Another exciting relationship forged between our friends at AllergyEats and Opentable.com an online restaurant reservation service. Opentable.com is a valuable tool to communicate your needs to a restaurant before you step across the threshold. I use it all the time, as well as have talked about it on my blog. It’s one of many tools I suggest utilizing to communicate your needs with dining out with a severe life threatening food allergy. Here is the press release from AllergyEats. Congratulations, Paul!
New Relationship Streamlines the Process of Finding Allergy-Friendly Restaurants
& Making Reservations
BOSTON, MA (June 18, 2013) – The food allergy community depends on AllergyEats the leading guide to allergy-friendly restaurants nationwide, to reduce the guesswork and anxiety surrounding dining out with food allergies. Now, thanks to a new affiliate relationship with OpenTable, they can also quickly and easily make restaurant reservations directly from the AllergyEats website and smartphone app.
OpenTable is now available via the AllergyEats core website and smartphone app – allowing people to instantly use their computer, tablet or smartphone to make reservations at any US restaurant on OpenTable. OpenTable is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 12 million diners per month via its site and mobile solutions. More than 450 million diners have depended on OpenTable to find a restaurant, choose a table and book their reservations online.
“AllergyEats, a peer-based ratings and review site, lets people see at-a-glance which restaurants have been more willing and better able to accommodate special dietary requirements, allowing food-allergic diners to make more informed choices about where to dine. Once they find an accommodating restaurant, they can now instantly make reservations through the AllergyEats site or app, provided the restaurant is part of the large and growing OpenTable network,” said Paul Antico, Founder/CEO of AllergyEats, father of three food-allergic children and passionate food allergy advocate.
“This relationship streamlines and simplifies the process of finding allergy-friendly restaurants and then making reservations at those accommodating establishments. AllergyEats has become even more valuable as a one-stop resource for dining out with food allergies,” Antico continued.
Both AllergyEats and OpenTable are free to use.
According to the National Restaurant Association (NRA), 130 million people eat at a food establishment daily. As many as 15 million people nationwide, 9 million of them adults, have food allergies, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, and these numbers are expected to rise. With a reported 4% of the U.S. population living with food allergies, and millions of food-allergic people dining out each day, AllergyEats has become a tremendously popular resource for finding – and rating – allergy-friendly restaurants. AllergyEats has grown steadily since its early 2010 launch, and is continuing its upwards trajectory with thousands of new users each month.
AllergyEats, a free, peer-based website and smartphone app, is dramatically improving the way food-allergic and gluten intolerant individuals find – and rate – allergy-friendly restaurants. The easy-to-use ratings and comment system allows food-allergic diners to instantly share their feedback about their restaurant experiences. This peer-based ratings and review site lets people see at-a-glance which restaurants have been more willing and better able to accommodate special dietary requirements, allowing food-allergic diners to make more informed choices about where to dine.