If someone has a food allergy, whether mild or severe, dining out can present a frustrating challenge. Every restaurant in Mystic should provide patrons with safe and delicious solutions when dealing with food allergies.
Food Allergy Restaurant Data
The CDC’s Environmental Health Specialists Network surveyed restaurants and their staff to determine the general knowledge about how to treat food allergies in the restaurant setting. Most were accommodating and eager to assist patrons with food allergies and knew how to seek emergency help if needed.
However, they also found that 10% of managers and staff believed that a small amount of the allergen would be acceptable. The CDC also reports the most common food allergies are:
- Dairy (milk, eggs, etc.)
- Crustaceans and shellfish
- Tree nuts such as coconut
How The Chapter One Restaurant In Mystic Handles Food Allergies
Healthy food allergy options and service begins with awareness. Food allergy incidents can range from itchy throat to anaphylactic shock and can often be prevented with training and awareness. Delicious menu options should be available for those dealing with food allergies. Restaurants in Mystic, like Chapter One Food & Drink, are stepping up to the plate!
Food Allergy Staff Education
Chapter One educates its serving staff about dealing with food allergies and how to properly communicate the patron’s needs to the kitchen. In the back of the house, our chefs are ready to aid in preparing allergy-safe food as much as possible. This includes an awareness of common allergies, symptoms to watch for, and how to prevent cross-contamination.
Allergy Emergency Action Plan
Our staff is prepared to contact 911 and initiate a medical response should an accidental allergy emergency occur.
Allergy-Specific Cooking Equipment
Blenders and cooking equipment used for high-frequency allergens, such as peanuts, gluten, or cheese, should not be used for making menu items that are intended to be allergy friendly. Alert the server of any allergies, and our staff will take precautions to ensure a clean meal.
Chapter One’s Entrees and Appetizers: Food Allergy Restaurant Menu Items
We welcome our food allergy friends and offer some of these delicious menu items to delight the taste buds and satisfy the belly. They are clearly designated on all applicable menus with an abbreviated designation. (Example: (GF) for gluten-free menu items and (VG) for vegan.)
Wild Norwegian Salmon – Gluten Free
The salmon is pan-seared, grilled, or blackened and served over a bed of rice pilaf and the vegetable of the day. We top this delightful meal with a house-made pico de gallo salsa.
Bacon Wrapped Scallops – Gluten Free
Our fresh Stonington scallops are wrapped with smoked bacon and drizzled in a mouthwatering house-made bourbon glaze.
Arugula Salad – Vegetarian and Gluten Free
Baby arugula is tossed with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, walnuts, and raisins and topped with a house-made white balsamic dressing. Leave off the goat cheese for a vegan selection.
Cobb Salad – Gluten Free
Fresh mixed greens tossed with crispy chopped bacon, hard-boiled eggs, sliced tomatoes, and avocados. We top with blue cheese crumbles and serve with a house-made red wine vinaigrette.
Vegan Paella – Vegan and Gluten Free
Roasted cauliflower, edamame, sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus, and sautéed spinach are tossed with our house-made risotto for a vegan spin on this delicious classic.
Scallop Risotto – Gluten-Free Pasta
Seared Stonington scallops with asparagus served over our tomato-basil risotto and garnished with pecorino romano cheese.
Visit The Top New American Restaurant Mystic Residents Love at Chapter One!
If you’re looking for a new spot that’s a friendly food allergy restaurant, don’t miss the downtown hotspot, Chapter One Food & Drink! Call now to make a reservation.