Your guide to vegetarian and vegan catering

Nowadays, you’ll be lucky to find an office without any special dietary requirements, food allergies or intolerances. Whether it’s for health reasons or moral reasons, many people are turning to alternative diets or a vegan lifestyle. Currently, 7% of all Australians do not consume certain foods due to cultural or religious reasons. October 1st is world vegetarian day, so it’s the perfect opportunity to expand your culinary world and try some new vegetarian dishes.

It’s important when you are ordering corporate catering for the office to ensure you have all the special diets noted so nobody goes hungry. If you’re unsure on what to order, we are always happy to give advice!

What’s the difference between vegetarian and vegan?

If somebody eats a vegetarian diet, they don’t eat any meat. Somebody who is vegan doesn’t eat meat or any products derived from animals. This includes dairy, eggs and anything that comes from an animal.

People can choose to only eat vegetarian or vegan food for a number of reasons. Sometimes it’s based on efforts to be more sustainable, moral reasons or a food intolerance. Whatever the reason, it is important to make sure your office catering doesn’t leave people out. Lucky for you, we have an awesome variety of corporate caterers who supply delicious menu options for all special diets.

Are vegetarian or vegan diets actually more sustainable?

According to research published in Science, if everyone went vegan tomorrow, we’d use 3 billion hectares less of the earth’s surface for farm and our food emissions would drop about half. Of course, it’s very unlikely for this to happen. Meat can be an important part of heritage and identity, and shapes many cultural staples in communities across the globe. But, the simple act of cutting down on your meat and dairy consumption for just a few meals each week can help reduce emissions caused by food production.

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Vegetarian catering ideas (and where to order them)

We know sometimes it can be difficult to find the perfect vegetarian or vegan solution for your guests, so we’ve collected a list of some of the tried and true favourites. Step away from the plain 4 leaf salad mix and serve up something so flavourful and delicious, that even the meat-eaters will be pining for a taste.

We all know that sandwiches and wraps are a classic and always come with a vegetarian option, but what about all the other delicious corporate catering options we have available? Here’s a list of alternative delicious vegetarian catering options for your next working lunch.

Burgers

Yep, even vegetarians like burgers. From mushroom, tofu patties to frittata and falafel, there are so many options for vegan and vegetarian burgers. This is a sure-fire way to not only satisfy your guests but keep them feeling full and happy. And worst-case scenario, everybody loves hot chips.

Corporate caterers to try:

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Adelaide

vegetarian catering - try a soul burger vegan burger

Photo credit: Soul Burger

Pizza

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from being a national corporate catering service, it’s that people really love their pizza. It’s almost customary to get a classic margherita pizza with your office catering, but there are so many delicious vegetarian, vegan and even gluten free options that you can mix up your special diet order.

Corporate caterers to try:

Sydney

  • Epic Pizza – enjoy your vegetarian, gluten free and vegan pizza extra, extra large!
  • Doughboy – gourmet pizzas offering up tasty slices for your working lunches
  • Made in Italy – authentic, Italian corporate catering. Yum!

Melbourne

  • My Goodness Pizza – fresh, locally sourced ingredients on gourmet pizza! Sustainable catering has never tasted so good
  • Duke Pizza – office pizza parties and feeding a crowd are made a breeze with these guys
  • Wise Guys Pizza – is it cheesy to say these guys are wise about pizza?

Brisbane

Adelaide

Perth

Doughboys - vegetarian pizza catering

Photo credit: Doughboys

Finger food

Whether you’re looking to cater for an afternoon tea, corporate event or Friday night drinks for the office, finger food is always the way to go. Getting a selection of meat and meat free finger foods has been made easier than ever with the variety offered by corporate caterers. From grazing tables and cheese platters, to selections of pastries and nibbles, there really is something for everyone.

Office caterers to try:

Sydney

  • MMM Catering – with gourmet platters and more, these guys have what you’re looking for
  • Catering Zone – these guys have got finger foods down pat
  • Food Geek – from sushi and rice paper rolls to classic vegetarian pies and rolls

Melbourne

  • Top Nosh Caterers – hot and cold finger foods for all special diets
  • Cultural Catering – have a taste of this excellent range of hot and cold special diet friendly finger foods
  • Bay Leaf Catering – all your morning and afternoon teas, Friday night drinks and special corporate events are catered for

Brisbane

  • Ecco Hospitality – if you’re looking for a vegetarian antipasto platter, you’ve come to the right place
  • Blackout Coffee and Catering – gorgeous grazing tables for AM or PM teas, corporate events or even your next cocktail party
  • Entice Me Catering – have your choice of finger foods in a delicious package delivered to you

Perth

vegan catering - try a vegetarian grazing table

Photo credit: Blackout Coffee and Catering

Asian flavours

From tasty sushi, rice paper rolls and vegetarian Bahn mi, there’s so much variety when it comes to Asian cuisines and special dietary catering. These fresh flavours can also deliver a healthy solution to office catering, so if you have a vegetarian in the office concerned about losing weight - these fresh catering menu options could be just the thing.

Office caterers to try:

Sydney

  • Nama Poke – delicious poke bowls made and served fresh for special diets
  • Krispy Roll – modern Vietnamese cuisine perfect for your working lunches
  • Sushi Jones – vegetarian sushi and bento boxes? Sound delicious to us

Melbourne

Brisbane

  • Nom Nom Korean – street-style Korean fusion catering
  • Heart Thai Food – tasty Thai food served buffet style perfect for your next board meeting or staff lunch
  • Cheeky Poke Bar – get fresh and modern poke bowls delivered to your Brisbane office

Perth

  • Roll’d Perth – Vietnamese street foods offer up some healthy corporate catering

Vegan catering - try a poke bowl from Nama Poke

Photo credit: Nama Poke

There’s more where that came from

Can’t find your city above? Don’t worry, we deliver tasty corporate catering nationally. We cater for offices around Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth plus surrounds and will have a special diet catering menu to suit your needs. From gluten free to dairy free, vegetarian, vegan and halal, we’ll have a special diet option for you, so no one goes hungry. Grab a free quote online or give our friendly catering experts a call on 1300 851 900 for inspiration and menu recommendations.

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