Allergy-Safe Dining

A Guide for the Restaurant and Food Service Industry

What can restaurants do to ensure patrons with food or latex allergies stay safe and enjoy their time dining out? How can kitchen staff avoid cross-contact when preparing food? And what exactly is anaphylaxis?

Allergy & Asthma Network’s “Allergy-Safe Dining: A Guide for the Restaurant and Food Service Industry,” is designed to help restaurateur owners, managers, wait staff, hosts, chefs and kitchen staff better understand and address food and latex allergies.

The guide is divided into two sections, with a bonus section available exclusively online, and is accessible as a free download. Print the entire publication or select pages, and create a binder for easy referral. You may also order a free printed copy (shipping and handling charges may apply) by calling 800.878.4403 or emailing

Restaurant Safety Guidance & Allergy Management

Section A includes detailed information on how restaurant owners and staff can develop a food and latex allergy policy, how to accommodate food-allergic guests in and out of the kitchen, and strategies to ensure a safe and enjoyable dining experience.


  • Smart Dining: Menu Minders / Putting Safety First
  • What to Do In an Anaphylaxis Emergency
  • Simple Strategies for Success
  • Cross-Contact Concerns
  • Communication with Guests
  • When Gluten-Free Is Not a Choice
  • Latex Allergy Hidden Dangers

Allergy & Anaphylaxis 101

Section B includes a basic overview of anaphylaxis and food and latex allergies and step-by-step instructions for treating a severe allergic reaction.


  • What Is Anaphylaxis?
  • Top 8 Food Allergens
  • How to Use an Epinephrine Auto-Injector
  • Latex Allergy’s Link to Food
  • Food Allergy Symptoms: Mild vs. Serious
  • Food Intolerance or Food Allergy?
  • How to Read a Food Label

Bonus Content: Articles of Interest

Section C includes articles specifically for restaurant patrons with food allergies and latex allergies, as well as general information about severe allergies and anaphylaxis.


  • Managing Food Allergies at Theme Parks and Cruise Ships
  • Heart 2 Heart: Dating With Allergies and Asthma
  • Safe Travels: Careful Planning an Go a Long Way
  • Sample Chef Cards
  • Navigating Restaurants With Latex Allergy
  • Sample Latex Allergy Letter to Restaurant Manager
  • Sesame – The 9th Food Allergen?
  • Why Is Lupin Allergy Becoming More Common?

This guide is intended for use as a tool for allergy and anaphylaxis management in the restaurant and food service industry. The information, recommendations and content are medically reviewed and based on best practices.