I recently I received an invitation to a service awards dinner to honor employees who had 25 years or more years of service to the company. Having attained 30 years last October, I was excited to celebrate this occasion and catch up with everyone. However, due to my WOE, I was apprehensive about accepting the invitation.
I contacted one of the organizers and asked about the food as they had not made the â€ścustomary inquiry for beef, chicken or fishâ€ť and did not include the menu in the invitation. I was assured that there would be acceptable food for me to enjoy during the dinner.
Much to my surprise, I couldnâ€™t believe my eyes as I headed down the buffet line! First dish was baked zucchini cakes, followed by roasted vegetables, baked rice, falafel, moussaka, salad, hummus, olives, GF and regular pita breads! There was also one chicken and shrimp dish, but seemed to be played down and provided as a â€śhave toâ€ť instead of being the customary stars as in the past. For dessert; vegan honey cupcakes (no heavy frostings!), baklava and non-dairy sherbets!
While oil was obviously used in some of the dishes and of course the moussaka did have cheese/bĂ©chamel sauce in it, this a vast improvement from the cheese laden meat feast my company has provided in the past for company functions such as picnics, Christmas celebration dinners, etc.
I was so impressed I just wanted to share. Perhaps mainstream is starting to come around? At least this seems like it is a start!
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." W. Dyer