Article Contribution by Foodelicious
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Clean Eating….Is it important when planning your wedding? The simple answer is YES! Now more than ever it is important to consider the dietary requirements and restrictions of your guests. Gone are the day’s when you can simply offer a secondary meal option. There are many other things to take into consideration, such as:
Once the menu selections have been narrowed down it is time for
a tasting! Be prepared to pay for these tastings…it’s a small price
to pay to ensure you choose the right caterer!
For many, these are not only healthy life choices, but can be life threatening as well. Whether you are entertaining 30 guests or 300, it is imperative that you are aware of the dietary requirements of your guests.
With that in mind it is essential to work with a caterer that is knowledgeable in these areas and capable of providing a quality menu that meets all the requirements.
Finding the right caterer takes a bit of leg work in the beginning. However, considering that it is often the number one or number two line-item cost for most events. It is essential that you take the time and do your research as the quality, flavor, and appearance of the food can either make or break your event!
NOT EVERY CATERER IS THE RIGHT FIT FOR EVERY EVENT
Take the time to do some preliminary research online (ie: google
search “Clean Eating Caterer”) to locate at least 3 caterers you
believe offer the quality and services you desire.
Meet with each caterer preferably at the venue you will be holding your event. At this point it is not necessary to request menus.
Take this time for you to learn more about what the caterer has to
offer and for them to gain an understanding of the vision you have
for your event.
SHARE THE FOLLOWING DETAILS
• Your overall vision for your special day.
• Where is your event?
• When is your event?
• How many guests do you expect?
• Are you planning to have buffet, family style or plated dinner service?
• What are your food preferences?
• Review specific dietary requirements/restrictions.
• Share your budgetary guidelines.
Things to keep in mind when developing a menu to meet dietary
BUFFET MEAL SERVICE
Buffet service is typically the most conducive to offering guests multiple clean eating selections that meet multiple dietary requirements/restrictions.
Build a menu that includes a salad with optional toppings, a protein,
vegetable that does not include meat or dairy, and include an option such as quinoa which is a whole protein and gluten-free friendly allowing guests to build a meal to include items that meet their own personal dietary requirements/restrictions.
PLATED OR FAMILY STYLE MEAL SERVICE
Always include a salad and either forgo the croutons & cheese or offer them on the side.
When offering a plated option, offer a secondary vegetarian/gluten-free friendly selection.
Confirm that the caterer is open to other specific requests based on individual requirements. Gluten-Free Friendly or No Sugar
Added Dessert Options
BUILD THEIR OWN
• Southwest Taco Buffet – Corn & Flour Tortilla,
Proteins, Cheeses, Salsa Bar, Toppings
• Mac-N-Cheese Buffet – Variety of Toppings
• Pasta Bar – Multiple Sauce Options, Proteins, Vegetables, Cheeses
• Salad Bar – Assortment of Greens, Proteins, Beans, Cheeses, Nuts, Berries, Dressings
• Sandwich Buffet – Assortment of Meats, Cheeses, Breads, Toppings & Spreads
• Nacho Bar – Nacho Chips, Proteins, Beans, Scallions, Guacamole, Cheeses
• Assorted Hors d’oeuvres/Appetizers
• Charcuterie Boards – Assortment of Cheeses, Proteins, Nuts, Dried Fruit, Olives
• Assorted Desserts to Include Gluten-Free
Friendly or No Sugar Added Dessert Options