Last week the Atlanta Foodservice Expo announced its 2014 Advisory Council and on the Council is Thrive!’s own Tracy Stuckrath…and she’s in very good company! Have a look at this impressive list of Council members. The purpose of the Advisory Council’s is “to assist with the continued development of the event and ensure the needs of the local industry are well served.” Having served as a speaker last year, I am very excited to be helping shape this event for the future. The Atlanta Foodservice Expo is the only event in Georgia and the Southeast to bring together under one roof…
Soy, one of the eight most common food allergies around the world, is a particularly difficult allergy to manage because its used in a lot of processed foods. Those allergic to soy must be ardent food label readers to ensure their health and safety. College students, who are living on their own for the first time, must become even more prudent about it since they are relying daily on someone else making their meals. However, by choosing whole, unprocessed foods, eating from the school salad bar or requesting a baked potato with soy-free toppings, can make it easier. In this…
According to FARE, an estimated 2.3 percent of Americans — nearly seven million people — report an allergy to seafood, including fish and shellfish with salmon, tuna, and halibut being the most common. When your child heads off to college, its important they understand how to managing their allergy on their own. Tracy Stuckrath contributes to this Campus Explorer article with some steps to take to make sure your college experience is everything you want it to be even with your food allergy An estimated 2.3 percent of Americans are allergic to seafood .
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.
Are meeting and event planners required to accommodate attendee’s food needs? With the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, the answer is yes.
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
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.
Tracy Stuckrath was named a Meeting Pro to Watch in 2012 by ConventionSouth magazine.