10 Questions to a Caterer when having a Gluten Free Wedding
After wrapping up your wedding ceremony, it’s time to party! Your family, friends and fantastic food await you, unless of course, there’s nothing you can eat. No gluten free bride deserves a cakeless wedding day, so skip the plain salads and sadness, find a caring caterer, and enjoy every bite of food on your big day. Ask these ten questions to create the gluten free filled reception of your dreams.
Have you catered a gluten free wedding before?
The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is whether or not your caterer understands gluten free dining. Don’t be afraid to ask about their experience with gluten free weddings or other events.
Where will the food be prepared?
Once you’ve established that your caterer has experience with gluten free dining, dig a little deeper to make sure they’re familiar with cross contamination. Will everything be cooked on clean cookware? If it needs to be reheated at the venue, can they do so safely?
Do you have references from previous gluten free clients?
Try to get contact information for at least two clients that had special dietary requirements such as Coeliacs or anyone that is susceptible to anaphylaxis shocks for their event and how they devised the menu and communicated within the menu potential risks. Ask about the variations of dishes? Did everyone enjoy the food? Did they have any concerns, or anything they wish was done differently?
What's the largest gluten free wedding you’ve catered?
Providing food for 50 people is quite different than providing food for 150. Inquire about the size of the gluten free weddings they’ve catered in the past and see how they stack up against the size of your wedding.
Can you provide two or three sample gluten free menus?
A good caterer will be able to work with you, so don’t settle on a menu just because it’s gluten free. Ask for options to review. Ask questions and share suggestions if you have any.
Do you make gluten free wedding cakes?
Some caterers can take care of your cake as well. If you have someone that understands your dietary needs and has experience with cakes, take advantage of it!
Can you provide gluten free beverages?
If you plan on serving adult beverages, make sure you have options. Ask in advance what brands they will have available. You don’t want to be stuck with something you don’t like, or worse, something that isn’t really gluten free.
Have you worked around any other food allergies?
Many people on a gluten free diet have other dietary restrictions as well. It’s your choice whether or not you want to try and accommodate additional needs. If you choose to, make your expectations clear once again. It’s your big day, but you also want to keep things as simple as possible. It will save you additional stress.
Do you have any labels for the food or menus with ingredients?
If you plan to have both gluten free and non-gluten free food available for guests, ask how the catering staff will handle this. Will gluten free items be clearly labeled? Will they be designated on menus?
Will you be at the event?
Last but not least, ask your contact if he or she will be at your wedding. If not, try to meet the person who will be there in advance so your needs and expectations are understood. It’s comforting to work with the same person from start to finish, but in some cases it’s just not possible.