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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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“Even though we see challenges every day, each one of you rises to the occasion and makes it seem so easy. I cannot express how impressive it is to see you all work in such a fashion. You are true professionals.”

“Greetings from Washington International School! We have been so happy to have CulinArt with us this year!  The students are raving about the food!”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“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!”

“Thanks so much for a great week of food here at SCH to start off 2021. Everything has been fantastic. The kids were loving the Chinese food and boxes today. The Moo Shu Pork was amazing. Great work!”

“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!!”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

“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.”

“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 just wanted to touch base as another school year draws to end. I cannot thank you enough for how smoothly this year went. Chef Felix [Herrera] and his staff made it seamless in a year with lots of wrinkles.    ”

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