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19 December 2019

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5 Tips for Hosting Wedding Guests with Food Allergies & Food Choices

At every wedding held In The Grove there has been at least one, and usually a handful of guests with either food allergies, intolerances or specific dietary needs. You can read the allergy statistics below but as a host you will want all of your guests to have a wonderful experience. This is how you do it:

 


 

In Australia an estimated 1-2% of adults and 4-8% of kids under 5 have a proven food allergy[1]. The most common food allergies we see are Milk, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts and other nuts, with less common Wheat, Sesame, and Soybean. Then there will be those guests who have chosen to make specific food choices, e.g. they don’t eat meat, fish, etc.

 


 

1.    You Won’t Find Out Unless You Ask

A good option when you send out your wedding invitations is to ask guests to let you know when they RSVP if they have food allergies or have made specific food choices. Some of the most common food choices and allergies are listed below.

 

  • Vegetarian – VEG (a person who does not eat meat or fish)
  • Vegan – VE/VG (a person who does not eat animal products including meat, fish)
  • Pescatarian – P – (a person who will eat seafood & is a vegetarian)
  • Gluten Free – GF (no wheat, barley, rye, or oats) (Celiac)
  • Lactose Free – LF (no milk products)

 

Here’s both a simple and “tongue in cheek” suggestion for the wedding invitation:

 

“please let us know of any dietary restrictions”

Funny RSVP Card

“Tongue-in-Cheek” RSVP Card

 

 

2.    Talk to the Caterer or Chef

You will find caterers and chefs are more than happy to make suggestions for your guest’s food requirements. After all, they are the trained professionals so will have done it all before and will know all about cross contamination in food. If your menu isn’t compatible with certain guests’ diets, your caterer will usually recommend whipping up something special just for them.

 

 

3.    Allergy Friendly Nibbles

Choosing options from the canape menu made without meat or animal products will satisfy both vegan and vegetarian guests. To accommodate guests with food allergies ensure you serve options without nuts, dairy or gluten.

Staff at the Grazing Table

Staff at the Grazing Table

 

4.    Label the Food

If you are planning a buffet or food station, a great option is to label each dish as vegan, vegetarian, GF or nut-free to help guests hunt down the dishes that they actually can eat.

You could also let these guests jump the line and serve themselves first to help avoid cross-contamination.

 

 

5.    Don’t Forget Dessert

Some of your guests may miss out on your yummy wedding cake, but they shouldn’t have to miss out on a sweet treat! Remember to label and fill your sweet table with GF, vegan and nut free offerings so guests know exactly what they can eat.

 

And finally, as your venue & wedding planners, we will ensure that we check with you on where guests with specific dietary needs are seated and that our staff know what’s on the menu.

 

Bon appetite!

 

Sandy Hatton

Business Owner

In The Grove

19th December, 2019

 


[1] https://allergyfacts.org.au/allergy-anaphylaxis/food-allergy

 

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