Dine-In Question

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  1. Freedom125

    Freedom125 Member

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    I am going to my first dine-in this weekend and I was told the meal is going to be pork. As a Jew I can't eat pork because it isn't kosher. How do I tell my commanders? I feel selfish/disrespectful telling him I can't eat that but I can't eat pork. How should I go about it respectfully?

    Also there is going to be a grog bowl. I was told they mix stuff like oysters, cheese, hot sauce, and stuff in it. A lot of that stuff isn't kosher. If I mess up I have to drink. They also said sometimes the cadres make everybody drink it for fun. It would be really embarrassing to mess up and then be told to drink out of the grog bowl only to have me awkwardly say I can't. How would you go about that?

    Thanks!
     
  2. kinnem

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    Just ask for some time with them and let them know that, as a practicing Jew, you have some dietary restrictions you need to follow and you have some concerns about the dining-in. I have no doubt they will accommodate you. Be sure to also mention your concerns about the grog bowl. This isn't hard. As long as you speak respectfully, you will be fine.

    Actually, I'm surprised this wasn't a question that was asked of folks. I've never been to a dining-in, but I've been to plenty of other events that ask about dietary restrictions or offer a choice of meals.

    I would add that there is no way to guarantee how this stuff is prepared in the kitchen. I don't know how important that aspect is to you. If worse comes to worse, bring your own sandwich and/or salad or something. I guarantee you it will not be a problem, or someone's head will roll.
     
  3. Freedom125

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    Thanks!

    As for preparation I have little worry. I am a Reformed Jew so we are a little less strict than Conservative/Orthodox Jews when it comes to preparation and other stuff.
     
  4. USMCGrunt

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    Freedom,

    Just sent you a PM.

    Please post later to let us know how things turn out.
     
  5. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    You need to make your dietary restrictions known, they have to accomedating you. It's not an excuse if you just don't like something, but if it has to do with an allergy, your religion, if your a vegetarian, etc they will order an alternate meal. Don't be afraid to speak up!
     

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