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College dining event to raise allergy awareness

Ian Hughes 5th Apr, 2018

A CATERING student at Stratford College is organising a unique dining experience – serving food safe for anyone with food allergies.

Felicity Dunbar, from Alcester, has recruited her fellow culinary learners to host Allergy Friendly Dining, which will take place on Thursday April 26 during Allergy Awareness Week.

The 17-year-old suffers from many food allergies herself and is unable to eat everyday foods most take for granted, including eggs, peanuts, beans and tomatoes.

Felicity said: “There are 14 different food allergies a person can suffer from which obviously really limits what you can eat. I want to prove that it’s possible to serve a variety of delicious meals that are totally safe for people with food allergies.”

Diners will be treated to a varied taster menu which includes roasted vegetable salad, chicken Wellington in wheat-free pastry, and dairy-free chocolate brownies.

The event will be held in the college’s on-campus Academy Restaurant, and Felicity will be working front-of-house throughout the night, talking to diners about living with food allergies and the challenges she faces when preparing food and ordering meals.

Felicity, who plans to make a future career out of developing food recipes for people with allergies, knows exactly what dish she is most looking forward to preparing for the event – the deserts.

She added: “Whenever I go to restaurants, I’m never able to have any. So being able to create deserts for people with allergies is very exciting. And I’ll definitely be sampling a few too.”

Proceeds will go to Over The Wall – a UK charity that provides residential summer camps for children and their families coping with serious illnesses and conditions. They are aimed at boosting children’s self-esteem following diagnosis through a residential programme incorporating activities such as wall climbing, canoeing, horse riding, arts and crafts, and music.

Tickets for Allergy Friendly Dining are £20. Seating takes place at 7pm. Call 01789 266245 to book.

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