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Small dinner party dilemma: differing food needs


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Small dinner party dilemma: differing food needs

LisaPA | Feb 21, 2013 07:01 PM

I'm having 2 friends over Saturday with very different food... needs, for lack of a better word. The one friend is allergic to soy, wheat and alcohol. She is a pretty adventurous eater and very used to making do with her food issues, but I'd like to be a good hostess and make something she'll enjoy. The other friend is not remotely an adventurous eater: he's your basic meat and potatoes guy, he hates Mexican food, and would probably be happy with a bowl of cereal most meals. And to add to the challenge, my BF hates fish and shellfish, mushrooms, anything pickled, coconut and pineapple.

So my challenge is to feed all of us in a way that makes them and me happy. I'm struggling because every time I think of something, I realize why it won't work. Like, I was thinking of risotto, but it can't be too "weird" for the one friend and can't have alcohol in it for the other. I can't do Asian because I can't use soy. Maybe I'll just stick to a chunk of roast meat and vegetables and call it a night.

Unless you have any better suggestions?

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