Allergy Accommodation: Let your host know ahead of time!

by epi on July 30, 2013

Q: When I’m invited to a dinner party, should I tell the host ahead of time about my food allergies?

A: Definitely mention any allergy that could cause a serious reaction. When you call to RSVP, explain to your host, “I’d love to come for dinner but I have to tell you I’m deathly allergic to peanuts.”

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Jody July 30, 2013 at 10:36 am

I agree with the EPI advice but would like to add something. If you avoid certain foods because of religious reasons I’d mention it at that point as well. (such as Jews or Muslims not eating pork). As a hostess, I’d definitely like to know up front if any of my guests are allergic to a certain item.

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M M Thomas July 31, 2013 at 8:22 am

I keep a list of what my regular dinner guests cannot eat. When I invite someone new, I ask them if there is anything they absolutely won’t eat. It’s dispiriting to work hard on a meal which your guests do not eat. One friend will not eat mushrooms ever and another refuses paprika. I’m glad I asked because I view those particular items as innocuous.

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Tiffany August 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Your host surely won’t want you to have a dangerous reaction, of course you should mention an allergy.

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