Why Knowing Special Dietary Requirements is Essential for Catering Services, Child Care, and Events

It is essential to ask for dietary requirements when ordering catering services to identify food allergies.

Food allergies

can range from mild to severe, so it is important to inquire about guests' dietary restrictions, whether they are based on religious restrictions, allergies, or food intolerances. Meeting and exceeding expectations is key to ensure that guests feel confident that they can safely consume the menu options presented for their needs. In a child care environment, some children may need to follow a special diet due to allergies, intolerances, or medical needs.

Additionally, some children may have dietary needs based on cultural and religious beliefs. It is essential that the environment has detailed policies and clear procedures to safely meet the individual dietary needs of children. Before a child is admitted, the provider must obtain information about any special dietary requirements, food preferences, allergies, and health requirements. When hosting events, it is important to understand the dietary requirements of meeting delegates, especially those with food allergies, intolerances, or health or religious restrictions.

Event organizers and venues have a duty to ensure that special dietary requests are taken into account and, whenever possible, catered for during meetings, conferences and training events. To gather this information from families, include questions about allergies and special dietary requirements on the registration form. VIPs or guests should be contacted to learn about any special dietary requirements they may have. During check-in, ask guests if they have any special dietary requirements that are not included in the food offered during the meeting.

Waiters should be informed about guests with special dietary needs and their menu options. Additionally, staff should easily access information about treating allergies and special dietary requirements. It is important to remember that guests with special dietary needs “don't have different nutritional needs than others”. The ultimate goal of catering for special diets is to simplify the task of meeting the dietary needs of your guests.