We meet at various times throughout the year.  Please check back here for upcoming meeting dates.  Our meetings usually feature a guest speaker. The meetings are free and are open to all adults involved in the life of a food-allergic child - moms, dads, grandparents, caregivers. Display tables are set up with items for you to look at, such as books, cookbooks and DVDs; and others for you to take such as articles, presentation copies, newsletters, and handouts from various allergy-specific companies.

7:00 - 9:00 pm at:  
FARE Chicago Office
8707 Skokie Boulevard
Lower Level Conference Room
Skokie, IL  60077
(847) 260-9724 


Monday, September 11, 2017 MOCHA'S 20-YEAR ANNIVERSARY MEETING!  We were honored to have two doctors from Lurie Children’s Hospital present information on their areas of expertise: 

Dr. Anna Fishbein is a pediatric allergist at Lurie Children’s Hospital, with a research focus on atopic dermatitis (eczema). Over the last few years several scientific studies have demonstrated that food allergy occurs from skin exposure. In addition to the link with food allergy, atopic dermatitis is a very itchy and sleep disturbing condition!  Dr. Fishbein highlighted studies linking atopic dermatitis to food allergy, and discussed a few key points from her own research on the assessment/treatment of sleep in children with eczema.
Dr. Fatima Khan sees patients at Grayslake, Huntley and Northbrook. Her special interests are food allergies, rhinitis, asthma, eczema and drug allergies. Dr. Khan has supported families with food allergies in her previous practice by establishing a local food allergy support group and supporting legislation to improve access to epinephrine in school. She has also been active in community outreach on anaphylaxis. She is a volunteer with the joint College of Allergy and Asthma Network’s Anaphylaxis Community Expert (ACE) program. As an ACE volunteer, she has given talks to various groups in the community including an annual emergency medical services chapter meeting. She is a Chicago native and is thrilled to be back home and part of Lurie Children’s excellent Allergy/Immunology team! 



Monday, January 9, 2017:  Featured a presentation by Dr. Paul Detjen, private practice allergist in Kenilworth, IL for 25 years.  He spoke about the current options available for patients with food allergy including continued long term avoidance, enrolling in ongoing academic trials for the Viaskin peanut patch and the Aimmune peanut pill, and addressed SLIT for food allergy.  Dr. Detjen also discussed avoidance measures, Food Action Plans, treatment of accidental food exposures, natural history of food allergy, etc. 


Monday, September 19, 2016:  Dana Morris, FARE National Director, Community Development, led us through the Fare Education Network Presentation.  This program is designed to help school staff and administrators learn how to effectively manage students with food allergies and respond to food allergy emergencies.  Check it out online, and feel free to contact Dana at if you would like to become a presenter.  



Monday, March 14, 2016:  Three fantastic speakers!  Special presentation by Susan Tatelli, 8th grade student, sharing the video she created as she self-administered epinephrine during an anaphylactic episode.  Susan then led our group in training and practicing with an Epi auto-injector.  Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano, from Lurie Children’s Hospital, introduced the FASE (Food Allergy Support and Education) program and presented her “Reflections on Anaphylaxis” during which she shared a recent episode of anaphylaxis within her family, and walked us through the things that went right and the things that went sideways and the take-home messages from the experience.  We were pleased to also feature Stefanie McCormack, clinical research coordinator at Lurie Children’s Hospital, who introduced the FARE Clinical Network and some of the new research studies currently underway.  Check out both presentations below.



Monday, January 11, 2016:  featuring guest speaker Meg Bowman: Many children with food allergies experience stress and anxiety, and studies have shown that parents of these children also experience increased stress, potentially affecting their health and well being. Meg Bowman, an integrative clinical nutritionist and parent of a child with severe food allergies, shared tips on how to treat stress and anxiety using whole food nutrition, supplements, mindfulness, positive psychology principles and biofeedback.  Meg Bowman is the owner of Nourish Integrative Solutions, a functional nutrition practice in Glenview that specializes in treating stress, anxiety, and depression through natural methods.  Meg has a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health and also serves on the staff of North Shore Patient Advocates, an independent patient advocacy firm. Check out her presentation and handout below.



Monday, November 9, 2015: Dr. Jennifer S. Kim, of NorthShore University Health System, reviewed selected recent articles to advance our knowledge of food allergies. Topics covered included anaphylaxis, FPIES, the LEAP study, and Chinese herbal formula trial.


Monday, April 13, 2015 with Dr. Sai Nimmagadda of Associated Allergists and Asthma Specialists.  Dr. Nimmagadda discussed spring allergies, immunotherapy, and the role of the allergist in managing your child’s food allergies, as well as answered questions from attendees.  View his presentation here:



January 12, 2015:  MOCHA hosted a panel of medical experts from the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Lurie Children's Hospital, including Drs. Anne Marie SinghMelanie M. Makhija, and Anna B. Fishbein Many thanks to all the doctors for addressing our questions and concerns.