Over the course of many years I have stayed at The Hilton and their franchises several times, in the US, Hawaii and at three of their international locations:
- Hilton Niagara Falls – Canada
- Hilton London Heathrow Airport – United Kingdom
- Hilton Jumeirah Beach- Dubai.
When staying at a hotel overseas I strongly recommend emailing the General Manager and the Executive Chef prior to arrival. Occasionally you will even see the hotel suggest this:
“If you have a delicate allergy and need more information or support from the hotel, please contact us in advance of your stay.”
In my experience the chefs at the Hilton Restaurants are experienced in preparing meals with special dietary guidelines.
At the three international locations that I stayed at, I found them to be very knowledgeable, accommodating and most importantly proactive with regards to food allergies. It seemed standard for the following statement to appear on the menu, but what was remarkable is their competence in executing the precautions:
Please note that some of our dishes may contain traces of nuts. For guests with special dietary requirements of allergies who may want to know about the food ingredients used, please ask a member of the restaurant team.
The Hilton WOW Story!!
While visiting the Big Island of Hawaii I dreamt of an exhilarating, experience under the magical Hawaiian night sky, swaying palms, music, hula dancers – an experience that would heighten the senses – a Luau.
The catch however was that a big part of the Luau is in the indulgence of a Hawaiian feast – a buffet that is filled with an array of Pan-Pacific food.
I did my research. The Legends of Hawaii Luau at the Hilton Waikoloa Village seemed the best fit.
Prior to making reservations for the Luau I spoke to the Executive Chef. We reviewed the dietary restrictions and the necessary precautions. He promised me a safe and memorable experience.
When we arrived at the Luau, he came and greeted us.
He had prepared a multi course meal. It was a Hawaiian- American combination of some traditional island dishes and some continental fare. He pointed out that the Kalua Pig was safe to eat.
Experiencing the individual flavors and aromas of the food while watching the Hula Kahiko performers beneath the mid-Pacific skies was an unforgettable experience!
Disclaimer: As always, be sure to communicate your allergies to the restaurant staff to the extent that YOU are comfortable with the way they are handled. For guidance in this matter we recommend our App, AllergySmartz.
Originally published on FoodAllergyLowdown.