Excellent catering is one of the biggest highlights of any party. When the food is amazing, guests are highly impressed and will be talking about your event for months. And these days, it’s not just the food choices, serving options, and “wow” factor you need to think about—you also must consider your guests who may have specific dietary preferences or needs. Remember when it was as simple as “Chicken or fish?” Those days are gone! By offering something for everyone, no one gets left out of the incredible catering. This is why it’s so important to include gluten-free catering, options for vegans, and kosher selections.
No matter what type of event you’re catering, there are probably guests who have dietary restrictions. This can be anything from them being gluten-intolerant to having severe nut allergies. Read on for a few tips from Angel’s Catering on how to deal with special food requests for your event.
Vegetarian And Vegan
If you haven’t noticed, the number of vegans has grown substantially in the last decade. In fact, 6% of the U.S. population are vegans—and there are even more vegetarians. There will always be guests at events that are vegan or vegetarian, so it’s great to offer snacks and entrées to accommodate them. Veggie-centered hors d’oeuvres and a meatless lasagna entrée are perfect for vegetarians and vegans.
Because many people are very gluten-intolerant, it’s important to include gluten-free catering in your event menu. This can be tricky, since gluten is in a lot of foods. (It’s in the most common breads, pastas, and baked goods.) Because gluten can make those with the allergy to it very sick, it’s important to double-check all ingredients to make sure everyone is safe.
The best way to tackle food allergies when it comes to catering is to include a blank space on your RSVP which asks your guests to state any allergies they may have to nuts, shellfish, dairy, or anything else. By knowing if anyone has preferences or allergies, and how many, a catering company like Angel’s can plan for those guests to have something that they can enjoy safely. No matter what caterer you go with for you party, make sure they understand how to cook for people with allergies.
A Menu Especially For Kids
If your event is going to include kids, you may want to consider creating a catering menu just for them. This isn’t always necessary, but some people do it. Kids are usually easy to please, and will love foods like pizza, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and a milk-and-cookies bar. Just pay extra close attention to any kids’ allergies on the RSVP cards.
At Angel’s International Catering, we pride ourselves on our ability to accommodate catering to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions. Whether it’s for health reasons, moral reasons, or religious reasons, we understand the importance of food and its effect on others. We can happily prepare gluten-free catering, vegan-friendly catering, or anything else you may need. Contact us today to find out more about our catering services!