The other day I saw an advertisement for gingerbread house decorating classes at a restaurant outside of Boston. When I called to inquire, I mentioned that one of my children has a peanut allergy. Not surprising, the class is a no-go for us. Then, a few days later, I found out that Fancypants Bakery is offering Cookie Decorating Parties. You may recall Fancypants Bakery was featured in the Buzz Around New England: Nut Free Cookies Get Fancy a few months ago. What a neat idea--peanut and nut allergy friendly cookie decorating parties! So, for those of you around the Boston area, you have a new option for birthday parties and other festive children's events.
I realize that there is always the question of individual comfort levels, but I really like the idea of a food allergy friendly celebration. So often, kids with food allergies can't partake. The routine is familiar to many of us: birthday parties for the younger set especially entail bringing your child, his gift, his safe cupcake, and epi-pens. Imagine how enjoyable it would be for allergic kids to be able to take part in a food-focused celebration and be able to eat what everyone else is eating. The only other food allergy friendly party location I can think of is Lootsalicious, a nut-free ice cream parlour in Toronto. (Has anyone been there, by the way?) How about locations suitable for other allergies, like dairy? Does anyone know of any other food allergy friendly party locations with a food theme? I am hoping there are some in other locations, some hidden jewels, so we can compile a small list. Thanks!