Yesterday, I had a long, long, long, LONG discussion with a chef about pork. Yeah, the other white meat. My clients want to serve pork at their event, and the chef is adamant that for a group of more than 20 people, pork is not a good idea. I agree with the chef; that has always been my stand about any meat (or any dish rather) that requires an acquired taste. However, I could not get my clients to change their minds, so I suggested ordering sufficient alternate meals of beef and extra vegetarian meals for those guests who will not note on their RSVP that they have dietary restrictions, but if you put a dish of pork in front of them will scream: "Pork? egads!" However, my client insisted on pork. The chef offered up many different alternatives - a dual entree of pork with swordfish or pork with chicken or pork with a black bean ravioli - and still my clients insisted: "Just pork." The chef was so against the pork that he didn't even cook it for our tasting, even though my client indicated that they wanted to taste a pork dish. "Nobody eats pork," he said.
"It's not your event," I told the chef, and then bit my tongue until it bled.
UPDATE: Everyone ate the pork!