how many "special plates" is too many?

posted 1 year ago in Food
Post # 18
Hostess
1593 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

alfalfasprout10518 :  call your uncle and get all the actual details of what the allergy is.

Post # 22
Hostess
1593 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

alfalfasprout10518 :  well if he does have nightshade there’s a whole host of things he should be avoiding than just peppers.

I would just tell the caterers to make sure nothing is cross contaminated with any sort of pepper, no pepper of any sort used and leave it at that.

Guest safety comes first.

Post # 23
Member
9589 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

ladyvk :  what I was gonna say… very few people are allergic to a subset of nightshades.  

From the update, OP, it sounds like basically he hates spicy food.  You do not need to make him a special bland meal, if nothing is spicy to begin with. 

 

 

Post # 25
Member
4910 posts
Honey bee

ladyvk :  Not true I get hives from peppers but I’m fine with potatoes but mine is due to histamine intolerance not a true allergy.

There is a higher likelihood of allergy to those if you have an allergy to one but it is not a guarantee. The pepper reaction is new for me. Allergies are strange and there truly are no hard and fast rules except avoidance for most. 

Post # 26
Member
9589 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

alfalfasprout10518 :  one thing you should do is email the caterer explaining someone has an allergy to peppers and if ANYTHING has peppers in it then could they please set aside a plate of something pepper-free (e.g. the pesto pasta) to be 100% sure there’s no cross contamination.

So not a special plate, just accomodating him.  A perfectly reasonable balance.

Post # 27
Member
4910 posts
Honey bee

alfalfasprout10518 :  Was it maybe an ulcer not a hole? 

Either way get a list of what he can’t have and check with the venue. If it were me with a new allergy (and I do have new allergies and intolerances sadly as well) I’d eat a sandwich ahead of time and call it a day. If they can’t explain exactly what he’s allergic to or what’s going on…it could be dangerous. They have to at least be able to tell you what accomodation he needs. 

Post # 30
Member
123 posts
Blushing bee

Hell yeah make him a special meal. A box of Kraft Macaroni and cheese and a little airplane shaped spoon so he can eat his non-vegan dinner like the baby he is. 

Seriously though, I would just respond with “Our caterers have assured me that there will be no peppers in or around any of our offerings, so he is safe to enjoy himself! If he is still concerned and wants to provide me with a copy of his allergy report from the doctor’s, I will make sure there is a meal he can eat that caters to those needs”.

He will likely not provide an allergy report/test. This does not sound like it’s coming from a place of true concern considering none of your dishes include peppers, it sounds like drama for the sake of being drama.

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