Make A Big Deal About It

One of the best things you can do for your vegan guest is to avoid making a big deal out of their veganism. To them, it’s just their lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief (and many gifs and memes), vegans don’t want to tell everybody about their lifestyle all the time. Play it cool, and they will be delighted. 

  • Don’t Forget About The Drinks

Many people don’t realize that there are a lot of drinks that are not vegan – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Some contain dairy or can be made using processes that involve non-vegan additives or methods. It’s more complicated than you need to worry about. All you need to do is check that the drinks you serve are vegan-friendly. This can be done by checking labels or using a website like Barnivore

  • Explore Your Local Supermarkets & Get Online

You don’t have to cook something from scratch or make something complicated to impress a vegan. You also don’t have to spend a lot. Most supermarkets have a huge vegan range these days and if you want even more choice, get online. You may not be aware of what is on offer because you’re never had to look, but with nearly 10 million vegans being plant-based, supermarkets and other brands are cashing in on the veggie revolution, so there’s more choice than ever before. 

  • Veganize

Most vegans want to eat what meat-eaters eat, just without the need for animals to suffer. Rather than creating something super healthy or separate, consider just veganizing what your other guests are having. You can buy vegan versions of the meat, cheese, and other items. Or you can use a recipe if you want to be really flashy. 

  • Understand Veganism

One of the best things you can do to ensure you accommodate your vegan guest well is to understand veganism. This is handy because many people think veganism means a person is a raw vegan, or that they are gluten-free, or won’t eat anything that came in plastic. 

Find out the truth by understanding what veganism is and by chatting to your vegan guest. That way, you won’t waste time or money on unnecessary or unsuitable things. If you’re unsure about anything (like whether or not honey is okay), err on the side of caution and avoid it. 

  1. Be Seating Savvy

This tip is basic but important. Try to ensure your vegan friend is not at the end of the table where you’ll be placing anything that’s really meaty, like a full roast chicken, for example. Whilst you’re at it, maybe seat them away from your Joe Rogan-loving work colleague who enjoys chatting about his hunting or fishing trips. 

My girlfriend really changed after she became vegan. It’s like I have never seen her herbivore.

Vegan dinner guests are just like anybody else – they just want to eat good food and have a good time with the people they love. With a little effort and some savvy hosting moves, you’ll be able to add ‘happy vegan guest’ to your dinner party crown soon enough!

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