Obviously you and I know being gluten free has its land mines.
We, you and I, know how devastatingly painful it can be when you accidentally “get glutened”, and it sucks, to say the least.
You and I can control what happens in our kitchen, we can control mostly where we go to eat, but the other day, someone asked me about what to about attending a wedding with a sit down dinner.
This raises a few questions. Do you just go and not eat? Do you ask the bride if there is a gluten free option? Do you trust the chef or caterer?
I dunno, if it were me, I would probably not mention at all to the bride, as she has enough on her plate at the moment. I would just eat before I go, and not eat during the wedding. Well I guess it depends on how well I knew the bride. If this were my wifes, brothers, co-workers cousin.. i might feel weird about stepping in. If it were my own sister, I’d step up to help out.
Between you and me, I wouldn’t eat food that I didn’t trust or had not researched. Even if I was the one hiring the caterer and they told me they had gluten free options, I might want to research into that a little deeper before I went out on faith.
I would imagine that some caterers and chefs REALLY understand the impact of gluten on someone with Celiac disease, but I imagine there are a handful of yukko’s who *think* they get it, but they really don’t. Trust issues anybody?
I certainly wound’t expect the bride to just “GET IT” unless she or a family member suffers from Celiac disease.
All in all though, it sure can’t hurt to ask. You could ask the reception hall, or jump in to help the bride with her plans by speaking with the caterer and starting a gluten free list of attendees. While you’re at it, might as well add nut allergies and vegans to the list building.
I would also imagine that any decent venue would make accommodations for you if you called and spoke with them
Don’t make the bride feel bad, she’s got a lot on her plate as it is. Help her by being the one who volunteers to consult with the caterer / venue / chef about food restrictions, and offer to contact all guests to start a gluten free / nut free / vegan list to help make things easy for you, the bride, and the venue.
Anything to add? Would love for you girls to chime in on some of your experiences.