Don’t make a meal out of Valentine’s Day dining
Whilst a romantic meal for two can be the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, for people living with food allergy it can provide unwanted stress.
By law, food businesses selling catered food (for example in restaurants, takeaways and hotels) are required to provide information on 14 major food allergens, either in writing and/or verbally. If information is provided verbally, the food business will need to ensure that there is some sort of written signage that is clearly visible, to indicate that allergen information is available from a member of staff.
We’d recommend calling the restaurant in advance to ask whether they will help you choose a suitable meal. Then, when you arrive, speak to staff and ask about ingredients, how the food is prepared and whether cross-contamination is likely. Check again when your meal arrives that your dish is free from your allergens and that it has been prepared safely. Keep your adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) with you at all times, just in case.
If you’re not confident that your request is being taken seriously, whilst it may put a dampener on your evening, it is much better to stay safe, so it may be better to eat elsewhere.
If you are concerned about eating out, a home-made meal can be just as romantic. Members can also check our ‘Tried and Trusted‘ area to find out which restaurants have been recommended by other members.