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Thank you very much for the suggestions everybody!
I'll try some more to convince my mom that it doesn't hurt to ask the caterers at the hotel and she may be pleasantly surprised. I just didn't want to push it too much and tell her everything will work out perfect as the last conference I've been to was 3 years ago before I was GF. I benefit from asking as well since I'm sure I will go to another conference, someday.
The GF lifestyle has not been very easy for my mom to adjust to. I try to help where I can, but I still feel bad because it was pretty easy for me to embrace.
I've read where, like Theresa said, you just try to call ahead and talk to the head chef.
Depending on where you're going, you can contact the local celiac support group and ask them if they know of nearby restaurants who are accomodating; maybe you could get take out?
Bon appetite and good luck on that!
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I don't do conferences but I'm often at 2-4 day music festivals where the food is limited. In the past, I just cheated in small doses, but this summer will be the first time I intend to be as GF as possible. I know that bringing my own food is the key -- for festivals, I always have a cooler full of what I want to eat. I travel with a small village of other folks who have thier cook in tow, and he is very accomodating of my needs.
I think if I were to go to a conference, and was staying in a hotel, I'd probably get a room with a fridge and bring or ship a box of my own food to me :) I've heard some hotels give you access to a microwave and/or are willing to heat things up for you.
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It's good to be prepared. I've had one conference handle it very well, and another one totally clue less. (Even though I called in the request before hand... that is a must.) Anyway, when traveling, I always have bars, nuts, etc with me so I will have protein to hold me over. Hope that helps!
I always have a gluten free bar in my purse (or 2) and hope that fruit or plain salad might also be available. I may also carry a meal in a can - such as Boost. Most flavors are Gluten Free.
I was wondering if there are many people who have much experience in the conference world and dealing with the conference food for more than a day where attempting to have at least 1 meal a day with substance is important to keep going.
Have you found that the catering staff at the hotel is accomodating to special diet requests despite the large number of people (several hundred) that they are trying to feed in a short amount of time with a set menu.
If not, what do you eat?
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