Everyone wants to feel a sense of belonging, especially when they enter the dining hall at lunchtime. But for those with food allergies, eating in even the most well-equipped dining hall can be stressful. Having to read allergen warning signs, check ingredients in dishes, or visit multiple stations to build a complete meal takes time and effort.
This is exactly why, at SAGE, we created Free Style™!
Our Free Style™ concept provides a complete meal featuring menu items made without any of the 12 most common food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, milk, gluten, eggs, fish, wheat, sesame, soy, mustard, and sulfites. Students, parents, and faculty alike can feel at ease knowing Free Style™ recipes are reviewed by Registered Dietitians for quality and safety. And it’s not only safe, but also easy! Just like everyone else, those with common food allergies can visit one station to fill their plate with delicious menu items.
Thanks to Free Style™, students with common food allergies can feel more included and valued. Free Style™ can empower younger students to explore their independence, as they can be directed to one station to safely build their own plate exactly how they want. Even those who don’t need assistance building their plate can appreciate a truly inclusive dining experience.
Like any other SAGE concept, everyone is welcome to eat at Free Style™! Community members with food allergies aren’t the only ones who enjoy these options — Free Style™ offerings have been particularly popular among student athletes and school faculty and staff. With options like Carolina BBQ Beef Brisket, Baked Sweet Potato Wedges, and Steamed Corn, who wouldn’t want to try the menu items here!