How to Manage All the Special Dietary Requests

Vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, vegan-kosher, soy allergies… with all the possible special requests, planning any kind of group meal can be very difficult. Dietary restrictions can be especially tricky if you are responsible for a corporate event, where ignoring special dietary needs can be considered a form of discrimination.

Luckily, most caterers can help you navigate through the tricky matrix of dietary requests. As experts in food, your caterer can review all of the special requests and help you plan a meal that is affordable, respectful, and fulfilling.

In today’s complex world, vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher options are generally the given options. But, because the list of possible special requests is so long today, you won’t be able to simply guess as to what your guests will need. And when living in a culturally diverse area like San Francisco, you might find as many guests with limited diets as guests without any special requests.

Simply start with a request form. Your caterer will probably already have one. While most forms will have a checklist, you will want to leave a blank space for any new or unexpected restrictions (such as fruitarian). Collect the forms, allowing sufficient time for your caterer to plan the food options — the more restrictions, the longer your caterer will need to pick out the right recipes for your event.

Most people who live with a restricted diet are accustomed to the limitations that come with eating at a group meal. Thanks to fresh vegetable crudites, lentil-based curry entrees, and fruit desserts, your caterer can create sufficient options for anyone attending your event.

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Vegetarian, vegan, kosher, gluten-free, vegan-kosher, soy allergies… with all the possible special requests, planning any kind of group meal can be very difficult.