Monday, September 15, 2008

First Kids WFD Wrap-up

What an amazing afternoon yesterday--our first Worry-Free Dinners event for KIDS!

One aspect, among many, that I value about these Worry-Free Dinners events is that we all come together, virtual strangers, with one thing in common, and leave friends, having laughed, eaten and shared worry-free.


Lovely assistant Ami overhead a mom say to her little one: “Everything on the table is safe for you to eat.”

Her child repeated in wonder: “Everything is safe”.

Wow. It was true and I’m kvelling to be a part of it all.


A heartfelt thank you to the caring staff at Blue Smoke: Lissa, events manager; Nicholas, general manager; Sous Chef Alex; and our server Steve all of whom ensured that this event was delicious and Worry-Free. You guys rocked!

And a thank you too, to all of the WFD members--what a fun party!

Here are some pictures. Our lunch was gluten-free, peanut-free, tree-nut free, fish-free and dairy-free and oh-my-goodness delicious!

Apps of Chicken wings:

App of chopped salad (dressing and feta cheese on the side):

Bradley starting his apps:

Entrees are served:

More entrees:

Texas Salt & Pepper Ribs:

Bucket of enjoyed ribs:

Gluten-Free Burgers:

Dessert time, Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free brownies:

And fruit plate:

Cherrybrook Kitchen's
Table of goody bag-ness:

Inside the goody bag by Cherrybrook Kitchen:

Lexi wearing her new Cherrybrook Kitchen T-shirt:


Can't wait to do it all again very soon!


Tara said...

What a fun event!!! We all had a great time-- loved all the food, but I think the company was even better! Cannot wait for the next WFD event!

Allergic Girl said...

thanks tara, we loved having you all!

Liz said...

Lexi is still talking about how awesome those ribs were ... and what a great time she had! She is definitely a member (perhaps president) of the Sloane Miller Fan Club!!!! We loved meeting Laura from Cherrybrook Kitchens, too - she was so friendly and generous with all the freebies. I am ordering the choc chip muffin mix from the CBK website (evidently one of the yummiest products, but hard to find now in stores).

We can't wait for the next Kids WFD!!

mom to Lexi

Anonymous said...

WOW. Read about this on Can't wait till you get one organized for Philadelphia. I have a 3 year old who has never been out to dinner due to his allergies. Kudos

Anonymous said...

I can't wait till we have something like this where I live. My food allergic boy has never been to dinner!!


Eudae-mamia said...

How I wish were in the NYC!!

I seriously cried at the statement of that sweet child - such a simple thing, having "safe" food.

And Cherrybrook Kitchens totally rocks!

Em - mom to one awesome little guy, who just happens to not be able to eat whey, egg whites and peanuts

Peggy said...

I'm still thinking about how delicious the ribs and everything else was! The Cherrybrook Farms brownies were sinful! Thanks Sloane. Can't wait to do it again.

Jodi said...

WFD is such a great concept - well done. Let me know if you think it will come to Raleigh - I can connect you with NCFACES (North Carolina Food Allergic Children Excelling Safely) as I am sure they would love to hear about this!!

I am somewhat surprised to read other comments about children that have *never* been out to eat before though - really? My kids are peanut, tree nut, egg and milk allergic (anaphylactic) between the two of them, and we've been able to find excellent restaurant service both here in Raleigh as well as many other states and Canada. Are the restuarants just not willing to work with you?

I'd love to help you if I can - with places that have embraced and supported our situation. We eat out all the time and the kids love it!

Melissa said...

It really was a little bit of heaven on earth. Kudos to Blue Smoke and Cherrybrook Kitchens for making us feel so well-cared for and to Sloane for thinking of the kids. It was magical.

Oren said...

I wasn't at this thing, but those ribs look good. Oh, god, how I would love some ribs right now...

Maggie said...

This looks like so much fun! Everything looks delicious, relatively healthy and kid friendly.