If your diet has certain restrictions, it can make accepting invitations to dinners or parties complicated when the host isn't aware of your diet's ins and outs. Here's a simple, and polite, way to safely stick to your diet and still enjoy the gathering. Photo by Amy Ross.
Whether you have severe food allergies, you happen to be a vegetarian, or you're just trying to eat healthier, your diet doesn't have to exclude you from social events. To make things easier for both you and the host, Marian Bull at Food52 suggests you offer to bring something you know you can eat:
It's easiest for both parties if, after politely accepting their invitation, you immediately offer to bring a dish of your own making: Can I bring something? Maybe a nice grain salad? Since I'm vegan, I usually offer to make something I know I can eat. Preempt the explanation with an offer...
This helps you and the host avoid the awkward moment when dinner is served and you realise you can't eat any of it. The host doesn't have to make something special just for you, and if they ask about your dietary restrictions, you can explain without feeling guilty. Just make sure you make enough so other people can have some too.