Vegan. Gluten-free. Cleanse. Hosts dread these words.
Ever-changing dietary trends can make it nearly impossible to please everyone when throwing a get-together. And with summer in full swing, a simple barbecue can turn into a nightmare between sending out a group text and receiving a slew of replies with sentences that harbor the word “vegetarian” or “allergic.”
But have food restrictions escalated over the years? With the low-carb, no meat, kale-obsessed Los Angeles culture, food trends can be hard to keep up with, especially if you’re an omnivore. And let’s be real, what’s the fun of a wine and cheese party (the simplest of all gatherings) when neither will work for your finicky work buddy?
Do dietary restrictions put a damper on your get-togethers? How do you host with so many changing guest food guidelines? When attending a gathering, how do you approach eating within your own dietary restrictions?
This segment was inspired by Robin Rauzi's Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. Read the full story here: "How vegetarians, gluten-frees, grain-frees and other L.A. food tribes ruined my BBQ tradition."