(Closed) Food for Gluten Free and Celiac family members

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
1989 posts
Buzzing bee

@ladydirtold:  Hi! Celiac here With life threatening wheat allergy to top it off lol. In order to make suggestion I’d like to ask you a few questions.


Will there be a catering or will you be at a restaurant or venue that requires you buy food from them? 


Is the kid also lactose intolerant or just gluten? (Many celiacs have dairy issues too)




Post # 4
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

What main dishes will you be offering?  Most sources of protein are easily made gluten free, like chicken, steak, or fish.  There are so many wonderful ways you can prepare them without using flour- just use a sauce thickened with cornstarch.  

Salads are easy to make for a crowd and great for Girlfriend folks….just do mixed greens, and maybe some dried cranberries, almonds, and goat cheese (or a pear, walnut, and blue cheese) and serve it with a simple vinaigrette on the side.  

Throw in a mixed veggie dish (or maybe roasted vegetables- always delish!) and you’ve got a classy and delicious Girlfriend meal.  You could also do a mashed potato or something…I bet a mased potato bar would be easy to put together! That’s always fun.

Provide some nice crusty bread for the gluten eaters and you’re good to go!

Post # 5
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Most caterers should have no problem accommodating dietary needs. Just ask!

Post # 6
5955 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

For a small number of people the venue will usually offer a special allergy option.  Just talk to the child’s parents about what she can eat and ask the hotel if they can prepare it.

Post # 7
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My mom, sister, uncle and good friend all have Celiac disease and our venue was really accomodating with food.  We served a beef and chicken in a puff pastry – from the Girlfriend folks they left off the pastry, and made the gravy for the beef with cornstarch instead of flour.  

I’m not sure if you are doing the food yourself or having it catered, but I find it’s easiest just to serve food that doesn’t have any wheat products (i.e., meat, veggies, rice) rather than serving gluten free options of those items.  


Post # 8
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@ladydirtold:  i have celiac family members so i am used to preparing gluten-free meals.  my venue was wonderful.  it’s really about the chef and the preparation.  my entire meal including dessert was gluten-free.

we started with tomato and goat cheese salad with balsamic vinegrette.  i offered beef, chicken and veggie meals.  the tenderloin’s gravy was prepared with corn starch instead of flour and used all fresh herbs.  the chicken sauce used corn starch and fresh herbs as well and stuffed with feta and grilled peppers.  the sides were rosemary herb & garlic roasted potatoes and sweet potato au gratin along with french green beans.  the veggie dish was veggie pad thai with rice noodles.   the dessert was creme brulee.

our cocktail hour had a variety of gluten-free items as did the late night.  i also had gluten free cupcakes for them to enjoy while the cake was served.

everyone raved about the meal and were still talking about it weeks later.

Post # 9
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I have celiacs and a dairy intolerance. Talk to the caterer about he food allergy and like @Little_Nut88:  said its easiest to have an entirely Girlfriend meal to avoid contamination.

but with that said I never expect people to cater entire meals to my food allergies. It might be an option for her to bring her little baggy of food ( it’s what I do because I’ve had contamination issues one too many times when eating “out”) if your venue will allow it. 

its better than getting stuck always eating just a salad. one person can only handle so much salad haha 

Post # 10
1218 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ladydirtold:  Like PPs said – talk to the venue, I’m sure they will be willing to accommodate gluten free options. I had three gluten free guests at my wedding (cocktail food) and we had, I think, 3 out of the 8 choices that were gluten free plus a lot of the items at the lolly bar. 

Meat without crumbing or sauces, veggies without gravy and salad without dressing are all gluten free options that can also be eaten by non-gluten free guests. You could just do dressings/gravy/sauce on the side or request some meals without sauces for the gluten free eaters.

Post # 11
1164 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@ladydirtold:  As the PPs suggest, talk to the caterer, they should be able to accommodate. I also have Celiac disease, and I have been able to eat at all weddings attended with ease!

Some ideas can be having risotto (rice) instead of pasta for all guests. Grilling meats is also a better solution instead of having anything breaded or with any sauces/gravy.


It will also be possble to have a gluten-free cake made. Speak to you caterer if they know any bakers nearby that specialize in gluten-free. Good luck! Laughing

Post # 12
718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I have gluten intolerence (never got far enough with testing to prove Celiac before altering my diet) and my caterer is very familiar with it.  They’ll make all my food safe to eat.  The only thing I’ve really had to do is find a gf wedding cake so I can eat some 🙂

Post # 13
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

One of our GMs had an extreme case of Celiac’s (Like he needs his oatmeal to be grown in dedicated oat fields, because oats and wheat are generally a rotated crop so normal oatmeal makes him sick. THAT sensitive).

We explained that to the venue (who was brushing off his food allergy), and let them know that we needed menu optipons that would not touch gluten/be prepared on contaminated surfaces/food preparers needed to use seperate utensils for the preparation and serving of his food.

My venue worked with us, and made half of our buffet GF! And true to their word, our Groomsmen did NOT get sick! Which is nothing shy of a miracle.

Post # 15
1344 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

I’m celiac, and my mom catered our wedding. She kept it very simple: chicken in butternut squash sauce, mashed potato bar, green beans. There were also loaves of homemade bread for the gluten eaters.

Many, MANY things are naturally gluten free, and it’s not difficult to just make the whole thing gluten free.

Post # 16
2508 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My cousin has Celiacs.  I asked my vendor about it and they said they would make a special Girlfriend meal just for her. There are many caterers that are willing to accommodate specific food allergies so ask about it.  

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