2015 WA FEAST Food Allergy Conference – November 14, 2015, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 12-3PM with Nurse/nonparent caregiver session from 3-5 PM

by Kelly Morgan on October 29, 2015

Washington FEAST is pleased to announce our fall Food Allergy Conference on November 14, 2015, Noon-3PM with add on workshop for nurses/caregivers from 3-5PM.  This event is being presented in coordination with Seattle Food Allergy Consortium’s (SeaFAC) Fall Symposium which will take place at the same location from 8:30-11:30AM.   For more info about the symposium and to register for BOTH events, please visit the SeaFAC website.

Once you have registered at the SeaFAC website, also please RSVP for the afternoon sessions as follows:


  • email kelly at wafeast.org

The goal of this year’s conference is to address some of food allergies greatest challenges, including food allergy bullying, cooking, and deciphering news and information about food allergies.  Our speakers will provide you with tools, insights and strategies that you will be able to put to use right away.

This conference is being funded in part by a 2015 FARE Community Grant to Washington FEAST.


2015 Washington FEAST Food Allergy Conference

(FARE Northwest Regional Conference)

In conjunction with SeaFAC Symposium, 8:30-11:30 AM

Seattle Children’s Hospital Conference Room, Nov. 14, 2015

Noon – Keynote: Food Allergy Bullying: Survive & Thrive After Hades

Kristin Beltaos, M.A., Consultant / Licensed Trainer

Panel: Kristin Beltaos, Nicholle Miniero, Michelle Davison

1PM   Making the Allergen-free Kitchen your Creativity Station

Jeanne Sauvage, author

Panel: Jeanne Sauvage, Karen Robertson, Kelly Morgan

2 PM  Applying Food Allergy Science to Your Food Allergy Life

Jessica Dabler Martin, PhD

Panel: Jessical Dabler Martin, Kelly Morgan

3-5 PM Nurses/Teachers Food Allergy Workshop Training

Kristin Beltaos, M.A. of A Gift of Miles

Caring for Food Allergic Children

This training provides guidance on how to handle daily care, manage safety and promote inclusiveness of food allergic children. You’ll learn about food allergies and intolerances, the identification, treatment and medication management of allergic reactions. Create a parent/educator partnership based on mutual responsibility and respect that ensures the safety of all allergic children.

Speaker Biographies

Kristin Beltaos, M.A.

Kristin Beltaos, consultant and owner of A Gift of Miles, offers food allergy and stress management consulting and education. She is a mother to a child with multiple food allergies that include: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame, as well as seasonal allergies and asthma. Kristin is also a licensed trainer with the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, teaching food allergy continuing education to early childhood and school age providers and educators on how to keep food allergic children safe, happy and included.

Website: http://www.agiftofmiles.com

Facebook: A Gift of Miles    Twitter: @KristinBeltaos     Pinterest: A Gift of Miles

Jessica Martin, Ph.D.

Jessica earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University in 2011. She is currently a faculty member in biology at Portland Community College, where she teaches undergraduate courses in general biology, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology. Outside of her teaching role, Jessica educates on the science behind food allergies on her blog, the Food Allergy Sleuth, as well as multiple social media platforms. Her work has appeared at Asthma Allergies Children and Slate. Jessica is the mother of two young boys, one of whom has multiple life-threatening food allergies.

Blog: The Food Allergy Sleuth; http://www.foodallergysleuth.com

Facebook: Food Allergy Sleuth      Twitter: @FdAllergySleuth

Nicholle Mineiro, M.Ed., Attorney at Law

Nicholle is an attorney focusing on education advocacy and civil rights law. Nicholle is licensed to practice in both Washington and California, has a master’s degree in Education, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  She has served on the board of a nonprofit preschool and children’s organization, and has worked as a litigator for government agencies, including school districts.

Website:  www.mineirolawpllc.com

Kelly Morgan, MPA, MS – Nutrition Science and Policy

Kelly is the President of Washington FEAST, a Seattle-based support group and nonprofit.   Over the course of raising her 17 year old food allergic teen, she has, at times, had to avoid dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and gluten in the kitchen and at restaurants at home and abroad.   Her most recent culinary challenge has been acting as the Camp Blue Spruce baker for 3 years in a row where, for one week in the summer, she bakes several items a day that are free of the major 8 allergens as well as gluten, sesame, and coconut, and sometimes other ingredients as well, for 120 hungry camp staff and campers!

WA FEAST website: http://www.wafeast.org Kelly’s personal Twitter account: @everytummy

Karen Robertson

Karen Robertson, author and publisher of the bestselling book Cooking Gluten-Free! lives by the guiding principle that food is to be savored. She has cooked gluten free since her children were diagnosed with celiac disease in 1997.  Her first book is a collaboration with celebrity chefs such as Charlie Trotter, Kathy Casey, and America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball plus many others. And her second book Cooking Gluten Free for the Holidays features full-color photos and recipes of essential holiday meals and treats. She has been featured in the Seattle Times Pacific Magazine, in Living Without magazine, on KUOW radio, nationally at patient conferences, and was the first GF cooking teacher at PCC Natural Markets. She was also a board member for the Gluten Intolerance Group.  In 2013 she operated at the Magnolia Farmers Market as Mama Ks Gluten Free Bakery.  While baking for the public, many customers requested items that avoid various ingredients such as dairy, corn, nuts, and eggs.  It was through these customers that Karen developed successful recipes using substitute ingredients.

Website: http://cookingglutenfree.com

Jeanne Sauvage   

Jeanne is the author of the new cookbook, Gluten-Free Wish List: Sweet and Savory Treats You’ve Missed the Most. Her first cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats was included in The Daily Meal’s “Top 25 Cookbooks of 2012” and on NPR’s “2012 Cookbook Roundup Shortlist. She is the voice behind of the popular blog, Art of Gluten-Free Baking, where she shares recipes, baking tips, and information to help others bake gluten-free treats that are indistinguishable from their wheat counterparts. She has been gluten-free since the birth of her daughter in 2000 triggered a gluten intolerance. She is also a food allergic adult herself as well as parent to a food allergic teen.

Blog: Art of Gluten-Free Baking http://www.artoglutenfreebaking.com

Facebook: Art of Gluten-Free Baking      Twitter and Instagram: @fourchickens


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