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Catering Considerations When Your Guests Have Allergies

Did you know that if your guests are allergic to both soy and lactose, then almond milk is an option?

Millions of Americans have food allergies, and your guests will most likely have them too. Not only do we offer Kosher catering, but we can create a menu that keeps those with food allergies in mind. Of course, you’re the one who has to love the food, but it’s painful to see someone not be able to eat because of dietary restrictions. If you plan on hosting an event or having a wedding, but you know that some of your guests have allergies, then check this out! Here are some catering considerations. 

What are the Most Common Food Allergens? 

There are about eight foods that account for the most allergic reactions. These foods include:

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Shellfish
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Tree Nuts
  • Fish

What Happens When Someone Eats a Food That They Shouldn’t?

Even when you eat a small portion of food that you’re allergic to, it can cause a lot of changes to your immune system. Common reactions can include hives, itchiness, swelling, vomiting, diarrhea, and anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening. When this happens, your immune system releases chemicals that may result in your body going into shock. Scary right? This reason is why you have to prepare a menu so that guests with food allergies can enjoy themselves and not become sick.

Food Allergy Misconceptions

  1. Food will be safe if you pick the food off (as in the case of nuts or cheese)
  2. Frying foods destroys allergens (yes when you cook with alcohol, some of it evaporates, but the same concept doesn’t apply here)
  3. Cross-Contamination is okay (using a utensil to prepare a cream-based sauce and then preparing allergen-free foods could cause an allergic reaction) 

How Do You Go About Creating an Allergen-Free Menu?

Having a dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free menu may prove to be unrealistic. However, what you can do is label the foods that cater to people with food allergies? It’s an accommodating touch so that they don’t have to ask. The same concept can apply to your vegan or vegetarian guests. The best way to find out what people’s food restrictions are is to have it on your RSVP. You can have your guests check off anything that may cause discomfort or an allergic reaction. Taking this extra step shows that you care, and everyone being able to enjoy the food will ensure that your event or wedding is a hit! 

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If you are ready to hire caterers for your next party or event, then look no further. Our trained professionals are ready and willing to do whatever to make your next event a success. For more information and to view our menu, visit us online or give us a call at 443-394-8338 or 800-459-0009. For tips, tricks, and to see what we have been up to, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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