2015 05/05

have your burger & eat it, too…even if you have food allergies {giveaway}

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED — Congratulations Shelly!

In our house we’re not really allowed to say the phrase “it’s not fair”. Few things drive me battier than when my kids jump into their whiniest of voices and start in on the “it’s not fair” song.

But, this isn’t my house so…

ALLERGIES! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!!

I survived childhood, the teen years, college and post college without suffering at the hands of allergies. And, here I sit, 30+ years old, lamenting the misery of allergies!

Thankfully the world has come along way in the case of allergies and “suffering” isn’t nearly what it used to be. Especially in the case of food allergies.

Just a few years ago you were pretty much out-of-luck if you had a food allergy and wanted to dine out. But, with increased awareness for food allergies, especially gluten, restaurants have stepped up and many have created special selections that help you avoid those certain ingredients.

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Red Robin, in particular, has gone the extra mile!

Meet Red Robin’s Customizer Hub! This is a specialized feature on RedRobin.com that allows you to customize your menu based on your dietary restrictions. Simply select “Build a Customized Allergen Menu” and begin making your modifications. By selecting the ingredient you want to avoid (dairy, soy, gluten, etc), the Customized Allergen Menu offers suggestions of foods you may enjoy or modified ways to enjoy traditional menu options.

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Then, when you visit Red Robin, just let your server know that you do have food allergy and they’ll enter in your order with an “allergy alert”. That alert lets the kitchen staff know that that particular order needs to be prepared with one of their allergen kits, designated purple for Allergen Awareness. The kitchen tools in the allergen kits are only used to prepare those meals where certain ingredients meed to be avoided.

You guys! This is so cool! We tested it out one night with our family and I was so impressed with how knowledgable the Red Robin staff were. I simply mentioned “food allergy” and they began explaining their allergy alerts and allergen kitchen tools to me.

So in the age of heightened food-allergy awareness this may not seem like that big of a deal. But think about those people who are just starting down the food-allergy or food-intolerance path. Not only will the Customizer Hub help those “new to food allergies/intolerance”, but the trained staff at Red Robin will make sure they get an amazing meal without jeopardizing their dietary restrictions. And everyone in your party (with or without dietary restrictions) gets to enjoy a delicious dinner! Mmmmm…..cheeseburgers!

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Giveaway!!!

To help kick off National Allergy Awareness Month and to give you the opportunity to check out Red Robin’s Customizer Hub on RedRobin.com, I’m giving away a $25 Red Robin gift card to one lucky reader! Perfect for a date night or maybe a little ‘end of the school year’ celebration with the family!

To enter, just leave a comment below telling me if you or someone in your family deals with food allergies or intolerance. How has it changed your dining-out habits? 

* giveaway terms: Giveaway is open to US residents 18 years or older (must have US shipping address, no PO Boxes). Giveaway period ends Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before forfeiting the prize. All prizing will be provided by Red Robin. StaceySays is not responsible for lost or stolen prizes.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Red Robin. The Red Robin information and gift cards have been provided by Red Robin. All opinions and drooling over their cheeseburgers are all my own.

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18 Comments

  • My youngest is allergic to dairy, egg, soy, peanuts and tree nuts. We rarely take him to eat out, but have found Red Robin to be super allergy-friendly. Our servers are great at knowing what he can and can’t eat and he’s super happy with his burger patty and allergen-friendly fries (that are always separated from the regular fries).

  • I have a friend who has 2 children with Celiac, since the 2 were diagnosed their whole family has gone gluten free. When our family made the move, for other reasons she was AMAZING and offered wonderful advice. Red Robin was one of her restaurant suggestions, telling me they were extremely helpful and understanding.

  • I have a gluten sensitivity problem. It has changed the way I eat when going out. I find myself researching where I can eat if I plan to go out.

  • Luckily no one in my family has to deal with food allergies and intolerances. Nonetheless, I think it’s great that Red Robin is addressing these issues.

  • We don’t have any allergies, but we love Red Robin

  • We don’t have any allergies in our family. Red Robin is our kids’ favorite place…they always choose to go there for their birthdays.

  • We have to be careful because both of my kids are allergic to nuts.

  • We do not have allergies in my family but my sister does and this menu will help make going out to lunch with her easier.
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  • We’re very fortunate…no allergies in our family. We enjoy Red Robin but haven’t been there in a while.

  • Thankfully nobody in my family has allergies…but good to know about the special menu just in case.

  • Fortunately nobody in our house has been diagnosed with any food allergies. My wife eats a lot of gluten-free food, but that is by choice, not necessity.

  • Severe peanut allergy keeps us from eating Asian food and going to certain steakhouses that have peanut shells all over the floor. Thankfully there are a number of restaurants that use no nuts or peanut oil.

  • My son has a seafood allergy so we have to be careful and know ahead of time what and how things are cooked. We typically have to state it and then the restaurants usually make all attempts to make sure we have no problems dining.

  • It changes how you cook and where you go out – it makes things harder.

  • My youngest daughter is lactose intolerant so I always have to make sure she avoid certain foods but other than that, we don’t have any food issues.

  • We don’t have food allergies, but I think this option would be helpful if we develop any,

  • my husband and our son have nut allergies and we are extra cautious about understanding what ingredients are and asking questions.

  • Happy to say that our family has no food allergies and we would love to try Red Robin!

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