Having a successful banquet depends on important factors such as gauging the professionalism level of your group, matching the menu to the overall lifestyle of the group and appropriate entertainment needs. But the biggest success measurement is the food choice accommodation.
You can make some mistakes here and there and as long as they are little ones, like an overall mismatch in the colors and designs of the room, all will be forgiven. But the choices available (or lack thereof) for people with special diets might disappoint some of your hungry guests who cannot find anything at your banquet that they can safely eat.
There are a good many diets these days that need to be accommodated at any public gathering. Back in the day, offering a fish entrée to vegetarians was considered to be very forward thinking. Today, not so much. There are so many more dietary concerns and if you want your event to be remembered as a success by the attendees, you’ll need to have a well-thought out menu.
Typical dietary needs that need a menu choice are:
• Kosher or Halal
• Lactose Intolerance
The trick to making everyone happy is to find menu choices that cover a lot of different dietary needs. To take care of the kosher, halal, vegan, vegetarian and lactose intolerant all you need to do is to offer an entrée choice that has not a spec of meat or dairy products in them. That is the easiest way to take care of most everyone.
Gluten-free is a very common dietary choice these days. Those who have chosen this diet will very much appreciate a gluten-free choice. People who avoid gluten due to a serious health condition won’t plan on eating outside the home. So, you will be offering a typical no grain menu choice for only those who simply prefer to avoid gluten.
By offering one or two special diet choices at your banquet, you’re sure to have incredibly happy guests who will remember your event as a wonderful one.