When booking corporate catering, it is crucial that you consider whether any of your colleagues or guests have special dietary requirements. Think about last time you ate out with them or any large group of people, and the chances are that at least one of them ordered something which should give you a clue – were they avoiding dairy, or did they ask for a gluten free option?
The chances are if you were paying attention you did notice something, as one in five Australians suffers from either a food intolerance or food allergy. Add to this is the range of voluntary diet options now popular, and it might seem like you have your work cut out accommodating everyone’s dietary needs! Luckily, we’ve already thought of this, so whatever the requirements of your group we’re sure we can provide food that’s not only fit for all but delicious too.
What Are The Common Special Dietary Requirements?
With so many people having to live with dietary restrictions, a good first step when considering your order is to learn a little about the different requirements your guests might have. You should definitely speak with the people you will be feeding before ordering to find out if they have any particular corporate catering requirements. Below are some of the most common dietary requirements in Brisbane when it comes to catering for an office event.
People on a gluten-free diet could be suffering from a serious and potentially life-threatening food allergy, have a less serious but also problematic intolerance to gluten, or equally as likely could be making a diet and lifestyle choice. Celiac disease is a serious condition which affects around 1 in 70 Australians, and can in severe cases be very dangerous; though it is estimated that 4 out of 5 Australian Celiacs do not realise they have the disease. Also, many people nowadays avoid gluten simply out of choice or in the belief it will improve their health.
Gluten is found in foods produced using wheat, barley or rye, but luckily there is a wide range of delicious foods available for people on gluten-free diets, whatever the reason. From our mains, the field mushroom with burnt sage butter gnocchi and parsnip crisp is both gluten free and vegetarian, and we have a range of meat options like chermoula lamb shank with ancient grains and seeds and pomegranate glazed carrots. Our buffet and grazing options also have a range of gluten-free alternatives like our buffalo chicken portions with hot sauce, and most of our Asian Selection grazing station options are gluten-free also, so no matter how you’re dining we will have you covered.
There is a wide range of reasons why people might be dairy-free, and just like gluten, they can range from life-threatening allergies to lifestyle and moral choices. People with full-blown dairy allergies react severely to the proteins in dairy, and the symptoms can come on fast and be serious. It is crucial you know if anyone you are catering for suffers from a dairy allergy. People with a dairy (or lactose) intolerance will not be affected so severely but can still experience significant discomfort if they consume dairy products. Of course, vegans will not eat dairy out of choice (although that doesn’t mean they’re not allergic or intolerant also). Dairy products are also found in a range of seemingly innocuous products like wine, beer, and even gravy.
We understand the importance of catering to these requirements. Our chicken cacciatore with mushrooms & black olives contains no traces of dairy, and nor does our sashimi tuna poke bowl with black sesame dressing, which can be adjusted to suit vegans. Both our grazing stations and our buffets are also suitable for dairy-free diets, but you should let us know if anyone has an allergy so we can prepare for this appropriately.
Without a doubt the most widespread dietary requirement, which means luckily we have years experience in catering to vegetarians – and with 2.1 million Australians currently choosing a vegetarian lifestyle, there’s a very good chance you will need to provide for at least one. We have packed our menus with vegetarian options like eggplant & mozzarella saltimbocca, a twist on the more well-known chicken or veal versions, or our traditional ratatouille, which is packed full of fresh veg and is highly recommended for meat eaters alike!
In recent years veganism has gained a lot of popularity as people opt for a diet consisting entirely of vegetable products and eschew dairy and any other product produced using meat. Considering the staggering array of products which use meat derivatives, for non-vegans it can be quite difficult to keep up with what is and is not considered vegan. We have years of experience in catering to vegans and so you don’t need to worry, as we have provided plenty of vegan options.
Our buffet menu offers Persian rice with roast seasonal vegetables, and we offer vegan alternatives for our buffalo chicken portions, chicken cacciatore and our eggplant & mozzarella saltimbocca with other options found on our grazing menus, so there should be plenty of choices.
If you have any Muslim staff or guests who you are providing food for, you can rest assured that all of our chicken is Halal, and we also have a range of seafood and vegetarian options which will also be appropriate. You should note that all food is prepared in a kitchen with pork and other non-Halal foods, however, so if this will be a problem please do let us know.
FODMAP and IB Diets
People on specified diets for conditions like IBS generally find dining out difficult as there needs can be so specific. FODMAP diets aim to cut out certain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols which occur in foods naturally or are added which have been shown to cause inflammation of the bowels which can further the symptoms of digestive diseases like IBS. We have years of experience of catering to people on specialist diets, so if you know anyone who is attending your event is on such a diet it is important you let us know. There is a specific field on the online ordering form to list your dietary requirements.
There is a very wide range of food allergies other than those we have covered above, with a range in severity. Of course, everyone is aware of the danger of nut allergies, but also eggs, shellfish, and soy allergies are all common and can make people very ill. In fact, it is possible to be allergic to a very wide range of foods: for this reason, it is important that you ask all of your colleagues or attendees if they have any specific allergies and/or dietary requirements other than those listed above!
Our kitchen is experienced in catering for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, vegan and Halal options, and if you have any additional needs then you just need to contact us in advance of your event to let us know. Contact us now and book your next corporate lunch. Whatever the needs of your colleagues or guests, call us today and you’ll not only get the best buffet catering Brisbane has to offer, but food that suits everyone!