Archive for the ‘Restaurant’ Category

Should restaurants cater to diners with food allergies?

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 24th, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Two thought-provoking blog posts have recently been published about how restaurants should, and can, deal with severe allergies. Read the rest here.  (My own footnote: Restaurants should take a look at how Disney World handles special diets.)

AllergyEats adds 57,000 restaurants to database

Posted by RoseBoccio on June 7th, 2010

From Go Dairy Free: AllergyEats, the fast-growing source for finding allergy-friendly restaurants, has made several improvements to its site, including the addition of 57,000 more establishments to its database, bringing the number of restaurants available for rating by diners to well over 600,000. — Check it out here.

Burger King joins other fast-food joints to offer gluten-free fare

Posted by RoseBoccio on January 23rd, 2010

From In an effort to serve those with wheat and gluten allergies, Burger King joins other fast food restaurants, such as Wendy’s and McDonald’s, with offering customers a menu listing of items that are gluten-free. – Read more here.

U.K. restaurant fined after serving peanuts to allergic man

Posted by RoseBoccio on January 23rd, 2010

From the U.K. EatOutMagazine: Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team successfully prosecuted Su Yung Chow, trading as the New China House Takeaway Restaurant, Derby Road, Chesterfield. Chow yesterday pleaded guilty to two offences under the Food Safety Act 1990 and was fined almost £3,000. Chesterfield Magistrates Court heard Chow supplied unsafe food by failing to declare the presence of peanuts in a Koon Do spare ribs meal to Matthew Baker, a customer with a nut allergy, even though he had asked when placing his order whether or not the meal contained nuts. — Read more here.

Guide good for restaurants, customers with food allergies

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 28th, 2008

From Forth Worth Star Telegram (TX): With one in 25 Americans — that’s 12 million people — making special menu requests because of a food allergy, there’s an increased need for up-to-date and practical guidelines for restaurants to follow. “Take Action to Prevent an Allergic Reaction” is the theme for National Food Safety Education Month this month. Taking the “action” part seriously, the National Restaurant Association, in partnership with the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, has updated and revised its 60-page food-service training guide, “Welcoming Guests with Food Allergies.” – Read more here.

Chicago chefs step up to the FA plate

Posted by RoseBoccio on September 27th, 2008

From the Chicago Sun-Times (Illinois): …In fact that evening was a milestone of sorts for Dorothy, Debbie and many others in attendance. It marked the second in a series of special allergy-free meals held at Bistro 110 and specially prepared by the restaurant’s executive chef, Dominique Tougne. The meals have been an attempt to open access to fine dining to a growing percentage of the population for whom food allergies are a very serious and sometimes potentially life-threatening issue. – Read more here.

Man suing McD’s for allergic reaction

Posted by SB Anderson on August 18th, 2007

From UK’s Daily Record: “A man is suing McDonald’s for £5million after being given a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger. Jeromy Jackson says the fast food giants responsible for the alleged mix-up, which he claims landed him in hospital. Jackson, 20, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, believes he deserves the payout after he had a severe reaction to cheese on his burger.” Read more here.

Eateries working to become more allergy-friendly

Posted by SB Anderson on July 28th, 2007

From Ft. Collins, CO’s The Coloradoan: “Justin Finesilver knows what it’s like for his dinner choices to be limited by allergies. Finesilver is lactose intolerant and has learned what dishes to avoid at certain restaurants. But he also knows the special accommodations restaurants make for customers with allergies. As manager at Austin’s American Grill in Old Town, he’s part of a collaborative effort among all employees to cater to customers with allergies such as gluten or wheat.” Read more here.

Restaurant menus reflect customers’ special dietary needs

Posted by SB Anderson on July 22nd, 2007

From Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Post Gazette: “Some patrons ordering the Filet Mignon Salad at the Double Wide Grill on the South Side have been stumped by a label next to the item on the menu: (WF). Does that mean it’s available only Wednesdays and Fridays, one customer asked? Actually, it means wheat-free, and it’s a designation that’s becoming more and more common on menus here and across the country as restaurants become aware of the special dietary needs of their patrons.” Read more here.