Special Diets? How to Plan for Keto Catering

Gluten-free, low carb, paleo, keto: it seems like everyone has a special diet these days. Special diets can be a catering nightmare, but they don’t have to be. You can help your caterer plan a delicious meal for everyone at your party—even the ones on special diets.

How You Can Help

Catering is a service provided to you. There are simple ways to help your caterer provide you with a meal that satisfies everyone at the party without breaking the bank.

Talk to Your Guests

When you comprise your guest list, reach out to those with special diets and ask their specific restrictions. Your caterer cannot plan a good meal for everyone without knowing the kinds of restrictions involved. You want all of your guests to enjoy their time at your event. That won’t happen if someone gets left out of the meal.

Taking this next simple step will have a two-fold advantage. If you plan a large event or a business function where you don’t know everyone personally, ask the potential guests to RSVP with any dietary restrictions. You won’t have to remember the special diets because they will be in writing, and you can communicate what is needed to your catering service.

Understand the Food Choices Yourself

Most caterers are well-versed in specific requirements for popular diet plans. Occasionally, a new diet is invented that puts the caterer at a disadvantage. You can be very beneficial in helping your caterer ensure that your party happens without any issues.

Your caterer will likely want your input in choosing a menu. Educate yourself rather than have your guests on speed dial to relay questions about their chosen eating plan. Knowing which foods are generally off-limits to someone on a keto diet, for example, will help you to understand which foods to avoid when planning a comprehensive party menu.

The Most Commonly Avoided Foods on Keto

Like every eating plan, keto has a common list of foods to avoid if you want to stay in line with the dietary protocols. Common foods on that list include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Bread, pasta, cereals, anything with wheat or other grains, including breading on meats.
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and other root vegetables.
  • Beans and legumes such as lentils.
  • Processed sugars, cakes, pies, and other sweets.

This is but a few items on the list of things to avoid on keto.

Wrapping Up

Special diets like keto can be a nightmare for your catering service. Gather a little information to communicate with your caterer and make the process smoother. Consider Brunch Café as your go-to catering service.

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