Another milestone accomplished with multiple food allergies.
My eldest son, Michael, with food allergies to dairy, eggs, beef, lamb, fish, shellfish, peanut/tree nuts, sesame, mustard and raspberries…just had his 2014 Prom Night!
All I can say is…it can be done!
Of course, just like all his classmates…picking out just the right outfit is key. Michael and I enjoyed our time out with him trying on suits, shirts and ties.
With a pale grey suit, white shirt and lavender tie picked out…it was on to the belt, socks (funky charcoal grey with purple polka dots) and shoes.
That is until he decided he would prefer a bow tie (Bluey purple houndstooth)…saving the lavender tie for graduation with, a yet to be picked out, jazzy kerchief for the pocket.
With the outfit picked out, the limo with about a dozen of his friends rented, it was time to think about the 2014 Prom Night meal…a buffet.
About a week before the event, I spoke to one of the teachers in charge of organizing the big event about the meal…beef, chicken, pasta with red sauce, Caesar salad, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables and some sort of dessert.
No matter what was on the menu…with all of Michael’s food allergens…I knew that the chef would need to create a separate meal.
I called up the banquet facility hosting the event and spoke with the events coordinator. She assured me that their facility had worked with patrons with food allergies. Just email her a list of Michael’s food allergies and the chef would create a meal just for him.
Literally, it was that simple.
She emailed me back this menu:
Grilled chicken (salt and pepper seasoning)
Roasted red potatoes (salt, pepper, olive oil)
Seasonal vegetables (salt, pepper, olive oil)
Dessert we will offer fresh fruit plate no raspberries
Michael’s meal would be plated in the kitchen separately and when he was ready for his meal, he was to ask a server to bring it out…perfect!
On the day of the prom, I called the principal to inform her of Michael’s separate meal. I also inquired about the staff attending the Prom to chaperone. The principal assured me that she was going to review with each of them the administration of an Allerject…she noted she had the Allerject trainer sitting on her desk.
I had presented her with an Allerject trainer at the last School Council Meeting along with an EpiPen trainer and other information from the many exhibitors at Anaphylaxis Canada’s 7th Annual Community Conference I attended. Click here for the post.
The principal requested that Michael inform her of his table number and even gave me her cell phone number…just in case I felt the need to call…I am pleased to say, I didn’t.
Michael even told me a teacher, aware of his multiple food allergies, the week of the Prom, stopped him in the hallway to ask if everything was set for him at the Prom…very impressed!
With all the details in place…it was time for Michael to be dropped off at his friend’s house to catch a limo!
Yes…I hung around to take pictures of all the guys and gals in their finest.
No…I was not the only proud mother taking pictures of this stellar crowd of soon to be graduates!
Yes…attending one’s Prom with a list of multiple food allergies…priceless!
P.S. Word of advice…a thank you goes a long way..