Gluten-Free Travel & Dining

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We recently managed a corporate reception for an international audience for an event in San Francisco. Upon registration we collect dietary needs of all our participants in order to select the appropriate menu options. One of the participants indicated that they required gluten-free food. We worked closely with the Westin San Francisco Market Street’s catering manager and the hotel chef to create tasty and varied gluten-free options.  A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease and those with gluten intolerance.

We work very closely with hotel catering staff for all functions in order to ensure that we can fulfill the dietary requests of our clients. Coming up with interesting and tasty options doesn’t require that much extra effort and it ensures the health and well being of those in attendance. Check out the menu items below, which were a great success. We received many compliments from our guests especially the one with the gluten allergy. We aim to please.

We had the following four food stations: Crunchy Tasty Things, Cantonese Style Dim Sum, Hot Smoke Salmon and a Build Your Own Slider station. Crunch Tasty Things included: tostada shells, taro and parmesan potato chips, spiced Adobe chicken, tomato Pico de Gallo and black bean dip and pink shrimp creviche. The Cantonese style Dim Sum included: Char Su Boa, vegetable and oxtail pot stickers, pork Siu Mia and vegetable spring rolls. Hot Smoke Salmon included: baby mozzarella; hearts of palm salad with sun dried tomatoes and foccacia toast. The Sliders were Kobe and turkey burgers with fennel slaw, citrus cranberry chutney, sliced Roma tomatoes and grilled onions and shiitake mushrooms with Tillamook cheddar. The build your own slider had a gluten free bread selection for the buns. As you can see, gluten-free certainly does not mean flavor free. The dessert option was a fresh fruit plate but many cakes and other desserts can easily be made gluten-free using other types of flour and substitutions.

Read this article for more gluten-free travel tips.

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