Allergies : A New Resource for Dining Out

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) recently announced the launch of the SafeFARE program, an online resource center and public service announcement featuring celebrity chefs Bryan Voltaggio and Mike Isabella. The goal of the program is to make dining out safer and more enjoyable for individuals and families managing food allergies.

The SafeFARE website ( offers tools and resources for diners with food allergies, including tips for before and during their visit to the restaurant, a customizable "Food Allergy Alert" chef card, and a "Find a Restaurant" feature that enables visitors to locate food allergy aware restaurants in their area.

To quality for inclusion in the searchable database, restaurants must have staff who have completed either the National Restaurant Association's ServSave Allergens Online Course or MenuTrinfo's AllerTrain course. Each restaurant's listing also includes the type of cuisine served, food allergy policies, a link to the eatery's entry in the AllerEats online directory, and more.

"If you're one of the 15 million Americans living with a food allergy, dining out can pose a significant challenge," says John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. "Planning and preparation are key to staying safe. FARE is proud to offer the SafeFARE program, which will improve quality of life for individuals and families managing food allergies by providing helpful resources and connecting them with restaurants that are committed to meeting their needs."

He continues, "We also hope that the food program will encourage restaurateurs across the country to provide food allergy training for their staff and to list their restaurants on Diners with food allergies are eager to find restaurants that take allergy safety seriously -- and when they do, they come back again and again."

To access the SafeFARE resource center, visit