Post # 1
Just a random musing for the day. How far do you guys go to cater for people’s food requirements in your daily lives?
When I was a child, I grew up in an area with a large Asian population, and we used to keep our pork products on a separate shelf in the fridge. If we had Muslim or Jewish guests, we would use separate implements for different products (eg, if we were having a barbeque, we would have a separate grill just for pork). We would also keep vegetables separate from meat for our vegetarian guests.
As an adult, I now have the teeniest fridge imaginable, so that’s not possible any more. I’ve also moved nearer to London now, where I find that people are more segregated by race and religion for some reason (?), and I seem to have fewer guests who have special food requirements nowadays (not deliberate… it just seems to have happened accidentally). It just occurred to me today that I’ve stopped thinking about this stuff as much as I used to. Probably not a good thing. A good hostess should always be mindful of guests’ needs.
Anyway guys, how about you?
Post # 3
I don’t know really anyone with dietary restrictions, other than myself. Most people do not make much of an effort to understand what I can’t eat, and I don’t expect special meals but it would be nice. Sometimes friends will let me choose a restaurant so that I know if I can/can’t eat. Overall, people where I’m from are really ignorant of dietary issues, but I’m from the Midwest, and people are not exactly health conscious where I’m from.
Post # 4
At this stage, AFAIK we have several vegetarians attending, one vegan, one gluten-free person, one who is allergic to nuts and citrus and one who can’t each overly spicy or acidic food. Oh, and two Muslims – one who is very observant and one who drinks alcohol and eats pork. Not to mention the several fussy children LOL.
We’re having a buffet, so we should have something for all the people with food issues (other than we won’t be bothering to have Halal meat, since the observant Muslim person probably won’t attend, and even if he does there are plenty of vegetarian and fish opions he can eat). A set menu would have been impossible with the range of guests we have.
Though TBH I am quite glad that FI decided not to invite this one friend of his who is so severly allergic to shellfish that she can go into anaphylactic shock if it is within a couple of metres of her, even if she doesn’t actually taste any of it. We would have had to take prawns off the buffet altogether if she had been there.
Outside of wedding land, it seems normal to consider such things because I know so many vegetarians (even though I am not one myself). I also think that peanut and shellfish allergies have become something that are widely understood, due to (sadly) a few instances of children dying from them here.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2013 - Creek club at ion, SC
I think theres a difference between “I cant eat nuts ill die” and “Asain food makes my stomach hurt” for example. Te difference being I will cater to the former but will on cater latter if i can. In UK, I find people are more open to there being different types of food at a wedding anyway so I wouldnt worry too much. If there are allergies or dietry requirements you can ask about it on your wedding website or send a quick message around asking if there are any dietry requirements. Or put it on your menu cards in your invitations
Post # 6
If someone has a food allergy or follows a major life style choice in regards to food (Muslims, Hindus, vegetarians, etc) I will respect that. I don’t put too much weight in someone’s likes or dislikes though, unless it’s a close friend or family member. That would just be too much work!
Post # 7
I am definitely catering for food intolerances at my wedding.
My nephew has a nut allergy so we are having a separate kids buffet that is nut free.
I don’t eat beef for religious reasons so there is no beef.
We have a few muslims and a few vegetarians so we have lots of pork free and vegetarian options.