Every September, I head to Cleveland, Ohio, for the annual Content Marketing World event. But last year was a little different. You see, it was my first conference travel since I received my gluten intolerance and wheat allergy diagnosis.
In San Francisco, I can almost forget that I have this dietary restriction—there are so many ways to get gluten-free and FODMAP-friendly food delivered to our place. But eating on the go for a week is something altogether different.
For me, doing a little research and connecting with the event organizers in advance enabled me to have a stress-free #CMworld experience.
Always Make Your Dietary Restrictions Known in Advance
The CM World staff is 100% committed to making the event a great experience for all attendees, starting with having customized meal options. In addition to being gluten intolerant, I also have a serious allergy to crab. I made both of these restrictions known to the staff when I registered.
Ahead of my arrival, I did a good amount of web sleuthing to identify the best restaurants to reserve for my dinner meetups.
Upon arrival at the Westin (whose restaurant Urban Farmer has a good number of gluten free options), I was greeted by a gluten-free care package put together by my pal Monina Wagner. It was such a relief to have some grab-n-go gluten-free snacks in hand to stash in my conference bag during my first big trip away from home. It gave me the confidence to try out a whole slew of restaurants, many of which I’ll be visiting again this year.
If you’re heading to Cleveland for Content Marketing World or another conference, here’s where I recommend you plan to grab your gluten-free eats.