I always have severals types of coffees, dozens of teas, and a selection of juices on hand. If they don’t have specific dietary concerns, I’ll also have bagels, cream cheese, half & half, yogurts, biscotti, granola bars, and dark chocolates. If they do avoid some foods, this might translate to gluten-free granola bars and crackers, almond milk, fresh fruit, nuts, and dark chocolates. Just about everyone eats dark chocolates.
Depending on the guests, I also have some local beers and sometimes a bottle of wine for them.
I had one guest who let me know that she couldn’t eat gluten, eggs, dairy, or sugar. Poor dear! That first morning I baked oat bran muffins loaded with organic fruits and made without eggs. She was delighted… and I was happy to know that she would never forget her breakfast or her stay.
Simple things matter. When it’s possible to go above and beyond to make someone’s day, just do it. I don’t generally cook for my guests, and I never charge them for food, but quite often have found myself sharing morning coffee with them as we converge at the backyard patio. There have been countless conversations, over a beer and/or a barbecue, where we bring what we have to the table and connect through shared space, shared food, and shared humanity.