I'm having a get-together for about 6 people -- a few friends who haven't seen each other for a while, and a few significant others who have never met any of us. My vision for this was easy and "fun". When I say "easy," I mean easy to eat and appreciate, doesn't have to be super-easy to make. I was thinking homemade pizza with a couple different salads with bitter/sour notes.
But then I found out that one of my guests doesn't eat wheat or dairy. So that rules out pizza, along with dumplings. And I quickly realized that most foods I consider easy and comforting involve cheese or dough as essential components.
I also have two guests who do not eat red meat or pork.
I don't want to do tacos or other Mexican-influenced fare, as a) we live in LA and you can get something delicious and easy and Mexican on any corner, and b) I'm no expert, and two of my guests have lived in Mexico City for extended periods and are themselves accomplished Mexican culinaires. (is that a word?)
Anyway, any suggestions for me? I am really scratching my head here, and can't get out of the box.