An estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies – and 1/3 of that population is allergic to 2+ allergens.

As someone who has had food allergies their entire life, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to go out and enjoy a meal. If you don’t prepare a dish yourself, you’re putting your life in someone else’s hands. While awareness and regulations have improved drastically since I was a kid, it can still be difficult to ensure that restaurant staff understand your medical needs and how to take proper precautions.

Allergista is an ongoing side project that aims to make life easier for people with food allergies – starting with a card that they can use to express their condition to restaurant staff.