We take the time to “celebrate” food holidays here on TasteSpotting all the time, and often proclaim that if you can think of anything, there’s probably a day on the calendar to celebrate it.
Coq au Vin? March 22.
Animal Crackers? April 18.
Kitchen Klutzes? Yes, there is an actual day to celebrate people who are disastrous in the kitchen. June 13.
Food allergies? …
Well, food allergies are, of course, nothing to “celebrate,” but there is an entire week in May dedicated to bringing awareness to what is becoming a reality for more and more people every day. You may not have or ever develop a food allergy, but there is a pretty good chance that at some point you’re going to share a meal with, maybe even cook for, someone who has a food allergy.
Food Allergy Awareness Week is next week, starting May 13, and at the end of that week, the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is sponsoring a Food Allergy Awareness Day on TasteSpotting.
We are going to publish your posts about food allergies all day on Friday, May 18.
Here’s How to Participate in Food Allergy Awareness Day:
- Peep Food Allergy Initiative’s Food Allergy Quick Reference of the eight most common food allergies.
- Pick one.
- Make a dish that highlights the fact that the allergen is NOT in it. Examples: No-Nut Butter Cookies for someone who is allergic to peanuts by using some other kind of nut butter, or make a “Rice Milk-shake” for someone who is allergic to dairy milk with something other than dairy products. If you have a food allergy and are already blogging about foods without certain ingredients, this will be easy!
- Blog it. (Also, if you could include the disclaimer** below, that would be great!) Submit it to TasteSpotting and tag it “Food Allergy Awareness” so I know to look out for it. On Friday May 18, at the culmination of Food Allergy Awareness Week, we’re going to publish it on the front page. All regular submission guidelines still apply!
- Please submit it by Thursday, May 17 5 PM PST…you have a week :)
You can participate even if you are “blog-less.” Just do the same thing: make something, take a VERY GOOD PHOTO of it, and EMAIL a short introductory paragraph, the recipe and photo to me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post it here on our blog.
If you have questions, please leave them in the comments and we’ll answer (so everyone can benefit!) or you can email me at email@example.com
Looking forward to seeing all your posts without peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, fish, shellfish and/or soy!
Now we’re off to the TasteSpotting HQ Kitchen to make some more no-fish sushi like our shiitake and spinach sushi rolls…
** Disclaimer ** for any and all recipes associated with Food Allergy Awareness Day on TasteSpotting: “Please note that this recipe has not been reviewed by FAI or medical experts. Avoidance is the only accepted course of treatment for food allergy. Always verify ingredients or food products by checking with the manufacturer and/or your physician to ensure that any foods are safe for your unique allergy issues.”