It seems that every time I turn around someone else in the media spotlight is sounding off on what do to when guests have special dietary restrictions. The latest is Hota and Kathie Lee on their blog. I have to admit that I was a little offended when I read the post. They mentioned only peanut allergies as a reason for caution, and not the myriad of other medical conditions that may require a restricted diet.
From the point of view of the host or hostess, I realize that it may be impossible to accommodate the dietary needs for everyone that is attending the event. That being said, if I were said hostess, I would want to know about the restriction, and then I would do my best to accommodate my guest. At the very least, I would make sure that he had some food to eat and something to drink other than water.
From the guest’s point of view, I realize that it may be difficult to serve me gluten-free when the menu may be full of gluten-containing foods. However, celiac disease, food allergies and intolerances aren’t afflictions that afford the guest the option to push food around on a plate and just drink some wine. So as a gluten-free guest, I prefer to bring my own food when I attend an event where I am not sure if the food options are safe for me. In fact, I have gotten to the point where I don’t expect to be offered gluten-free options. One exception to that expectation is close family members who are hosting. That is a bit of a different story, as they are more familiar with a safe gluten-free menu.
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