If you are the one with Food Allergies, I have a few tips for you below.
Going out for a Valentine’s Day dinner?
- Call the restaurant you are going to ahead of time.
- Prepare a cue card listing all your allergies and level of severity before you go
- Talk to the waiter/waitress when they first come to your table and ask for drinks; that way, they may notify their manager about the allergies before you even order.
Staying in for Valentine’s Day?
- Be sure that the ingredients used for your dinner are safe and there is no cross-contamination
- If your date wants to make you dinner and you feel a little uncertain about cross-contamination in their kitchen, tell them that you trust them, however you would feel more relaxed if you could help prepare and cook – They will understand
- If you are concerned your date may eat something you are allergic to and then kiss you, speak up. Please do not sit all evening feeling stressed or anxious about what may or may not happen.
- Ask to have a completely safe evening, with only foods you can have, so you can kiss and not worry about what they may or may not have had
Receiving chocolates or another edible treat?
- Double and triple check the labels – Look for a may contain statement which may not be close to the ingredient list.
- If you feel uncertain, let your date know that you appreciate the gift, however you’d feel more comfortable after calling the company to confirm that it was made in a safe facility without cross-contamination.
- Ask that your date not eat them either, in case they are not safe for you; tell your date that you would feel more relaxed knowing they had not eaten anything you may be allergic to.
When in doubt, just speak up!
Have a safe and romantic Valentine’s Day and please leave your thoughts and comments below!