Dietary Needs

August 15, 2012: Exhibitor FastTrak

If you missed Tracy Stuckrath’s presentation “I Can’t Eat That! How to How to Incorporate Special Dietary Needs into F&B Plans” at Exhibitor 2012 in Las Vegas, check out the Exhibitor FastTrak Chicago session August 14-16. Tracy will be following up her March 8 presentation exploring: 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 “pesky” attendees positively impact your business Managing costs

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A MEGA Enlightening Weekend

I’m in sunny Southern California this weekend to attend the Integrative Nutritions MEGA Conference. A 2009 graduate of the program, I’ll be connecting with about 5,000 other health coaches/healthy eating champions who are also IIN graduates. As with all the my classes in New York, the energy in the room will be crazy fun and empowering. One of the best parts of the IIN comprehensive nutrition practicum is that it provides perspective. Eating is an individual thing—not one diet is good for everyone. The line-up of speakers this weekend validates that by providing us experts on eating and food: Mark Sisson {primal and…

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March 8, 2012: Exhibitor 2012

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…

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February 27, 2012: Catersource

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…

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Catersource “Get Fresh”: January 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.

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October 1, 2011: FAAN Walk for Food Allergies Atlanta

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…

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Remember, with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

The health of your event, your attendees and our nation is a great responsibility that meeting professionals must embrace   I never thought I would be quoting from Spider-Man (although my nephew would be proud), but the meaning behind Uncle Ben’s statement — “Remember, with Great Power Comes Great Responsibility” — to Peter is truly why I started my company and now this blog. When I found out eight years ago I had an allergy to yeast, you would have thought I’d be traumatized – I had to stop eating anything that contained yeast, sugar, vinegar, dairy, white flour and…

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