Post # 1
We sat down Wednesday with the banquet manager to review gluten free (GF) menu options. When we originally booked the venue in 2011, I was not diagnosed with Celiacs therefor eating Girlfriend wasn’t a concern. I am pleasantly suprised and impressed with what my venue has been able to modify to Girlfriend. Everything I originally wanted ended up being able to be made Girlfriend. There will be a few gluten items here and there, during cocktail hour and most of dessert with have gluten. For dessert we will have a separate Girlfriend mini replica cake and a Girlfriend chocolate truffle bar.
All gluten containing items (except for artsian cheese display) will have a server during cocktail hour to prevent cross contamination (CC). Also to prevent contamination we selected all Girlfriend passing hor’deurves. All of our menu items for the sit down dinner are Girlfriend, also to cut down on risks of CC.,with the exception of dessert.
Thought I’d share for fun and for any other Girlfriend brides who were worried about selecting their menu and CC during their reception.
Sorry they are screen shots off my phone, so some areas repeat a bit.
Post # 2
Sounds good to me! Congrats on having a venue that can handle your dietary restriction!
Our catering company doesn’t do dedicated Girlfriend, but my fiance doesn’t have Celiac disease, just a gluten intolerance, and when we went for the tasting he tried everything he thought was safe and never had a reaction. With that in mind, we built the menu around what he can eat (file gumbo instead of gumbo made with a roux, jambalaya instead of pasta, hors d’ourves) and I’m getting him a surprise groom’s cake that’s identical to the bridal cake in flavors, but from a dedicated Girlfriend baker. There’s a seperate pasta dish for the one vegetarian we have coming, but it’s being kept behind the counter, so to speak, and won’t come in contact with anything my fiance will be eating. Our buffet is also staffed to ensure guests don’t cross contaminate anything.
Post # 3
SparkleBee11: that menu sounds delicous. there are so many ways to prepare amazing meals without gluten. i’m glad your venue is so accommodating.
a good chef won’t even blink an eye when there are special restrictions to the meal.
i had a gf wedding menu as well besides a few items at cocktail hour. even my dessert was creme brulee (gf). i too was worried about cross contamination so having the entire menu gf was save. my guests raved about the meal (not even knowing it was gf). i’m sure your meal will be just as memorable.
Post # 4
mypinkshoes: Thank you for the response 🙂 My venue didnt even bat an eye when I told them 8 months after booking that we needed Girlfriend options. They make everything from scratch so modifying the food wasn’t a big deal. I definitely stressed over it way more than I should have!
Post # 5
Trilly: That is awesome! 🙂 so glad your future hubby will be able to eat safely at your wedding. Its hard to stress about being able to eat in general, yet alone on your wedding day.
Post # 6
Looks delicious! My only edit – your appetizers are very heavy on fish/seafood and meat and there are NO veggie options! I like something light for cocktail hour, would fill up too much on all the fish and meat.
Post # 7
Sounds great. My fiancé and I are both gluten free. We’re getting married in Costa Rica and we’ve had no issue finding gluten free options even down there. Even our cake will be entirely Girlfriend : )
Post # 8
SparkleBee11: That sounds awesome!
We have a coeliac guest, and have made sure he’s well catered for. Of our 4 canapes, two will be gluten-free. Then 2 out of 3 starters and desserts are Girlfriend, and 3 out of 4 mains, so he has plenty to choose from.
There will also be Girlfriend options at the evening buffet, which will be on a separate table along with Girlfriend cupcakes.
It was important to us to cater for all our guests 🙂
Post # 9
Great to see a venue can do 90% gluten free (or any special dietary need for that matter). I’m vegan and so is most of my family, so I intend to have a 100% vegan wedding. I’m not sure how much pushback I’ll get from the caterer or the rest of my family, but it’s encouraging seeing that some venues are flexible!