Happy Holidays Chowhounds!
It's that time again and I want your help to head off a certain holiday entertaining problem at the pass. Quite surprisingly (let me be a surprised optimist!) I've found over the past few years that when I include families with children in our holiday events there are always a few who make 'kid food' demands.
I've always entertained quite a lot and now that my child is in elementary school I allow him to invite friends (and their corresponding grown ups) to our parties. They are usually happy to come and we've met a lot of nice people... but inevitably I have one of the mothers (fathers don't do this in my experience) call up and either ask to review my menu or launch into an explanation of what her child will and will not eat.
To be more clear, this is Open House style entertaining not a sit down dinner and I have no intention of cooking Kid Food or handling food aversions. I have a child and he has never gone hungry at one of these events, probably because he's never hear of Kid Food. The upcoming event will begin at 7pm so guests with picky eaters can easily feed them beforehand and I am serving at least 20 different dishes.
So how do you/would you handle this?