Be Aware and Alert to Food Allergy Awareness Week! Guest Expert Shandee Chernow Shares Tips!

Shandee Chernow, a single Mom of two, suffers from severe food allergies, which can make dining out — or hanging out– with friends particularly challenging because most don’t share the same allergies.

To provide a solution to the restaurant industry, making dining out experiences safer and more enjoyable, Shandee created CertiStar (an app) so everyone dining out can feel safe in the menu selections they make.

Shandee is sharing this information in advance of  Food Allergy Awareness Week!


Shandee Chernow




“Food Allergy Awareness Week” is approaching FAST: May 12-18 and  Shandee is providing some basic “do’s” and “don’ts”  for you (and others) to be aware of so you can be the best friend possible to friends that have food allergies!



How to be a Good Friend to Someone With Food Allergies

By Shandee Chernow, Founder + CEO, CertiStar


Here are a couple of tips on how you can be a great friend to someone with food allergies:

DO: Keep inviting them places. I know that I don’t expect anything when I go to a friend’s house. If there’s food that’s safe for me, that’s awesome. I’ll generally err on the side of not eating over being a pain. There’s that stigma rearing its head again!

DO: Ask what they can have if you’re going to have them over and have food. The list of “can” is likely way longer than the list of “can’t” so focus on that. There’s a lot of resources on recipes that newfangled internet. Try something new!

DO: Have them bring stuff. No harm, no foul here. Especially if they ask, “What can I bring?”

DO: Ask us if you’re not sure and you want to surprise your friend. Looking for a recipe without some combination of ingredients? We’re on it! We’ll find you just the thing! Or we’ll make one. We’re up for the challenge – play stump the food allergy focused company!

DO: Invite the food allergy kid to birthday parties. Ask the mom or dad if you’re not sure about food stuff or if they want to bring their own food or if you’d like to have something different just for them, or if you want to make sure that what you have is safe. Please don’t exclude them. Put yourself in that parent’s shoes for a moment and think of how it would feel if it was your kid.

DO: Get all your eye rolls out ahead of time. Or after. 😉 Don’t worry, I roll my eyes at my food allergies all the time.

DON’T: Tell them something is safe if you’re not sure. Or if it isn’t safe.

And make yourself a helper to those who do have allergies by having done some educational research on your end about food allergies!

Here are some screenshots that show what theCertiStar™ software can do or show to the restaurant and the customer,



Example of Recipes available in the database:


A recipe breakdown:



As you can see this screenshot displays questions to ask the customer as well as the chef or cook who is preparing the food.
SUPER smart and very thorough and well thought out questions and information to give the chef or cook directions as well as reassure the customer that they are getting food that they can eat.


CertiStar™, Inc. | Patent-Pending Restaurant Software

Founded in 2018, CertiStar™, Inc. is on a mission to protect and improve the safety and dining experiences of men, women or children vulnerable to food allergies and intolerances with our patent-pending restaurant software. Reduce your risk and save time with one 3-second search.


Our patent-pending MenuStar™ restaurant software allows you to identify food allergy threats for your customers with just one 3-second search. All your recipes and food allergy information in one place. The MenuStar™ restaurant software allows you to create and upload recipes, educate and empower your staff and store your allergen and nutritional information in one, easy to use platform. That’s menu innovation that saves lives.
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Thanks to Shandee Chernow for her time, her exceptionally detailed software and information!!


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