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Jennifer Roberge Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

Jennifer Roberge Jennifer Roberge of The Eczema Company, blogs about her family’s stories of battling eczema, allergies, and asthma using an integrative approach. It also features related news and stories from guest bloggers and industry professionals.

 

 

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1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?

I can’t wait to meet and congratulate the fabulous minds behind this conference. Jenny and Homa are such an inspiration with their blogs and in spreading allergy awareness, but now with this conference, they’ve reached a new level – one that I certainly aspire to.

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
My blog is a bit of a mixed bag as not only do I discuss food and other allergies, but I write about eczema and asthma as well – with a sprinkling of natural living topics as well. So, I’d have to say, that I’m proud to offer posts that anyone living with an allergic condition can relate to. However, one that is especially close to my heart when I shared the details behind my son’s first anaphylactic experience. Writing about it really helped me emotionally, and the feedback from the allergy community was so moving and so very much needed. It was a hard piece to write, but it was told from the heart and from a very honest place.
http://itchylittleworld.com/2013/02/05/its-just-not-worth-the-risk-our-anaphylactic-experience/

I was really happy to share a post about why an food elimination diet can be very beneficial for those suffering from eczema or asthma. Many people believe that only the foods that appear positive in food allergy tests can trigger eczema or asthma, but that’s not usually the case. In many cases, food sensitivities or intolerances can trigger these allergic conditions. The problem becomes how to identify them. This is where elimination diets are so very helpful. It was how we determined which foods were wreaking havoc on my poor little son’s body resulting in head to toe burn-like wounds. An elimination diet sounds hard, but it’s really not too difficult, and the results can be miraculous.
http://itchylittleworld.com/2013/01/08/our-eczema-trials-elimination-diet-how-you-can-do-it-too/

4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
They’ve led our family to a more organic and natural life style. Because of my son’s multiple food allergies, I became a diligent label reader out of necessity and was shocked to discover all the horrific things that’s being added into our food supply these days.

6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
How everyone is so supportive! It’s incredible and I’ve never seen anything like it! I’m grateful to be a part of it and to bask in the glow of all these lovely individuals.

7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
I can’t wait to finally meet my conference roomie, Selena Bluntzer! http://foodallergybloggerconference.com/2013/06/04/amazing-and-atopic-qa/ We’ve “known” each other online for some time now and it’s going to be surreal to finally really sit down and chat with her.

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Conference News and Updates – August 26, 2013

We know you may be busy with back to school season but make sure you’re e-mailing us about dietary restrictions and any contact information you’d like us to share with attendees when you register!  Don’t forget to share a Q&A if you’ve registered and would like to be featured on the blog.  And join our walk team (in person or virtually) to help raise funds for FARE – we are hearing about some great VIPs that will be at the walk so you won’t want to miss it.  

Have you subscribed to our Newsletter for updates about the conference?  Below you’ll find a reprint of our fourth newsletter that was sent out this morning!

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Register Today & Save

Until August 31st you can buy tickets at a $25 discount ($225 for full access to theconference, this includes the November 2nd reception, sessions on the 3rd and 4th featuring speakers like the recently announced Cybele Pascal, and the Wine and Sign cocktail party on November 3rd where you can meet your favorite authors like Colette Martin, Susan Weissman, and more)!

Our FARE Walk Team

Thank you to everyone for their support!  As of writing this we have raised $495 as a team!  Please be sure to register even as a virtual walker!  If we raise $1,000 before August 31, 2013 our team name will appear on the Walk T-Shirt!  Join our team at: foodallergywalk.org/lasvegas/fablogcon

Dietary Needs – E-mail Us

Be sure to let us know of any dietary needs you may have – Chef Keith Norman recently appeared on a Las Vegas news morning show to mention the FARE walk, the conference, and the steps the South Point is taking to facilitate accommodating guests with food allergies, celiac disease, and more.  Read more and find a link to the video on our conference blog (http://foodallergybloggerconference.com/2013/08/06/chef-keith-norman-on-ktnv/).

Networking Information – E-mail Us About This Too

Attendees need to e-mail fablogcon@gmail.com with any websites, twitter handles, and other information they would like included in conference materials so that it will be easy to reach one another during and after the conference!  We’ve got the basics from your registration but if there’s anything you want included (or not included) please be sure to let us know.  The deadline for inclusion in the distributed directory is October 15, 2013.

New Q&As

We have some new Q&As up on the site as well, be sure to fill out a Q&A so we can feature you on our site!

Elyse Hahne
Sarah Norris
Kate H.
Homa Woodrum

Great Hotel Group Rate

We are being hosted at the South Point Hotel and Casino so have a fantastic group room rate (here’s a custom link, or reference the code FOO1102) so that if there are one or two people in a room you’ll be able to stay for $80* per night for November 1st and 2nd but only $50* per night for November 3rd and 4th.  If you add a third person to a room the rate increases by $20 per night which is still a great deal!  If you’d like to look into connecting with a roommate, there is a private Freedible group you can post to.

*There is an additional $14 per night resort fee plus taxes that are not included in the group room rate.  The resort fee has benefits that include: Complimentary in-room WIFI/internet, Complimentary Fitness Center access, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Free local/toll free phone calls, Complimentary printing of Boarding Passes (great idea!), Complimentary WIFI in Business Center, and Complimentary parking and valet.

Blog Buttons

These blog buttons for the conference were created by Tiffany Glass Ferreira (of Food Allergy Fun fame), share the excitement, November is not far away!

Elyse Hahne Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

IMG_3495Allow me to introduce myself. I hold a Bachelor of Behavioral Science in Education and Special Education. Currently, I substitute in three school districts. My goal is to be hired on full-time in General or Special Education. On the side, I also tutor students who need a little extra instruction or help. I am a Special Education advocate as well as a Food Allergy advocate.  I stay busy with three dogs at home as well as cooking, baking, reading, and photographing life around me.  Every day in a new adventure. Filled with challenges and triumphs, life is worth it. This year, I have the opportunity to travel to a Food Allergy Blogger Conference in November and I can’t wait. Elyse Hahne blogs at Living and Learning through everyday life.

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting at FABC and why? 

The people I have connected on twitter/facebook/email of course. These ladies and gentlemen rock my world on a daily basis and I can’t wait to meet them in real life.

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
I enjoy trying new recipes and experimenting so I love to share my creations with others. I am also proud of my posts about defining a person as a whole person and not just because they have x.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
The people I find who “get it” and the community it brings. There are so many that deal with life threatening allergies and it’s nice to connect with others who understand.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
Food allergies are apart of my everyday life. I remember what it was like when the food allergy world felt secluded and I don’t want anyone to ever feel that way. I also learned to cook allergy friendly and like sharing my secrets and recipes with others. Just because I have food allergies, food allergies don’t define me.

7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
I actually have two who talk with me daily and we’ve connected and joined in a friendship. Homa and Jenny truly rock my world and their friendships mean so much to me. Homa encourages me on a daily basis and she is a wonderful friend to have in my corner. Jenny understands the allergy walk of life and is a great friend who I can connect with outside of allergies as well. I am so looking forward to meeting them both!

I can’t wait for November and to have this wonderful opportunity excites me.

Sarah Norris Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?

 

Sarah Norris GFDFWDWSarah Norris is the author of the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog. She chronicles her gluten free and dairy free dining experiences at Walt Disney World and provides reviews, tips, and tricks for visitors to the resort with special diets. As a self-proclaimed Disney junkie, she has been vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort since she was 2 ½ years old. In 2009, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and food intolerances. She created the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog around the first time she went to Walt Disney World with dietary restrictions in an effort to provide helpful information to fellow Disney travelers. You can find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gfdfwdw & Twitter: https://twitter.com/gfdf_wdw

1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?

Everyone, really. I’ve connected with a lot of folks already through social media, so it will be terrific to meet everyone in person. I feel like I “know” lots of you already!

2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?

Probably the post(s) related to the Food Allergy events that I host at the Walt Disney World Resort. Hosting events where food is free of the top common allergens and providing those unique experiences for families and specifically children is extremely important to me!

3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?

Getting Heard ~ How to be an effective advocate. I think we can all continue to work on being an effective advocate. I’m always striving to improve and reach out to the allergy community in a meaningful way.

4. What is the best thing about food allergies?

The community! Everyone is so welcoming and encouraging to each other. I came into the special diets community feeling like I was alone and now have made so many wonderful connections because of it. There is something truly special about this community, and I can’t imagine my life now without it.

5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

I started my blog around the time I first went to Disney World with dietary restrictions 4 years ago. I had been visiting the theme parks for many years and knew I loved the food there but felt totally blindsided when I went to Disney with special diets the first time. I found lots of great information on blogs and websites about gluten free diets at Disney but not as many for folks with multiple dietary needs. I really wanted to share my experiences to other people out there just like me and especially to families traveling to Disney World.

Chef Keith Norman on KTNV

Chef Keith Norman of the South Point Hotel did an interview for KTNV Las Vegas Morning Blend TODAY at 9:45 a.m.  South Point Hotels Chef Keith talked about the importance of food allergen safety inside the hotel restaurants, his work with FARE, as well as his recent award from the Southern Nevada Health District! You can see the link here:  http://www.vegasmorningblend.com/videos/218401731.html

He also showed off the new top 8 allergen free cutlery kits that the South Point will be using at their restaurants to lessen any cross contamination risks.

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Chef Keith also was kind enough to mention FARE, The Las Vegas Food Allergy Awareness Walk, and also the Food Allergen Bloggers Conference! Ok ok, so the name was wrong, but I can tell you we were not the only people letting out excited squeals when it was mentioned!

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Chef Keith was a big reason why we chose the South Point as the host for this conference. The South Point has taken a fantastic proactive stance in catering to those with food allergies and adopting safe practices in their restaurants and food service. We want everyone to come knowing that we are all planning to make sure this is a huge, delicious, safe success!

You can read more about Chef Keith here.

Wine & Sign Cocktail Party/Book Club

We invite you to join us for the “Wine & Sign” Cocktail Party & Book Club Sunday, November 3, 2013.  As a part of our conference, we would like to celebrate the many FABulous book authors we have in our community!   We will allow our published authors to display their books, sell their books, or sign the copies you already own.

For our attendees: You may leave a comment here for an author prior to the conference if you would like to pre-order a book then pick up your copy during this event!  We look forward to having you join us for food, wine, conversation and books!

If you have a book and want to participate during this event: Please contact us and we will get you and your work added to the list! 🙂