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18th Sep, 2021

Felicity's got the perfect recipe for an allergy-free dining experience

A CATERING student from Alcester is organising a unique dining experience – serving food safe for anyone with food allergies.

Felicity Dunbar has recruited her fellow culinary learners at Stratford College to host Allergy Friendly Dining on Thursday, April 26, during Allergy Awareness Week.

The 17-year-old suffers from many food allergies herself and can’t eat many everyday foods including eggs, peanuts, beans and tomatoes.

“There are 14 different food allergies a person can suffer from which obviously really limits what you can eat,” she said. “I want to prove that it’s possible to serve a variety of delicious meals that are totally safe for people with food allergies.”

Diners will be treated to a varied taster menu including roast vegetable salad, chicken Wellington in wheat-free pastry, and dairy-free chocolate brownies.

The event will be held in the college’s on-campus Academy Restaurant, and the teenager will be working front-of-house talking to diners about living with food allergies and the challenges she faces when preparing food and ordering meals.

Felicity, who plans to make a career out of developing food recipes for people with allergies, knows exactly what dish she is most looking forward to preparing – the desserts.

“Whenever I go to restaurants, I’m never able to have any. So being able to create desserts for people with allergies is very exciting. And I’ll definitely be sampling a few too.”

Proceeds will go to Over The Wall – a UK charity providing residential summer camps for children and their families coping with serious illnesses and conditions.

Tickets for Allergy Friendly Dining are £20. Seating takes place at 7pm. Call 01789 266245 to book.

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