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You shouldn't feel bad for bringing up the issue, in fact, it's somewhat insulting that they either forget your dietary needs or worst, disregard them entierly. You should approach the issue respectfully but firmly and ask for a change of vanue. Remind the organizer that you are a vegetarian and that the place they chose has no vegetarian options*. Also, ...


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Which is more important to you, food or being with the team? (Either is okay I think but your strategy will change). If food is important Which means the quality of food you eat has to be great and as per your taste, then you can request a change in menu or politely decline like others have answered. If being with the team is important Then you ...


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I find it awkward to prompt that I am a vegetarian every time So, it seems they're already very aware you're a vegetarian. I am planning to either skip the event or to ask for a change of venue Yes, ask for a change of venue, with a smile, citing the reason. They've most likely simply not realised the place has no options, or they've somehow forgotten ...


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I do face the same situation sometimes. I'd go to lunch out, enjoy the companion, come back and have my lunch the same as I usually do. If we need special needs, we better take our self to take care of us. None of the others should change their plans for us. A kind request could be an option but in these kinda workplace matters, better to stay away from ...


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Ask the venue for a simple salad or something equivalent even if it is not on the menu. Restaurants agree to this, as long as they can charge you for some standard menu item. I have done this multiple times in different places due to a family member's food sensitivities. It would seem unreasonable to try and change everything for your food preference when ...


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To take it one step further, don't just check the menu: call the restaurant and tell them what party you will be coming with (company lunch from X Inc and the date) and ask if they have or can make something off the menu. When reserving, your team may have had the foresight to ask, and the restaurant may have been secretly accommodating. You'll also be able ...


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Don't ask to change the venue directly. Presumably this lunch is on the company's dime, it might look ungrateful. You can subtly/indirectly seek a change of venue if you politely decline and highlight the lack of vegetarian option as your reason. "I'd love to go but they don't seem to have any vegetarian option on the menu so I'm afraid, in this instance, ...


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