An almost imperceptible reaction flickered across the waiters face when I broke the news: I have a dairy allergy. He seemed annoyed. I winced. But then he smiled and assured me, Once I put the words Dairy Allergy on this ticket, the whole kitchen will know, and no dairy will touch your order.
Relief. They get it! I thought. And they should. After all, Massachusetts, where I live, is the first (and only) state to mandate allergen training for restaurants.
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