A friend asks you over for dinner, and they have no idea you are gluten free or what you can eat. Do you just show up and hope that there is something for you to eat?
NO! This isn’t fair to your host or to you. Make sure to call them and let them know that you would love to come over for dinner [if in fact you really do, otherwise, you can also use this as an excuse. :)] but that you have to be very careful about what you eat and how it is prepared.
If they ask you what you can eat, offer some suggestions or offer to bring something that you know you will be able to have your fill of if worse comes to worse -If they are planning Lasagna and Garlic bread, this isn’t going to be something you can eat [unless of course it is all gluten free ingredients]. A good host wants to make sure that their guests will enjoy their meal. If they are planning a menu that doesn’t allow you to eat anything, it won’t be a great evening all around.
If you are bringing something, make sure that you are the first to serve yourself from this dish so that you know there has not been any cross contamination with utensils etc.
Buffets, whether in a restaurant or at a home should be avoided at all costs [unless you can be one of the very first served], as it tends to be a lot harder to control the cross contamination.
Above all, do not let someone guilt you into trying something because they prepared it just for you – you are the one responsible for how you will feel afterward. You have to be an advocate for yourself!
*Disclosure – although I have been compensated to write this post, all opinions stated are my own.