Thursday, June 25, 2009

Put your sunscreen on allergenistas, we’re going to the Taste!

Heading to the Taste of Chicago? Well you are in luck, I called each restaurant to inquire about the allergens in their foods at the Taste of Chicago. Questions I asked included:
  • Does the oil you cook with contain soy?
  • When you deep fry items do you use the same oil for items that contain flour or wheat?
  • I also went over the 8 major allergens and gluten as the main allergens for the purposes of this guide.
I have listed each food item for sale per booth along with what allergens they contain. This list is growing as I connect with restaurants, make sure you download your copy right before you go to the Taste, I will be updating daily. Any restaurants not listed have not provided information.

Bear in mind that the Taste is an incredibly busy event and the staff is hired especially for the Taste so training in regards to food allergies is less than what you would find in restaurants. There are also cross contamination issues that are present in this open air event. Please use great care when choosing where to eat. Watch how the food is prepared, if you have any reservations, it is always best to avoid a possible threat. This list is to be used as a starting point; your safety is ultimately up to you! Enjoy!

Don’t forget to come and see my cooking demonstration at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1st at the Dominick’s Cooking Stage.

Click here for my Taste of Chicago - Allergen Guide
Print it and bring it to the Taste!


Anne said...

Wow, can you come and do that in my hometown, too, LOL? That's a lot of work! Wish I lived in Chicago.

Lisa Cooks Allergen Free said...

I hope to make it all around the country one day! Let me know if you ever plan to travel to Chicago, I can help you with some places to eat. Thanks!

Amanda said...

Thank you soooo much for this! Much appreciated, because last year no one working the booths really knew anything about the food! Couple questions: if tree nuts/peanuts aren't listed in the blurb, does that mean the booth is peanut/treenut free? Also, I was wondering if you spoke with Celebration Creamery re: peanuts & tree nuts in the booth. The offerings look like they'd be nut free if they are prepared on site and not at the shop, but you never know. Also, have you been able to get ahold of Harry Caray's?

Lisa Cooks Allergen Free said...

Hey Amanda,
Thanks for the kind words. I haven't heard back from Harry Carey's, I will try again tomorrow, it has been increasingly difficult to reach the contact people once the taste started. My approach for gathering this information was to call the restaurant, go over the list of major allergens and then go over each item they were selling and which allergens were present in each item. If they said no to any item, I omitted it from the list. Please bear in mind that the taste is an outdoor event and cross contamination issues are present. Be careful and have fun.