If you are gluten-free, the Holidays can be a challenging time to navigate—lots of group eating and potlucks.
What to do at the upcoming Fourth of July events?
First, you are probably there as much to socialize as anything else. So, have a few bites or a heavy snack beforehand in case you can’t find much that you can eat, and spend your time enjoying the company of other people at the event.
Make your contribution something substantial that is gluten free that you can consume. Bring a mixed dish, casserole, or large appetizer plate. Bring desserts like candies or ice cream. (Man cannot live by bread alone, but ice cream? You’re good.)
Anyone else gluten-free coming to the event? Coordinate with them to bring different dishes that cover the range of courses—an appetizer, a main, a dessert.
Enlist the assistance of the host or the person who invited you. This one is a bit of a judgment call—depends on the nature of the event and how well you know the host, how big the event is. Reaching out to caterers and waitstaff at formal, paid events is part of the furniture of food sensitivities. At private parties, keep in mind that the host is doing their best as a private individual to make sure people have a nice time. They may not think about food allergies very much and have a lot of other things they need to do to get ready for the big event. If it is a potluck, the host may not have good information about what is in various dishes. If it is a big event and you don’t really know the person who planned it, see if other friends can help you determine who to talk to about various dishes.
Slip plastic utensils—knife, fork, spoon –into a bag or pocket. If you find yourself in a situation where you are handed food like sandwiches, sausage or burritos that come “in their own wrapper”, you can unwrap them or ask for them unwrapped and eat them with your own utensils.
Most important, have fun and enjoy fireworks!