Gluten-free? Peanut-free?

February 28, 2010 —

If you have food allergies, traveling to a new city, like say to Des Moines for a school interview, may be daunting.

How do you scope out a safe place to eat? I saw a cool new site recently started, called, but it still needs info for our area. Are there other sites like that you’d recommend? Or… is there a place or two in the area you’d recommend for someone with food allergies?

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


  • Andra Kennedy

    One still has to ask as there are so many food allergies like sesame, rice, apples etc.