Since its inception in August 2006, the popular blog Please Don't Pass The Nuts, created by Sloane's alter-ego "Allergic Girl", quickly became a respected leading voice in the blogosphere for adults with food allergies.
Allergic Girl® has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN.com, New York Magazine, Huffington Post, ABCNEWS.com, WNBC.com, Allergic Living, L'espresso(Italy),New York Press,Serious Eats.com, Reader's Digest, The Palm Beach Post, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Eater.com, Health.com, MySpaceNews.com and Reuters.com. She can be heard on Martha Stewart Living Radio, on expert panel podcasts sponsored by Steve Case's www.Revolutionhealth.com, and on WFUV 90.7 FM Public Radio's "Cityscape".
From 2007 to 2009, Sloane was the premiere allergy and asthma expert for Health Central. She wrote a popular twice-weekly lifestyle blog covering current events, medication breakthroughs, and prominent players in the asthma/allergy field, book reviews and celebrity interviews including Padma Lakshmi, co-host of Bravo TV's Top Chef. Her story, "Everyone's gone nuts," won a 2008 Samter Journalism Award granted by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
As a New York State licensed psychotherapeutic social worker who has counseled adults, children, families, couples and groups, Sloane opened a private coaching practice in 2007 for the food allergic and food intolerant community.
Sloane's message and expertise about the food allergic consumer was featured in the food allergen awareness video training series by the Culinary Institute of America. Sloane moderated a panel on food allergen awareness for the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York in March 2008, March 2009 (in partnership with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network) and will do so again in August 2009. She also participated in a food blogger panel for Bulldog Reporter's Food Marketing & Publicity 2008 Summit.
Worry-Free Dinners® is Sloane's concept in allergen-friendly dining and food membership clubs. Diners with manageable food allergies gather to enjoy fun and "worry-free" dining experiences at restaurants. The inaugural event (April 2008) was covered by The Wall Street Journal. Worry-Free Dinners has established relationships with three of New York City's premiere restaurant groups: Union Square Restaurant Group (Danny Meyer), Craft Restaurants (Tom Colicchio) and BRGuest (Steve Hanson). In addition, in 2009, Worry-Free Dinners will be expanding to cities across North America.
Sloane received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in psychology and poetry. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing and Literature from Bennington College and subsequently her short-short story, "More Than A False Start" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Continuing her education and commitment to making connections between people and groups and resources, Sloane received her Master of Social Work degree from New York University where she was presented with the President's Service Award for Leadership.
She is an active member of her alumni associations as well as a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the New York Women's Culinary Alliance and holds the New York City Department of Health's Food Protection Certificate as well as the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification.
Sloane is a native New Yorker, where she continues to reside.