Over the course of the last several mornings, the breakfast conversation has included how our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast handles people with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. It’s a challenge, that’s for sure! Since I was diagnosed with a gluten allergy well over a decade ago, my family is very well versed in gluten-free cooking and baking. In fact, we won’t have a single day without a guest requiring a gluten-free diet for over a week! Fortunately, we’ve got lots of tasty recipes up our sleeves to
keep these visitors well fed and safe during their trip to Kennebunkport Maine. Despite being very capable of whipping up GF meals, we do ask that you give us at least a week’s notice (but at the time you book your reservation is best), because we plan our menus about a week at a time and order food supplies accordingly. We’ve got to make sure that the right ingredients are in the kitchen when you arrive! As a special “thank you” to the kitchen staff at the Maine Stay, one gluten free guest brought us delicious free range eggs (note the blue color as compared to a regular egg) from her very own farm – boy were they ever delicious!
Of course, there are countless other food allergies to be faced with, and we always ask that you give us at least a week to prepare. Sometimes we’ve just got to do some extra reading! And we almost always have to do some extra taste-testing, because even visitors with special diet needs deserve a tasty and nutritious morning meal! But as with nearly any food-serving establishment, we can’t guarantee that contamination cannot occur. With a kitchen covering less than 50 square feet, it is even more of a challenge. When preparing food for someone with a food allergy, we thoroughly clean the kitchen and make sure all the offending substances are away from our preparation area. So if you or someone in your family has a severe allergy (particularly when it comes to nut allergies), we always understand when you need to bring along some foods you feel comfortable with.
Often, though, dietary restrictions aren’t limited to food allergies, so please let us know about any foods you can’t eat. Yes, that means grapefruit too! It interacts with many medications, and since it’s not an allergy, many people forget about mentioning it. Especially during the colder months, citrus is a great option when it comes to fresh fruits, so don’t keep us in the dark, please! But our Kennebunkport Bed and Breakfast loves to provide delicious, nutritious, and, most importantly, safe foods for guests with food allergies, so let us know if you have questions about how we’ll handle yours!