Technivision was contracted by Paul Antico to develop a first-of-its-kind national website for people with food allergies. Below is an excerpt from their launch press release. To visit the website go to www.allergyeats.com.
New Website Takes the Guesswork Out of Restaurant Dining for People with Food Allergies and Intolerances
BOSTON (January 25, 2009) – If you or a loved one is prone to food allergies, you know the challenges of finding a restaurant where everyone will feel comfortable.
That search has just gotten easier.
A new website, www.allergyeats.com, combines the best of Internet technology with peer-to-peer information to help people know in advance how well (or poorly) a restaurant responds to people with food allergies and other food intolerances, such as Celiac Disease.
The website lists over 600,000 restaurants in the United States and is searchable by geographic location, provides maps and driving directions, lists phone numbers and includes menus, industry certifications and other information of interest to food allergy sufferers when available.
Users are encouraged to help the rest of the food allergy community by answering three simple questions (takes less than a minute) about their dining experience. The answers are compiled into an objective “allergy-friendliness rating” that gives users instantaneous at-a-glance information about the “allergy friendliness” of specific restaurants.
There is also a place on the site for written comments, which will be monitored to ensure they contain only food-allergy related opinions.
“This site is an outgrowth of the difficulty I have in finding a place where my two food-allergic children can eat,” said Paul Antico, who spent 18 months researching and designing the site.
“The food allergy community is very tight-knit. The comprehensiveness of AllergyEats gives them a place online where they can share their experiences and help each other,” Antico said.