Freaksgiving offers meal solutions for food allergy sufferers during the holidays

This Thanksgiving many of us will gather around the table with family and friends and dig into our favorite dishes for the holiday season.  If you are able to eat everything on the menu and only worry about the calories, then consider yourself lucky, because those with food allergies and restrictions don’t have that same luxury.

But this year there is a meal created specifically for those with allergies and it’s called "Freaksgiving."  

Ken Scheer, Owner of Rock A Healthy Lifestyle, Scottsdale’s Nourish 123 came up with the name because people with allergies often are considered different from others.

"We’re basically what’s considered to be a freak because we have a lot of different allergies we have to discuss when we sit down and talk to the waiter or waitress," said Scheer.

Traditional menu options like turkey and sweet potatoes, will sit alongside variations of your favorites like roasted pumpkin soup and quinoa stuffing. 

Nourish 123's Executive Chef Dan Santos created the menu which he says addresses a lot of things that are present in a Thanksgiving meal. The holiday meals are all free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy and egg. Every meal will include 4-courses and you will have a choice between traditional, paleo, vegan and raw.

"Quite honestly, I would pick some of these over those things I’m used to eating," Santos said.

You can try a 4-course meal for yourself at Nourish on Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.  With the meal you will receive a cookbook with all 13 recipes included, as well as an on-site consultation with a food allergy expert.

You can also order meals for delivery or pickup both locally and nationwide.


Special Online Auction for the holidays:

Holiday shopping season is upon us, and if you are looking for an extra special gift then look no further than

The website is hosting an online auction featuring more than 30 vacation destinations all over the state.  Some of the locations include Enchantment Resort in Sedona, and the Omni Tucson National Resort. 

The auction closes at 5 p.m. on Friday and benefits the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association which promotes and encourages tourism in Arizona.


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