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Food Allergy Awareness Week

Food Allergy Awareness Week occurs every May to help educate and increase awareness regarding food allergies and the related health conditions. Around 15 million Americans live with a food allergy, which equates to about 1 in 25 Americans. Over 170 foods have been reported to lead to allergic reactions. The most common allergens, or the top 8 food allergens include: milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish, and crustacean shellfish. The top 8 allergens are the cause of the most serious allergic reactions in the United States.

A food allergy is a medical condition when the body’s immune system views a certain food as harmful and creates an allergic reaction in the body. This allergic reaction could affect the skin, mouth, eyes, lungs, heart, gut, and brain. Symptoms range from a mild rash to a severe anaphylactic reaction. Food allergens can spread through cross-contact, when one food item comes into contact with another and their proteins and allergic qualities mix. Even the tiniest amount of protein from an allergen can lead to a severe allergic reaction.

Ways to avoid cross-contamination include washing cooking utensils and counter tops or creating certain “allergen free” zones in the kitchen where food can be prepped and cooked. Become aware of family, friends, and colleagues who have a food allergies to help accommodate their dietary needs and prevent any cross-contamination.

For more information on Food Allergy Awareness Week initiatives, visit FoodAllergyAwareness.org.

When dining in a CulinArt Group cafe, 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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  • May 14, 2018

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What our clients are saying

“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.”

“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.”

“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 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!”

“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!!”

“You know that I haven't been home (India) for a long time now.  I miss my mama, I miss the food, I miss the smells, I miss the people. Starting yesterday, I started to smell my mama's kitchen at Parker.  I KNEW something Indian was brewing; I could smell the garam masala!  Thank you for the delicious tofu curry.  It made my belly and soul happy.”

“Dear Chef Anthony: Hi! It’s the kids from Room 223 [and their teacher, Mrs. Smith]. We thank you for providing us with such great snacks and lunches! We know how hard you and your staff work. We have been talking as a class and we came up with some of our favorite snacks. We really love the brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and Scooby snacks. The soft pretzel bits are really good, too. Thank you again! ”

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

“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!”

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