Managing food allergies at college is similar to managing them at events—you have to rely on someone else to make sure you’re served something safe. However, being proactive, knowing your allergies and triggers and planning in advance, you can have an enjoyable experience. Tracy Stuckrath contributes to the article, “Dealing With Food Allergies and Intolerances in College” on Campus Explorer, an online search engine to find the perfect school, which believes everyone deserves a fulfilling education, no matter the name or place, or disability (food allergies).
In the Fall 2012 issue of Minnesota Meetings & Events, Tracy Stuckrath discusses how communication is key to managing the food allergies of event participants. And, it must be a three-way conversation between the planner, the attendee and your catering vendors. Vendors need to know in advance what they need and can prepare and the participant needs to understand and feel comfortable with how they will be served.
If you have pollen allergies, you may not be aware that some foods might trigger your symptoms. In fact, up to 70% of the more than 60 million American nasal allergy sufferers experience cross-reactions after eating certain foods. In most instances, it’s fresh fruit, certain seeds and nuts, and raw, uncooked vegetables that cause the reactions.
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.
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.
Walking to Save a Life! On Saturday, October 1, the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) held its Walk for Food Allergies Atlanta to raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocacy, and awareness. As one of 46 walks held across the country this year, the Walk for Food Allergy Atlanta drew more than 500 walkers from across the city and raised more than $55,000! An estimated 12 million Americans, including three million children, have a food allergy – that’s one in 25. Food allergies are a potentially life-threatening medical condition, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) food…