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One Month to Go! (3 Ways to Contribute and Prepare)

Final Panel Survey

To better inform our panelists and the discussions we hope to have at the conference next month (how strange to write that!) there is a survey we’d love for members of the online food allergy community to respond to.  Check it out here and feel free to share:

FABlogCon Final Panel Survey

Register to Attend the FARE Walk Event

Also, if you are planning to walk with us or visit the booths at the FARE event (a much more accurate term than just “walk” since there will be so much more to see and do) on November 2, 2013 please be sure to register (registration is free).  For liability reasons the organizers need all attendees (including children) to register.  FARE is one of our sponsors and it would be wonderful to have a great turnout for our team.

Join our Walk Team!

Food Safety at the South Point

Allergy Safe at the South Point in Las Vegas

Finally, during a recent visit to the South Point and we were able to see first hand the safety measures in place not just for our conference but for all guests and visitors.  We have provided a spreadsheet of all the dietary preferences, allergies, and other concerns of our attendees to the hotel for menu planning so please update us with your information if you haven’t already done so.

Click here to submit your attendee information

We can’t wait to see you all!

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Online Pampered Chef FARE Fundraiser

We’re excited to share this food allergy related fundraiser here in case any of you have considered ordering bakeware or the like from Pampered Chef as the holidays approach!  25% of your purchase will go to FARE.  The steps are detailed but easy and you can share this information with family and friends that may be Pampered Chef fans.  I actually have an old Pampered Chef cookie press that I use to make Cybele Pascal’s Orange Spritz Cookie recipe and it works wonderfully.

Just go to: http://www.pamperedchef.biz/lauriemyers?page=products-main

Then select the item you’re interested in and click “Find out how to purchase…” under the product image.

Enter “FARE” as the Host name and go from there!

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We’d love to hear if you have a favorite Pampered Chef product in the comments in case anyone reading is looking for gift ideas for the baker in their life.  Pampered Chef even has a Gluten Free recipe collection on their site which is nice to see.

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.

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Conference News and Updates – July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July to our U.S. readers and a belated Happy Canada Day to our Canadian readers!  Have you subscribed to our Newsletter for updates about the conference?  Below you’ll find a reprint of our third newsletter, it is full of great updates as word about FABlogCon spreads!  

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Early Bird Pricing ended June 30, 2013 but from July 1 – July 31 you can buy tickets at a $50 discount ($200 for full access to the conference, this includes the November 2nd reception, sessions on the 3rd and 4th featuring speakers like Dr. Mike Pistiner and Lynda Mitchell, and the Wine and Sign cocktail party on November 3rd where you can meet your favorite authors like Colette Martin, Susan Weissman, and more)!

We wanted to share some of the excitement that is building for the conference with some links from around the web.  If you’ve blogged about the conference please e-mail us at fablogcon@gmail.com!  If you’ve already registered, be sure to fill out a Q&A so we can feature you on our site!

Amy from KidCultivation posted at the food allergy community site Freedible: “Beyond Comfy Shoes: 10 Things I Learned From BlogHer Food ’13” and her tips are fantastic!  She also gave us a shout-out!

Susan Weissman, author of Feeding Eden, posted “Food Allergy Blogger Conference Part I: The Moment of Obligation” which features Jenny Sprague’s thoughts about why she started planning FABlogCon!

Caroline at Grateful Foodie wrote about the conference in her aptly titled post “Craving More Food Allergy Info?  Friends?” As always, her enthusiasm shines through!

Jenny Sprague from Multiple Food Allergy Help wrote in “The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference” that, “I want everyone to have an awesome time connecting, making friends, and learning!”

Selena at Amazing & Atopic has a fantastic post with some ideas for how to make attending the conference work for you, check out: “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference – Agenda Announced” for more!

Cheryl posted to the community forum on her new site, Freedible, about “Why we need a conference specifically for restricted eating bloggers (fablogcon)!

Devin of Nom Yum & Free writes in “Did You Miss Food Allergy Awareness Week?” about registering for the conference!

The newly redesigned Fancy Shanty has a post about the conference, the walk, and more in “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2013” – thank you Stacy!

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Also check out these blog buttons for the conference created by Tiffany Glass Ferreira (of Food Allergy Fun fame), which one best suits you?  We think this one is our favorite…

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In other news, we have some great Q&As up on our site for you to check out from a sampling of the wonderful people that have already registered to attend:

Kim Rice
Kim Pebley
Erica Dermer
Rebecca Sherrow
Keeley McGuire
Pam Jordan
Colette Martin
Selena Bluntzer
Cindy Gordon
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Thank you to everyone for their support!  Also, a special thank you to the FARE Walk team here in Las Vegas for making our Walk team their Team of the Month!  Please be sure to register even as a virtual walker!  If we raise $1,000 before July 31, 2013 our team name will appear on the Walk T-Shirt!  Join our team at: foodallergywalk.org/lasvegas/fablogcon

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Chef Keith Norman

ChefKeithWe would like to introduce you to Chef Keith Norman of the South Point Hotel. We know that traveling with food allergies can be hard. It requires trusting others with your food safety, your health and your life. Chef Norman’s knowledge and safe allergy practice made choosing the South Point Hotel to have our conference at a smart decision when we carefully considered our need to provide safe meals to our audience. 

A Chef prepares food with care and love, they relish making people happy, feeding their souls, and bodies! Imagine if thing you loved most could kill people you were entrusted to care for? I think Chef Norman’s true empathy and concern comes through when he answered ‘Do you or a family member have allergies?’ He answered “No, I am not personally affected- but what if? That’s how I see it! Any one of the stories that I have read and heard could be my story. It’s very easy to want to be a part, and to help make a difference.”   

I asked Chef Norman how he became ‘allergy aware’- he answered “I have always been aware of allergens, but I became more involved after meeting the Gordins, and when I was asked to present at the 2011 Conference here in Las Vegas.  I teach part-time at the Art Institute here in LV, and yes- when I teach the Sersafe Certification Course I always add Allergen Training!”

As a Veteran Marine and with 20 years in the culinary arts field, Keith Norman brings a sense of discipline and order to everything he does, both in business and in the culinary world.  Chef Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager for the South Point Hotel & Casino and as a culinary arts instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas.  In both roles, Chef Norman is responsible for training and educating students and culinary professionals in one of the most important facets of the foodservice industry.  

He has worked his way up the culinary ladder at Las Vegas properties to include Bally’s, the Mirage, Treasure Island, Paris, Suncoast and South Point hotels and casinos.  He is a certified professional food manager, certified HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) manager, NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) certified food trainer, NRA (Nevada Restaurant Association) certified food safety trainer, a certified registered OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) trainer and a master certified food executive.  Chef Norman has trained through the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the areas of foodborne illness investigation, agro-terrorism and food systems disasters.

He is a member of the Casino Management Association, International Food Safety Council, Black Culinarian Association and Nevada Food Safety Task Force, Stop Foodborne Illness, and FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network).

Awards and Recognition

  • Nominated for Culinarian of the year, 2010
  • Emcee for Food Safety Day in Chicago
  • Nominated for the National Restaurant Association Best Neighbor Award
  • Guest Speaker at the 2010 FAAN conference in Las Vegas
  • 2010 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy plaque in appreciation of volunteer activities
  • 2011 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy Las Vegas, NV Committee member
  • 2012 Guest Speaker for Nevada Food Safety Task Force Conference
  • 2012 FAAN Walk for Food Allergy Las Vegas, NV Honorary Chair

Please email us at fablogcon@gmail.com with any dietary concerns you may have after buying conference tickets. We will be letting Chef Norman know of all concerns so we can ensure a wonderful experience and stay at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

At the supportive “Allergen Safe” South Point Hotel Casino (in the kitchen). With Keith Norman, Kim Bell Hollinger, and Kendall Hollinger (our Honorary Teen Chair). Check out all the food allergy awareness posters! The South Point is also a proud sponsor of the FARE walk.  At the supportive “Allergen Safe” South Point Hotel Casino (in the kitchen). With NV Teen recruitment walk chair, Scott Gordin, NV Honorary Teen Chair, Kendall Hollinger, NV Walk committee chair, Chef Keith Norman, NV Walk Director, Dana Gordin, NV walk volunteer, Matthew Gordin NV walk volunteer, Kim Hollinger.  Check out all the food allergy awareness posters!  The South Point is also a proud sponsor of the FARE walk.

Las Vegas FARE Walk

We would like to invite you to come to Vegas on Friday, November 1st, and join us on Saturday morning for the Las Vegas FARE Walk which will be held at 10:00 AM on November 2nd. Registration opens at 8:30 AM.  If you would like to come to Las Vegas on Friday, and join our walk team for the Las Vegas FARE Walk, we are planning to offer a shuttle service to and from the event on Saturday so register early and let us know if you’d like to ride with us to The District for the walk. The South Point will extend a discounted rate to guests booking Friday night too! We will also have some gift certificates courtesy of The South Point and the Las Vegas FARE for the top fund raisers on the ‘Food Allergy Bloggers’ Team! The top fundraiser will win a FREE 2 nights 3 day stay for the South Point Hotel, good through August 2014 (covers room & tax only) for the highest fundraiser as of midnight PT November 1, 2013.  The second highest fundraiser shall win a full conference ticket for the 2013 FAB event. The third highest fundraiser shall win a FREE dinner for 2 at the South Point Hotel.

Both FARE and the South Point Hotel were our earliest supporters in creating this conference so please consider participating in the walk event!

If we raise $1,000 before July 31, 2013 our conference name will appear on the walk t-shirts.  If you raise $100 or more as an individual you will get a free shirt and all children walking automatically get a free shirt without any sponsor logos on the back. Come Friday, and make a weekend of it! It will be a lot of fun, and can give you some extra time to visit with other conference attendees, and site see around Vegas [Friday night and after the Walk]!