(Closed) Food allergies at receptions…. What to do?

posted 5 years ago in Food
  • poll: What to serve at the reception?
    Nothing at all : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Wedding cake & desserts : (2 votes)
    4 %
    Barbecue / Pizza / Italian / some other 'mainstream' meal : (43 votes)
    90 %
    Potluck (yeah, it may be tacky, but too bad) : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    2254 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Sweet_Tea:  I’m of the mind if your reception runs through dinner time you should provide your guests a meal. Maybe you can do a meal that is both vegatarian friendly and gluten free. I can’t think of any out there but I know they exist. For people like your mom, peanut allergy, just make sure the dish doesn’t call for peanuts. It’s hard to accommodate all your guests but I think you can figure some meal plan that addresses most of your guests’ issues. Speak to your caterer. They may have ran into this issue before and can help you resolve it.

    Post # 4
    Hostess
    8579 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    You could always do a gluten free soup, salad, roll & pasta type thing. I’m sure there’s vegetarion/glutton free options out there, and pastas are always within budget!

    Post # 5
    Hostess
    8579 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    For instance, you could do :

    basil tomatoe and broccoli cheedar soups

    offer a build your own salad bar with vegetarian/gluten free options

    gluten/vegetarion rolls/buns/garlic bread maybe?

    vegetarian lasagna or other pasta options. You could just do a build your own pasta bar as well, and you could do meatballs separately for those who wanted meat.

    Post # 6
    Hostess
    8579 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    As for vegetarian desserts.. I would do enough for the guests you know are coming [maybe one pie], same with the gluten free. And do your regular cake or w/e you are offering for everyone else.

    Post # 7
    Member
    540 posts
    Busy bee

    I am in a similar boat. I am gluten free and I would like to be able to eat some of the food at my own wedding. I can think of one other invitee who is gluten free, and one vegetarian, and then I’m sure there will be other things as many of my guests will be extended family that I dont typically eat with.

    I think we will do a pasta bar, but some other ideas are taco bar, stir fry stations, I love the soup idea from PP. We’re not doing anything ulta fancy and I had already planned to make the RSVP card two sided in which one side the guests could write notes, well wishes, or whatever to the couple. So I think I will make a tiny notation that we can accommodate food allergies, and to please specify.

    Post # 9
    Member
    540 posts
    Busy bee

    @Sweet_Tea:  Yikes, no rice?! That’s pretty much all I eat for starch. Rice, rice noodles, and rice flour bread. I really hate that for you. How many guests are you planning for? $3000 budget is tricky. I’m struggling with staying under $5000 and that’s with photography, band, and flowers all being practically free.I really want to self cater, but it is next to impossible to find a venue ( other than a home, church, or park) that will allow it.

    Post # 10
    Member
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I really glad to have seen your post because I never even thought about the fact that some of our guests might have food allergies.  We’re having a fairly small event and we just started thinking about the menu, but before deciding I guess we should really find out if any of our guests have allergies. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.

    If your wedding will be in the early evening at, or near, dinner time, I think it’s pretty traditional to have a full meal of some sort.  If it was a late wedding after dinner (like 8ish) or an early afternoon wedding after lunch (2ish), I’d say you could get away with just cake and punch or desserts.  But a late afternoon or early evening wedding usually means serving a dinner.  As you mentioned in your poll, a buffet or meal of more filling, traditional Italian dishes would be budget friendly. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t like pizza or pasta.

    Post # 12
    Member
    60 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Sorry, my bad, I didn’t notice you mentioned you have a gluten intolerance. Isn’t there a new gluten-free type of pasta?  One of my coworker’s sons has a lot of food allergies (including being deathly allergic to peanuts) and it seems like I remember her mentioning something about gluten-free products (specifically a pasta) a while back.  I could be totally wrong though.  I’ll ask her about it tomorrow, and if there is such a thing, I’ll post a follow up note with the name of the product or brand.

     

    Post # 14
    Member
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @Sweet_Tea:  hey I just tried a new corn/quinoa pasta tonight and it was really good! Normally I go for the brown rice pasta, but wanted to mix it up and it was just as good. Just wanted to throw that out there (even for your own meals at home). Also, a good caterer should be able to do gf meals!

    Post # 15
    Member
    5405 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Also, I feel pretty strongly that you must feed people at 6 pm. Meat/potatoes/vegetable are gf, can be dairy free, and could be made vegetarian/vegan for those that need it (sounds like just a few). Many pies could be vegetarian and probably gf. Cake could be both vegetarian and gf. There are tons of options and nuts shouldn’t be an issue in most anything!

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