Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather family and friends around the dinner table for a delicious meal. But it can also be difficult (and overwhelming) to ensure that your meal satisfies all your more selective guests. If you are dealing with dietary restrictions and food allergies, the below advice can help you accommodate the picky eaters at your dinner table.
There are eight food categories that most allergies fall under. When inviting guests, it may be helpful to ensure that they are not allergic to any of the following foods:
- Crustacean Shellfish
- Tree Nuts
If you do have a guest with allergies, it is important to make them feel welcome in your home. For instance, if your guests follow a vegan diet, make a vegan-friendly dish that they and your other guests will enjoy so that they do not feel out of place. You can also welcome them to prepare a dish themselves so that there is something they are guaranteed to eat.
It is also important to be clear about what each dish contains. Instead of having each guest individually ask you what each dish contains, you can announce the dishes that accommodate specific allergy and dietary concerns at the beginning of the meal. Alternatively, you can create labels listing the ingredients each dish contains.
If a guest fails to inform you about an allergy, or you accidentally added an ingredient they cannot consume, do not panic. Start with a simple apology and then see if you can remedy the situation with the food you have already prepared. For instance, you can give them a larger portion of a dish they can eat, or prepare something simple if you have the time and resources.