The Art of Planning Allergen-Free Events

Children - Educational
90 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2013
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Author Biography

Stephanie Courtney is the founder and owner of Allergen-Free Events, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a degree in advertising design, and over 15 years of event planning experience. She is currently an Accredited Bridal Consultant with the Association of Bridal Consultants, a Certified Wedding Specialist through, a “green” event planner, and has been a member of the International Special Events Society (ISES) and National Association of Catering Executives (NACE). The Art of Planning Allergen Free Events is a practical guide for anyone hosting people with food allergies, from event planners to moms.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite

“The Art of Planning Allergen-Free Events” by Stephanie Courtney is a very informative book for those who are looking for information on food allergies, especially as related to event planning. For those who do not have food allergies on their own, this is a wonderful guide into the concerns that their guests might potentially have about the food being prepared. While the guidelines listed by the author might seem like common sense, they are also ideas that readers might not understand if they are not food allergy sufferers. Guides like this are important because food allergies, as the author points out, are not food trends. People with food allergies and intolerance are forced to eat in a certain manner because they have no choice. Taking this fact into account must become a more common practice within event planning, especially when working with caterers unused to such requests. Children, teen, and weddings all have different issues that must be reviewed, given the guest lists, but with a little of the prior planning explained in this book, there will hopefully be no reason to stop the festivities.

I found the book to be well-written, with lots of website links provided so that readers could research food allergy issues on their own as well. Given the increasing number of people diagnosed with an allergy to something everyone else sees as innocuous (milk, peanuts, eggs, seafood, grains), this book can play an important role in planning events for large groups of people without compromising their safety.

Karen Pirnot

Do you have allergies or know of someone close to you who does? Then, Stephanie Courtney has written a practical book on how to entertain and still keep the company safe from food and environmental hazards. In "The Art of Planning Allergen-Free Events," the author takes the reader through the initial process of identifying and understanding the nature of allergies. Once identified, the reader will then begin to work with food service vendors who offer allergen-free products. Assuming you are an event planner, you then need to work with your client to explain why an allergen-free party/event is the way to go. The most interesting part of the book to non-event planners may be the section where the author explains the hidden sources of allergens. For example, milk, eggs and peanuts are oftentimes not revealed as what they are due to the presentation of the various dishes. Milk proteins are routinely used in some products and eggs can frequently be found in popular specialty coffee drinks. Peanuts are found in countless products and the unsuspecting allergic person oftentimes has little awareness until a reaction occurs. Other nuts are found routinely in salad dressings, while those allergic to certain fish may experience reactions to Worcestershire Sauce contained in some dishes.

Whether you are a parent whose child has allergies or whether you have friends with allergies, if you are planning a special event, this is the book for you. It is simple to read and has a wealth of information.