This post is for all the non-glutards out there that are either related to, friends with or dating someone that is gluten challenged. Whether its an upcoming holiday party, an intimate dinner or a casual hang out session, playing host can turn into a major head ache when you have to cater to guests that have dietary restrictions. Even more so when a breach of those restrictions can pose a real threat to the health and safety of said guests.
But don’t worry friends and lovers of glutards, we’ve take the liberty of putting together a list of helpful tips for hosting any get-together that includes gluten free guests… or guests with any type of dietary restriction for that matter.
- Determine how many gluten free guests you will be hosting – this will help dictate how many gluten free menu options you may need for drinks, apps, sides, mains and dessert.
- Research, research, research! There are a lot of great resources and gluten free recipe sites (like this one) available at your fingertips.
- If you are serving food of any kind, label everything that is gluten free so that it is easily identified.
- Have ingredient lists readily accessible. Whether it’s a package label or a family recipe, it may be helpful to keep this information on hand to field any questions your guests may have about the food being served.
- Don’t be shy, if you are worried about making sure your party menu is gluten free give your gluten free guests a call to hash it out. A guest with a food allergy or a condition like Celiac will feel appreciative that you called in advance to verify menu options. With so many different dietary issues it can be hard to keep your guests’ requirements straight in your held. It’s always better to be safe than sorry
- Consider hosting a pot luck event so that guests can have a little more control over what is served.
- Learn your menu. If you are catering or feeling highfalutin and hire a chef, just make sure you review dietary restrictions with the persons responsible for making the food. Not to mention how being knowledgeable on your menu will help field guests’ potential questions.
- Thing beyond edibles, gluten free living includes drink options in addition to food.
- Serve sauces, dressings or gravies on the side to avoid contamination of an otherwise gluten free meal.
- Commit to an entirely gluten free menu to avoid contamination or have gluten free alternatives that are made separately with clean/designated utensils and equipment.