Sahil Gumber - Apr 2, 2020

Can’t keep up with dietary restrictions? Here are some tips

If you look around yourself, a majority of the people that surround you are probably following some sort of specialized diet. This could be pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or the regular meatatarians. When you are planning for a lunch meeting at your office or a social event outside your work, you need to be aware of your invitees’ diet preference.
We understand that it can be quite challenging and a little crazy to keep track of all the dietary restrictions. Nonetheless, it isn’t impossible to handle them and we can help make this process go smooth and worry-free for you by following 3 easy steps


List Dietary Restrictions

First off, create a list of dietary restrictions of your party from the get-go. Make sure to save this data on your laptop or your cellular phone and have that list accessible wherever and whenever needed. You can obtain this information either by having your team fill out a survey or form that will include their dietary preferences or restrictions. There are a multitude of them online and can create your own based on the event that you are planning.
Another important key factor to remember is to make sure the list is up-to-date; dietary preferences can always change over time and you don’t want to show up with a chicken salad for your guest when he or she has become vegan since the last time you saw them.

List Preferred Caterers


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Next up, now that you have a list of dietary restrictions, it is time to figure out your preferred list of caterers that you think are the most suitable when dealing with dietary restrictions. Many of those that are available online can help you define your search based on filters through which certain diet options are listed. Some of these search filters could include gluten-free breakfasts, vegan protein options or dairy-free desserts. Nowadays, many catering businesses offer their clientele this option since it has become so common to have guests with dietary restrictions.
A tip on avoiding any miscommunications or guest drama at your next event is to offer a buffet style catering. This way everybody gets to select whichever food they would like to indulge in and makes your work easy. It is necessary to keep in mind that when doing a buffet-style catering, you will have to offer a variety of dishes that can be suitable for every guest.

Label Each Food Item


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One last important detail that could be useful is to provide simple labels beside every dish offered at the event so that people can have an idea of the ingredients used in them. You can color-code it and make it easy for those that are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. This will not only make the process go streamline but will lessen your guests’ worry in case of confusion. 
As the event planner or the office event organizer, there might be a lot of factors to keep in mind when preparing the occasion. You should not be spending too much time trying to decide on the kind of food to order. By simply following these steps, we hope to make your planning well organized and efficient at your next event.