food allergies

Mr. Zee = The New Birthday Cupcake?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 15, 2014

My kids are in middle school now, which means we’ve mercifully moved past the annual dilemma of what to bring to class to celebrate their birthdays.  But for a long time, the topic of classroom birthday cupcakes loomed large on this blog.  Over the years, I’ve shared with you: My utter hypocrisy in quietly bringing […]


Epi-Pens In Every School: How You Can Help

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 10, 2013

Back in February, 2012 I told you about  a seven-year-old, peanut-allergic girl who died in Virginia because her family hadn’t supplied her school with an Epi-Pen, and the school nurse was constrained by rules prohibiting the use of an Epi-Pen prescribed to another child, even in an emergency. As I mentioned then, Virginia (and other states) have passed […]

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A Neglectful Blogger’s Link Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on May 23, 2013

I know I’m not supposed to be blogging daily anymore (to preserve my health and sanity), but it just doesn’t feel right not to share with you some of the many interesting articles and links that come across my screen at a rapid clip each day.  Lately, though, I’ve been playing catch-up on life – […]


Between my recent laptop crash and this mysterious “Lunch-Tray-third-anniversary-project” I keep alluding to on Facebook, I’m falling woefully behind on various promised posts.  One such post is the answer to a question left on TLT’s Facebook page by a reader named Allison who is concerned with junk food in her child’s classroom.  Since I’m pressed […]


I was a little scared to post yesterday’s piece about novelist Curtis Sittenfeld’s request that parents of non-allergic kids take certain precautions to protect kids with food allergies at the playground.  The degree to which society needs to collectively accommodate such kids can be a hot button issue, and I had no idea what to expect […]


Last night I read a thought-provoking piece in Slate by novelist Curtis Sittenfeld in which she asks parents to take precautions at the playground to protect her food-allergic daughter and others like her.  After explaining how chance encounters with various foods on the playground could potentially cause her child to suffer fatal anaphylaxis, Sittenfeld makes these requests: If your […]


Kids and Food Allergies: New Advice and a Potential New Cure

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 14, 2013

In case anyone missed the cover story of last Sunday’s New York Times magazine, it described groundbreaking efforts by one intrepid researcher, Dr. Kari Nadeau, to desensitize highly food-allergic kids against multiple allergens.  (Desensitization isn’t new – my niece was successfully desensitized to peanuts years ago –  but this program is the first to combine […]


New Laws Mean More Schools Will Use EpiPens in Allergic Emergencies

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 13, 2012

In this age of rising food allergies and peanut-free schools, I’d long assumed that all school nurses around the country must have EpiPens on hand in case of emergency. But when a seven-year-old, peanut-allergic girl tragically died in Virginia last month due to a lack of an EpiPen, I was shocked to learn that most schools will […]


Does Having a French Mom = Veggie-Adventurous Kids?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 31, 2012

Those of us with kids who are, to put it mildly, a tad veggie-resistant often scratch our heads and wonder where we went wrong. In my own case, I’ve long been baffled by my son’s (now lessening, but still an issue) vegetable avoidance, given that we’re clearly doing a lot right. For example, my husband […]


[Ed Note:  Justin Gagnon is the CEO of Choicelunch, a school food catering service in the Bay Area.  We somehow “met” through The Lunch Tray and I was taken not only with Justin’s passionate commitment to providing school kids with healthy, delicious and sustainable meals, but also with his nuanced and clear-headed thinking about school […]