Post # 1
So, I’m fairly new here, and I don’t know whether or not this is been discussed before, so apologies if there’s another thread about this subject somewhere. My Fiance and I just recently started looking into caterers in our area, and we’re starting to relize that finding one that fits us is going be a bit more challenging than we expected. I was diagnosed with celiac disease a few years ago, and even the smallest amount of gluten will have me in bed for a day or two. I also have several family members and friends that are in the same boat — either allergic to gluten, or have cut it out of their diets for various health reasons. We’ve been planning to do a mix of gluten and gluten free food choices, so everyone can be happy, but most of the caterers we’ve spoken too can’t promise us that there won’t be any contamination between the two, which is a big concern to me. We also haven’t really decided what to do for a cake. We were thinking about having two, one gluten free and one not, but Fiance thinks that’s a bit ridiculous, since most people can barely tell the difference between a well made gluten free cake, and a non-gluten free cake. I just worry that people will see the words gluten free, and shy away from it, since everyone seems to expect gluten free baking to be bland and tasteless. =P
Have any other bee’s found themself in a similar boat? If so, how did you guys handle it, and how did your guests respond? Any advice or ideas would be awesome! 🙂
Post # 3
@nari-me: I am not. But my friend has a blog. She is an amazing person and writer. maybe something could help you out there…. we are in PA and you are in CA, so I dont know and its a stab in the dark, but maybe? http://thegspotrevolution.com/?page_id=1029
Post # 4
@nari-me: I dunno how that link may help you, but you never know who may know who!
Post # 5
Hi! What a bummer that the caterers can’t seem to want to help you out 🙁
I also have a severe reaction to gluten, as do two close relatives and two of my good friends who were all at the wedding. The caterer was very much willing to work with us on this, and we had a buffet. On two tables was the salmon, steak, vegetables, potatoes, salad, and fruit/cheese; then on a separate table was the bread and pasta (both wheat containing). They assured me that there would be no cross contamination in the kitchen and by separating the pasta/bread from the rest of the food there wouldn’t be a risk for mixing serving utensils or anything. They also got use rice crackers for the fruit/cheese display!
For cake, we actually had three smaller cakes, one of which was a gluten free red velvet cake with vanilla cream cheese frosting. A friend who bakes made them for the wedding, and honestly I trust her kitchen more than a commercial bakery to avoid cross contamination. You could do something like that, or have your gluten free cake for cutting and then serve regular cupcakes to the guests? Like you mentioned, most people who had the red velvet cake had no idea it was even gluten free, so it wasn’t a big deal. And the guests had no idea that 80% of the food on the buffet was gluten free either.
Maybe this helps 🙂 good luck!
Post # 6
Fiance has celiac, so its a big issue for us also. I’ve only visited 2 venues so far, and both assured me there would be no issue. We used one of the venues a few years ago for my Daughter’s reception without an issue and we will most likely use them again.
We will have a small Girlfriend groom’s cake for my Fiance and his children (they inherited Celiac). The main cake will be white buttercream with yellow cake, the Groom’s cake will be all Chocolate. I’m hoping that by doing that, if cross contamination does happen, crumbs could be seen.
Post # 7
@nari-me: I have celiac and we are doing a 100% gluten free menu. It was a non-negotiable in picking a venue and my guests have not been asked for their opinion. My feeling is that it is amazing good, no one will miss the gluten, and Georgetown cupcakes’ gluten free version is awesome. We wouldn’t serve gluten to guests in our housr, why would we at our wedding?