Food & Drink | No Achoos
Food allergies are nothing to sneeze at.
Chances are that one or more of your wedding guests will suffer from a food allergy, and to keep them happy and healthy, you will need to make accommodations at your reception.
Local caterers say that they address food allergies more and more often. “It’s a daily experience here,” says Emily Ferris, sales manager at Deerfield in Newark. Caterers commonly see allergies or intolerances to gluten (celiac disease), soy, dairy, shellfish, nuts and seeds. They also might need to accommodate vegetarians and vegans.
In many cases, you are already aware that close friends or family members have diet restrictions. Others might indicate their needs on their response card. Ideally, guests with food allergies will alert you early on, so you can work with your caterer to accommodate their needs in the menu-planning stage.
If you are having a buffet, the caterer can include menu items suitable for those with allergies. If you are having a plated dinner, your caterer can make up special meals as needed.
“We can make basically the same meal, but prepared according to their diet restrictions,” says Lisa Scotto, managing partner of Waterfall Banquet and Conference Center in Claymont. For instance, chicken can be prepared without a cream sauce for those who cannot tolerate dairy.
In some cases, it is more cost effective to alter the menu item for everyone, notes Molly King, catering director for Plate Catering in Lewes. “If you plan to have salad with walnuts, but three people are allergic to walnuts, it is less expensive to have no walnuts than to accommodate three people at three different tables,” she says.
Regardless of your decision, your caterer will be more than happy to accommodate your guests’ needs.