Food & Beverage

Eat, Cake, Love

We ponder the impact of Chelsea Clinton's gluten-free wedding cake.

Chelsea Clinton’s Vera Wang wedding dress? Whatever. What I really want to know about her wedding last weekend is this: How was the gluten-free cake? Apparently, Chelsea and I have at least this in common: neither of us can eat gluten, a protein found in wheat. It’s been a long time since I’ve been at a wedding where I could have a piece of cake.

Chelsea’s gluten-free, vegan menu has sparked a media conversation about the rising incidence of requests for gluten-free food. Paula LaDuc, owner of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, en event firm in San Francisco, told the Today show that requests for gluten-free catering have increased from once a month to once a week since last year. Coupled with the report that there was a staggering amount of gluten-free offerings at last week’s Summer Fancy Food Show at the Javits Convention Center in NYC — well, it’s been a pretty heady week for the gluten-free fold.

Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer is senior editor and director of digital content.