Fine Dining Without Allergy Fears

But there is still more to do, they say. Tsai is working with the Massachusetts on a bill to help facilitate food allergy awareness in restaurants with a few simple measures such as posters and notices on menus to remind customers and servers to ask about allergies.

"As good as we are, we'll never be 100 percent safe," Tougne said. "We just have to be extremely vigilant and careful."

For Allergic Girl's Miller, the best taste scenario is one in which both she and key people at a restaurant are communicating clearly and often about her needs. On a recent night out, Miller arrived at a steak restaurant for dinner, having called beforehand and being told that they would be happy to accommodate her. That evening, the staff was ready and waiting for her.

"The chef came out and walked me through the menu, step by step, dish by dish," Miller said. "I ordered with ease, the food came out. ... The chef came by to see that everything was prepped to the specifications, and I called the next day to thank the general manager."

Miller said she enjoyed the meal all the more because she was relaxed and confident that her food was safe.

"It's a hospitality business," Miller said. "That's what they want for everyone."

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