Post # 1
The last time we had planned a large event involving dinner we asked everyone if they had any allergies. Well it got wayyyy out of hand to the point where people were being unreasonable and even lying about allergies so they could chose an alternate meal.
This time around however we didn’t include this question on our invitation but we’ll still be recognizing some of the bigger (and serious) allergies with some of our guests that we’re already aware of (ie eggs, nuts, gluten, etc.).
We were going to have a plated dinner but instead we’re going to do a buffet and inlcude options that our allergy sufferers can eat. We’ve discussed this with the chef and know what ingredients have been added.
Our thoughts are to add a *note* at the bottom of the menu identifying the items that are allergin free. That or else putting a little symbol next to an item (like an egg, almond, or blade of wheat) if it contains these things.
Has anyone else done this? How did it go over?
Post # 3
Noting allergins is a good idea. My one concern is that there may be guests with off the wall allergies to look out for. I say this as someone who is allergic to raspberries, of all things. Seriously. About every wedding I’ve been to in the past few years used raspberries either in or while plating the cake. Ugh. There’s always confusion at cake time. I once chased a server into the kitchen to beg for a slice without the raspberry drizzle.
Anyway, what I suggest is actually just getting the caterer to give you a list of ALL the ingredients in each dish. That way you can display it on a card by the food and folks with crazy allergies like mine can be assured that they know exactly what is in each dish without pestering you or the staff.
Post # 4
@ArtDecoDC: While a nice idea I dont think this is necessary. People with allergies, especially different ones, know to ask. And it screams a bit cafeteria to me rather than wedding buffet
I do think since you know there are lots of allergens to list what common allergens are in each would be nice.
Post # 5
@ArtDecoDC: Some caterers will refuse to provide complete lists of ingredients because their recipies are proprietary. I’ve got quite a few allergies that I know of with my guests and I’m thinking the best I’ll be able to do is mark the dishes with known allergens.