Q: I’m a vegetarian. When I’m invited to a dinner party, should I tell this to the host ahead of time?
A: Dietary preferences such as vegetarianism or a low-carb diet should be handled differently than food allergies. At large parties and buffets, where there’s usually a large variety of foods to choose from, make do with what’s available. However, if the gathering is small, the dinner is in your honor, or you’re going to be an overnight house guest, do mention your restrictions and offer to bring a dish to share.