New Year: New Look

The MenuTrinfo family was founded by a husband and wife who are passionate about adding nutritional information to menus. We built a software that took individual recipes and gave nutritional facts. Since our inception in 2010 the restaurant world has morphed into a healthy, food conscious industry. The need for allergy awareness, nutritional information and kitchen audits are at an all time high. With our team, we have built companies to cater to those needs.   Now, eight years later, with the same passion and drive, we offer a family of services! AllerTrain, MenuTrinfo and Kitchens With Confidence make up … Continue reading

Prep for 2018 with an Allergy Policy

Get a head start for the new year by implementing an Allergy Policy As we enter 2018, a year prepped for clean, fresh food, the food service industry is expected to continue catering to diners with restrictions. Eating out with food allergies is easier than ever before due to continued awareness, but it is only the beginning. With allergy training mandates popping up around the coast and the requests for gluten free menus skyrocketing, it is only a matter of time before all restaurants have to take notice. The National Restaurant Association’s “2018 Culinary Forecast” is packed with trend predictions … Continue reading

AllerTrain vs. Leading Competitor

What would you do with 66 minutes? We decided to take a look at what classes are approved and compliant to meet the new mandate in the state of Illinois. There are more choices than ever before in this space, but not all programs are created equal. AllerTrain is an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) accredited Allergy and Gluten-Free training and offers options far more accessible and time-efficient than the rest. Our leading class available today is AllerTrain Lite, and it just so happens to meet the new mandate in Illinois. AllerTrain Lite is also a class that is 66 … Continue reading

Allergy-Friendly Holidays

Allergy- Friendly Holidays How to Accommodate Allergy Needs While Hosting the Holidays Food allergies are on the rise and the food service industry is accommodating special needs more today than ever before. Cooking and dining in the home is a whole different ballpark. While those with allergies know what to avoid and how to prep meals for themselves, dining at a friend or family member’s house can be a bit daunting. If you are hosting the holidays for a loved one who has an allergy or food sensitivity, it is always good to learn how to accommodate their needs. Here … Continue reading

Don’t Pick Off The Croutons

How To Be Allergen and Gluten- Free Conscious People in the service industry are asking, how much can a crumb really affect someone with celiac disease? The answer is, a lot. A restaurant is a high volume space with a constant flow of people who are all ordering their own individual items. Food service professionals are doing all they can to clean self serve stations, bus tables and avoid cross contamination every day from a slow Monday afternoon to a Saturday dinner shift. It’s inevitable though, sometimes crumbs are hard to get to. So what are some of the do’s … Continue reading

Illinois Food Allergy Training for Restaurants

New Mandated Allergy Training Statewide in Illinois Illinois has implemented a new state law that requires restaurants and food service establishments to provide food allergen training for their staff. This law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2018, states that managers must be trained in food allergen awareness within 30 days of their hire date. It also requires that during business hours there must be at least one person working who has received the allergy training. The regulation in Illinois allows food service professionals to live intentionally when serving each guest who walks through their door. Educating team members … Continue reading

Emergency Responses to Food Allergies

What to do in an emergency Food allergic reactions can be scary and unpredictable. More and more people are showing symptoms of allergic reactions now than ever before. Anyone who serves food needs to be aware of what an allergy is, what symptoms are and how to take care of someone should they have an emergency response. The best thing you can do as a food service professional is arm yourself with knowledge and be prepared for a reaction. It is important to note that allergic reactions can happen without notice and symptoms can become severe without any warning. Taking … Continue reading

The Color Purple

How kitchens safely cook with allergens Approximately 15 million people in the United States have food allergies. More people now than ever before require a specially prepared meal when dining out. Those affected with a food allergy know that ingesting even trace amounts of their allergen can cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock). Luckily, restaurateurs, foodservice professionals and kitchen staff are stepping up to the plate and taking these allergies seriously. Those who can safely serve guests with special needs are taking proper steps to ensure every diner is taken care of with the utmost respect. The … Continue reading

Go Gluten-Free

Ways to Accommodate Gluten-Free Diners Lately it seems every other person who dines out is looking for a gluten-free menu or gluten-free options. From fast casual to fine dining, all restaurateurs are faced with having to provide options for diners with celiac disease on a much more frequent basis. Around 1 in 10 diners nowadays request a gluten-free menu when ordering outside of the home. The biggest struggle restaurants face is being underprepared in serving diners with special needs. It is best to really understand allergies, intolerances and celiac disease as a whole so you can keep diners safe and … Continue reading

The Basics of Food Allergies

Food allergies are on the rise, and all food service staff and owners should be concerned and prepared to serve those with special dietary needs.  Below, we break down some of the basics on the proper response and how to serve these loyal diners.  Training with the AllerTrain Suite of Courses  and ongoing training as in AllerSTAR are a few of the basics  for serving success for these customers.  Additional tools, such as food allergy posters in English or Spanish and AllerCards, can be found in the AllerTrain Store. Emergency 1st Response? Always begin by asking a guest who appears … Continue reading

Milk: Am I allergic or intolerant?

What are the differences and similarities? Everyone has heard of one of the most common intolerances: lactose, but do you know that a milk allergy and lactose intolerant are actually different? When doing a google search “Milk allergy vs lactose intolerance” the first article that popped up is from January 2012, but this is still an issue today and it’s important to at least know the facts. So what are the main differences and similarities?   What is lactose intolerance? Lactose intolerance is one of the most common intolerances/ sensitivities in America today. Lactose intolerance is a digestive system reaction … Continue reading

Announcing the Winners of the AllerTrain Food Allergy Awards!

Over the years AllerTrain has had the privilege of working with incredible people from all over the food industry. With this massive database of hard working, passionate people we had to find a way to shine the spotlight! It’s nearly impossible these days to find a restaurant or University dining hall that hasn’t encountered a guest with a food allergy or intolerance. About 15 million Americans have food allergies making it crucial now more than ever for training and awareness in food service establishments. There are so many outstanding brands, schools and individuals who are dedicated to just that: food … Continue reading

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