Catering for special dietary requirements

Did you know that almost 50% of our weekly corporate catering orders provide for special dietary needs? In fact, food allergies and intolerances are becoming increasingly prevalent and can pose a serious health risk. It's important to be aware of any special dietary requirements of your guests when catering for the office.

We know you want the right style of office catering with plenty of delicious options for your event, but how do you accommodate guests with food restrictions and make sure you still have a variety of choices and flavours?

Fortunately, accommodating special dietary requirements doesn't mean the food has to be boring. We have a fabulous range of dairy free, gluten free and vegetarian options that are just as tasty as everything else on our menus. You just need to be aware of your guests' restrictions and offer the best and appropriate alternatives.

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Different people, different needs

There are many reasons for dietary constraints and they differ from person to person. Some of the more common restrictions include:

  • Food allergies and intolerance — dairy free, fish and shellfish allergies, nut free and gluten free
  • Special dietary requirements — vegetarian, vegans and pregnancy
  • Religious reasons — halal

In Australia, the two most common food intolerances are gluten and lactose.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats. A gluten free diet or meal is necessary for people with coeliac disease. Safe alternatives to bread and pasta dishes include fruits and salads, rice and sushi.

Lactose is the sugar contained in milk, cream, yoghurt and some soft cheeses. Being lactose intolerant doesn't mean you're allergic to milk. It just means you may feel unwell after eating lactose based products, because your body has difficulty digesting them.

If you have a guest with a nut allergy, it's best to call us to discuss the menu options we have available. In severe cases, we recommend asking your guest to supply their own food. This will ensure their personal safety and your peace of mind.

  • Non-dairy products are lactose-free but still contain milk proteins
  • Dairy free products do not contain any milk products at all
  • Free-of-milk proteins means they're safe for people with lactose intolerance or milk allergies. They'll also suit those on a vegan diet.

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How to order catering for special diets

Relax. We've got you covered. Here are some of the ways we help you accommodate special dietary needs the next time you need to order corporate catering.

Phone orders — one of the first questions we'll ask is if any of your guests have special requirements. It's important you take the time to enquire about their needs and understand their restrictions. We'll be happy to suggest alternative menus and individual foods and meal selections that are suitable.

Ordering online — all of our menus are marked with icons to indicate if they are gluten free, dairy free or vegetarian. You'll quickly be able to see which choices suit your needs. Just examine our extensive range of menus and make your choice. Easy.

Specialised menus — we can even create specialised menus in line with your personalised requirements. Your menu will be available each time you order with preselected special dietary options. It will save you valuable time and give you the assurance that your guests' needs are met every time.

Catering for special dietary requirements is essential but we're here to make it simple. Relax and book your next office catering with us. You can trust the special dietary needs of your guests are in the best of hands.

We're here to help you make the best selections to keep everyone happy and feeling good.

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