we do the church dinner quite a bit, so i will make something that is gluten free, take some out and bring it in a separate container. i never eat what's on the 'buffet' EVEN IF I BRING IT AND IT STARTS OUT GLUTEN FREE. (true story: i used to play a game with myself. the Can't Eat THAT Game. watch how fast things get contaminated. crouton drops into the big bowl of green salad. whelp. can't eat THAT somebody sticks the pasta spoon into the chili. whelp. can't eat THAT...) it's over pretty quick, lolz, just bring your own so you don't starve to death or have to be sick for days on end. and, if you happen to bring some of your dish home that is leftover, don't be tempted to eat it no, no, no!
it does get easier it's a hard concept for people to understand, but eventually they ..........well........ actually, no, they still offer me up their food, but it is quickly followed with a "you're not gonna eat this,, are you." NOPE! smile big move along