Paul Antico (AllergyEats) and Betsy Craig (MenuTrinfo)
Betsy Craig has become a highly-respected, sought-after food industry trainer, successfully teaching leading restaurants, universities and chefs how to become more food allergy-friendly. Betsy, CEO/Co-Founder of MenuTrinfo – and its AllerTrain (TM) series of training programs – is committed to teaching restaurateurs and others within the food service industry more about food allergies and how to accommodate food-allergic patrons.
Betsy started MenuTrinfo in February, 2010 (ironically, the same month AllergyEats went live) to protect people’s lives and health through nutrition. Her motivation to start the company came from her own personal battle with systemic scleroderma, a rare autoimmune disease, and the health improvements that she credits to proper nutrition.
“One of the biggest discoveries that I made throughout my [personal health] journey is that what I eat makes a huge impact on my health. I started paying close attention to ingredient lists, and began to appreciate restaurants that paid the same level of attention to their menus. I started to think about food from a different perspective, and with my husband Rocky’s expert software engineering skills, we both set out to make the food industry better for people with specific dietary needs,” Betsy explained.
MenuTrinfo – which combines the words “menu,” “nutrition,” and “information” – started by providing detailed nutritional information about each of the items on restaurants’ menus.
Betsy and Rocky, who both have information technology backgrounds, worked together to develop cutting-edge software that’s uniquely able to identify food allergens in restaurant and other foodservice recipes and menus. Armed with this innovative software, Betsy began working with restaurants to identify allergens on their menu, drilling down to each component of every ingredient in every dish. Soon, she went a step further, committing to train food service industry professionals about food allergies and how to accommodate food-allergic guests. Thus, her food allergy training programs, under the AllerTrain label, were born.
Since its launch, AllerTrain has gained tremendous credibility and respect within the food service industry. The program, a complete training solution for food service professionals, educates restaurant staff about food allergies, providing actionable tips to prevent cross-contamination, improve communication, visually distinguish allergy-friendly meals and more.