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Can People With Food Allergies Eat BBQ?

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.bbqrescues.org

Dr. Ruchi Gupta MD,Chef Elizabeth Falkner,Food Allergies,2018 World Food Championships,Orange Beach, AL.
Dr. Ruchi Gupta, MD and Chef Elizabeth Falkner presenting Addressing Food Allergies seminar at 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL.

As long as you are not allergic to meat or fresh vegetables, there is no reason a person with allergies cannot eat BBQ. The important thing is to be conscious of all ingredients being used, and to guard against cross contamination. While judging my first World Food Championships last week, I got to attend a seminar called Addressing Allergies in Food Service. It was a half day program including experts: Dr. Ruchi Gupta, MD and Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner (of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters fame). The seminar was skillfully moderated by Tonya Winders, President & CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner,Allergy Friendly Food,2018 World Food Championships
Chef Elizabeth Falkner prepares Allergy Friendly Menu at 2018 World Food Championships.

Of course the highlight was tasting food made by Chef Falkner, who is also known for her famous San Fransisco restaurant Citizen Cake. It was one of my favorite go-to places whenever I visited the city (the Short Ribs were amazing).  Unfortunately they closed in 2012, when the chef relocated to New York City. While preparing two dishes (plus dessert), Dr. Gupta, Chef Falkner and Tonya Winders gave us the scoop on cooking for people with Food Allergies.

Yes, they kind enough to do Photo Ops, upon request.

Though Gluten Free foods have taken the public spotlight, the eight most common allergies are:

  • Tree Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Other common allergens include Chocolate, Mustard Seed, Sesame, Citrus, Onion/Garlic and Sulfites.

Allergy Friendly,Gluten Free,Roasted Pumpkin,Gnocchi,Chia,Herb,Pesto,Roasted Pumpkin Seeds,Chef Elizabeth Falkner
Allergy Friendly Gluten Free Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Chia Herb Pesto and Zesty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds prepared by Chef Elizabeth Falkner. Light and Delicious.

Most of us are fortunate to live without food allergies. However, people with allergies suffer from anaphylaxis, a condition that can go from causing discomfort to life threatening reactions. They depend on having Epinephrine available to combat these reactions. So if you are cooking anything, including BBQ, for someone with an allergy, please take it very seriously. To be safe, it is best to make everything from scratch instead of using processed foods- that can be manufactured in facilities with Nuts or Wheat. If you must use prepared foods, be sure to read the label carefully.

Collard Greens,Enchiladas,Salad,Corn,Black Beans,Chef Elizabeth Falkner,2018 World Food Championships.
Collard Green Enchiladas Salad with Corn, Black Beans and Rice prepared by Chef Elizabeth Falkner at the 2018 World Food Championships.

Sadly, some restaurants and other eateries will not accommodate those with allergies. They think allergic people are just picky eaters. Moderator Winders shared the sad story of she and her young daughter being kicked out of a restaurant that refused to alter their menu. If you are cooking for those with allergies, be sure to determine how sensitive they are to certain foods. For example, many Pizza places offer Gluten Free crusts, but there’s regular flour all over the place. Someone with severe Celiac disease would be wise to take a pass.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner,Dairy Free,Chocolate,Flax Seed,Mousse ,Carob,Mesquite Powder,Streusel,2018 World Food Championships
Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s Dairy Free Chocolate Flax Seed Mousse with Carob/Mesquite Streusel at 2018 World Food Championships.

Chef Falkner’s menu for the day included Gluten Free Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Chia Herb Pesto and Zesty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. It was light and delicious. She also made a salad with components of her Collard Green Enchiladas dish. The original recipe uses whole Collard leaves as a substitute for Tortillas, but only chopped leaves were available that day. For dessert, the chef prepared a Chocolate Flax Seed Mousse with Carob/Mesquite Streusel. She somehow made the preparation of these Iron Chef worthy dishes look simple.

For more on Cooking BBQ (or anything) for People with Food Allergies, check out these links:

Allergy and Asthma Network (general information and resources) http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/

Allergy Safe Dining (free download of great info for food professionals) http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/outreach/publications/special-publications/allergy-safe-dining/

AllergyHome (emphasis on schools and kids) https://www.allergyhome.org/

Summer Barbeque Tips for Hosts and Guests (allergy safe suggestions) https://www.foodallergy.org/about-fare/blog/summer-barbeque-tips-for-hosts-and-guests

Have an Allergy Friendly Barbecue (more tips for people with allergies) https://blog.americanmedical-id.com/2017/07/allergy-friendly-barbecue/

Eating Safely at the Family BBQ (Gluten Free suggestions) https://www.allergicliving.com/2010/07/02/ask-the-celiac-expert/

More on Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s Books and Online Classes https://www.elizabethfalkner.com/books-television

The Food Allergy Experience (book by Dr. Ruchi Gupta with free links to allergy research) http://www.ruchigupta.com/the-food-allergy-experience-1/

Tasty Freedom- How We Mastered Fear, Illness and Foreign Travel with Severe Food Allergies (a charming little book by my friend Chef Jaquy Yngvason and hubby Josh Greenfield, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other outlets) https://www.amazon.com/Tasty-Freedom-Mastered-Illness-Allergies/dp/0692982825

AllergyEats- website is like the Yelp for people all over the country for reviewing restaurants https://www.allergyeats.com/

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Spotlight on BBQ RESCUES! Foundation- Part III- Closing out 2017 from Arizona to Skid Row

#BBQRESCUESFoundation #Redfoo #LMFAO #ChefMickBrown #VeganBBQ
Chef Mick Brown of the BBQ RESCUES Foundation seen with pop sensation Redfoo of group LMFAO (“Party Rock Anthem”) fame. The Foundation was challenged to create a Vegan BBQ Menu for the star and his family’s Thanksgiving Dinner. Pictured Dish- Smoked Sweet Potato/Rainbow Carrot Mash with Mint and Smoked Coconut Flakes.

To end out 2017, the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation was active with Social Media outreach to promote Fitness and Healthier Grilling, as well as participate other important Community Projects. We traveled from Arizona, to Palm Springs and spent Christmas Eve handing out hundreds of Holiday Salads to the Homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Here are some Highlights of our Activities. Check back soon for Updates.

September 2017

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Promotional sign for Fraternal Order of Eagles BBQ fundraiser to benefit the Agape House of Prescott in Prescott, AZ.

Chef Mick Brown made appearance at Fundraiser in Prescott, Arizona to promote Healthy Grilling and support the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ efforts to help Agape House of Prescott in their mission to serve the Homeless.

http://agapehouseprescott.org/about-us/

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#ElksTheatre #ChefMickBrown #PrescottArizona
Chef Mick Brown of the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation, meets with Volunteers to tour the Historic Elks Theatre in Prescott, Arizona.

Met with Staff at historic Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center. Agreed to work on bringing “Broadway to Prescott” benefit to support local youth charities, and serve Healthy Gourmet BBQ to Supporters.

http://www.prescottelkstheater.com/

#FarmatSouthMountain #Phoenix
Creative Warning Sign at the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, where they specialize in fresh Farm-to-Table Cuisine, including BBQ!

#FarmatSouthMountain #Phoenix #ChefMickBrown
Chef Mick Brown at the Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix. Hoping to hitchhike ride in old Pick-up.

Met with staff at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, Az. Along with tasting some amazing food from their Grill, we agreed to come back sometime for a workshop to teach Phoenix how to smoke the nuts from their Pecan Trees.

https://www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com

#ChefMickBrown #BBQ #HardrockPalmSprings
Caught last year of Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs. Chef Mick Brown with poolside Grill Master.

Talked with Executive Chefs at Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs about doing a poolside “Bikini BBQ” fundraiser. Unfortunately, the resort closed before we could make it happen.

https://www.kesq.com/news/breaking-hard-rock-hotel-in-palm-springs-to-cease-operations/733590471

October 2017

Did healthy Spooky Grilled Shrimp Video sponsored by Luvafoodie.com. Has over 55,000 views to date.

https://luvafoodie.com

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Chef Mick Brown at We Can Survive 2017 concert to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Attended We Can Survive concert to benefit the Breast Cancer Awareness. Enjoyed Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Sam Smith, The Weekend and surprise act Rihanna.

https://variety.com/2017/music/news/pink-harry-styles-hollywood-bowl-we-can-survive-concert-1202596126/

#ChefMickBrown #NaheedenceStudios #CutThroatKitchen #Winner #BBQ #GrillMaster #Champion
Chef Mick Brown in “BBQ and Politics Don’t Mix” by Naheedence Studios.

Released iconic “BBQ and Politics Don’t Mix” Photos courtesy of Naheedence Photography.

http://www.naheedence.com/

November 2017

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Chef Mick Brown with Ted Talk Speaker and Reinvent Yourself motivational coach Sahar Andrade.

Attended first “Dream and Brainstorm Together” workshop with expert motivational coach (and Ted Talk Speaker) Sahar Andrade in Burbank, CA.

https://www.saharconsulting.com/

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Chef Mick Brown with Mark Casanova and Stephany Campos of Homeless Healthcare LA. Thanksgiving 2017.

Foundation donated services to prepare Thanksgiving Turkeys, Stuffing and Vegan Glazed Yellow Squash & Veggies for Homeless Healthcare LA Holiday Party for Staff.

https://www.hhcla.org/

#Vegan #Thanksgiving #2017 #ChefMickBrown #BBQRESCUES #Foundation #Redfoo #Smoky #RainbowCarrot #SweetPotato #Grilled #MixedGreens #Kale
Vegan Thanksgiving 2017 dishes prepared by Chef Mick Brown of the BBQ RESCUES Foundation for pop star Redfoo and Family. Smoky Rainbow Carrot & Sweet Potato Mash with Mint, Coconut and Grilled Veggie Mixed Greens with Kale.

Foundation answered challenge to demo Vegan Thanksgiving dishes for pop star Redfoo . and Family.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redfoo

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December 2017

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Chef Mick Brown with Hawaiian Dancers at 2017 Island Beer and Food Fest in San Diego, CA.

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Promoted Foundation and Healthier BBQ at 2017 Island Beer and Food Fest in San Diego, CA.

https://www.sandiegoreader.com/events/2017/dec/02/island-food-and-beer-fest-san-diego/

#SimonsCafeandCatering #SanDiego
Simon’s Cafe & Catering, San Diego

Discovered Simon’s Cafe and Catering in San Diego. One of the highlights of national food tour. They do Charity and Grill Veggies!

Released the first nutritious White Asparagus Mac N Cheese video on Youtube.

#Volunteers #LosAngelesMission #Holiday #Luncheon #2017.
Volunteers at Los Angeles Mission’s Holiday Luncheon 2017.

Promoted LA Mission’s annual Holiday Luncheon. Hope to be invited to participate more next year.

http://abc7.com/society/la-mission-provides-holiday-feast-toys-to-families-in-need/2812851/

#BBQRESCUESFoundation #LosAngeles #Volunteers #ChristmasEve #Homeless #SkidRow #Downtown #LA #JackeyHall #AaronCollins #RachelMilstein #December #2017
BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Los Angeles Volunteers preparing Christmas Eve Grilled Salads for the Homeless on Skid Row, Downtown LA December 2017. Pictured: Actress Jackey Hall, Aaron Collins, Rachel Milstein.

#BBQRESCUES #Foundation #GrilledVeggie #Salad #SmokedHam.
BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Grilled Veggie Salad with Smoked Ham.

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BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Grilled Veggie Salad with Smoked Ham. Handed out hundreds to people on Skid Row on Christmas Eve 2017.

#ChefMickBrown #BBQRESCUESFoundation #LaniDapolani #Volunteers #HBNH #HomelessButNotHelpless #Ministries #Salads #ChristmasEve #2017 #LosAngeles
Chef Mick Brown of BBQ RESCUES Foundation with Lani Dapolani and Volunteers of HBNH (Homeless But Not Helpless) Ministries passing out Salads Christmas Eve 2017, Downtown Los Angeles.

Foundation donated nearly 300 Salads to Homeless people on Skid Row, Christmas Eve 2017. Others necessities also passed out by Lani Dapolani, founder of HBNH (Homeless But Not Helpless) Ministries and the LA Mission.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/HBNHMinistry

Stay Tuned For Exciting 2018 Updates!

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Kosher Grilling Ideas & Local Eateries (Los Angeles)

byChef Mick Brown

Courtesy of www.BBQRESCUES.org

#SmokedWhitefish #Lox #Salmon #BBQ RESCUES #KosherBBQ.
Some people may just call it Smoked Whitefish and Lox or Salmon. Here at BBQ RESCUES, we consider it Kosher BBQ.

Where can you find the Kosher BBQ in Los Angeles? If anyone has any favorites, feel to add them to our Comments below. On June 10, 2018, I was honored to be invited to the 26th Annual Breakfast Meeting at Congregation Bais Naftoli in Los Angeles. Along with Congregation President, the event was attended by high ranking city, county and federal officials. Check below for an online printable version of the Kosher Recipe handouts prepared by the BBQ RESCUES! Foundation. Feel free to reprint and share alike.

#chefmickbrown #andrewfriedman #BBQRESCUES #CongregationBaisNaftoli #LosAngeles
Was a true pleasure to meet Andrew Friedman, President of Congregation Bais Naftoli in Los Angeles.

For the Breakfast, they served delicious Scrambled Eggs, Lox Salmon, Smoked Whitefish, Banana Blintzes, as well as was an abundances of Salad, Bagels, Cream Cheese and Fresh Fruits (& Veggies). My favorite was chomping on the Blueberries that were refreshing and in season, among other dishes.

After the Breakfast, I attended to a meeting at the West Los Angeles Farmer’s Market. Upon leaving, I couldn’t resist the unmistakable aroma of smoking BBQ.  Venturing a bit further down Santa Monica Bl., was surprised to stumble upon my first ever Kosher Street BBQ at Santa Monica Kosher Market. A Coincidence? After having just prepared flyers on the subject? Who knows… Will say I was impressed to not have to request Fresh Veggies from the Grill. They already had me covered.

#KosherBBQ #Mesquite #Chicken #GrilledVeggies #SantaMonicaKosherMarket #BBQ #Sundays
KosherBBQ- Mesquite Grilled Chicken, Grilled Veggies from Santa Monica Kosher Market “BBQ Sundays”.

 

TIPS: How to incorporate BBQ and more Nutrition for your Home Kosher Dishes:

Matzo ball Soup– Try wood smoking Chicken for the Broth. Grill the Carrots, Celery and even the Matzo Balls before adding with Herbs to broth.
Kosher Vegan Soup Broth and Gluten Free Matzo Balls are available online and at selected Kosher Grocery Stores.
Smoked Salmon– Home Smoked Salmon contains up to 80% less sodium than most store bought cured salmon.
Smoked Brisket– Rather than the oven, try cooking your Brisket on the Grill to add nice smoky flavor.
Pastrami- Yes pastrami! Try grilling or smoking it at home to cut down on the heavily salty and sugared brines used in store brands and certain Deli’s.
Smoked Whitefish- Is much easier to smoke at home than you may think.

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Copy and Downloadable version of BBQ RESCUES! Foundation’s Tips for Kosher BBQ.

LINKS:

Congregation Bais Naftoli– 221 S. La Brea Ave., LA 90036  https://www.guidestar.org/profile/95-4374061

RESOURCES: Some Kosher BBQ in Los Angeles:*

Santa Monica Kosher Market- Chicken, Kabobs, Grilled Veggies every Sunday. 11540 W. Santa Monica Bl., West LA

Ta-eem Grill— Kabobs, Grilled Chicken, Beef, Rib Eye Steak. 7422 Melrose Ave. LA. www.ta-eemgrillinc.com
Haifa Restaurant- Grilled Schnitzel, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Trout. 8717 W. Pico Blvd. LA www.haifala.com
Harrisa/Got Kosher?– Grilled Chicken, Tofu, Pulled Brisket, Sausage, Steak, Lamb and Sunday BBQ Menu. 8914 W. Pico Bl., West LA www.harrisala.com
Osher Restaurant- Fun new Kosher place with BBQ Burgers and Jewish Soul Food. 8657 W Pico Blvd. LA www.osherla.com

*List is non-sponsored, always confirm Kitchens are Kosher