How to handle dietary restrictions at Wedding Reception Buffet

posted 1 month ago in Food
Post # 16
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would talk to them and let them know their options. If they need to order something that is NOT on the buffet, pre-arrange it with the restaurant so they just have to talk to the servers and they know to bring it out. That is how special dietary needs are handled at every event I’ve been to with a buffet. As a vegan, I know to ask the servers and they usually bring me out a different plate. That’s assuming they know in advance and have prepared something. 

Those of us in these situations are very used to explaining why we are eating something different, so no need to worry about it. I do get the occasional “ooh that looks good, I should have asked for the vegan option too!” but I don’t think they really mean it, I think they just want to try to make me feel normal.

I would not put their servings on the buffet and mark them separately, unless there is enough for everyone. People WILL eat them and then they’ll be left with nothing. 

Post # 17
9172 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

clearly they are not that strict kosher if they are eating non kosher food from a non kosher kitchen.

for example, my friend who keeps kosher, will eat vegetarian out.

my son attends a religous jewish preschool.  if any of the orthodox kids attend birthday parties, there needs to be kosher food for them.  at one party we attended, one of the workers touched a cup of the child after he had touched nonkosher food.  very subtly the mother took the cup away from her child and gave him a new one.

i don’t think you need to explain to anyone about anyone’s food choices.  it really isn’t their business.  if a guests sees someone eating something off menu, they can ask the person directly.  i would just assume dietary and move on with my life.


Leave a comment

Find Amazing Vendors