But, for you, the gluten free diner, ensuring that the lunch is at least mostly gluten free is the difference between nibbling -- stomach growling -- on a few undressed lettuce leaves; or, the sheer satisfaction of munching on substantial food with actual calories!
And it makes a lot of difference!
As they say, the best defense is a good offense.
For instance, instead of the obligatory roll and cookie, can the caterer rustle up a baked potato? Or, maybe fries in a dedicated fryer (although, if the lunch place doesn't have a gluten free option, 98% chance they don't know what a dedicated fryer is, or have one!) Chances are, there is no gluten free bread. Can they provide chips instead? And we aren't talking about a little package of chips with an ingredient mix a mile long and no gluten free label, but gluten free chips -- usually those with just a few ingredients. As a quick aside, the first chips to come to mind with a lengthy ingredient list were Doritos - just a quick check on the Frito Lay website and I counted 21 varieties of Doritos that are gluten free -- (note that there may be some varieties that are not gluten free, but 21 covers a lot of chips!) Note: this data is only accurate on the date of this post; to be extra sure, if a length of time has passed, re-check the website.
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