So now I officially feel pretty stupid for complaining about the vegetarian boxed lunch way back in this post, because I think we experienced the holy grail of seriously gross and inedible vegetarian cuisine this past weekend when we volunteered for another History Day event. Here’s what the lunch looked like:
Okay, that’s a Pepsi, a bag of carrot and celery sticks, a “Mediterranean Veggetable Wrap,” and a brownie. Now, there were actually two vegetarian wrap choices: the one pictured, and some other non-Mediterranean wrap, so I’ll applaud the catering company for the variety. To bad the variety was DISGUSTING. The options weren’t labeled beyond identifying them as vegetarian, so I had no idea what was in the box before I opened it. I had to open the wrap to inspect it to see if there was anything that would trigger my mushroom allergy (spoiler alert: there was what looked like a portabella mushroom in there, so I’m glad I checked); here’s what it looked like:
So that’s some weird-looking pesto-type spread, some kind of feta-like cheese, and a bunch of soggy, cold, (potentially grilled?) veggies: some zucchini and squash, something that resembled red onions, maybe some tomato and carrots? And upon poking around with my fork I located what looked suspiciously like a mushroom. Great. I couldn’t eat it, in part because I was afraid of triggering my allergy but also because IT LOOKED TERRIBLE. One of the women on my judge’s panel let me check one of the “regular” veggie wraps, which looked like the same exact crap minus the pesto-ish spread. I ate the brownie and carrot sticks and drank a Pepsi for lunch that day, while people around me were eating Turkey-Bacon-Asiago sandwiches. I would have KILLED for the veggie sandwiches they had at the last History Day; those boxed lunches included chips! And pasta salad and a cookie! I seriously wish catering companies would just TRY HARDER.
We did, at least, have a total blast judging History Day entries again. Ryan got documentaries this time and I was judging websites; we saw some pretty cool stuff and met some awesome kids. Ryan and I are marking down 4.5 hours apiece for this one, and now that summer is around the corner, we look forward to finding more volunteer opportunities soon.