A Gluten Free Wedding Menu
Nowadays your guest list can greatly impact your food menu as dietary sensitivities such as gluten and dairy are heavily on the rise. Consideration to your guests must be taken to ensure that not only will everyone have a great time, but also that no one gets sick.
Gluten is a protein in wheat, rye, and barley that is commonly found in bread, beer, pasta, and a wide range of other processed foods containing these grains.
For about 1% of the population, eating gluten causes celiac disease, an intestinal condition characterized by the inability to absorb nutrients from food.
“A gluten-free diet excludes the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye, bread, pasta, cereals, and beer.
Some people have gluten-free diets “by choice” because of the health benefits that stem from a Gluten-free lifestyle, where some people are gluten intolerant or have medical issues that prohibit gluten such as Celiac disease.
The same is true for Dairy-Free diets. Lactose intolerance is an impaired ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. The uncomfortable side effects can cause stomach cramping and bloat as a result of consumption. On the contrary, many people voluntarily choose to remove dairy from their diets as the removal has been noted to have benefits with acne, digestion, weight loss, thyroid, and candida.
If you anticipate having multiple guests at your party with dietary restrictions, we highly recommend creating small labels for the food, especially if you feel that you will be mingling and talking to other guests throughout the night. You want your guest with allergies or dietary restrictions to feel comfortable going to the food table without you having to man the table. Something as simple as a small label in front of the food item gives a very organized and classy appeal to the table.
If your guest has an intense allergy they will probably be extra safe around the buffet of delicious treats, but you also have to make sure that you don't cross-contaminate your food. Essentially meaning don't mix the special items with the regular items. Place your gluten-free Meatballs in a separate bowl or give your dairy-free cobbler a separate spoon.
Consider moving items to different parts of the table, these small details will ensure your friends are happy and comfortable no matter what dietary restrictions they may have.
Keep in mind that communication is key! Many people who are allergic to dairy have various forms of sensitivity. Don't be afraid to ask!
People who are lactose intolerant could be completely comfortable with cheese but not cream. While those with a gluten intolerants friend have celiac disease and is highly sensitive to gluten in the smallest forms. You could have guests who take special gluten-relief pills and go all out for everything on the table.
Be open to those conversations for awareness so that everyone can have a great time.
Do you have friends or family that are gluten or dairy-free intolerant? Do you consider dietary sensitivities when planning for events that involve food?
Let us know your thoughts.
2 teaspoons of grated orange peel-separated
1 can of cherry pie filling
1/2 cup & 2 tablespoons cold water
1/4 cup cold vegetable butter
1 1/2 teaspoons dry egg replacer
Makes 4 Servings
2lbs uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 plum tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper
1/2 small red onion
10 Kalamata olives, pitted
2 oz feta cheese (Omit the Fetta for Dairy-Free)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Makes 15-20 fruit kabobs
15-20 Wooden Skewers
1 cup blueberries
2 cups seedless red grapes 2 cups mandarin oranges 2 cups pineapple chunks
1 (8 oz.) Dairy-Free Whipped Cream
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