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Serve non-drinkers food that has alcohol in it?

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Serve non-drinkers food that has alcohol in it?

schylla | Dec 12, 2012 12:04 PM

My New Year's resolution is to throw more diner parties, or at least invite people over for dinner more often. I plan to have my first one next month, and while perusing recipes, I'm gravitating toward dishes that have wine as an ingredient, such as coq au vin, or braised short ribs. However, there are a couple people that I want to invite who don't drink. Would such a dish be in violation of their "no alcohol" policy?

I understand why you wouldn't serve a vegetarian a dish that had chicken stock, but unless it's for religious reasons or if the person is a recovering alcoholic (neither of which is the case), would it be disrespectful to serve a dish with alcohol in it? It's not like you would get drunk from eating it. Should I give my prospective guests a heads up, or find something else to cook?

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