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My husband came home last night from a catered dinner and was frustrated because he had no idea what was in the food he was served. Whatever he ate didn't agree with him, but he couldn't figure out what it was because it was all mystery food from a buffet.

I often hear from vegetarians or people with allergies or intolerances that not knowing what is in food makes it really difficult to steer clear of those items they are trying to avoid.

So here is my plea to all caterers, restaurants, and even potluck dish providers:

Label your foods by identifying what is in it! Please make it known that there are walnuts in your brownies for people with a nut allergy. Declare that your beef stroganoff has cream sauce in it for everyone out there who is lactose intolerant. Shout it from the rooftops that your twice baked potatoes have bits of bacon for the vegetarians in the crowd.

This especially irks me at buffets. How am I supposed to know what the mystery food is in that chaffing dish? Tent cards are extremely beneficial for potlucks and catered events.
You will make a lot of people happy and the servers won't have to spend so much time explaining what is in it!

Photo courtesy of www.encore-a-catering-service.com
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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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