Greenwich, CT, August 25, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Have you ever prepared an amazing meal, only to discover that one of your guests could not eat it due to a dietary restriction? Parents of children with food allergies also face similar struggles every time their child gets invited to a birthday party or play date. Will there be food at the party that will be safe for their children to eat?
It is a dilemma that is becoming more common with the rise of people following special diets, be it gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, as well as the host of food allergies and intolerances to milk, soy, nuts, eggs, fish/shellfish or wheat, making menu or party planning a daunting task.
While there are currently general sites that can address each of these specific issues, there is not one site that takes into account all of these special diets or allergens and provides recipe and menu planning ideas to accommodate all of your guests. Until now. FoodForMyFriends.com integrates the best aspects of general recipe and allergy/ intolerance/ restriction sites to help simplify entertaining, with recipes, menu planning ideas, and tips through social interaction.
“Through our own personal experiences, we believe there are enough people who are conscientious about the impact of the food they serve their friends, family members, or co-workers, and that we have identified a community waiting to be united,” said Amy Kallesten Co-founder and CEO of Food For My Friends, Inc. “We believe all people should be able to sit at one table and have a meal that everyone can enjoy, regardless of their dietary preferences or needs.”
FoodForMyFriends.com aims to streamline menu planning by leveraging other people’s food experiences and successes. Hostesses can ask guests to go on the site and input their dietary preferences, as well as those of other family members. The site will then provide the hostess a list of her guests’ needs and provide menu and recipe suggestion that accommodate all invited guests.
“No guest wants to seem ungrateful or perceived as being difficult for the type of diet they choose or need to eat. We created FoodForMyFriends.com to save both hostess and guest from having to have that awkward conversation,” said Kate McMahon, Co-founder and CFO.
Every year, Amy hosts a fall dinner party with participants in the community supporting agriculture (CSA) farm share, featuring items from their last delivery. The dinners consist of four courses and grew to as many as 24 guests, making it challenging to create a menu that matched each dietary requirement (vegetarian, vegan, soy and fish allergies, gluten-free). It was overwhelming to plan a menu with items in each course that met every guests’ changing dietary needs and allow them to sit down at the same table to share a meal together.
Amy came to the realization that there had to be a better way other than sending flurries of emails and follow-up phone calls to confirm dietary requirements and general dislikes to plan a dinner party. Since there was not a single site that she could go to for recipes accommodating all of these combined allergy and dietary choices, she decided to create it with two close friends, Kate McMahon (CFO) and Cheryl Williams (CMO), both of whom have experienced the stress of planning a menu to accommodate all.
Whether it’s a dinner party or bake sale, a kid’s birthday party or adult dinner with family or friends, FoodForMyFriends.com can be applied to any hosting situation. The site is free to join. People are encouraged to sign up, invite their friends, and continue to come back to educate themselves and others on reoccurring food trends and personal experiences, such as being vegan at a holiday party.
The women behind Food for My Friends will be at the Black Rock Farmers’ Market Sept. 20 from 9 to 1, and invite all who are interested to come and learn more about the site from its founders.
In addition to signing up at FoodForMyFriends.com, users can also visit Food For My Friends on Facebook, Twitter (@food4myfriends) and Pinterest for more information.