Post # 1
So, FI and I combined have at least 4 family members that eat gluten free for health reasons, and we were definitely planning to make sure they would have enough food options with our appetizers and stations, because we don’t want them to feel short-changed.
The kicker is, I’ve recently been advised by my gastroenterologist and rheumatologist to cut gluten out of my diet, too. Of course, now I really want to make sure I have some delicious gluten free food at the wedding!
It isn’t that hard to do in terms of main dishes if we specify that meats and sides use seasonings that don’t include gluten, but apps, side dishes, and desserts could be tricky.
We’ve submitted a “rough draft” of our menu, can you ladies critique it and let me know if it seems like we have enough variety for those that can’t eat gluten?
- Vegetables and dip (gluten free)
- Cheese and crackers (will offer gluten free rice crackers)
- Spanikopita with yogurt sauce
- Spicy shrimp and avocado skewers (gluten free)
- Smoked trout (gluten free)
- Pork tenderloin with apricot glaze (gluten free)
- Smoked salmon (gluten free)
Chaffing Dish Stations
- Maple-glazed chicken (gluten free)
- Roasted seasonal vegetables (gluten free)
- Roasted potatoes (gluten free)
- Pasta station with various sauces and toppings
We will be providing bread (they make their own, it is delicious!) and salad on the tables. The salad will be gluten free as long as we keep the croutons on the side, but should I see if we can get some gluten free bread or rolls? I could ask the baker if he could make some or I could bring in my own…
We are serving pies instead of cakes for dessert, and honestly, I have yet to find/taste a good gluten free pie crust. Should I purchase one gluten free cake from the bakery, or maybe a variety of cupcakes so people have a flavor choice? Alternatively, I could do a gluten free apple crisp along with the pies.
Post # 3
If gluten free cake = flourless cake, be ready for a storm, ’cause that shit is delicious. I’m not allergic to gluten but I’d be mad if there was flourless cake and I didn’t get any hahaha.
If it’s a flour substitute, then go with cupcakes and/or apple crisp.
Also be aware that anyoe who is actually allergic might not be able to eat half that stuff anyway — if the rice crackers are even on the same plate as the regular ones, there might be problems. People who legit have celiac’s have serious cross-contamination issues.
You’d be stunned at how hard it is to make some of those dishes gluten free… but a good caterer can totally do it.
Post # 4
I am gluten free but because of health reasons and not diet ones. Also, I am a bad gluten free person so when I am invited to events where there isn’t an option for me, I load up on the salads and eat as little as possible on glutenous carbs. Can I mention how much I actually love bread, I just can’t process it very well. Sad really. I think it’s awesome that you have so many options for your gluten free guests. Yes, celiacs is a whole other beast when it comes to this type of event. But for the most part, most celiacs are well prepared for going to events where food is served in an uncontrolled manner.
Gluten free rolls are a luxury to me at events like this and you have plenty of other food people can load up on. But a gluten free option for dessert is awesome! I strongly encourage doing something sweet on the GF side.
Post # 5
Meringue! I have a whole host of RSVPs come back with gluten, wheat, dairy free etc. So we’re going to give them all meringue and fruit, with some kind of sugary fruity sauce.
Post # 6
As a coeliac, I would LOVE to come to this wedding! Oh my god – what a treat!
Bread is a really, REALLY hard thing to get right, so if you know anyone who can recommend good gf bread rolls (ask your guests) then you’ll be okay. Unfortunately I live in the UK so can’t recommend anything! But I always see it as a massive treat if I get gf bread rolls anywhere.
Don’t be worried about your GF guests having a different dessert than everyone else. They are used to it. Chocolate cakes tend to be good when gf, as do any cakes that contain fruit as the moisture helps.
Anything dry = bad. Like pastry. It’s just bad. I’d rather have a good cake, than a flaky pastry just because everyone else is eating pastry. That said, maybe apple crisp would fit in with the ‘theme’ better and wouldn’t seem so different?
Keep all gf food separate from the normal food and make sure each plate has its own serving tongues.
Coeliac’s are used to all manner of things when they go out to eat, so remember – this will be amazing for them! 🙂