How Do You Plan a Dinner Party with Guests Who Follow Different Diets?

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Q: How do you organize dinners with a wide variety of eaters? (As in, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, etc.) Do you have a decent method to plan the food?

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Editor: When it comes to planning a meal that takes different diets into account, my best suggestion is to pick a main dish with a lot of mix-and-match possibilities. For instance a taco bar with meat, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly options for both the toppings and the tortillas themselves. Then, round out the meal with a few vegetarian side dishes that everyone can eat.

If you're unfamiliar with the kind of diet your guests are following, it's also helpful to ask them for meal suggestions, diet guidelines, or recipe resources.

Readers, what do you do in these dinner party situations?

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Related: Five Meal Ideas for Veg/Non-Veg Dinner Parties

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