|Roadside art — not the bride and groom.|
Greens 'N' Grains Natural Foods Store in downtown Egg Harbor before heading to our hotel. Housed in a charming late 18th century building, this is the only full-service natural foods store in Door County. In addition to a full line of natural foods, Greens 'N' Grains has a vegetarian and raw food deli. We hadn't been to Door County in a very long time but we still remembered how hard it was to be vegetarian there, let alone vegan. Picking up a few items for dinner just seemed like the easiest thing for two tired travelers to do. We got wraps, cabbage salad, crackers, strawberries and a small tub of hummus to stash in our refrigerator. We were so tired that we ate our little supper before I even thought of the camera.
Deaf Smith Country Cookbook, and the classic breakfast treat tastes as good as it looks.
The wedding ceremony was unconventional but meaningful. It took place in a beautiful white church but was non-religious — in the church but not of the church, so to speak. After the ceremony we had a couple of hours to hang out before the festivities began again at 4:30 with a cocktail reception and then dinner.
At this point, I want to offer a bit of advice, especially for new vegans, about what to do when you're invited to an event where food will be served. Rule number one is never take anything for granted. Let people know in advance what your restrictions are. Everyone will be happier if you are not sitting at the table with an empty plate. I followed the first rule (even though the groom's parents are vegetarian, and the groom, while not vegetarian now, was raised as a vegetarian), but because of a misunderstanding, there wasn't anything at the dinner other than a small salad, that a vegan could eat. I had e-mailed in advance, and the groom sent me a list of buffet foods Joe, the food and beverage director, said were vegan. In addition, he said that Joe would let the chef know we were vegan. He also sent me Joe's contact information in case I had any further questions. I hate to make a pest of myself, and it really sounded like everything was arranged, but because pesto (not usually vegan) was on the "vegan" list, I decided to follow rule number two. Rule number two is follow up on your request to make sure the caterer understands. I sent Joe an email. He didn't reply but it was so close to the date I didn't try to contact him again.
At the dinner, the salad came with cheese and a creamy dressing, and I thought "uh-oh." I requested, and received, a plain one. We went to the buffet line and I took the foods that had been on the list, but I was suspicious. I found Joe and asked if the food had butter, and guess what — everything including the green beans, carrots and vegetarian pasta with mushrooms was made with butter. The chef graciously offered (insisted, actually) to make something for the three vegans, and he created a pasta, green bean, spinach, garlic and olive oil dish that was absolutely delicious. Apparently, Joe expected me to call, and when I didn't, he'd assumed I'd changed my mind about requesting special food. He didn't receive my e-mail, and speculated it went to his junk mail. I was supposed to call him but I didn't know that. It was a misunderstanding. It all ended well but was awkward, and had I followed rule number two with a little more gusto, the situation could have been avoided. (I would have just made due with the salad had not the staff insisted on cooking something.)
Door County Weekend Part 2