As more people adopt the gluten-free lifestyle, being inquisitive about foods at social gatherings will become more commonplace. But initially, from the perspective of social graces, it seems a bit awkward to be so nosey about something someone has so generously made for people to enjoy. But you have no choice but to inquire if you want to eat safely at events. With practice, the questions you ask will seem more natural and part of your social-eating routine, and maybe even become the topic of an interesting conversation.
After you’ve determined that a dish at a party was made with gluten-free ingredients, you can’t be 100 percent certain until you ask about cross-contact. This step will depend on your level of gluten intolerance. You may feel that asking questions about preparation may be too intrusive and uncomfortable in a social situation particularly with someone you don’t know. But before making the final decision to partake, think about how the dish was prepared and what equipment and utensils may have been used.
Think about the steps you would take to avoid cross-contact in your home and what you would have done if you were making the dish. It’s possible the person who made it was not as thorough as you would be, even likely, as they probably aren’t used to cooking gluten-free dishes. Ask about how the dish was prepared, eat the dish based on your educated guess that it’s safe, or avoid eating the food entirely.