Monday, 9 March 2015

Do you have any dietary requirements?

This was one of the questions on the form for booking tickets to my graduation ball in November. Thankfully I have taken charge of booking my table's tickets or I would never have known about this box.

I simply entered 'would appreciate a call/email to discuss' I mean how on earth am I supposed to explain my food issues in a tiny box?

Normally I don't bother, I just eat what I can of whatever arrives and leave the rest but the tickets are costing a fortune and its an all night event where I doubt I will have a chance to sneak out for alternative food. Since I am paying a fortune for the tickets, I feel I am entitled to at least make sure there is something I can eat.

I have no idea if they will even bother to call me, and if they do I have no idea what on earth I am going to say. I have only ever been to one black tie event before in my life and I was given no option of what to eat. It was one of those fancy five course things and I still remember that the starter was salmon mouse which I couldn't even look at. I don't like salmon let alone salmon that's blended up to the point where it resembles baby food! The main was chicken which was actually edible but then gave the whole office food poisoning and the pudding was something weird and wonderful that I didn't even taste. I have no idea what the other courses were but I am guessing I didn't eat them.

I am hoping that they do call and that when they do I will be able to ask them what the planned meal is, that way I will be able to decide if its edible or not and what I can do to modify it. I think that would be better than trying to list all the things I can and can't eat.


  1. Sounds like that was a good idea. Did they call you and did they provide anything that you could eat?

  2. No I never heard from them! However a friend suggested I contact the hotel where the ball was held and they were amazing! They sent me the menu and asked me what I would need changed, weren't at all put off when I said 'everything' they made me plain chicken soup, plain chicken with plain mashed potatoes for main and the pudding was some chocolate thing that was far to sweet for me but I don't really like pudding much anyway so I wasn't fussed by that. They totally went out their way, made sure they knew what table I would be at and didn't make a big deal of it at all. My meal came out along with everyone elses, I wasn't treated any differently at all. Oh and I had an amazing night with a full tummy!

  3. That was brilliant customer service!

    1. Honestly they couldn't have been better about it, the food was amazing too. Considering there were a few hundred of us at the event, the fact that they made a special meal just for me which I am sure took up a lot of their time meant the world to me. I actually had a 'normal' food experience. Nothing needed to be picked out of anything, nothing scraped to the side and I actually ate a full meal, well other than the pudding which I ate about half of.