April 29, 2008
Combine all ingredients with an incredibly supportive family, generous Italian hospitality, helpful restaurant staffs, a stash of gluten free good and a mini-kitchen to create a long weekend of wedding celebrations that was not a disaster at all. Here’s how we did it:To set the stage John, David and I spent the weekend in Memphis to celebrate my brother’s wedding. The main events for the weekend were an”Italian Family Supper” hosted by the bride’s parent on Thursday night, the bridesmaid’s luncheon at an Italian restaurant on Friday, the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner (Cajun restaurant) on Saturday night, and the wedding and wedding reception on Saturday.
My main concerns regarding food and the weekend were (1) having enough food to feed us if there were no gluten free foods at the scheduled events and (2) making sure that John and David had easy gluten free food options if I was not around to cook. I definitely wanted to avoid urgent trips to the bathroom due to a glutening and a hungry, screaming toddler =)
To make sure none of us starved or got sick we took a multi-pronged approach to the problem:
The general plan was to make our own breakfasts and lunch in our room and carry plenty of snacks and sandwiches in our diaper bag just in case the evening meals weren’t gluten free. We packed a Whole Foods crate with non-perishable items (see picture above) and gluten free muffins and bread that I baked the day before we left. I also took my rice cooker just in case we really needed to cook a hot meal. We probably only ate about half of the food we took, but I’ll go ahead and give you a list of all the things we could have eaten:
Rice Chex with Silk*
Tamari Rice Crackers with peanut butter
Apple slices dipped in peanut butter*
Chips with salsa and refried beans
Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich
Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwich*
Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwich
(All sandwiches were made on slices of Finally Really Good Sandwich Bread)
Brown Rice with mixed vegetables
Silk or Juice to drink
*These are the items that were super popular
In the end, we made it through the entire weekend without being glutened and we all had plenty of food ( as well as great times with friends and family). There were definitely times when we scraped together a meal from several sources, so I was glad that we had brought plenty of food with us.
Notes for next time:
I could have gone into a lot more detail on some of these items, so if you have any questions or would like more information just let me know in the comments. I’d also love to hear how you plan for gluten free vacations with your family. We’ll probably do a camping trip and a beach trip during the summer, so any tips and ideas would be appreciated.
Categories: Living Gluten Free