Thursday, February 26, 2009

NYC Food Allergy Bill To Pass

For NYC FA parents and food allergic adults: "NYC Council to pass life saving measure for food-allergic New Yorkers. Lappin bill would increase awareness among food preparers and handlers."


WFD March 8, 2009, REMINDER



WHERE: Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10016
(212) 447-7733

The menu is FREE FROM: gluten/wheat, peanuts, tree-nuts, fish/shellfish, dairy and eggs. Other food allergies/sensitivities MAY be accommodated.

WHEN: LUNCH, Sunday, March 8, 2009 11:30am-1:30pm

• Coaching around issues of food allergies/food intolerances by Allergic Girl, Sloane Miller, MFA, MSW, LMSW
• Group discussion tailored to your concerns
• Networking with parents who understand your issues
• Chat time with a representative from Blue Smoke
• A delicious "Worry-Free Dinner" lunch at a great NYC kid-friendly restaurant


*Beverages will be on a pay per drink basis.*

Chipotle Chicken Wings
Chopped Salad

Sliced Texas-Style Beef Brisket
Texas Salt & Pepper Beef Ribs

Gluten-Free French Fries
Sauteed Spinach

Fruit plate and an allergen-friendly dessert by Cherrybrook Kitchen with vegan frosting

Not a member yet? Becoming a Worry-Free Dinners™ member is super-easy and there's no obligation. Just send an email to to request an application so you can join us for the NEXT WFD Family event.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Private WFD Family Event

This past weekend, we had a private family Worry-Free Dinner for two families at Blue Smoke:

Didn't know we did private parties? We do and it was super fun! If this is something you'd like to do with your family, just email us at .

Two kids, one in each family, have dietary restrictions. One has food allergies and one has celiac disease. For these two kids it's difficult to eat out as a family where everyone can get what they want--I know you understand as well as I do. So this WFD became all about them: everything and I mean everything on the table was tailored to their needs. It was a WFD party just for them!

Blue Smoke Manager Ben took care of us personally. Server Chris made sure all the food came out on time and that there was plenty of it. Sous chef Pierre was in the downstairs kitchen making all of our food separately.

Here we are as we practice talking to the chef:

Then Chef gave us a private tour of the kitchen. The tour prompted this question from a meat-loving 8 year old as we were admiring the pork butts turning in the smoker:

"Is pork pig? 'Cause I like pork!" (Classic).

"Yes," I said, "Pig and pork are one and the same."

"Wow, I like pig," he squealed.

Cherrybrook Kitchen provided the dessert mixes: GF/DF/Nut-Free all delish. (I love the dimpled hand reaching for one.)

Thanks CBK and thanks to everyone who helped to pull this night together to make it truly Worry-Free.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

WFD Superbowl Sunday

Silly me. I had NO CLUE it was Super Bowl Sunday. But lots of parents did and made a Worry-Free Dinners event their first stop on a day of fun for the kiddies!

Here are some pictures of our WFD--enjoy. (Thank you Danielle for doing the honors with your new camera. You did a SUPER job!)

App of GF pork pot stickers:

GF Fried Shrimpies

GF Chicken Skewers

GF Cali roll (I think)

Entree of GF Chicken with glass noodle soup:

Entree of GF Boneless Ribs

Entree of GF Borneo Chicken (I call it candied chicken, very sweet & spicy)

Sadly no pictures of our GF CBK Brownies and fruit plate cos they disappeared!