Event planning involves a lot of complicated details. Any professional event planner knows just how much there is to keep track of, from tents to table rentals. One of the most important details to think about is the menu — specifically whether you need to provide alternative options for specific dietary requirements. While The Alleen Company doesn’t deal directly with dietary requirements for your event catering, we’ve worked with a wide range of industry professionals. In this blog, we’re offering some basics for managing your menu.
Typical Requirements and Allergies
There is a wide range of different dietary requirements that many catering industry professionals encounter on a regular basis. With improved diagnosis and people generally being more aware of their own health, the list of common dietary requirements is always growing. As an event planner, it’s important that you’re aware of the kind of requests people might make. This will include things like:
- Nut allergies
- Vegetarian or vegan options
- Gluten-free options
- Lactose-free options
- Kosher or Halal options.
Find Out About Any Requirements in Advance
When you’re planning an event, it’s important to find out about any dietary requirements well in advance. With a smaller guest list, you can ask directly. For a larger event, you can include some of the most common dietary options as standard.
Decide the Limits for What You Want to Offer
You should also decide how far you want to go with your alternative menu options. It’s great to try and cater to everyone, but it’s easy to become overwhelmed with options and additional considerations. Should you include Paleo diet options? Should you break up specific nut allergies into their own options? How detailed you want to be is up to you, but it will create more work and more things to manage. Weigh what you’re offering with what guests are requesting.
Take Requests Seriously
Lastly, it’s important to take specific requests seriously. For an event planner or event management company, not taking requests seriously presents a major risk of legal action if someone has a reaction at your event or venue.