Gluten-free buffet food

I had a fantastic evening out for a friend’s husband’s 60th birthday do.  The company was good, the atmosphere was good and the music was very funky 70s.

I had a large lunch to make sure I wouldn’t be hungry as I didn’t know what I’d be able to eat at the buffet.  The last event I ate out at left me glutened and I was a little wary.  However, my friend had been dropping hints such as, “What type of bread do you eat?” and “Can you eat custard?”.  I assumed she was preparing something nice for me, and as she is good at baking I was quite excited.

She reassured me about the food and put all the wheat-free items on the same platter, clearly labelled.  There were sandwiches and THREE desserts!  Across the buffet there was also salad, veg and fruit that I could eat freely.  All credit to my friend, the food was delicious.  The homemade dessert was very tasty and I’ll be asking for the recipe to share with you all soon.  I did go back for seconds of everything so I slipped off the Slimming World wagon a bit.  I’m back on today and not worrying about it.  I don’t do that very often and I’m just focusing on the fact that I’ve enjoyed myself.  I know we can get glutened, even in our own kitchens, where lots of care has been taken.  I’m so glad I didn’t, partly because my friend went to all that trouble.

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Worried about eating out at a buffet?

  • Let the hosts know well enough in advance.  Give them a couple of ideas of things they could do for you.
  • Eat plenty before you go.  There’s nothing worse than sitting hungry, watching everyone else eat.
  • Focus on the celebration.  You are there for an occasion (maybe a birthday) not the food!  Have a drink, soak up the atmosphere, socialise and get dancing.

Worried about catering for a coeliac at your buffet?

  • Make sure your guest knows where the gluten-free foods are at the buffet.
  • Put the gluten-free foods on separate, labelled plates.
  • Don’t use the same knife to cut the sandwiches and cakes, and be careful about cross-contamination from using different knives in the butter.  Consider making the gluten-free sandwiches first when you’ve opened the butter so that there is less risk.
  • Make sure other people involved in arranging the food know about cross-contamination so they don’t touch ordinary bread and then gluten-free bread.
  • Fresh fruit is a lovely dessert but please provide something a bit naughtier.  Buy ready made gluten free desserts so you know you won’t be glutening your guest by mistake with your baking.  Marks and Spencers and Mrs Crimbles are always good.
  • Don’t worry too much.  Your guest is there for the celebration, not the food.  They will be happy about any effort you have gone to, as this is often a rare occurrence.

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