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5/31/11 3:26 P

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well the thing is the guy thinks that he is being really helpful making sure the dish is potato free so that it is GF. He just can't get the concept of the definition of what gluten is.

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5/31/11 9:07 A

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Kate, very interesting post. So sad on what the chef said about this being a bunch of crock.

I so agree about the chef needing to know ahead of time to fix a gf meal. If I never discussed this with my chef he could not do that and that is clearly understandable. I am very fortunate. I always give him a thank card at the end of each year thanking him that I never got sick and I also include a gift for him.

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5/31/11 12:51 A

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Well, I was buying a grill at Home Depot on Saturday. The guy helping us was very helpful, and said he has beeen a chef for 15 years. I asked him if he had ever cooked or knew about gluten free.
I was astounded when he said he didn't believe in it, and it was all a crock. I promised him that I was a totally different person than two years ago. My husband, who was skeptical at first, has seen the difference. Of course, when his firstborn and only girl was diagnosed, somehow it carried more punch than when it was just me. :)
Also, my brother, who is a chef in the St. Louis area at a country club says he has no problem fixing GF food. And, his food is fabulous! He does not like it when someone comes to a banquet, and asks for a GF meal with no prior warning. I can understand, as a good chef will want to make sure of uncontaminated surfaces, utensils, etc.
So, as we want others to understand us, we need to understand a chef who has limited help, and is fixing food for 2-500 people and has no prior notice. Sounds a lot like the chef you know, Char.
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5/30/11 5:25 P

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I am very fortunate as where I live I have not encountered a problem like that. I belong to a women's club (we have our luncheon every month) and I personally talked to the chef and he asked for the menu for the year and makes where I can eat and still enjoy it. That sure makes a big difference as he willing to know more about gluten-free. In fact, he told me that he has learned so much since he has been cooking for me. It just takes a little bit of effort for a restaurant to work with customers and in the long run will get more business for sure. I for one tells everyone how wonderful this chef has been to me.

I have gotten this in a couple more restaurants too. A little bit of knowledge goes a long way.

Jen, that is sad that this person will not go out of his way to help gf people. It is out there more now than it was a few years back.

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I forgot about this thread. I went out to lunch last week with a friend that's gluten intolerant and she was sharing about another friend that every time she sees him he'll proudly say that the food is GF since there's no potatoes. She's tried correcting him so many times and he doesn't get it that she's given up. I know this guy and he's the biggest foodie and super smart but he just doesn't get what gluten is.

Sheila, that's great about the manager of that restaurant, I wish there were more like him.

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5/30/11 12:41 P

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I went with a girlfriend last week to a restruant in a nearby town. I told the waitress that I was celiac and she said let me go get the manager.
When he came out he said he had another celiac patron and told me what he usually ate
and asked me if he could come out and talk with me to get more educated about what
it was and how it affected people. Then he did come out and sit with us and talked for about
an half hour.
I was so pleased to meet a man who wanted to do the best for his customers no matter what their food needs were. KUDU's to that restruant team.

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Kate, I got some cards from Triumph Dining and comes in 10 different languages. It cost $18.95 plus tax. They are all laminated. On the back, it does say I have Celiac Disease; however below that shows all the foods that you cannot eat.

You might want to check out their site. Go to www.triumphdining.com
I hope that this helps you.

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5/10/11 11:05 P

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No, I have no such card. I'm not celiac, just really sensitive to mainly wheat. But, for all purposes I just say I am gluten intolerant. Where does one get such a card? Does it have any basic info on it? Thanks.
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Kate, I would call and ask to speak to the manager or owner and let them know what happened. If you frequent this place, then it would give you peace of mind and hopefully eat there again. It is nice to be polite but at the expense of you getting sick. Do you happened to have a card showing that you are celiac or gluten intolerant?

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So, should I phone and ask for a manager at the restaurant? I really think, on reflection, that the young woman didn't want to back down. I want to be poklite, but this is silly.
I think many believe that starch, which is glutinous, as in risotto, which, if prepared correctly, has no gluten, is the same as a gluten which must be avoided. Hmmmm.
I also do believe that many believe that if you are GF, you MUST AVOID all chocolate, sugar, and starch of every kind. Well?
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5/10/11 8:03 P

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I agree that they might have gotten the glucose mixed up with the gluten. If the potatoes were in the form of french fries then maybe it would have flour in them.

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Kate you last sentence was a good one "have workshops to educate chefs and wait staff" how true that is.

I went to my ladies group luncheon that we have once a month. The waiter and chef knows that I am gf and mentioned that the chef told him to let me know that one of the ingredients (we had taco salad) in the salad was beef stock but there was just a smidgen of gluten in it. I did not think it would bother me WRONG. The waiter told me to let him know and I did. It was not his fault as I thought it would be ok. I know better than that. The head waiter apologized and I told him that it was not his fault as they did tell me and right then and there I should of stopped eating. Here today I was just thinking that I do not have that problem anymore. Well I guess I best not say that again.

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5/10/11 2:45 P

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I've had restaurants where good chefs assume some weird things. Yes, some think no gluten means no sugar, and I was told that that was why they brought me a poached pear made with unsweetend carob. It was awful! My husband and I were going to split it, but it tasted like soap.
Now that I think of it, the chef didn't want to serve me potatoes either. I wish there were workshops for chefs and wait staff to educate them!
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5/10/11 9:32 A

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I've had restaurants confuse GF with low-carb. Potatoes do have plenty of carbohydrates but no gluten.

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It seems someone just didn't know what they were talking about it if was just a plain old potato.
The funniest thing someone informed me was that a can of green beans had G. She was telling this to a newly diagnosed Celiac, not realizing I had CD and had been dealing with it for years.



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5/10/11 1:02 A

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No, I mean glutin. But now that you mention it I wonder if the restaurant had glucose and gluten mixed up.

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@ Jencorrine-- do you mean glucose? I know people get gluten/ glucose confused...

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I have never heard of this with potatoes...I have read that all grains, including rice and corn, have gluten it is just a different kind than most people react to.

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I went to a restaurant for meatloaf, but "new chef, new recipe" which included crackers - bummer. I was also told no rice either, as it had gluten? What it turned out to be was that the rice rep wouldn't certify they weren't contaminated (my estimation). Weird, too.

Re: potatoes: if boiled, then maybe the water was contaminated?

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5/10/11 12:24 A

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I wonder if they were getting gluten(protein) mixed up with glutin(starch). Of course all links when I ask about glutin ask if I mean gluten and not finding anything if its in potatoes. Its what makes rice sticky so I'm thinking potatoes would have it too.

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5/10/11 12:18 A

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Thanks for the answers. No, the potatoes were unadulterated, and I don't know what the girl was thinking. It's possible that she didn't want to seem wrong, but I was pretty sure of my ground. I just thought it was weird.
A few times I've had chefs not want to give me potatoes, even with no sauce. Hmmm.
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Kathy, I did the same as Barb did. I googled it too and found out that Yukon potatoes are gf. I have to agree with what Barb said too..
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Yukon gold potatoes do not contain any gluten and are no different than other potatoes. I googled it and found multiple listings that stated there was no gluten in these or any potatoes in their natural state. Maybe that restaurant put something in the potatoes but otherwise you were given wrong information. Barb

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I was out to dinner with my son and his wife this evening. I asked what was GF, and she named only a couple of things. She said Yukon potatoes had gluten? They were not cooked with anything, but the server said that many had told her it was so.
I am not that sensitive, and chanced it, and have no problem. Anythig you all know about this? Thanks.
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