If you don't follow a specific -- and restrictive -- diet yourself, chances are you have plenty of friends and family who do. People follow special eating plans for all sorts of great reasons, but some of these diets also come with an unfortunate side effect: the eating restrictions often present a challenge when it comes to socializing, let alone entertaining a group of friends. Thankfully, it turns out you can still throw a damn good dinner party on an insane diet -- with a little planning.
In a new episode of Thrillist's brand-new series, $30 Dinner Party, host Lee Kalpakis heads to Ridgewood, Queens to meet up with guest, Brigette Muller, who follows a "kind of Paleo, kind of not" diet -- no added sugar, no wheat, no dairy, and no caffeine. Despite her restrictions, Bridgette wants to throw a delicious and decadent dinner party to prove to her herself and her friends that eating healthy still tastes good, too. That's where Lee comes in with her cooking expertise. Together, they devise a dinner party menu featuring juicy BBQ chicken, gluten-free cornbread, light collard greens with a kick, and a Paleo-style banana pudding for dessert.