15 May 3 Tips on Managing Allergies for Your Event | Summer of 25 Dreams
Serving your guests a delicious meal can seem fairly simple. However, when you consider various food allergies that are unfortunately becoming more common, it can feel as though your options are incredibly limited. But there are ways to create a meal that is going to be safe for every guest. As we continue our Summer of 25 Dreams, we are using Food Allergy Awareness Week to increase awareness, encourage respect, promote safety, and improve the quality of life for the 15 million Americans with food allergies (Dream #4!).
Here are a few ways you can create an allergy-friendly menu for your next event:
People are Not being Picky
Oftentimes, people are bullied when they have a food allergy. This can be because of our culture’s common misinterpretation of a serious food allergy to simply be a food preference. But a severe food allergy is not a lifestyle choice – it is a condition which many people do not outgrow. 1 in 13 children in the U.S has a food allergy that is out of their control.
Include special wording on your invitation inviting guests to specify the details of their limitations. Or go a step further to call guests you know to have food allergies to get specifics of what they can and can’t have. Some allergies are so severe that people may be inclined to bring their own meals or skip the food all together. Offer to graciously get prepped on their food allergies so you can pass along the information to the chef ahead of time.
Use Menu Cards
Some guests may have a plus-one that has a serious food allergy they were unaware of. Or perhaps a guest was only recently diagnosed with a food allergy and they did not want to disturb your planning process by letting you know. Many people are often too mild mannered to request special allergy-free options, so be sure each place-setting has a menu card and all items on buffets and food displays are carefully labeled. Our team does this as part of our standard practice as it is helpful for people to simply skip the item they are allergic to.
As serious food allergies are on the rise in the United States, being a gracious host by offering options and being prepared will ensure a stress-free event day. Remembering that having a food allergy is not a choice goes a long way, and allowing all your guests to feel catered to is truly the best way host an event. You can learn more about how food allergies affect people like through FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education organization.