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2014 Review Round-up

Did you miss #FABlogCon 2014? Are you wondering what the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is all about? Or perhaps like me, you simply miss all the amazing people you met there and want to reminisce about all the fun that we had!

Our Sponsored Celebrity Photo Booth was so much fun! Celebrity Photo Booth

Huge “Thank You!” to our friend and supporter, Ritesh Patel for creating these:

Instagram photo collections on Iconsquare

Storehouse video/story clip

Ritesh’s AWESOME Vimeo video interviews! (These are fantastic! ~ Anyone else homesick for our next visit after seeing these?)

Heidi Bayer, of Brooklyn Allergy Mom blog said  “I have told my child that it’s great to meet people online, but it’s even better to meet them in person. This year’s FABlogcon was just that – I got to meet my favorite food allergy bloggers in person” :

Colette Martin, author and blogger at Learning to Eat Allergy-Free said  “Suffice it to say that there is no event quite like this one, where the entire food allergy community can come together and feel safe, loved, and understood. “  in her recap of #FABlogCon2014.

Kelly Kurzhal, from Raising Jack with Celiac raves “The 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sept. 26-28), was a HIT! Packed with lots of great speakers, break-out sessions, networking and brainstorming, it was fun, informative and inspiring.”

Maya Trimner of Maya’s Happy Place, wrote “I have to say I have never been more honored to be among such an amazing group of people and am so grateful to be able to have a platform for my voice about a topic that needs to be talked about much more often in the food allergy community.”  

Kathryn of Mamacado (her blog name makes me giggle! So clever!) said “…this conference was different. All the attendees had a common bond that was very personal. Everyone was there to learn, share and connect about food allergies and sensitivities, or “custom eaters” as I’ve heard it called lately.”

Erica Dermer, blogger, and author of Celiac and the Beast said “FABlogCon is one of the best events for me personally, because I get to connect with everyone in the food allergic/GF community from across the country. I also get one-on-one time with amazing gluten-free/food-allergy-friendly sponsors like Enjoy Life Foods, Pascha Chocolate, Nature’s Path, Sunbutter, and more” The “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is always full of superstars. FABlogCon is truly where you can meet the movers & shakers in the food allergic/gluten-free community. If you are a blogger in the food allergic world, you need to be at this event.”

Brynn Hadler of Allergy Bytes came all the way from Australia! ~ Here is what she wrote : “Like last year’s inaugural event, the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was a resounding success as participants were educated, entertained, and well fed. So what was different about this year?   Heroes. That’s what.”

If you have a Blog Post review, Please email us the link at Fablogcon@gmail.com, Tweet us @fablogcon or post in the comments!~ And we will get yours added here too! As always, Thank you ALL for your ongoing support and contributions, You are what make this whole event possible, wonderful, and worthy!

I will close with a sneak peek at our 2014 Montage Promotional video! 🙂

Things to See and Do While in Las Vegas

No one roundup can do the options Las Vegas has to offer justice but we put out a call online to locals for their tips and suggestions and below are some of their recommendations.  If you have to see one thing while you’re in Las Vegas, it probably would be the Fountains at the Bellagio.  Remember that it will likely still be pretty warm in September so be sure to pack a bathing suit or swim trunks to get some pool time in.

ON “THE STRIP”

“The Strip” refers to the length of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Our conference hotel, the South Point Hotel and Casino, is located at 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89183.  Here are some attractions you may want to check out:

Restaurants at The South Point
The same wonderful attention to food allergy safety that you’ll enjoy as an attendee for dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, and breakfast/lunch Sunday is available on a personalized level at South Point restaurants.  Two in particular come highly recommended in our chats with staff – Silverado Steakhouse and the elegant Michael’s.

The Linq High Roller
The High Roller (catchy name, right?) is the world’s largest observation wheel.  Each cabin holds 40 people so you can buy tickets or rent out an entire cabin for a private party.

Minus5 Ice Bar
A unique experience – enjoy a drink while pretending you’re in an ice palace (for Frozen fans) or fortress of solitude (for Superman fans).  See pictures here.  

Cirque du Soleil
Some of our favorites?  “O” at the Bellagio is a water show and “Ka” at the MGM is great if you enjoy watching martial arts.  (Check here for deals/discounts.)

Bellagio

– Bellagio Fountains (and Conservatory)
Watch water dance and soar to music.  Wander inside the Bellagio to see the floral and blown glass displays as well.  If you are up for a walk, take the tram from the Bellagio to see Crystals, Aria, and other City Center attractions/shopping.  You can also see the world’s biggest chocolate fountain!

OFF “THE STRIP”

Red Rock Canyon
Natural beauty is not too long of a drive away – see the titular red rocks on the scenic loop or park and hike for a while.  If you don’t mind a longer drive, check out Valley of Fire State Park.

– The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas.  Downtown has its own unique vibe (check out the Fremont Street Experience) and this museum gives you a little bit of Las Vegas history to boot.

Springs Preserve

– The Springs Preserve
History, conservation, and native plants and animals are all available to explore.

Near Lake Mead

– Hoover Dam and O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge between NV and AZ
Tour the power plant or walk along the dam.  You’ll get a great view of the recently completed O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge.  If you’re into cycling, there’s the River Mountains Loop Trail – rent a bike and get a 30+ mile ride in over scenic paved trails.

– The Neon Museum
See old school Vegas signs up close in the Neon Boneyard.  Great place for photographs (though they do charge a fee).

The Red Velvet Cafe
Craving gluten free and vegan red velvet cake?  This may be the stop for you – of course inquire about any specific allergies and concerns but this is a popular stop for locals.

SHOPPING

The Fashion Show Mall

Las Vegas Outlet Malls

You can also search the Las Vegas events calendar for more ideas or email homa@fablogcon.com if you are looking for a specific recommendation or suggestion!  If anyone would like to get a group together to check out a specific attraction, do let us know.  You’ll receive information about shuttles from the hotel to the northern parts of “the Strip” or we can assist you with other arrangements.

Special thanks from Homa to her friends that contributed ideas for this list.  

GUEST POST: Danya Glabau

GUEST POST: Danya Glabau
This fall, Danya will be attending the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas, NV, September 26-28. She is thrilled to attend this conference, where she’ll get to meet some of the biggest stars in the food allergy blogging community! Some of you may know her from her blog, Allergy and the City, and from Twitter (@allergyPhD) as that PhD student who is studying the “culture” of food allergies in the United States. For those who don’t (or for those who are wondering why she chose this topic), she wanted to provide a brief introduction to who she is and what she’ll be doing at the conference.

FABC: Please tell us a bit about who you are and your research.

Danya: I’ll wear many hats at the conference: I am a PhD student in an interdisciplinary social science field called Science and Technology Studies (STS) where I am training to be an anthropologist specializing in medical and scientific cultures; I am a writer of scholarly papers, an unfinished dissertation, and a blog about my ongoing research on allergies; and I am an allergy sufferer whose unfinished allergy diagnosis journey began in adulthood. For my dissertation research, I am talking to the people who live with allergies and the allergists who treat them to collect personal and professional stories about how allergy management works in the real world. I’m also attending conferences, visiting medical offices, and following scientific research on allergies to get an idea of popular strategies and medical best practices. Ultimately I want to know the how – what are the techniques people use, and how do they learn about them? – and the why – what societal values shape the options and choices available for allergy management? – behind these everyday strategies.

FABC: You also are a blogger, and allergy sufferer, so I expect this will be personal for you as well.

Danya: Blogs are, as you all know, a very important source of information about food allergy. Reading food allergy blogs has taught me a lot about how people manage their allergies. I’m psyched to get to know many of the bloggers that I read on a regular basis. At the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, I’ll be attending lectures and panels to learn more about the people behind the words. I’ll also be striking up conversations with those of you who might be interested in sharing more details about your allergy journey with me. I’m excited to learn more about how personal experience with food allergies has inspired the wide variety of writing and advocacy work that I’m already familiar with – as well as the projects that I will find out about for the first time in Las Vegas!

So please, look for me at the conference! I would love to get to know you better. You can learn more about my project on my blog, Allergy and the City. Follow me on Twitter (@allergyPhD) for blog updates and cutting-edge research from social scientists about allergy and health care. And you can always DM me via Twitter or email me if you have any questions or want to chat before September!

Danya Glabau

Conference Connection – Kate Hufnagel and Sun Cups

The theme of the first year of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was “Connecting” and we are happy to report many of you did just that!  If you are considering attending this year and want to know if it is a worthwhile event, don’t just take our word for it.  This year’s conference theme is “Celebrating Others” so we wanted to celebrate and spotlight a few attendees that  credit the event with some exciting opportunities and experiences.  

First, we have Kate Hufnagel and Sun Cups.  Both Kate and Sun Cups plan to be back for FABlogCon 2014 and we are thrilled to read about their connection.  The post below is written by Kate, check out her blog at www.thediaryofanaphylaxis.com and see her Q&A post from last year prior to the event.

Kate Hufnagel, the founder of www.thediaryofanaphylaxis.com, attended the first ever FABlogCon about a year after experiencing her first anaphylactic reaction (thanks to lentils) and learning she was allergic to seven foods (this number has increased since then). 


While at FABlogCon, she came across the Sun Cups table and politely explained to the gentleman behind the table that she was familiar with his products but wasn’t stopping because she’s allergic to sunflower. The gentleman, Sun Cups Founder David Lurie, casually slid the box of Caramel Cups forward and said “these don’t have sunflower in them.” This stopped Kate dead in her tracks as her brain attempted to process the notion that there was a nut-free — and sunflower-free — chocolate in front of her. After tasting them, Kate knew she had finally found a new-found love in Sun Cups’ Caramel Cups and frequently stopped by David’s table to sweet talk him into another sample.

Caramel Cups Brought Kate and Sun Cups Together

Caramel Cups

After FABlogCon, Kate ordered three boxes of Caramel Cups to give as holiday presents to people who are important to her (well, she did keep a box for herself). As she was preparing to relocate from Virginia to Colorado at the start of the year, Kate reached out to David to find out if she could do a Twitter campaign for Sun Cups as she drove across most of the country. And, after settling into her new home, Kate contacted David to find out if he’d be willing to give her a tour of the Sun Cups facility (after all, her love of Caramel Cups had now turned into somewhat of an addiction). David happily obliged and invited her to the Sun Cups facility in Boulder, CO.  Little did Kate know that David had other ideas in mind. After a huge welcoming hug and a tour, David asked Kate if she’d be willing to help out Sun Cups. 

Today, Kate is putting her social media know-how and project management skills to use as the Sun Cups Customer Ambassador. She is thrilled to be associated with a company that is fanatical about not only creating some of the most delicious chocolate she’s ever had but also ensuring that their chocolates are free of so many allergens (gluten, nuts, soy; just to name a few).

Thank you, Kate!  Don’t forget to register today (be sure to check out our new schedule system that lets you build your own schedule of events and panels to attend) and we’ll see you in September!  

Interested in sponsorship?  E-mail us at jenny@fablogcon.com or homa@fablogcon.com.  If you have a connection you’d like us to feature, feel free to e-mail us about it as well.

Open Call for Speakers

CallForSpeakersWe are beginning to plan for the second annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. As part of this we must organize the agenda and speakers for #FABlogCon 2014. We are asking for you to participate in sharing your ideas for who you want to hear from, and what you want to learn about! The Call for Speakers and Ideas will be open for 3 weeks, closing on January 24th, 2014. You may submit your ideas for topics or speakers that YOU want to hear! You can submit yourself, or someone you would like to hear from, as a speaker, a fully outlined presentation, or just a wishlist.  We look forward to creating another memorable conference, strengthening our friendships, support networks, and making new connections!

#FABlogCon 2013 session

Open “Call for Speakers”  please fill out our submission form:  FABC14 Call for Speakers

We will also accept names for Moderators for panels: so if you have prior experience, and want to participate, please email us.

We thank you for your interest in becoming a presenting speaker at the second annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, September 26, 27, 28, 2014. *Please note: No prior speaking experience is necessary for consideration. Submission of form does not guarantee acceptance. All entries will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted regarding interest and availability in participating. If you are submitting as a single speaker, please be aware we may add complementary speakers to a panel for a rounded out presentation. We only have select number of open topics available, and will chose those we find with widest appeal, importance of topic, and strong or original content. We will keep submission ideas for future conference planning if unable to use all this year as there are only so many agenda sessions available.  Further, be advised that we do not pay speaking fees though speakers do receive free conference attendance.

We will review all submissions and notify you via email by February 15, 2014 or before if your proposal moves to the next phase of planning.

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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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!

Ways to Save and Win at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Hi Everyone!  We’ve got our official speaker list finalized and will be posting it and the hour by hour agenda for the conference before the month is over.  There will be a “blogging” track that covers things like monetizing, self-publishing, and working with brands and a track related to disease management and new research so even if you don’t have a blog you will find topics to engage and inspire you.  Jenny remarked to me the other day that she cannot wait to see everyone in the same room – it is going to be great!

Looking for a Hotel Roommate?

Speaking of same rooms, we have been working with Cheryl, the founder of Freedible (a great new online community designed to allow those of us that deal with food restrictions to connect and share), to offer attendees to potentially share hotel room expenses.  As you know, we are being hosted at the South Point Hotel and Casino so we’ve secured 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!  Since the rate stays the same whether there is just one person in a room or two, we needed a way to allow attendees to connect and make plans and Cheryl (thank you so much!) was able to help us set up a private Freedible group you can post to.

Just join Freedible (if you haven’t already, it is free), be sure you’re logged in, and put in a request to be added to the group.  We’ll check requests against our list of registered attendees and approve you.  Only other members that are logged in will be able to see posts to the group and you can private message on the site to work out all the details!  You don’t have to stay on the hotel property to take advantage of this private group, we don’t have a group rate anywhere else in town but please contact us if you are looking for a local hotel with, say, in room cooking options.  We will mention we’ve been working with Chef Keith Norman (be sure to send us an email about any restrictions/requests you have so we can keep you in mind!) and the plan right now is that in addition to the food we’ll provide at the conference, the hotel restaurants will have some options that may suit many of you!

*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.

Two Ways to WIN Tickets to the Conference!

We have a FARE walk team that will be gathering on the morning of November 2, 2013 to participate in the Nevada FARE Walk (FABlogCon will have their own booth and rumor has it that we’ll be handing out an exclusive postcard to walkers!) and the highest fundraiser at the end of June 2013 was Selena of Amazing and Atopic.  Selena had already purchased her conference ticket and asked if she could give away the one she won on her blog so if you haven’t already purchased a ticket you can head over there and enter!

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Also, this month we are giving away a conference ticket to the highest fundraiser on our walk team at the end of July 2013!  For this giveaway, if you’ve already purchased a ticket you can give your winning ticket away or we can refund you the price you paid for your ticket.  Also, even if you can’t make it on the morning of the walk, virtual walkers are welcome and encouraged.  So you can still raise funds and awareness for FARE (a Gold Presenting sponsor of FABlogCon).  We are hoping to raise $1,000 as a team before the deadline to qualify to have our logo appear on the walk t-shirts.  Be sure to register any children walking with you as they will get a free shirt without logos just for participating.  For every $100 our team raises, an adult team member will earn a free shirt as well, it will be the perfect souvenir!

After the July 2013 ticket giveaway, you can still win great prizes for fundraising with our team, we are so excited to be able to offer these options.  At the conference itself we’re going to be giving away, among other things, a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and a Vitamix blender (stay tuned to learn how).

105 days to go!

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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.