The 411 on vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free

We’ve all been at an event where one of the guests is following a special diet, and has to surreptitiously eat out of a Tupperware they brought with their own food while other guests are going through the buffet or enjoying a formal dinner.

But there’s no need for vegetarians, vegans or people following a gluten-free diet to feel left out.

At Red Velvet Events, we can work with you to tailor the menu to make sure there are options for guests with special food requirements. It’s important for everyone at a social event to feel included.

Some creative ideas you might want to try include:

  • A Mediterranean vegetarian buffet with hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, pita bread, Greek salad and tahini sauce. Or for a gluten-free option, have a hummus bar with different types of hummus, carrot sticks, celery sticks, sliced red pepper and other vegetables.
  • A Mexican buffet. Make this gluten-free by serving corn tortillas instead of flour. The guests can have chicken fajitas or steak fajitas with a variety of sautéed vegetables. To make this vegetarian, serve grilled vegetables, guacamole, shredded cheese and salsa.
  • For an Italian buffet, include eggplant parmesan as an entrée next to chicken parmesan, for your vegetarian guests. Other good vegetarian pasta entrees include butternut squash ravioli and mushroom lasagna.
  • Vietnamese rice noodle salads. These tasty, flavorful, healthy salads are easily made vegetarian by leaving out the shrimp or chicken. With a vermicelli noodle bar, guests can assemble their own noodle salad and choose what they’d like to eat. Similarly, Vietnamese spring rolls made with rice paper are a great gluten-free item.
  • Grilled portabella mushrooms, a sweet corn salad and a fruit-based dessert would make a great summer dinner that is vegetarian and gluten-free.
  • An Indian buffet is a wonderful vegetarian option. Saag paneer (spinach with Indian cheese), chana masala (seasoned chickpeas and tomatoes, vegetarian and gluten-free), basmati rice or rice pilaf, malai kofta (a vegetarian alternative to meatballs, served in a sauce) are all delicious items you could include.

Whether you want to make your whole event gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan, or ensure that people with special diet needs have good options available for them at your event, your guests will appreciate the effort.

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