So the blogs are all a twitter about the news that Chelsea Clinton’s wedding that will take place tomorrow will have a Vegan Menu. At first glance all you granolas out there are cheering “Point for US, Point for US!” but hold on there sister! The menu will also include gluten-free dishes AND grass-fed organic beef.
Chelsea is allergic to gluten like so many people are these days. This causes a huge problem when it comes to the wedding staple – CAKE! I have a few people in my life who are unable to eat gluten and pie and cakes are hard to get gluten-free. A cousin of mine makes her own pies and stuffing at Thanksgiving and I actually prefer the gluten free pies to the gluten-FULL ones. Chelsea’s wedding will have a gluten free vegan wedding cake that I’m sure won’t disappoint.
Uh oh vegans hold your breath… Chelsea’s menu will also include organic beef for those who are still on the meat eating band wagon. This makes me happy on the inside because even though Chelsea doesn’t eat meat she is giving an option to her friends and loved ones that may still want a meat option. I can’t say that I think organic is BETTER than regular beef (I kind of think its a bit of a media hype thing) but having a meat option along side the vegan option is very progressive in my opinion.
I have somewhat expressed in previous posts that I think every meal should have an option for all people. A pork free option for those who practice judaism, a gluten free option for those allergic, a meat free option for vegetarians, a vegan option for those who are animal product free and so on. In a world where religion/personal beliefs vary from person to person everyone should have the ability to choose. Those who make a living preparing food for people should hone their craft so they have the ability to cook for all people. Let’s face it even if we all ate the exact same diet we wouldn’t all LIKE the same foods anyway. I enjoy eating and when I am at a wedding or a restaurant I want to have a choice of what I like to eat. I once went to a wedding where the appetizer was baked brie drizzled with cranberry sauce and no other option. This would not work for a vegan, a person who is lactose intolerant, OR me cause I just plain hate brie! Nothing worse than going to a wedding and not being able to eat anything.
I am currently engaged (with no date set in the near future) and will eventually plan a wedding. Chelsea’s BOLD move to have options for almost all has given me something to consider and I will definitely remember the CHOICES when the planning begins.
I BELIEVE CHOICE FOR ALL!
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