Post # 1
We are having a buffet for our reception but something got me thinking about guests with special diets/restrictions. What did/are you doing to be sure everyone on your guest list has a meal for them? Should I put a line on the response cards for special dietary concerns? Am I doing too much? I want to be considerate and not be asking the waiters the day of the wedding if I notice someone can’t eat the meal. Help!
Post # 3
Buffets usually have something for everyone… if they dont eat meat, there is always salads and veggies. But if you know of someone with a severe allergy then tell the venue or catering company. But honestly, I wouldnt worry too much.
We’re doing a served dinner, just 1 meal (pork tenderloine). No one coming is a vegatarian but we do have people who can’t have milk (need lactose milk in mashed potatoes, sauses, etc…) and my aunt is deathly allergic to carrots so I have to make sure I ask the venue to work with those.
Post # 4
We are having food stations with a few different meats. There’s one vegan and he will get a special plate with an entree for himself. If you’ll have a lot of vegetarians/vegans coming, maybe it would make sense to include a tofu dish in the buffet.
I think regardless of dietary restrictions, it’s important to offer your guests some choice, whether it be in a buffet or served dinner. Or if it absolutely HAS to be one meat option, I would make it something that most people like, like chicken. Many people don’t like / can’t eat something like pork.
Post # 5
I think if there is someone with a very specific dietary concern (i.e. gluten free), then you can get a dish brought out from the kitchen for them. My place is offering plated chicken finger dinners for kids outside of the buffet, so why wouldn’t they be able to cater to a specific allergy? I would just ask. But as far as vegetarians? I think so long as your veggie dishes don’t have like bacon bits or something on them, you should be good.
Post # 6
With a buffet, there is something for everyone due to the variety. Only with a plated meal do you have to ask ahead of time what restrictions people have via invites. Also, most buffets don’t have waiters so that is a non-issue since they won’t be taking plates out to the tables.