Gluten-Free Weddings

April 29, 2009

dsc07083Wedding season is in full swing at this point, and for me it is always fun to see how different each wedding is from the next. Today I had two tie-down meetings at two different venues for two different brides. Their weddings are very different but they share something very specific in common: both brides have conditions that require them to maintain a gluten-free diet. That means they can’t eat anything containing gluten, which is the protein part of wheat, rye, barley, and other related grains. Gluten is found in many foods… including wedding cake!

While none of the major local bakeries are offering gluten-free wedding cakes at this time, there are alternate options for brides and grooms who have gluten allergies or Celiac disease. Cheesecakes are an option that are easily obtained just about anywhere. Locally, gluten-free cakes and desserts are also available at Moondance Heavenly Desserts and A Forkable Feast. While neither makes traditional “wedding” cakes, they can certainly provide smaller cakes that are an excellent replacement and can easily be dressed up with flowers or a cake topper to feel more fitting for the occasion.

If you have any food allergy, sensitivity or intolerance, be sure to discuss it with your caterer early on so that they can tailor the menu to your needs, and so they can plan accordingly to be sure that utensils and cookware used to prepare your food are kept separate from any foods that may make you ill, but that you may still be serving to your allergy-free guests.

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