Heidi Bayer aka Brooklyn Allergy Mom photo credit Matt Vicari

As the mom to a child with multiple food allergies, I’ve learned how to live, cook, eat and think without milk, eggs, wheat, gluten, soy, tree nuts, peanuts and many other every day foods. I’ve not only become an awesome cook and baker, but also an advocate for parents and kids with food allergies and asthma. I run the Brooklyn Food Allergy Caregiver support group,  am Chairman of the Board for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, and former Board Chair for Kids With Food Allergies. In my business life, I am CEO of Numodo (www.numodo.com), and assist my husband, James Carney, a jazz pianist, composer, presenter and technician. Email me with ideas, quips or posts you’d like to see: bklynallergymom [at] gmail [dot] com. And if you live in or ever get to Brooklyn, please join us! – Heidi Bayer

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26 Responses to About

  1. Hi Heidi, I love your blog. We have a back to school special on our food allergy aware school sign found here:

  2. […] Since writing the two-part post; Heidi a.k.a. Brooklyn Allergy Mom, has written a wonderful response. She is my big hopeful future. I have been following her blog […]

  3. carla whalen says:

    hi Heidi, i love your sight, glad Jess passed it on to me! love ya, Carla (jess’s Mom, Whalen that is.)

  4. Hi Heidi,

    Brooklyn Allergy Mom’s Blog is awesome! I’ve been reading your posts and they’re so engaging :-)

    ((edited for length and content))

    Aliki Christou
    Allergy Kinder

  5. GrinGrad says:

    Found your site because I was so angry when I was watching the recent Chopped episode when they made that chef cook with seafood when he was allergic. It seems like they could have chosen some other random ingredients. Your website it fantastic.

    • Heidi Bayer says:

      Chef Kelvin Fernandez performed admirably with a smile on his face and he won in that category without being able to taste the food! That is a testament to his character. I’m glad you found us.

  6. ali says:

    Hi Heidi,
    Great site! so glad to have found it via my colleague Jennifer Kilian.
    I have a highly allergic child and while she is not gluten-free she is dairy-free but has a severe allergy to apples and pears (related to her tree allergy) and most vegan sweet recipes call for applesauce. Any recommendations?

    • Heidi Bayer says:

      I’m so happy you found me! Apple was a very bad allergy for our child for many years. Can your child eat bananas? If so, adding a very ripe mashed banana to a recipe in place of applesauce will do the trick. Other options depending on the recipe is a small cooked mashed sweet potato or, 1-2 jars of organic baby prunes.

  7. Karina says:

    Hi Heidi,

    I had no idea…what a great blog and recipesa :)

    I also saw you do cakes, good to know in case we have to team up for parties!


  8. samantha says:

    Hi Heidi – did anyone tell you that you are a rockstar today? Because you are! Thanks for the informative site.


  9. jnsntylr says:


    I’m working on a school project dealing with food allergies and eating out, and was wondering if you’d be willing to answer a few quick questions for me. They are attached at the bottom of this message. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Jensen Luther

    1. What’s the most important thing for a person with food allergies when eating out?
    2. What have you found to be the best method in finding a restaurant that will accommodate your allergies?
    3. Do you feel that it is more difficult to find a restaurant that will accommodate you, or to communicate the seriousness of your allergies to the restaurant staff once you are there?
    4. What is your method for finding a place to eat when you’re already out and can’t plan ahead, or when you’re in a new area and can’t eat at one of your go-to spots?
    5. Any other thoughts you think might be helpful in my research?

  10. Heidi Bayer says:

    Take a look at this segment I directed on eating out with food allergies featuring Allergic Girl Sloane Miller:


  11. Great advice an great blog! I am also living with seve allergies and I am always searching for new tips and tricks :)

  12. Hi Heidi,

    Thanks for the follow. Compared to your child, I feel like such a lightweight with my lactose intolerance and gastritis, dietary issues I chose to ignore for far too long. Is your spawn also allergic to cats? I sure am!


    • Heidi Bayer says:

      Well, spawn she is, and yes, cat allergic. However, web both do a lot of cat “sitting” which has helped build our immunities so our severity is much less than it was. Child hopes to be a cat lady upon moving out of our household. Such a lofty goal!

  13. Kendra says:

    Hi Heidi,

    I wanted to know if you knew of anyone or any bakery that makes peanut free/tree nut free wedding cakes! I am getting married in September and having some trouble finding a place!


  14. Danya says:

    Hi Heidi, I’m a graduate student working on a research project on allergies in the NYC area. I’d love to get in touch with you directly to hear more about the advocacy and support group work you do on food allergies!

  15. SHEILA E. says:

    Hi Heidi! I’m moving to Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I have a two year old son who has extreme food allergies and am searching for groups, other parents in the area who can guide me on a how-to on finding preschools, elementary schools, how to prepare and not fear in letting my child go out into the world, and hopefully one day learn how to trust that those I hand over my child to, will watch him like a hawk! I am a mother who has had to use an Epi-pen on him at 10 months old. I’m nervous and scared. Any guidance you can provide is greatly appreciated!

    • heidi says:

      Hi Sheila, welcome to Brooklyn. Please email me (my email is above) – there is a good support group in Williamsburg that I can direct you to as it is closer to you.

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