Granite City Food & Brewery

My family had a wonderful experience at Granite City Food & Brewery located at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst last weekend. We were able to speak with a manager and chef about our tree nut, peanut, milk and egg allergies.  Upon entering the restaurant, the host had a complete ingredient list for every meal at the host stand and to put us more at ease talked to the chef right after handing us these lists.  The chef on duty had a shellfish allergy himself and offered to either take pictures or bring to our table any packaging from items we were interested in ordering. My children were thrilled to eat hamburgers wrapped in tortillas and steamed veggies.  We will definitely be dining there again soon!


School Pilot Program


Excited to announce that NEOFAN and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital presented a pilot food allergy prevention and management program at Hawken Lower School. About 50 staff members attended the presentation given by Dr. Leigh Ann Kerns, Rainbow Allergist and NEOFAN’s medical advisor. We are reviewing the feedback and making changes for additional pilot programs this fall. Our ultimate goal is to have an informative and well received program that can be shared with schools across Northeast Ohio.

Thanks to Leigh Ann Kerns, MD, Elizabeth Honold, Amanda Liptak, RDN, Sherry Mendelsohn, Amy Przeworksi, PhD, Lauren Unke, and Joyce Wald for all of your input.

Stay tuned!!!!




Connect with Food Allergy Parents

Connect with food allergy parents in your area…

As we know, it is hard to live with food allergies.  Sharing challenges, comparing notes and learning new tips from other food allergy parents can help.  The following parents are helping to build connections in their area.  Contact them directly to find out more and also look for NEOFAN emails about their get togethers.

Hudson, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Kent, Streetsboro, Twinsburg and Macedonia

contact Lauren Unke ( 216.773.0255

Strongsville, Brunswick, Medina, Hinkley, Richfield, North Royalton and Broadview Heights

contact Amanda Liptak, RDN (Registered Dietician) 330.441.1706






Auvi-Q Recall


Please see the information below about the Auvi-Q recall for all current Auvi-Q devices in distribution. Find more information at the Auvi-Q Website.

Update: Learn more about the reimbursement process.

Sanofi US Issues Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Auvi‑Q® Due to Potential Inaccurate Dosage Delivery

Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi‑Q®(epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi‑Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot numbers 2081278 through 3037230, which expire October 2015 through December 2016. The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery, which may include failure to deliver drug.


Chocolate Emporium

I have been searching for a particular “Holy Grail” for some time now – allergy-safe, dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free white chocolate chips and butterscotch chips that I can use in baking for my allergic children. Chocolate Emporium just re-opened, under new management and they carry both options!

Chocolate Emporium

Chocolate Emporium, located at 4226 Mayfield Road South Euclid, Ohio 44121, has been making delicious kosher non-dairy (Parve) chocolates since 1993. They specialize in producing Dairy, gluten, nut, and egg free chocolates. In addition, they produce and design handmade chocolates and gifts for all occasions year round.  Read their allergy information here.

I will be able to make my Butterscotch-Oatmeal cookies again! And make modeling chocolate for my cakes!

-Eileen Smits