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Top Chef Mike Isabella Committed to Allergy-friendly Environment

Chef/Owner of Kapnos, G and Graffiato partners with MenuTrinfo to address food safety for diners with special dietary needs.

"All guests, including those with special dining needs, should feel at ease in our restaurants."

    WASHINGTON, DC, July 22, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mike Isabella is once again delivering an outstanding level of service to customers of his top eateries in Washington, DC. The chef, known for his restaurants and appearances on Bravo's "Top Chef," recently partnered with MenuTrinfo, a nutritional analysis and training firm, to ensure that his restaurants serve diners with food allergies, intolerances and celiac disease safely and properly.

"My approach to service is simple: We treat guests as though they are coming to our house," said Isabella. "That means all guests, including those with special dining needs, should feel at ease in our restaurants. MenuTrinfo gave us great confidence that we could serve these guests safely - and still provide them with delicious options."

To ensure the highest level of service for guests with special dietary needs, Isabella and his staff committed to MenuTrinfo's comprehensive AllerTrain Verification Program for Kapnos, G and Graffiato. The three highly rated restaurants already had the infrastructure and knowledge in place to accommodate all food allergies and dietary restrictions. MenuTrinfo employed its subject matter expert to confirm the servers and cooks were carrying out all guidelines on a consistent basis at a gold-level standard.

The program was complete in May, after confirmation that all food handling practices and menu development met a stringent set of practices as outlined by MenuTrinfo's team of food safety and nutrition experts, renowned for their work with restaurants, restaurant groups and top universities and colleges throughout the U.S.

"Mike takes great care in planning and preparing every item on his restaurant's menus, so it makes sense that he would go to great lengths to ensure that diners with special dietary needs have outstanding options and their food is prepared safely," said MenuTrinfo founder Betsy Craig.

About Chef Mike Isabella
Mike Isabella is the chef/owner of Graffiato, Kapnos and G in Washington, D.C., as well as the forthcoming Kapnos Taverna in Arlington, Virginia, and a second location of Graffiato, which is set to open in Richmond, Virginia, this summer. Before opening Graffiato, Chef Isabella was the executive chef of Jose Andres' Zaytinya. Previously, Isabella worked under Marcus Samuelsson, Jose Garces and a host of other notable chefs and restaurateurs. Outside the kitchen, Isabella appeared on Season Six of "Top Chef," and he was the runner-up on "Top Chef All-Stars." He is the author of "Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian."

About MenuTrinfo
MenuTrinfo is dedicated to helping foodservice operators protect the lives and health of their customers by meeting or exceeding new nutritional labeling regulations as required by law and by partnering with restaurants to provide safe products and procedures that meet a wide range of dietary restrictions. MenuTrinfo's complete suite of services include menu analysis and AllerChef and AllerTrain certification and training in the areas of gluten-free menus, specialty menu development, nutritional counseling, and policy development. Its nutritional analysis is the only full-service solution for nutritional labeling that is insured and based on an FDA-approved process. MenuTrinfo clients cover the spectrum of food service, from large universities to restaurants and catering operations. For more information, go to or call (888) 767-MENU (6368).

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