Allergies at events?
Nowadays we all know someone who suffers from a food allergy or intolerance.
Whereas 10 years ago it was rare, allergies are now widespread in the UK with around 21 million people suffering from at least one allergy, increasing by 5% each year and with half of all those affected being children.
Whether or not you’re affected by allergies yourself, if you’re organising an event it is something that you will have to consider.
At Fosters we have first-hand experience of allergies with many of our chefs suffering directly. As food lovers we appreciate how frustrating this can be and so we’re especially sympathetic to and mindful of food allergies and intolerances when planning and preparing our menus.
Food allergies are certainly more serious, with often immediate reactions, whereas intolerances tend to be less severe and with delayed symptoms.
It goes without saying that you wouldn’t want anyone suffering an allergic reaction at your event and we take allergies very seriously, ensuring that allergens are handled carefully and that food is prepared in a ‘clear and clean’ environment to avoid cross contamination*.
Nonetheless, although less serious, food intolerances can cause extreme discomfort, something that you wouldn’t want a guest at your event experiencing.
There are 14 common food allergens as recognised by the Food Standards Agency but there are others that may affect your guests and it’s important that you ask them, well in advance of your event, so that our chefs can tailor your menu accordingly.
Armed with a list of food allergies and intolerances, our talented chefs can then create a menu that will, not only keep your guests safe, but also ensure that everyone can enjoy their meal and share in the sense of occasion that has brought you together in the first place.
*Whilst we are able to prepare our dishes allergen free, please bear in mind that we can never completely eliminate the possibility of traces being found in our food.