I have been thinking about the comments in another question regarding inviting people to dinner and having them announce, on arrival. that they are vegans. I have always been amazed by the combos of guest that people seem to accommodate. Hotline questions abound about planning a menu for multiple diet requirements of guests : vegan, gluten free, no red meat, paleo etc. etc. etc. I am curious, as a guest do you indicate menu preferences? Or do you figure you will just muddle through with whatever is on the menu. Do you distinguish between diet choices and medical diet requirements? As a host, what are your thoughts? It always seems rather demanding (to me) for guest to respond to a dinner invitation with a list of what they will and won’t eat. On the other hand I suppose it is worse to prepare an elaborate meal only to have guests eat nothing but salad and the green vegetable. I am curious about what others think both as hosts and guest. If you are planning a dinner party do you compare known dietary preferences as you make up the guest list?