Welcoming Wednesday

Be Careful What You Serve!

An important aspect of making your guests feel welcome is not leaving anyone out. In this case we’re speaking of food and beverage- a big reason they came in the first place. Many allergies and intolerances to food products have surfaced over the years, as well as many specific preferences in diet. Given the fact that nearly 4% of adults have food allergies and more are choosing to avoid certain foods for their health, it is quite possible either you and/or a handful of your guests are affected by these caveats. There is no need to be alarmed! No one will have to go home hungry! 
Below is a quick run down on food allergies intolerances and special diets, and links to learn more about each!
According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, 8 foods account for 90% of all food related allergic reactions. Those foods include: milk, eggs, peanuts, treenuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and soy. Reactions may include a tingling sensation in the mouth, swelling of the tongue and the throat, difficulty breathing, hives, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and even death- Nothing you want at your event!

Celiac Disease Individuals with Celiac Disease have an inherited autoimmune condition apparent when they eat foods that contain gluten. Gluten creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that does not allow food to be properly digested and absorbed. Gluten is the common name for the proteins in specific grains found in ALL forms of wheat (including durum, semolina, spelt, kamut, einkorn and faro) and related grains rye, barley and triticale. This makes it tricky to decipher which foods are safe and which should be avoided, but in working with a catering professional, rest assured they will steer you in the right direction.
Lactose Intolerance Individuals with lactose intolerance are not able to effectively break down and digest lactose, which is a type of sugar found in dairy products.
Vegetarian People who choose to adopt the vegetarian diet eat only non-flesh foods avoiding foods like meat fish and poultry. People make this decision based on health, ecological issues, economics, love for animals, and religious beliefs.
Vegan Vegan is an extended form of vegetarianism, where individuals refrain from eating or using any animal products. This includes milk, cheese, all dairy, eggs, wool, silk, down, leather and even cosmetics and products tested on animals.
Food allergies, intolerances and preferences are nothing to be taken lightly and could potentially harm one of your beloved guests. Knowing what is being served and communicating the ingredients effectively is essential to avoiding any kind of catastrophe. 
Big City Catering employs knowledgeable chefs and employees eager to adapt your menu choices to those suitable for all of your prospective guests. Even if you can’t accommodate all guests completely, we are dedicated to communicating the ingredients and procedures used in the making of the products served, for the safety and peace of mind of the entire attendance. If you are aware of guests that have specific needs, make sure to inform us in your initial consultation so that the appropriate measures can be taken to make sure all of your guests feel right at home, and leave with a full tummy!
Check back tomorrow for THEMED THURSDAY!

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