Two Holiday Options for Hosts Expecting Gluten-Avoidant Guests

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Home cooks who may typically have the luxury of ignoring assorted dietary restrictions are frequently tested at the holidays, when guests come bearing all sorts of firmly-held food preferences.

Caviar & Bananas is wagering hosts may want to buy their way out of the situation: The downtown café has listed 11 gluten-free dishes on its Thanksgiving/Christmas take-out menu, including butternut squash soup, braised collard greens and mashed potatoes. It’s also offering vegetarian stuffing and vegan succotash. Caviar & Bananas is asking customers to place entrée orders four days in advance of pick-up; accompaniments may show up in the store’s display case, but customers who want to avoid disappointment should call in their choices at least two days before pick-up.

None of Caviar & Bananas’ holiday pies are classified as gluten-free, but Sweet Radish Bake Shop is offering a full roster of pies, cakes, tortes and muffins, including a vegan pumpkin pie. The complete ordering guide is here.

Gluten-Free Food Expo Spotlights Locally-Made Choices

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According to a cheat sheet distributed by local holistic nutritionist C.J. Powell, the list of foods which people with gluten sensitivities must avoid includes bread, pasta, cereal, beer, lunch meat, chicken broth, lunch meats, bottled gravy, malt vinegar, frozen sweet potato fries, blue cheese dressing and imitation bacon.

Not surprisingly, entrepreneurs everywhere have responded to the long list of forbidden foods by creating acceptable alternatives. The Charleston Celiac Support Group plans to showcase locally-made examples of those products next Monday at its Gluten-Free Food Expo.

The event at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in West Ashley runs from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, e-mail CeliacSupportGroup@gmail.com or call 478-3777.