With so many dietary restrictions today, it can be difficult to host a BBQ. You have to serve food and drinks that complement everyone?s likes and dislikes, while also keeping food allergens and dietary needs in mind. Planning a menu can seem like an impossible task. It is best to choose foods and beverages that meet a variety of food needs, while also keeping the following planning tips in mind.
Request any special restrictions ahead of time
When you send out the invitation for your event, request that guests with special dietary needs contact you with them ahead of time. That way, you can prepare for any allergies or severe food needs. You will also find that people with severe allergies and very specific of food needs will usually plan to eat before attending the event, so as to not inconvenience the host. However, food dislikes and preferences can be communicated before the event.
Serve a wide variety of food options
When it comes to food presentation or plating, children prefer 6 food colors and 7 different food components, while adults prefer 3 colors and 3 food components. Following these color guidelines can be a good base for choosing a wide variety of food choices. If you have a lot of greens on the serving table, counteract it with dessert or meat choices. Most people will be able to find at least one food option that they enjoy with this many options. Also remember to have variation when it comes to specific meals. For example, if you are serving sandwiches for lunch, remember to change up the meats, cheeses, and breads. Your guests will appreciate the many options.
When it doubt, always go healthy
When you are in doubt, always go with healthier dishes. Even those guests that do not eat healthy on a regular basis will use this opportunity to consume a healthier meal. Menu items like organic micro greens and vegetables are always a great choice. You can make the organic micro greens more filling by adding the option of a protein, such as chicken, beef, or pork. Organic micro greens have been around for 20 to 30 years. People are always more comfortable with food dishes they have seen before. You can also improve the health factor of the foods by adding microgreens to salads.
Provide healthy dessert choices
You are likely to find the most dietary restrictions when it comes to desserts. Many people tend to be allergic to eggs, wheat or coloring. Others who may not have any specific allergies to dessert ingredients, do not want to consume high contents of fat. For this reason, it is best to have many dessert choices. Serving the traditional cupcakes, cake, and pies are great for those who have a sweet tooth. However, there are also ways to make your traditional dessert options healthier, sometimes without even changing the taste. You can use things like edible blossoms and candied flowers on your healthier dessert choices. You have many options to choose from as there are perhaps 100 types of common garden flowers that are both edible and palatable.
Create a menu of appetizers and drinks
If you simply do not want to deal with varying guest dietary needs, you can choose to go with a simple appetizer and drink menu. When you are not serving a meal, guests know not to come too hungry. The appetizers and drinks are seen as an added benefit and do not necessarily have to meet everyone?s specific dietary requirements. Appetizers and drinks pair perfectly with strolling events. This means that there is not actual seating and guests are expected to stroll around the room for the majority of the event.
Hosting a BBQ in today?s times can be a challenge. One person dislikes chicken. Another person cannot eat anything with seeds in it. This can get very overwhelming as the host. You can best meet your guest?s needs by serving healthier food choices like organic micro greens, serving a wide variety of dishes, and opting for a strolling appetizer event instead.