Are you planning your holiday menus for when your friends and families are gathering during the holiday season? It can be fun to plan what foods and beverages to serve until Cousin Bill states he is no longer eating gluten, your best friend is lactose intolerant, your boss is vegan, Grandma is diabetic, and your nephew announces he is bringing his roommate who has specific religious dietary restrictions. Suddenly menu planning becomes a challenge that seem insurmountable.
Providing a fun festive gathering includes being a hospitable one as well. Letting your guests know they are welcome and that you are considerate of their dietary needs not only creates a place of hospitality but one of safety. While some of these diets are voluntary and may be a lifestyle choice, others may be for cultural or religious reasons and even a matter of life or death. Here are some suggestions to help you accommodate your guests:
Tips for in the kitchen are from FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)
For information about a variety of diets and dietary restrictions, visit the MedlinePlus food and nutrition page