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Food Allergy Awareness Month

Today we are highlighting the importance of Food Allergy Awareness Month, which happens in May. Did you ever wonder why as a child you couldn’t bring your delicious peanut butter jelly sandwiches to school for lunch? The main reason was to protect and prevent your classmates or teachers from having a serious allergic reaction from a peanut allergy. Let’s dive deeper into this topic and enhance our knowledge surrounding food allergies and how to keep our family and friends who are allergic to certain foods safe.

What is Food Allergy Awareness month?

Food Allergy Awareness Month is a time to educate patients, family, friends, school staff, coaches and other individuals about food allergies and other diseases such as asthma. About 32 million people have food allergies in the US and 5.6 million are children who have food allergies. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month” to promote and educate individuals on these diseases.


What is a food allergy?

A food allergy is a reaction caused by certain foods that are seen harmful to the body. When the body is exposed to these foods, the immune system reacts with certain symptoms to fight off the allergens, also known as an allergic reaction.


What are the signs and symptoms?

The most common symptom of an allergic reaction caused by a food allergy is called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening reaction that can cause tightening of the airways, swelling of the throat, severely low blood pressure, and shock. Other severe symptoms can include hives or rashes of the skin, swelling of the lips, tongue and throat, tingling or itchy feeling in the mouth, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, coughing or wheezing, dizziness, lightheadedness, vomiting, or diarrhea. In the U.S it is estimated that severe allergic reactions can cause 30,000 cases of emergency room visits, 2000 hospitalizations, and 150 deaths each year.


What are the most common food allergies?

The most common food allergies are those to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, walnut, pecans, cashews, pistachios), wheat, soy, fish (bass, flounder, cod), shellfish (crab, shrimp, scallop, clams), and sesame.


How are they treated?

There is no cure for food allergies. However, those with food allergies should take action in preventing allergic reactions by reading food labels and always careful to ask about ingredients in foods. Additionally, individuals should always carry epinephrine (EpiPen) with them in case an allergic reaction ever develops. People who know others with food allergies should be mindful of preparing or eating foods that may be harmful to them.


CulinArt Group is committed to making every guest’s dining experience an exceptional one. Please consult with the chef or manager on any allergies or special dietary needs or to discuss ingredients and/or food preparation methods.

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What our clients are saying

“This has been a year of unprecedented uncertainty, but through it all, Denee, chef Darby, Samantha, and the whole CulinArt team, provided the best dining experience the school has had in my thirteen year tenure.  It was an absolute pleasure to work with them, and I can't wait for next year when the craziness of COVID brings everyone back into the dining hall for meals. We look forward to working with Denee, Chef Darby, Samantha, and the rest of the CulinArt team again next year.”

“We were totally impressed by the presentation and care in which these new team members were brought into the CulinArt family. So happy we made the decision to choose CulinArt Group.”

“We are so thankful and so impressed by your immediate attention to our power outage. It was such a relief to see all the equipment and workers coming in within a few hours of the outage. Thank you for serving dinner to all [the] students in a very difficult circumstance. Please extend our thanks to your workers who braved cold weather to grill hamburgers and hotdogs.”

“We want to take a moment to celebrate all the employees who worked on the front lines during unprecedented times. Your efforts and dedication to going above and beyond are noticed and appreciated. Thank you for being the heart and soul of CulinArt Group. We couldn’t do this without you. Chef Jay and Chef Paul have been so awesome in the Hubbell Café.  There has been significant change, but they take it in stride and keep the delicious food coming.  We truly appreciate them!”

“I wanted to recognize the individuals at the Valley Forge Site Café who have been supporting us throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.  I have been onsite at least a few days every week since June 2020 and I noticed that the team continued to provide quality and timely service for breakfast and lunch.  They effectively packaged the food to maintain CDC guidelines. Thank you!  ”

“I’m the GM for Branson [Ultrasonics] and based in the Brookfield office.  This is the first week that the café has been up and running in our new headquarters and just want to acknowledge the great job Adam Schnittert and the CulinArt staff onsite have done.  Our employees’ feedback thus far has been very positive.  The expanded options and menu quality have been very well received.  Just want to send you a quick note of thanks.”

“Thank you so very much for the AMAZING dinner you provided for the President, Dean and Jim & Marilyn Simons. They really enjoyed it!! It was perfectly thought out and delicious. Your expertise and impeccable presentation and taste were truly appreciated!”

“I have really appreciated the wonderful cafeteria staff we have via Culinart and the thoughtful meals they provide our kids. They're truly one in a million. I have also really appreciated the dedication Parker and CulinArt share to sustainability and green practices on campus. I am so thankful that Parker has chosen CulinArt, a company that shares Parker values, and that they took the time and effort at such a hard time to make sure that Parker is always on the forefront of green practices and safety - never compromising.”

“This is EXACTLY the type of service and experience we had always envisioned for our patients at MSK Koch!  Thank you Chef Ryan for going out of your way for this patient and all patients and staff!”

“I wanted to let you know that for this entire school year I have been so well fed! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE all the diversity of salad choices we have each day and the amazing entrees.  My favorites are the carnitas, chili, curry, and cajun chicken days.  I am so grateful for all the care that goes into the food because I know I do not eat enough vegetables or balanced meals without you and your crew's work.  Thank you so much!  You take such great care of us!!”

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