When you’re planning a catered meal, then preparing the menu is the most crucial part. When you have guests who have dietary restrictions, then planning that menu is even more complicated. Take a look at how to make sure you take care of all your guests with a single menu.
When you send invitations for your event, ask your guests if they have any dietary restrictions. This will give you a good idea of what your menu should look like—if the majority of guests are vegetarian, for example, then lamb chops might not be a suitable main course.
Some dietary restrictions require special preparation. If you have guests who keep kosher or are allergic to specific ingredients, these need to be known before the food is prepared. The “safe” foods need to be made in isolation from the rest, so there is no cross-contamination of allergens. Kosher foods must be prepared with specific cooking tools, so this needs to be known in advance. We are able to serve a kosher-style meal, but we do not have a kosher kitchen.
Consider serving multiple options for the main course. You can have your guests opt for their favorite before your event, or offer a choice at the event. One issue that many hosts can overlook is the vegetarian option. Many times, this ends up being a small side salad because the alternative is either forgotten or uses chicken or beef stock in cooking. Don’t make your guests feel left out by overlooking their needs.
Make sure a complete ingredient list is available on request. You should label common allergens that might be in the food, but some people are allergic to uncommon ingredients and will need to do their own research.
If you’re having a buffet-style meal, make sure the serving area is safe. There need to be enough serving utensils for each dish, so that they aren’t used in other dishes. This is how cross-contamination happens, and it can lead to some of your guests being seriously ill.
Trust your catering service. At Celebrations Catering, we’re equipped to deal with all sorts of dietary restrictions, and we’ll make sure your guests are happy. We make really delicious food—so we want everyone to be able to enjoy it.