Gluten-free menu ideas: From starters and mains to desserts

May 16, 2024 | Catering

Whether you’re hosting a wedding or a corporate lunch, chances are you want to make sure all your guests have a delicious meal. From vegan wedding breakfasts for plant-based family members to making sure your employee with a nut allergy has safe food, it’s essential to cater for your guests’ dietary needs. With many people suffering from coeliac disease, being intolerant to gluten, or avoiding this common ingredient for another reason, it’s helpful to ensure your menu includes gluten-free options.

Need some inspiration for irresistible nibbles and dishes that keep gluten at bay? Read on for menu ideas from our talented catering team at Robert J Events.

What ingredients contain gluten?

In the world of event catering, keeping things gluten-free doesn’t mean skimping on flavor or variety. Beyond the usual suspects like wheat and barley present in bread, cakes, and other baked goods gluten can sneak into places you’d least expect — think soy sauce and some dressings. But don’t worry — we’re all about finding those sneaky gluten spots and swapping them with delicious alternatives that keep the taste and ditch the gluten.

Gluten-free hors d’oeuvres

Let’s spark some creativity with gluten-free hors d’oeuvres that promise to dazzle and delight. Envision mini polenta cakes, golden and crispy, crowned with a vibrant tomato chutney that dances on your palate. Or explore the earthy goodness of stuffed mushrooms, brimming with a rich blend of herbs and cheese, promising a gluten-free bite of heaven.

And for a touch of freshness, imagine crisp cucumber cups — the perfect vessels for a zesty shrimp salad.

These are excellent ideas for an array of events, from office parties to anniversary celebrations.

A wedding breakfast to remember

Transform your wedding breakfast into a gluten-free feast that’s as romantic and memorable as your special day. Here are some inspired ideas to enchant your guests with flavors that cater to everyone:

Eggs Benedict reimagined

A classic starter, redefined with gluten-free English muffins, topped with silky poached eggs, smoky ham, and a creamy hollandaise sauce. It’s a luxurious start to the day that leaves no one out.

Sweet potato hash

Cubed sweet potatoes, sautéed with onions, peppers, and spices, served alongside perfectly cooked eggs. This hearty, flavorful dish is a savory sensation, guaranteed to satisfy.

Gluten-free crepe station

Allow your guests to customize their crepes with an array of fillings, from fresh fruit and chocolate to savory spinach and feta. It’s interactive, fun, and wonderfully accommodating.

Smoked salmon platter

Beautifully presented smoked salmon accompanied by gluten-free blinis, capers, red onions, and a touch of dill cream — an elegant option that brings luxury to your wedding breakfast.

Corporate lunches that impress

Are you planning a lunch for your next corporate event? Consider a buffet brimming with vibrant salads, marinated grilled chicken, and hearty gluten-free pasta salads, offering variety and freedom of choice.

For lighter fare, consider gluten-free nibbles like mini quiches or fresh vegetable crudités, perfect for networking.

Alternatively, if you want a more formal gathering, go for a sit-down meal. From grilled salmon with quinoa salad and herb-roasted chicken breast with seasonal vegetables to vegetarian stuffed bell peppers with wild rice and vegetables, we can come up with exciting gluten-free dishes your team will love.

Desserts that dazzle

No meal is complete without a touch of sweetness, there are plenty of gluten-free dessert recipes to ensure everyone gets their fair share of delight.

  • Topped with glossy ganache, a flourless chocolate cake is a classic favorite, gluten-free by nature, and an absolute crowd-pleaser.
  • Lemon polenta cake is bright and zesty, with a wonderful texture and a refreshing burst of citrus.
  • Creamy and comforting, coconut rice pudding is a warming dessert suitable for gluten-free diets.
  • Chocolate-dipped strawberries: Simple yet luxurious, these are always a hit, offering a delicious gluten-free option.

Robert J Events: Catering to every need

Here at Robert J. Events & Catering, we recognise that every guest is unique, and every diet matters. We’re all about crafting menus that leave no one behind. From lavish weddings to corporate lunches and special dinners, we’re here to ensure your Ohio event is seamless, stress-free, and delicious.

Get in touch to start planning your gluten-free menu.

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