Coming to Joe & Gay’s anniversary celebration, and worried about food allergies or restrictions?

If you’re not a regular here, you might not know it, but I have severe food allergies (seafood, chickens/turkeys/fowls, eggs from both of those types of animals) so I can guarantee you that food safety/concerns/wishes are something we take very seriously around here.

While the menu is not yet set for the actual anniversary party, I already know that a few people coming are vegetarians, vegans, and/or have celiac disease. I don’t want you to have to use your epi-pen any more than I want to use my own, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you have concerns.

We also plan to eat out a few times, as a group (with anyone who’s available), and again, please let me know if you have any dietary concerns or restrictions (for example, I’d knock the grilled cheese place off the list if people coming are both vegan and have celiac disease).

Now… one of the things we all love about Gainesville so much, is the wide variety of locally owned restaurants. You can find a very clever list of them all online, here at No Soup For You. You can either look through them all or search by type of fare (bakery, Cuban, fusion, vegan, etc.). Most likely to be on our list for group lunches are Chopstix (Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, sushi) and very, very careful about food allergies and cross-contamination) and Emiliano’s (Caribbean, tapas, really great salads, and the servers are very open to discussion on what goes into the food). Emiliano’s is downtown, close to the party location (and to the hotel we recommended for people who wanted to be right close to the event, the Hampton) and Chopstix is just south of that and not far of a drive — and, it’s on the water; as you can see in the photo below, the view is worth it.

Sunset and the sound of crickets

We’ll also be having a dinner out here at the property, more of a buffet/free-for-all sort of thing, and again while the menu isn’t set for that, yet, different needs will be accommodated.

Anyway! We want you to know that if you have any food restrictions, your needs will be met as best we can, and please don’t be afraid to contact me if you have any concerns.

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