So FI and I are having a pretty traditional chinese banquet (at a chinese restaurant) for our ceremony. However, because I am not a big seafood person, and I know a lot of my guests aren't (my non-asian side of friend/family), so 4 of the 5 main courses are not seafood (roasted chicken, crispy duck, fried rice, mushroom and beans).
I have one friend who is vegetarian, so i was thinking of offering a vegetarian dish for her (like one plate of something extra, and then she can pick off whatever on the banquet she wants).
I have another friend who is not a fan of seafood. We were talking on the phone (this is not family/BM) and she says something like "well, I haven't looked at the menu yet, but it really doesn't matter, I'm just going to order my own thing off the menu." I replied "actually, we changed the menu so most of the main dishes are not seafood" and her response was "well, the appetizers are, so I'll just order my own."
WTF?!? I am paying EXTRA per table (EVERY table) to substitute out some of the food so that the menu is more non-seafood!
I am paying a set price per table, and will pay extra on top of that for all ordered dishes - I cannot afford to pay for people multiple times.
How do I indicate that for my vegetarian friends, a vegetarian option is available, but you are NOT free to just "order whatever you want" off the menu at your own will??? Of course, without seeming like a total $itch... (if that's possible)
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