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no meat, no wheat, please...

my diet does not include meat or wheat products. what would you tell a host or hostess who inquires about what you eat when attending dinner at their home? last night i attended the first of 3 t'giving dinners i am going to this week (ugh!), and i did tell the hostess that i do not eat meat, because she specifically asked in an email she sent me. i did not mention that i don't eat wheat, because i didn't want to be difficult. well, when dinner was served, she had made these special tarts for me and the other vegetarian. i could not eat it because it had stuffing and was made with a pastry crust. i am now wondering if it would have been better to mention the wheat thing. but i would feel terrible if someone felt compelled to make me something totally different than everyone else-thanksgiving is enough work without "special requests", right? please give me some advice on how to respond to the other 2 hosts i will be responding to today. thanks!

Mon. Nov 20, 12:34pm

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You definitely should tell! I'd be pretty mad if I had asked what you could/couldn't have and you didn't tell me - and then couldn't eat something I made. Grr.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 12:46 PM

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i would tell the hosts too-especially if they asked. most hosts want their guests to have a nice time-and it's less trouble than you think to make something special for a guests dietary restrictions and more work to make something that they can't eat anyhow! may as well be honest and clear!

Monday, November 20, 2006, 12:50 PM

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I would tell them and then also offer to bring a dish with me that met my own needs, but that was tasty for others to eat too. That takes the pressure off the hostess and allows you to contribute as well. :)

Monday, November 20, 2006, 12:52 PM

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you can offer to bring something in case your host doesn't want to make something separate

Monday, November 20, 2006, 12:56 PM

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op here

i will definitely take the advice given and be up front without feeling guilty. and i will bring something, too. thanks PT community!!!

Monday, November 20, 2006, 1:04 PM

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