To challenge or to compromise

Another positive sign of veganism hitting the mainstream was published in the Globe and Mail today:

Meatless menus are all the rage

It seems the Meatless Monday idea is creeping into the minds of famous meat-loving chefs lately. Although they may only be trying it to test their culinary chops, the move of vegetables from a punishment for kids to a pleasant dining experience for adults is a positive one for sure.

Sadly, in a related piece, it seems the militant vegetarian is not getting as positive a response at someone’s dinner party as those who may be choosing to dine at Beast.

How do I cope with angry vegetarians?

The tone of the two pieces is interesting for many reasons, and it may just be the difference in the authors, but I think there is something to be said about compromise on behalf of both parties. I’ve brought my own dish on many occasions, and it has often been complimented and loved by omnivores as well as myself. However, I also accept the fact that dead animal will be served, and I do not go out of my way to make people feel guilty about it. I will talk about being vegan if asked, but I avoid glaring at my uncle as he puts a piece of turkey in his mouth.

Luckily, it seems we’re doing something right as guests overall if this poll is to be believed:

Poll: Cooking for vegetarians

Although the dinner table may be a prime target for controversy between herbivores and omnivores, it seems nothing can compare to the possible confrontations and issues that arise when a couple goes beyond a simple dinner party together.

It’s not you, it’s meat

Happy Kreter touched on this topic in a previous issue of the magazine, and we suspect it will be dealt with in more detail in the future, but chances are you already have a personal experience to match those of the people in the article. Hopefully, it has worked well for you.

Food is an important part of our lives, and no matter how much we try to ignore differences in diet, sometimes there lies a problem just beneath our nose. The key to it, like so many other things in life, is to remain positive and open-minded as much as possible.

[Disclaimer: this post is not sponsored by the Globe and Mail. I just came across one article and clicked on numerous others through boredom and the avoidance of another project deadline.]

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