Restaurant Allergy Card

Posted on: Mon, 02/22/1999 - 11:25am
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The below was copied from a post on the parentsoup.com (allergy) site:

*Special Accommodation*
Medical Alert

Our son has a life threatening peanut and nut allergy. Any food ordered should be checked for the following ingredients: Peanut Butter, Peanut Oil, Peanut Flour (commonly used in sauces, breadings or as a flavor enhancer) Marzipan, Nougat

Any word that includes NUTS, (e.g. Beer nuts, ground nuts, mixed nuts, Nu-Nuts), except for nutmeg.

Tree Nuts (e.g. cashews, pecans, almonds, walnuts, macadamia, filberts, brazil)

His food will need to be prepared using washed utensils. Please make sure that all food prepared for him and any
cooking utensils/surfaces used, do not contain or come in contact with any peanut or nut products. Cooking utensils/surfaces that have been used for foods containing peanut products must be washed in hot soapy water. Wiping or rinsing them off will not breakdown and remove the allergic residue. If the frying oil has been used for any peanut or nut containing items, please inform us so we may select a different menu item.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your accommodations and assistance in insuring
our son's safety.

Using a small font, this can be laminated on a 3 X 5 card and handed to the restaurant wait staff or manager.

Posted on: Mon, 02/22/1999 - 12:02pm
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<p>Mary, thanks so much for this great idea. i feel so fortunate to be part of this web site and the wonderful posts and posters here.</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/22/1999 - 12:30pm
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<p>Mary ~</p>
<p>Thanks for forwarding this information. So often we rely on restaurant staff to convey our message to the chef and multiple kitchen staff to help us out. This is pretty risky. </p>
<p>I like this card idea - it's quick, to the point and it's easily made - we could even have several to keep on hand so the server can just staple the message to the order slip.</p>
<p>We went to the Rain Forest Cafe with our kids last week and for the first time ever, the serve told me that the manager was going to handle my sons food personally. What service eh?</p>
<p>Nicole</p>

Posted on: Mon, 02/22/1999 - 11:42pm
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<p>I also like this card idea. I think it makes much more of a statement and shows how serious we are if we come prepared like that. Also I like the additional information abut utensils etc. Its not just the ingredients but how you handle them.<br />
Great info!!<br />
Patti</p>

Posted on: Tue, 02/23/1999 - 2:33am
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<p>What a good idea! It is unrealistic to expect everyone to automatically know as much about this dreaded allergy as we do. I am on the BB all the time and still learn new things I had never considered before. I think a lot of times we think that people don't care, but I think the reality is that they just have never been informed. When I found out our son was severely allergic to peanuts I started to do as much research about it as I could. Before that I probably was just as uninformed as so many restaurant workers etc. Let's face it,if it didn't have an impact on us or someone we know, we wouldn't know too much about it either. I used to eat peanut butter, peanuts etc all the time and thought nothing of it... so why should I expect anyone else to be any different?<br />
I think this Allergy Card is a very good idea, as not only will that waitress and cook find out more about Peanut Allergy, but probably the entire restaurant staff. Let's face it, there are a lot of things WE have no idea about until we see a need to learn about it. Education and information is the key.<br />
Thanks for sharing this Mary!</p>
<p>------------------<br />
Colleen</p>

Posted on: Wed, 02/24/1999 - 1:37am
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<p>Hi everyone~</p>
<p>I also think this is a great idea. We went out and had sunday brunch this past week at a different club. (I'm usually good about calling a head and finding out what kind of oil they cook in if we have never eaten there before). What scared me though is right under the "grilled cheese" sandwich on the children's menu was "peanut butter and jelly." IKES!!! I verbally went through everything listed on the card! They were wonderful! It will go a lot faster handing them a card than going one by one of what they have to do. Great idea!</p>
<p>One of our favorite restaurants now cooks in peanut oil and lists on their menu "All fried foods are cooked in Peanut Oil" in big bold letters. Unfortunately we now have to avoid this restaurant but at least people are now posting this oil in plain sight. Kudo's to them! </p>
<p>[This message has been edited by Connie (edited February 24, 1999).]</p>

Posted on: Mon, 08/16/1999 - 12:11pm
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Peanuts are deadly to me but peanut oil seems ok. From what I understand I'm allergic to the protein and this is not part of the oil after it has fried food. I can usually detect the peanut oil from a faint itch at the top of my throut but it's barely noticeable.
Anyone have the same experience?
PS I love Singapore and Mala food. Anyone have translations in these languages that will communicate that you have a deadly peanut allergy? I have the translation for about 8 languages so far. Is this of interest to anyone?????

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/1999 - 1:23am
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Hi, Tim.
It really depends on the type of peanut oil. Cold pressed peanut oil contains the deadly protein, and should be avoided. Problem is, how does one know which type of peanut oil it is? There *may* also be occasional problems in the manufacture of peanut oil which supposedly doesn't contain protein.
[This message has been edited by Anna (edited August 17, 1999).]

Posted on: Tue, 08/17/1999 - 3:48am
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Tim,
Funny you should mention the throat tickle. The other day I was having lunch at a restaurant I go to a lot. I forgot to mention my allergy ( a bad habit I have is that once I get familiar with a restaurant, I get lazy). I noticed my throat getting tingly, which alerted me, but then it went away. I felt fine, and didn't worry about it. A few days later I ordered the same thing, but remembered my litany of allergies. I was told it contained peanut oil! I was shocked til I realized it must not have been cold pressed (had a severe reaction to that years ago). It was my lucky day, but I did yell at myself for skipping my speech.

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