Dr. Lama Rimawi of TasterieTasterie is a monthly subscription service that delivers healthy, allergen-free snacks right to your door.  Dr. Lama Rimawi founded the company to help take the guesswork out of finding delicious foods for loved ones who struggle with food allergies.

From the Tasterie website:
Dr. [Lama] Rimawi is a graduate of the McGill University Faculty of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed her Pediatrics residency at Chicago’s Children’s Memorial Hospital and Yale Children’s Hospital. She has been a board certified pediatrician for over 15 years.

How did you first get the idea for Tasterie?

The idea of Tasterie came, I’ll be honest, mainly out of frustration. I was a pediatrician and a mom of a toddler, and a newborn that had multiple food allergies.  It was simply too tiring to keep finding find food that I could introduce my son to, or feed myself (while I breast-fed).

The lack of allergy-safe and great tasting food products available is ridiculous!  I can remember standing in the aisles of supermarkets trying to read labels, sleep deprived, with a newborn at home and a toddler between my legs wanting an easier and better option. All I wanted was to find something to eat that wouldn’t cause a reaction in my little son.

As he grew, we stuck with what was safe. But how boring is that? We wanted him to also discover and explore flavors and textures like other normal kids. And that’s when Tasterie was born.

How does Tasterie work?

Step 1: Choose your food allergy or dietary preference
Whether you are living with food allergies, gluten intolerance, are vegan or just want to eat healthy, select your dietary preference to learn more about our TasterieBoxes.

Step 2: Become a member of Tasterie
Each month, you will get a TasterieBox filled with delicious foods that have been carefully screened just for you! Only $29.99, delivered right to your doorstep. Shipping is free.

Step 3: Discover. Eat Well. Allergy Free
Enjoy delightful allergy-free food and snacks that fit your dietary needs. Discover new tastes monthly.

What do you hope to achieve through Tasterie’s monthly box program?

  1. Provide great tasting food from vendors all over the world that meet rigorous allergen testing/manufacturing protocols.
  2. Help people with restricted diets and food allergies find delicious new foods that they can eat safely.
  3. Encourage a healthy and nutritionally balanced lifestyle for kids & adults regardless of their food allergies, intolerances or other dietary preferences.
  4. Provide a service that is easy and convenient.

Besides the vegan box, what else does Tasterie offer?

We offer gluten free & vegan TasterieBoxes, gluten free TasterieBoxes, peanut & tree nut free TasterieBoxes as well as other allergen free boxes.  We also offer a healthy & nutritious option for people who just want to find healthy foods that taste great!

What advice would you give to people who are struggling with their own or their child’s food allergies?

You are not alone!   As Americans, our community is very food focused. When we hang out with family or friends, food is often involved. It is really hard when you cannot have those foods or when you can get really sick from them. And people often do not understand how difficult it is.  There are lots of people out there like you that have great experiences and advice to give that is incredibly helpful.

The other piece of advice I would give is – do your research!  The more info you have, the better, especially when traveling or sending your child to school or managing an allergic reaction. (QV Note: I agree!  And never be afraid to ask lots and lots of questions–you need to be informed!)

And of course, the MD inside me says – please carry your EpiPen.

In addition to being allergy-safe, what’s the most important factor when choosing which products to offer through Tasterie?

Whether it is vegan, allergy friendly or gluten free our priority is making sure that each TasterieBox is packed full of delicious foods that are safe!

I found that when I was looking for dairy and soy free food for myself (while I was breast feeding) and my son, a lot of the things I would buy tasted awful and I wasted a lot of money that way.

I think it is really important to find food that really tastes great and fits your dietary preference or food allergies!

What’s your favorite allergy-free snack?

My favorite snack is Yogavive caramel apple chips. What a find! They are delicious and healthy. My kids love them and so do I! (QV Note: The TasterieBox I tried had the fuji apple chips, and I can say from experience, they’re addictive!)