AllergyEats will host the inaugural "Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs: What Every Restaurant Should Know About Food Allergies To Ensure Safety & Maximize Customer Engagement, Loyalty, and Revenue," on Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Seaport Boston Hotel in Boston.

AllergyEats is a website and mobile app that provides guest feedback on how well restaurants have accommodated food allergies. More than 575,000 restaurants are listed nationwide, which food-allergic diners can rate.

Speakers will include:

  • Paul Antico, founder/CEO of AllergyEats, food allergy advocate, father of three food-allergic children;
  • Peter Christie, president of the Massachusetts Restaurant Association;
  • Rich Vellante, executive chef of Legal Sea Foods;
  • Steve Silverstein, CEO of Not Your Average Joe's;
  • Betsy Craig, CEO/founder, Kitchens With Confidence;
  • Dr. Wayne Shreffler, head of the Food Allergy Center at Mass General Hospital;
  • Dr. Michael Pistiner, allergist, advocate, speaker, author; and
  • Michele Carrick, food allergy advocate, board member, AAFA and AAFANE

Sessions will include:

Food Allergy Basics - This session will spotlight fundamentals, statistics and the realities of accommodating food-allergic and intolerant guests. It will also showcase how food-allergic individuals deal with everyday life, and what they look for in a restaurant when dining out.

Restaurants That Get it Right - Expert restaurateurs who excel at accommodating food-allergic guests will spotlight their restaurants' best practices, as well as their successful food allergy procedures and protocols. They'll explain why they're committed to being allergy-friendly and describe guests' reactions, including their increased loyalty.

Basic Training - Top restaurant trainers who specialize in food allergies and other special dietary requirements will speak about the process of becoming more allergy-friendly. This session will discuss how restaurants can become more accommodating, improve safety and minimize risks, implement and execute food allergy protocols and become more confident in their food allergy procedures.

The Financials Around Food Allergies - This session will explore the economics of accommodating food-allergic diners, including the increased loyalty and profit opportunities, demonstrating how restaurants can make significantly more money by becoming allergy-friendly.

Attendees will be able to eat lunch with the panel speakers and have time for Q&A during each session.

Registration is $199 per person. Early bird discounts are available. Advanced registration is required. To register and for more information, visit allergyeats.com/conference.

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