How to manage common dietary restrictions for special event catering

July 26, 2022 by No Comments

Nowadays, catering events can offer a variety of dietary options. There are no blank stares when clients request that their guests be keto-friendly. The best event planners should have deep knowledge about special foods and dietary restrictions.

States have passed food allergy regulations, which require staff training, signage and certification of food protection managers, often chefs and senior kitchen staff.

It can be difficult to keep up with the demands of specialty catering. But we have you covered. To provide a safe, respectful and exceptional culinary experience for your clients, you must be aware of the restrictions and religious dietary laws as well as nutritional choices and requirements.

What Event Planners Need to Know About the Most Popular Special Diets

These are special diets that guests at events may choose to follow due to personal or moral beliefs, health reasons, weight loss goals, or other considerations (with three samples for each category).

Vegetarian diet for events

A primarily plant-based diet. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. However, they may eat foods derived from animals, such as eggs or dairy. There are three types of vegetarians: those who eat eggs and milk (Lacto vegetarian); those who eat only eggs (ovo vegetarian); and those that eat only dairy (Lacto vegetarian).

  • Mini sundried tomatoes and goat cheese quiche
  • Char-grilled brussels sprouts with lemon zest
  • Portabella mushroom street tacos

Vegan diet to cater events

Vegans eat a completely plant-based diet. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, poultry, or foods made from animal products, like eggs, milk, and gelatin. Vegans are not allowed to consume honey, as bees make it. If requested by clients, vegan menus should not include honey.

  • Salad with red onion, tomato and balsamic vinegar
  • Stir-fry with vegetable and tofu grilled
  • Cauliflower steak lemon picatta

Pescetarian diet to help with event planning

A mostly vegetarian diet, which includes seafood.

  • Blackened salmon and scalloped zucchini
  • Rollatini Eggplant
  • Wild mushroom risotto

Keto diet

Ketosis is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that causes the body to burn fat for energy instead of sugar. Keto diets include nuts, avocados and tofu. They also include lean and high-fat protein and saturated oils like butter and coconut oil. Carbohydrates should be kept to between 20 and 50 grams daily.

  • Shrimp scampi
  • Barbecue baby back ribs
  • Pancetta frittata topped with fanned Avocado slices

Paleo diet for events

The paleo diet is based on the Paleolithic hunter-gatherer ancestors’ diet. It consists primarily of lean meat, fish and vegetables. Paleo guests are not allowed to eat dairy, beans, or grains, all of which have become more common with the advent and widespread use of agriculture.

  • Sauteed spinach and filet mignon
  • Vegetable-stuffed roasted chicken breast
  • Wraps of butter lettuce and pulled pork

Raw food diet

Most of the raw foods are uncooked and unprocessed. Raw food diets are typically plant-based because they are uncooked and unprocessed.

  • Salad with lime-avocado dressing
  • Zucchini noodle pasta salad
  • Cauliflower ‘non-fried’ rice

For event catering clean eating

Fresh, minimally processed food prepared without any additives. Can include cooked meats that have not been processed – roasted chicken, salami, etc.

  • Arugula and walnut salad with goat cheese, beet, and goat cheese
  • Shrimp tacos served with pickled red onion
  • Breast of roasted herb-crusted chicken

DASH (Dietary Approaches for Stopping Hypertension)diet

This diet is designed to lower blood pressure. It focuses on foods with low sodium and foods rich in calcium, magnesium and calcium.

  • Seared spicy swordfish low in sodium
  • Tuscan bean soup with low-sodium
  • Bananas foster

Other diet types trending right now:

The top Google searches for diets include many well-known and popular diets as well as newer ones that are gaining popularity like:

  1. The Carnivore Diet – A diet that focuses primarily on meat.
  2. Dr. Gundry – This controversial diet calls for eliminating foods high in lectins, such as beans and certain vegetables.
  3. The Shepherd’s Diet Keeps carbohydrate intake low and focuses only on the facts available in Biblical times.
  4. Mediterranean – Traditional Mediterranean diet is rich in healthy oils, seafood, and lots of fruits and vegetables.


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