Rule Number One about hosting an event is, “Create a welcoming environment.”  If some guests can’t eat the food, Rule Number One is ruled out.  If hosts can gather guests’ dietary restrictions prior to the event and make necessary provisions, it saves uncomfortable day of event blips.

Many restaurants and caterers are used to serving folks with food allergies and special diets.  One person may be allergic to wheat, another to nuts.  Some are vegan, vegetarian, or lactose intolerant.  The challenge is being as tolerant and accommodating as possible.  When special diets are recognized, people appreciate the extra effort.  When food restrictions are overlooked, it can cause awkward, memorable moments.

Jasper White says, “Food is love.”TM

I say, like love, food is complicated.

Life is short.  Celebrate!