Every other day, it seems, I discover that yet another friend/relative/coworker has been diagnosed with celiac or a gluten intolerance. And while "gluten free!" pops up on label after label in the grocery store -- another indicator that these conditions are on the rise -- you have to wonder, should hosts try to accommodate this dietary restriction when planning their menu? Kosher and vegetarian options often appear on them, so why not gluten-free?
In my opinion, you should. It's certainly easy enough -- just leave out the flour and soy sauce, or make the vegetarian entree gluten-free as well. Oh, sure -- there are some tricky "hidden ingredient" problems (mostly with processed food), but any caterer with any level of skill can make the world's most delicious meal without any gluten at all.
I don't think this needs to be taken to the extreme, though. You can definitely serve your gluten-packed cake, but maybe try to serve fresh fruit, too, for those gluten-free, diabetic, or weight-conscious guests who still want to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Are you planning to accommodate special dietary needs? If so, which ones?
Don't miss our tips on choosing your menu and working with your caterer!