There’s nothing worse than missing out. Picture this: A beautiful spread gets put out for your business meeting, but no one asked if gluten free catering options were needed. Your client can’t eat anything that’s been served due to a gluten intolerance or allergy.
You’d be pretty embarrassed, right? We wouldn’t blame you, which is why we’re going to explain the importance of gluten free catering, and give you some tips to order something that everyone can enjoy.
Gluten is a protein family present in some grains, such as wheat, barley, rye and oats. There are two conditions which require a gluten free diet to prevent symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and nausea:
The side effects of an intolerance are primarily gastrointestinal and can last between hours and days after consuming gluten. Coeliacs, on the other hand, can do permanent damage to their stomach, and in serious cases, even go into life-threatening anaphylaxis. Anyone suffering from coeliac disease absolutely cannot consume gluten.
Gluten is listed as second among the top four food intolerances and allergies in Australia. About 1 in 70 Australians will suffer from coeliac disease, but 80% will never be diagnosed, attributing their symptoms to other conditions.
Identifying the commonality of an intolerance is more difficult as it affects people differently. However, once you know it's gluten that's triggering your symptoms, from our experience as corporate caterers, gluten free options are becoming easier and easier to find. In fact, they're being included in nearly every order we deliver!
Sick of boring salads? There are heaps of international cuisines that offer a range of gluten free options.
Middle Eastern food, which includes cuisines such as Turkish and Lebanese, contain lots of gluten free dishes.
For gluten-free options, try grilled meats and vegetables and stews, served with rice and chickpeas.
Where to get it: Oricco (Sydney), Turkish Kebabs South Melbourne
Swap out the flour tortillas for corn tortillas, and most Mexican dishes usually become gluten-free. Of course, you'll need to check the menu, but from our experience many items are safe.
Feeling inspired? Our fantastic Mexican caterer, Pablo's Kitchen shows us how to make the best guacamole ever in this short video.
Where to get it: Mad Mex (Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne and more)
Thai cuisine often uses fish sauce instead of soy sauce, the latter of which contain wheat. There are a variety of gluten free options available including:
Where to get it: Red Lemon Thai Cafe (Sydney) and Mak Mak Thai (Perth)
Tasty vegetarian and meat curries, rice and lentil based dosas and breads made from chickpea flour are some of the tasty food options available if you’re on a gluten free diet.
Where to get it: The Colonial (Sydney), Beyond India (Adelaide) and Bombay Bliss (Brisbane)
To ensure your clients and colleagues have delicious gluten free options available, get in touch with the EatFirst experts today and we’ll help you navigate the menus to find everyone’s favourites!