Potlucks and parties are famous for having a smorgasbord of foods, very few of which are gluten-free. But you don’t have to go hungry! These gatherings are easily manageable because you can be in control and bring something you’ve made to share with the group. But plan on what you bring to be the only thing you can eat, and if there are other options, you can be pleasantly surprised.
If you don’t bring your own food, you’ll find yourself playing the gluten guessing game with each dish down the line. Navigate your way through the foods as you would the deli section of the grocery store (Chapter Eight). You will be able to eliminate certain dishes right away because of the visible gluten. But you then have to watch out for the hidden gluten. These food fests are always full of risk, where each prepared food is a mystery dish. Decide how much investigative work you want to do, or simply eat the dish you brought.
If veggie sticks and fruit are not your idea of satisfying meal, think again about bringing your own food, eat before you go, or plan on eating after the event. And be prepared for gluten cravings to stimulate your appetite. These events will usually test your patience, but are great training grounds for building confidence in saying no to the foods that seem so tempting.