How To Manage Dietary Requirements For Your Event
Australians have one of the highest rates of food allergies in the world, with 1 in 10 Aussie bubs being born with a food allergy (according to Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia). Great food plays such an integral role in special celebrations and business events and it is important for Australian event planners to be equipped with some tools on how to best cater for all of your guests.
At Harvest & Soul – Catering & Events, our team of foodies work closely with event planners every day to ensure special dietary needs are taken seriously. Here are our team’s top tips.
Ask your guests in advance
Be sure to ask your guests to advise of any special dietary needs. If you are catering for a venue event or conference, you can include a section on the RSVP for guests to note of any dietary requirements or food allergies. If for some reason you can’t access guest information in advance of your event, make sure you advise your caterer or venue who will most likely recommend some tailored menu options that factor in the main special dietary requests. If you regularly order office catering for your team, it is a good idea to keep a running spread sheet of staff names with any food allergies or special dietary needs.
Choose the right venue and caterer
Working with quality event suppliers is always important and an experienced caterer will work with you to ensure all of your guests are catered for. An experienced Chef will tailor a menu that matches the meals of the other guests to ensure that people with special dietary needs don’t feel out of place at all. An expert caterer will brief their staff prior to your catering delivery or event commencing, to flag any food allergies and to ensure that special menus are kept separate and labelled clearly.
Clear communication always plays a huge part in successful event planning. Make sure you communicate your menu requirements clearly with your chosen catering company and that both parties sign off on the menu specifics prior to your event or catering delivery. As with all aspects of event planning – always double, triple check every last detail.
If you are providing board room catering in your office, be sure to factor in Soy Milk and/ or Almond Milk into your coffee catering. This important point is often overlooked (and we all know how important a good cuppa is to a successful board room meeting!).