Rich, I can understand your challenges with food allergies. I think most people don't get it though..."oh, you'll be okay if you just eat a few [fill in the blank]" or "oh, you're one of those weird super health conscious people." It's really the flip side of, for example, planning a special event and having the Top Executive's "favorite whiskey" at the bar. You point is well taken, success lies in how you take care of exceptions. Very true. Maybe you already do this, but a suggestion, perhaps, to put in your speaking contract, Special Requirements and a brief explanation of your food allergies; that may save you some stress. I recall hosting speakers for various corporate events and many would do this, with requirements like "provide fresh fruit and bottles of Evian water in the hotel room" or "hotel room no higher than the fifth floor," etc.