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Restaurants Not Required to Serve Allergen-Free Food

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Recently we shared news about an agreement between Lesley University and the Justice Department in which the school agreed to provide accommodations for students with food allergies and celiac disease.  (The school has a mandatory meal...
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Restaurateurs and Dining with Food Allergies

Lynda ·
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to recently speak at the 2nd Annual Allergy Eats Conference for Restaurateurs. My topic: The allergic diner’s point of view. Using my own family’s positive and negative restaurant experiences as...
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Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

Kids With Food Allergies ·
  1/15/2013 -- This free online class was presented by Kids With Food Allergies Foundation as part of our educational outreach program. Our guest speaker was food allergy author Linda Coss. Dr. Michael Pistiner was our representative from...
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The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Kids With Food Allergies ·
AllergyEats Releases 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains Updated List Spotlights Restaurants That Excel at Accommodating Food-Allergic Diners  BOSTON, MA (March 4, 2004) -  AllergyEats , the leading guide to allergy-friendly...
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AllergyEats Plans Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs

Kids With Food Allergies ·
AllergyEats Presents The 2nd Annual Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs: What Every Restaurant Should Know About Food Allergies To Ensure Safety & Maximize Customer Engagement, Loyalty, and Revenue Boston, MA, July 17, 2013 AllergyEats , the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide, presents The 2nd Annual Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs: What Every Restaurant Should Know About Food Allergies To Ensure Safety & Maximize...
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Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
On March 12, 2013, Kids With Food Allergies hosted a webinar on the topic of dining out with food allergies. Our guest speakers were Sloane Miller and Dr. Michael Pistiner. We thank Mylan, who provided the educational grant to make this webinar...
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Live Q&A: Dining Out With Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
FREE WEBINAR: Dining Out With Food Allergies - Ask The Experts Register to submit your questions and then join our live discussion on eating out with food allergies. Our expert panel will answer your questions, share tips and personal stories, and...
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Can You Bring Outside Food to Restaurants If You Have a Food Allergy?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
People with food allergies can have a hard time eating at restaurants. Sometimes, you can’t avoid a restaurant where it’s difficult to order a safe meal. Three attorneys from the Allergy Law Project answer the question: can a person with allergies bring outside food into a restaurant if a safe meal is not available? Unfortunately, there is not a lot of legal guidance on this specific issue.
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Re: Can You Bring Outside Food to Restaurants If You Have a Food Allergy?

AllergieMommie ·
My son is 9. We don't eat at restaurants very often. We have found the very few that he seems to do well with. One being our local Mexican restaurant. Fast food restaurants are pretty much out of the question. The Mexican place(s) is very accommodating to him so far as making his food without the tortilla or shell. (He always orders taco w/o shell - he is allergic to corn/hard shell, wheat/soft shell) Since he is allergic to corn, that leaves their chips out too. They have always been very...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

yvonne ·
I'm shocked to find Chipotle on that list! My daughter (6 y/o) LOVE'S Chipotle. One day she asked me why everything has soy (that's one of her allergens) in it. We decided to google it and found that soy lecithin is utilized as an emulsifier easing the oil/water mix and extending shelf life. A few days later we went to Chipotle, because I had never thought to ask about their allergen info, I decided to ask the woman behind the bar if any of the foods had soy. She gave me a small check-list...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Kathy P ·
Hi Yvonne - sorry you had a bad experience at Chipotle. Have you checked them lately?? They're in the process of phasing out the soy in the offerings in favor of rice bran oil. http://community.kidswithfooda...hipotle-menu-changes Also, we have a number of members who are vegan and dealing w/ other food allergies as well - I encourage you to post on the forums asking whatever questions you have.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

MACEMama ·
I think the basis of this list is that it is based on user feedback. They are based on user-feedback. If you have a negative experience and share it, then that impacts their total score. If you have a positive experience and share it, then that also impacts the total score. So, the more people who use AllergyEats and rate them, the more reflective the list will be.
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N Myeza ·
My daughter has severe allergic reaction to soy/soya bean. She ate gluten free pretzels containing soy lecithin and she didn't react although she still reacts to soy/soya containing products. I guess it has to do with conten/amount.......
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Stephanie1966 ·
Explain to me about PF Chang's. My son has a sesame allergy and we were told to avoid Asian and Mediterranearn foods. Do they have sesame free options?
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czschack ·
I can't believe Burger King is not on the list! My daughter (who turns 15 this summer) and is anaphylactic to milk has been eating there for 13 years, and have never had so much a a rash! FYI-she's had dozens of severe allergic reactions requiring epinephrine throughout her life.
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yvonne ·
Hi Kathy P, This incident was actually pretty recent, two weeks ago. I am thrilled to hear that they are working on making there food enjoyable for everyone. I will definitely check out those forums. Thanks.
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yvonne ·
Originally Posted by MACEMama: I think the basis of this list is that it is based on user feedback. They are based on user-feedback. If you have a negative experience and share it, then that impacts their total score. If you have a positive experience and share it, then that also impacts the total score. So, the more people who use AllergyEats and rate them, the more reflective the list will be. Oh, I understand now. Thanks. =]
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Kathy P ·
All of these are based on user feedback. If you've had a bad experience, then go share that. If you've had a good experience somewhere, go share that. As for Chipotle, I know they are rolling out the change over. Our local restaurants have signs up about the rice oil change. I'm not sure the start of their printed material. I suggest calling or stopping in to ask about where that particular restaurant is in the changeover. PF Changs is very allergy aware. While it may not seem allergy...
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yvonne ·
Originally Posted by N Myeza: My daughter has severe allergic reaction to soy/soya bean. She ate gluten free pretzels containing soy lecithin and she didn't react although she still reacts to soy/soya containing products. I guess it has to do with conten/amount....... I am sure amount is the reason for that. I have the same problem with my child. What I do is completely stay away from anything containing or traced with soy and soy lecitihin, even comsetics! Yes, I found that my vegan shampoo...
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yvonne ·
Originally Posted by czschack: I can't believe Burger King is not on the list! My daughter (who turns 15 this summer) and is anaphylactic to milk has been eating there for 13 years, and have never had so much a a rash! FYI-she's had dozens of severe allergic reactions requiring epinephrine throughout her life. Funny you mention BK, my daughter is allergic to soy, peanuts (including tree nuts), eggs, and possibly sesame. The only thing she can have at BK is a salad with grilled chicken.
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yvonne ·
The list will only get longer if we let the restaurants know about the allergens, the more who do the higher the likelihood they will consider making changes to there menu items.
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

kally831 ·
Although I feel Chipotle does make an honest effort by attempting to use allergy-friendly products, the risk of cross-contamination can be quite real if you/your child has an allergy to Milk (or, any of the other products they serve). The nature of their food prep is similar to a buffet where not only are food items kept in close contact to each other, but all of the staff handle the serving utensils at one point or another, put hands into the cheese and the then the lettuce, and so on. My...
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Mahbahlih ·
Hi kally, My son has a very severe milk allergy and we eat at Chipotle 1-2 times per week. I can totally understand your apprehension. Here are some tips: One person handles your food. They will change their gloves first - sometimes you have to remind them but it's coorporate policy AFAIK. I always ask them to hold my son's tray - do not slide it on the counter. We only get rice, beans, and meat from the bar. Any salsa, lettuce or guac comes from the fridge under the bar or the back.
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sumo60 ·
We have found our local Applebee' s to be very supportive of our granddaughter's allergies (top 8 plus tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, beef). They cook her a chicken breast in a clean pan w/o oils, steam her fresh veggies from unused previously unopened packages of each veggie, lettuce w/o dressing (sometimes she has her chicken in the salad and we bring some dressing she can have), etc. And, they come check on her frequently to make sure there are no problems. They do it all with a friendly...
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yvonne ·
That is amazing! Good for you! That must make her feel so delighted and safe =] Let me ask you...how did you find out about her other allergies?
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

Kathy P ·
The packaged apple slices at McD's also have corn based ascorbic acid on them.
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Re: Live Q&A: Dining Out With Food Allergies

cheymom ·
Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources) Watch the video at this link: http://community.kidswithfooda...food-allergies-video
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Re: The AllergyEats 2014 List of Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

blessedmommyof2 ·
My son has had severe reactions to both Red Robin and Outback Steakhouse. We no longer eat out, found it is the safest way and it is healthier. We go out on date nights.
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czschack ·
Originally Posted by Mahbahlih: Hi kally, My son has a very severe milk allergy and we eat at Chipotle 1-2 times per week. I can totally understand your apprehension. Here are some tips: One person handles your food. They will change their gloves first - sometimes you have to remind them but it's coorporate policy AFAIK. I always ask them to hold my son's tray - do not slide it on the counter. We only get rice, beans, and meat from the bar. Any salsa, lettuce or guac comes from the fridge...
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MACEMama ·
Mexican and Italian restaurants skeeved me out too, until we discovered that one of our local Italian restaurants had safe bread for DS (flour, yeast, olive oil, sugar, and water). It was the first restaurant that puts bread on the table that was safe for him. He's also very happy with a plate of pasta with olive oil and herbs, and he has been spoiled rotten there. Mexican restaurants where I live often have language barrier issues, so I never trusted them with FA, though I enjoyed the food...
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Mahbahlih ·
I was very skeptical of Mexican and Italian restaurants in the beginning. The idea that there was so much cheese in the kitchen made me very nervous. However, I was surprised to learn that many Mexican restaurants don't use much in the way of milk or butter... just lots of cheese. For DS we are almost always able to get him white rice and beans (black or refried - hold the cheese). Occasionally we get him meat, too, but honestly he loves rice and beans so much he prefers them over the meat.
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Mahbahlih ·
Originally Posted by MACEMama: Mexican restaurants where I live often have language barrier issues, so I never trusted them with FA, though I enjoyed the food when I would go out without DS. We also did Chipotle the same way Mahbahlih describes. The only Spanish I know is how to explain DS's food allergies. I have perfected that. Now if you need a bathroom you're on your own, lol.
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Mahbahlih ·
Originally Posted by czschack: I have never even considered a Mexican or Italian restaurant because of all the cheese, but maybe I'll give chipolte a try. Thanks for the good info. You are welcome. And remember, if you don't like the way they are handling something just tell them. I'm sure they will be happy to fix it. Even if they are grumpy about it, oh well. (That goes for all restaurants, not just Chipotle.) Our job is to keep our kiddos safe. If you go, let us know how it goes.
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Lucy L. ·
It depends on the Chipotle, the ones by us use sunflower oil with some items using rice bran. Our son has a soy intolerance and we've always been able to avoid soy at Chipotle.
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sumo60 ·
When it is time to retest her allergies, her parents pick 6-8 possible allergens to test at that time. They are testing through blood tests once or twice a year. What gets tested depends on what she has been eating and what symptoms she has been having. So, when something has not been tested at one particular time, they continue to assume an active allergy based on prior testing and continue to avoid that food. Some foods are tested more frequently than others (e.g., dairy is tested most...
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Kathy P ·
Hi sumo60 - frequency of testing is something that is very individualized. I will say that a lot docs used to test fairly regularly - like at the annual check up appointment. However, studies have shown that testing along is not enough to diagnose an allergy. It's just 1 part of the equation. Also, a good portion of eczema is not caused by foods. Here is a post about testing and the role it plays in diagnosis . Here is an article on the newest theories on eczema/food allergy link . I'm going...
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sumo60 ·
Thanks for links to the articles. I did read them and found them interesting. I will check out the forums you mentioned.
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EAH123 ·
I am very excited that Chipotle is moving away from soy oil. We've had great experiences at Outback and several steak places as well.
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Re: Restaurateurs and Dining with Food Allergies

HealthyMama ·
This is great info Lynda! I hope your audience listened closely and will begin to implement your suggestions. I'd be interested to know the restaurateurs who attended!
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Lynda ·
Thank you, Kathryn! I don't think the list of attendees was released, but those who I met they were from colleges, large national restaurant chains, and individual restaurant owners.
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

SandyT ·
Thank you. I just posted something and also found a lot of other helpful topics to read up on. Thank you!
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Re: Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
About the Speakers Sloane Miller, food allergy advocate, author and life coach, is founder and President of Allergic Girl Resources, Inc., a consultancy devoted to food allergy awareness. Ms. Miller was born with food allergies and developed asthma and environmental allergies as a child. She consults with private clients, the healthcare, food and hospitality industries, government and not-for-profit advocacy organizations. Ms. Miller earned her Master of Social Work at the New York...
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Re: Restaurants Not Required to Serve Allergen-Free Food

Fatwally ·
I think requiring restaurants to server allergy food is goings to far. it's a different category from schools. People do not have eat in restaurants. The way children are required to attends school. Sorry, but this is going too far.
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

SandyT ·
My daughter has a life threatening nut allergy. She is 12 andhas extreme anxiety because of it. Is there a forum or blog for her that she herself can talk to others same ay have some of the same feelings. If not, is there a way to create one?
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

Lynda ·
Thanks for asking. We've had parents request a children's or teens forum, but as an organization, we'd need to be compliant with the federal law, COPPA - Children's Online Child Protection and Privacy Act. As such, we'd need to have parental consent for children under age 13 to participate and we'd have to monitor conversations to make sure children are adequately protected on our forums. We've asked for parent volunteers to help with an effort like this, but haven't had anyone really come...
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janmumx4 ·
Sounds like a good idea, but I'm not sure my son (12) would participate ! I can imagine more girls wanting to though.Look at it this way, how many dads do we see on the forums One other thing I'm not sure about is would the kids be able to see our posts ? i think they might not be too happy about some of the things we say about them at times, could find it embarrassing
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SandyT ·
I thought I would see more comments from other parents who may have children have similar feelings. I would be interested in helping set this up. Is there a phone number I could contact you at so we could talk live.
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Re: Raising a Well-Adjusted Child Who Takes Food Allergies in Stride

cheymom ·
Hi Sandy! I encourage you to post on the Support Forums here at KFA. There are a lot of parents here with similar feelings. Here is the link to the main forum: http://community.kidswithfooda...rum/forum/main_forum I believe there were over 800 parents on the webinar so I am sure you will find some here on the KFA forums.
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Re: Dining Out with Food Allergies (Video & Resources)

Erin@SafeSoundFamily ·
Great resource, thank you so much! Dining out with even minor food allergies can be absolutely daunting.
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