Monday, August 17, 2015

Let's Talk Restaurants!

We all know just how hard and frustrating it is to find a gluten-free friendly restaurant. Dining out is something we all enjoy doing, but we need to know that we are safe when we do. Here are some simple questions that we shouldn't be afraid to ask:
Do they have a gluten-free menu?
Is the staff knowledgeable about gluten and Celiac Disease?
Do they know the difference between gluten issues and Celiac?
Do they know that Celiac is a real disease and NOT A FAD?
Are they receptive to your needs and requests?
How will your food be prepared?
Do they use gloves and change them when preparing a gluten-free meal?
Do they use a separate fryer, utensils, pots and pans?
Is there a designated clean space on the grill for gluten-free food?
Is there an allergy alert when they place your order, so the staff knows to be extra careful when it comes to cross-contamination?
If they put croutons on your salad by mistake, do they know to make you a whole NEW salad and to NOT just remove them?
If they offer a gluten-free pasta choice, is it made in a special gluten-free ONLY pot with fresh water?
These are just a few questions that we all need to ask to help ease our minds in order to have a safe and healthy experience WITHOUT being sick! Don't be shy, this is your health we are talking about!
A good website to find GF restaurants: Find Me Gluten Free