Food-related diseases are on the rise, with approximately 45% of your attendees likely to have one or more of them. The 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act protects some and prohibits discrimination on the basis of having to eat a certain way. On March 8, at Exhibitor 2012, Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, an event professional with food allergies, will help you understand: Who is making these requests and why are they increasing Different dietary needs, from food allergies and intolerances to medical conditions and personal preference Legal reasons to be concerned about meeting these needs When do these…
I Can’t Eat That! How to Successfully Incorporate Guest’s Dietary Needs into Your F&B Plans The Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (GaMPI) is hosting its annual Meetings Exploration Conference (MEC) February 22-24, 2012 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. As the “Heart & Soul of Meetings” in the Southeast, the MEC attracts 700 to 800 meeting planners and suppliers from across the country. The education sessions are top notch presented by speakers, including Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, with many years experience. The exhibit hall has various exhibitors all waiting for you to learn about their…
I Can’t Eat That! Managing Dietary Needs of Guests Do you often wonder whether the event attendees who ask for special meals are just picky eaters or on one of the latest fad diets? You’re not alone. There are millions of people who have chosen to follow a specific diet or just don’t like a specific food (I personally dislike cucumbers and melons), but there are millions of others who have food allergies, celiac disease, heart disease or another disease that requires them to eat a specific way to stay safe and healthy. At Catersource 2012 in Las Vegas, Tracy will…
Tracy’s dedication and enthusiasm is unprecedented and it shows in every event she manages. She seeks to know the value of an event, and then expounds upon it, providing all the stakeholders with a positive return on their investment.
“This the best session I attended. The BEST. Well informed, knowledgeable & presented.” —attendee at The Special Event 2012
In the latest Fresh Ideas from the ICA in Catersource’s Get Fresh newsletter, Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC talks about how to manage the dietary needs of guests in “Tolerating Intolerance.” She says its important to be proactive in your planning – ask guests about their needs in advance, update your recipes so they can be prepared multiple ways to accommodate different needs. Its also important to pay attention to cross contamination in the kitchen and on the buffets.
Interview from the PCMA Learning Lounge in San Diego. Certified Event Planner with Food Allergies: Tracy Stuckrath talks about PCMA and how planners need to think about the diets of their attendees.
Being an event planer with food allergies can be both a blessing and a curse. As a food allergic person, I want to be able to eat safely at events. As a planner, I understand the intricate details that go into creating and executing an event while ensuring everyone’s needs are met, especially when it comes to planning menus.
This amazes me. It’s kind of the like the six degrees of Kevin Bacon phenomena but with food allergies, intolerances or preferences.
Tracy Stuckrath was named a Meeting Pro to Watch in 2012 by ConventionSouth magazine.