In years past, getting a group of people together for a meal was a fun event. A meal would be planned with the assumption that those gathering together would embrace the fact that they’d been invited over for what would be a gracious, home-cooked (or catered) meal, carefully planned by the host. Whether the dishes served were of the meat and potatoes variety or even just a casual dinner of pizza with salad, the expectation was that everyone included in the meal would sit down and enjoy all the offerings. That was then, but now?
The Modern Complications of Meal Planning
In today’s modern social circuits, meal planning for guests, whether they are casual friends or family members, has gotten more complicated. There’s a touch of irony to this, as today we have more food choices than ever, yet with all these choices has come more restrictions. As more information has become available to people, through the Internet and through the many developments in the organic food industry, many people have become more selective about what they are willing or able to eat. As a result, the most successful catering services in Los Angeles, including Eco Caters, offer organic catering like other catering companies deciding to take the evolving palates and diets of the public as an opportunity. The result is a deliciously diverse and healthy spread of food options for those in need of a caterer.
Food Choices, and Food Restrictions
Today many people are choosing to eat various versions of meat-free diets. Some people follow a vegetarian (no red meat) or vegan diet for health reasons, as eliminating red meat makes them feel better, and helps to avoid the possibility of taking in the additives that can be found in some meats. For some people, the choice to eliminate red meat has to do with a consciousness about the food chain, and a wish not to eat large animals that they have a social and emotional connection with.
For others, following a vegan meal program is also a way to avoid mixed feelings about eating animals and animal products, like eggs, milk, and cheese. Many people find that following a plant-based diet makes them feel better on many levels, but the reality is that begin vegan does take more time and attention to meals, as so many foods are not available on this diet regime.
One other dietary plan that is gaining in popularity is the gluten-free diet. Many people today are cutting out gluten, (which is found in wheat products) as they feel better avoiding wheat and have an easier time maintaining a low weight. There are many types of flours that can be consumed in place of gluten-packed grains, like almond, coconut, and tapioca flours.
While there’s no reason not to follow these food plans, the reality is that this can make planning events with food more complicated for a host. With so many people restricting what they will eat, it can be hard to come up with a full meal that will satisfy every guest, and wasting good food that won’t be eaten is not a good option either.
All of this is why today many hosts are opting to find quality catering companies that can provide good delicious vegan and non-gluten meals that will satisfy a range of guests. Some caterers specialize in these types of meals, so this can make meal planning much easier, and less wasteful in the long run.
So, if you’re a host who has a party coming up, consider going with a caterer to make the party easier, more fun and more delicious for every guest on the list.