Chantal is a Culinary Nutrition Expert, and the founder of Fresh is Real, a food blog that takes everyday favourites and recreates them from scratch with mostly plant-based ingredients. Chantal is best known as an allergy-friendly recipe developer that can veganize creations without using processed ingredients. She is also an allergy mama that avoids many of the top allergens + gluten.
Born and raised in Toronto, Claudia is excited to see dairy- and egg-free restaurants popping up all over the city so she can visit them with her vegan husband. Claudia works as a Communications Coordinator for the Department of Justice and enjoys being active in her spare time to compensate for all the eating.
Danielle (a.k.a. The Allergic Traveller) is a Research Librarian in Toronto. She has been allergic to peanuts her entire life, and has recently developed an allergy to soy, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and NSAIDs. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys travelling, photography, and finding new allergy-safe foods.
Originally from Vancouver, Jessica made her way east to experience Toronto’s energizing lifestyle. She writes about the food and flavours that inspire her to keep her family happy and healthy.
Kathleen is the mom behind AllergyBites. She is also a writer, a foodie, and the mama of a toddler with multiple food allergies. No wonder she loves seeking out allergy-friendly restaurants and sharing them with the food allergy community!
This food allergy mom was born and raised in Ottawa. Lisa is a mother of two, both diagnosed with severe food allergies. Lisa is a full-time teacher and food allergy advocate who loves to cook, bake and adapt recipes to meet her children’s dietary needs. Lisa is also the mom behind Food_Is_Life (Allergy Edition).
Liz is a proud Torontonian and a lifelong food allergy thriver. A copywriter and social media coach by trade, Liz is happiest when hula hooping, hiking, or sharing good food with her family.
Pauline is a writer, food allergy advocate, self-proclaimed allergy-friendly foodie, mother of 3 young children, and manager of a household that avoids 7 of the top 8 food allergens. She is also the founder of HypeFoodie and editor of Best Allergy Sites, online resources for allergy-friendly living.
Shayla is a freelance writer and editor whose writing has been published in Lilith Magazine, Parents Canada and Baby Post, among others. Shayla is the mom of two boys, and has become an advocate for allergy awareness (as well as an excellent vegan baker) since her youngest son’s diagnosis. Shayla also volunteers extensively in her community.
Stephanie lives in Ottawa and is the mother of two boys, one who has severe food allergies. A part-time physiotherapist by trade and a food allergy advocate by fate, Stephanie is the leader of the Ottawa Anaphylaxis Support Group. Through this role, she has gained comfort with being an “allergy mom” and strives to increase public awareness.
Wendy is a stay-at-home mom who occasionally works as a freelancer in theatre and opera. These days, she is navigating life with her son’s food allergies, as well as her own postpartum anxiety. She is also a writer for a parenting blog called This Bumpy Adventure.