Kentucky Restaurant Association Offers Members Training on Successfully Serving Today's Special Dietary Needs

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“We cover things like identifying hidden allergens in common ingredients, avoiding cross-contamination in the kitchen and in the front of the house, and how to implement a restaurant-wide system to keep all diners out of the ER for dessert,” Craig said.

(PRWEB) February 29, 2012 -- Members of the Kentucky Restaurant Association have a unique opportunity to learn how to keep diners with food allergies safe when they come to their eateries.

Kitchens with Confidence, a national food safety training organization based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is offering KRA members a specially discounted 90-minute webinar on March 13 at 1 p.m. CST. Members can sign up for the AllerTrain Managing Food Allergens and Gluten-Free in a Commercial Setting at the Association’s website at http://www.kyra.org.

“Our members are asking more and more questions about these issues,” explained Stacy Roof, president and CEO of KRA. “Our ServSafe trainer (Lisa McLaughlin) took the AllerTrain class and said she learned so much that we decided to offer it to our members.”

The information presented in the webinar complements the ServSafe classes, according to Betsy Craig, CEO of Kitchens with Confidence and a member of KRA.

“We cover things like identifying hidden allergens in common ingredients, avoiding cross-contamination in the kitchen and in the front of the house, and how to implement a restaurant-wide system to keep all diners out of the ER for dessert,” Craig said.

There is no limit to the number of people who can participate in the webinar, which is presented online. It is geared for restaurant professionals, chefs, managers, owners and servers.

“As food allergies and sensitivities become more prevalent, everyone in the restaurant business needs to know more,” Roof added. “We’re seeing a lot of interest from multi-location operators right now, and we’ll be offering more sessions of the webinar in the future to reach our smaller owners as well.”

Roof said KRA selected Kitchens with Confidence to provide food allergy training for several reasons.

“First of all, the class is excellent, and Betsy does a great job presenting the information,” she said. “And second, she is a member of the association. That shows her commitment. We’re happy to help our members learn what they need to know to deal with these issues and speak intelligently with their patrons.”

Craig also offers nutritional analysis for menu labeling through an associated company, MenuTrinfo.

For more information about AllerTrain classes, go to kitchenswithconfidence.com.

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