For people suffering from food allergies and intolerances, going out to eat can be more hassle than it’s worth, with restaurants often only providing vague information (we’ve all seen “may contain nuts”) about ingredients in their dishes, if at all. In December 2014 an EU law was passed requiring restaurants to list the presence of 14 allergens in their menus, including gluten, fish, milk, nuts, celery, and mustard. While some have embraced the new legislation, designing special menus for food allergy sufferers, others have said it hampers creativity and spontaneity, with over 100 chefs writing to the Telegraph to attack the new law. We want to let you know that at La Belle Assiette, our chefs will always looks for ways to accommodate your needs, whatever dietary restrictions you may have.
In the UK, about one or two people out of every 100 have a food allergy, with food intolerance being more common. A food allergy is a potentially serious response to certain foods, often triggering symptoms such as a rash, wheezing and itching. Fish, shellfish, nuts, and dairy are common allergens. Food intolerances, such as to lactose or gluten, are more common, with symptoms ranging from bloating, to stomach cramps and nausea. If you suffer from a food allergy or intolerance you quickly become accustomed to knowing what you can and can’t eat and with food labels improving all the time, it’s relatively easy to scan ingredients on items in the supermarket. That’s why it’s all the more frustrating when restaurants don’t take that little extra effort to accommodate people with allergies.
If all this is sounding very familiar, and you’re looking for a way to enjoy gourmet food without worrying about having a bad reaction, La Belle Assiette is at your rescue! When you browse menus on the site it’s easy to filter by dietary restrictions, ranging from lactose-free, to gluten-free, to menus that cater for followers of the paleo diet. We’re here to make your meal as hassle-free as possible, so if you need a little extra help in choosing your chef, or want us to suggest a few chefs with expertise in your particular dietary needs, our concierge service is on hand. What’s more, whenever you book a La Belle Assiette chef, you will always have the opportunity to discuss your menu before the event, directly with the chef. Our chefs pride themselves on offering a tailor-made service, so you can feel confident in telling them any preferences you have, even if you just don’t like mushrooms.
If you want to enjoy a hassle-free foodie experience, whether you or one of your guests has a food allergy or intolerance, we hope this post has made you feel confident in booking a La Belle Assiette chef!