What happens when chefs have food allergies?

The allergen community is in the midst of exciting times. The spread of food allergies has encroached on a new boundary which is certain to turn up the heat. What better way to improve our food choices than through chefs?  

There is a positive perspective to consider for the growing population of people affected by food allergies. Influential culinary professionals have the ability to make substantial lifestyle improvements for us. Having chefs and restaurant owners with personal food allergy concerns is a sound road map to;  

  • Increase public’s allergen awareness and understanding for potential severity
  • Develop standard processes for restaurants to reduce cross contamination
  • Improve customer inclusiveness & dining experience for those affected by food allergies
  • Expand allergen friendly menu options with innovative recipes

The concept of businesses and the general public awakening to concerns of the food allergy community is a growing trend. Please take a look at our article about schools that are making allergen friendly accommodations; alleviating cross contamination and making the dining experience more inclusive for everyone.

Tasterie goes the extra mile to give the allergen community peace of mind with a healthy dose of excitement in a variety of foods. Take a look at our process for screening the products that go into our marketplace & subscription boxes.  

We are anticipating great lifestyle improvements and allergy acceptance due to chefs with food allergies.

Gluten Free Easter Cookie Recipe

Gluten Free Flour, Allergen Friendly food products

This month’s Tasterie Gluten Free and Gluten Free / Dairy Free subscription boxes included a number of tasty products! One of which was Chebe’s All-Purpose Bread Mix. Their gluten bread mix makes a number of delicious baked goods. With the Easter holiday upon us, please take a gander at this sugar cookie recipe which uses their flour. No worries if you missed the delivery of this month’s box, you can find Chebe’s gluten free flour here on our Marketplace.

Easter Sugar Cookies

  • 1 package Chebe All-Purpose Bread Mix
  • 1 egg or 1 egg alternative*
  • 8 T butter or dairy free equivalent – room temp
  • 1 C sugar or coconut sugar

Preheat oven to 350F. Using an electric beater, blend the butter and sugar. Add the vanilla and egg; beat until creamy. Chill the dough in the fridge for 20 minutes. Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough on wax paper to 1/8″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Put shapes on a parchment lined cookie sheet (1″ apart). Bake for 12-15 minutes or till lightly browed. Remove, let cook and decorate as desired. Enjoy!

We have more information here about concerns of living with a Gluten Free allergy and Celiac disease.

Nickel; a partial cost and cause of eczema

Fun Illustration of canned foods

Reading through some interesting articles about metal allergies, one stood out… nickel allergy. Ruth Holroyd’s article highlights  nickel’s potential to be one of the root causes of eczema; itchiness and sensitivity of the skin.

Nickel, the most common metal allergy, is naturally found in many foods (eg. dried legumes, kale, chocolate, etc) and is an essential element in our diet. However, for some people, excessive exposure and/or digestion of nickel can trigger allergic reactions. It’s also frequently found in costume jewelry and various metal objects i.e. canned foods, etc. Inquire with your medical professional to see if the following points of interest could improve your situation. A general rule of thumb is to avoid eating specific high nickel content foods, canned foods and using certain types of cookware.

 

The eczema and nickel connection is not a clear line. Metal allergies can also cause other symptoms such as rashes and swelling. And to complicate the matter, eczema is also said to have a number of other potential triggers. Other sources for causing eczema have been directed towards genetics, environment or abnormal function of the immune system. Ruling out nickel as a potential cause of eczema could reap lucrative health benefits.

Do you have nickel sensitivity? Please leave a comment below to share what remedies you’ve found alleviate your eczema discomfort. For more allergy information, check out our Food Allergy Fact section. 

Allergen Superheroes; Educational institutions accommodating allergy concerns

Allergen Superheroes; Educational institutions accommodating allergy concerns

Good news–Moving Forward! Allergy concerns are being recognized more and more by institutions. Progress is real. Real life accommodations are expanding the allergen-friendly food options beyond the traditionally limited foods for allergen students. Educational institutions’ efforts are making their environment inclusive for their entire student body. Awareness and severity of food allergens has been recognized for quite some time. However, it is exhilarating to see educational institutions accommodating allergy concerns at a higher level.  Now, having an enjoyable meal out with friends can be much more relaxing in a more aware allergen zone.

Many educational institutions, childcare facilities to colleges, are driving the bat-mobile towards progressive allergen-friendly policies. Stephanie Daetwyler, director of Primrose School of Solon told Cleveland Jewish News “…we don’t even use them (allergens) in our art projects”.

Whereas, for college students, Assumption College’s 2016 renovations built in a ‘Simple Servings’ program­­—specific allergen-free food stations and designated safe-seating. While the kitchen staff at Clark University received special training in food allergies, intolerances and celiac disease.

Pow Wow Batman! Whether you are young or older, these kinds  of superhero actions are what we want to celebrate! Yes, avoiding the top 8 allergen foods alleviates fears of cross-contact. Why not make that an inclusive experience while we eat our “super” foods?  

Do you have a superhero success story that you’d like to share with us? Can you think of other ways that educational institutions can accommodate allergy concerns? We can’t wait to read your comments below.

Take a look at this related article about what happens when chefs have food allergies!

NEW!! Allergen-friendly blog up and running!

 

We are excited to share allergen-friendly information and current trends with you here on the Tasterie blog!

We are looking for topics that you are most interested in reading about? What new opportunities do you find most liberating for our community? What concerns are on the top of your list? We are actively searching for optimistic and helpful stories and suggestions to find ways to help cope with everyday situation Tasterie’s Subscription Boxes & Marketplace products are screened with the manufacturers’ help to take that worry out of your way. Should you find information in thein the blog helpful, please be sure to consult your medical professional to be sure is it the right fit for your situation.  

Topics we are looking into for future blog posts are:

  • Allergen-friendly resources 
  • Allergen-friendly recipes  
  • Updated info re: topics of concern for the food sensitive community
  • Feature products currently in Tasterie boxes and marketplace
  • Tasterie special discounts and seasonal offerings

We look forward to these interactive discussions with you. Our supportive community thrives when everyone has a voice and is heard. Thank you for connecting with us. We want to hear what you have to say. Please fill out the form below or email us at info@tasterie.com.