Navigating restaurants can be a challenge with food restrictions. Often times, when dining out we feel we have explained our food restrictions, allergies, and intolerances clearly to the wait staff, to find all of the information didn’t pass to the Chef. We have also found extremely diligent wait staff and chefs. We are always trying to find the perfect balance to being clear with our order and not being obnoxious. If you have food allergies, food intolerances or food restrictions, we are sure you understand the challenge. In an online search, we found numerous types of Chef Cards that can be purchased or printed which you can hand to the wait staff and ask them to give it directly to the Chef. There are some great options out there with pictures and detailed info on what to do in the event the person ingests a dangerous allergen. We went DIY and made some up on a postcard size. We used an Avery. com Template for postcards # 5889. Feel free to use these or make your own or purchase the cards. These cards could save a life.
We also suggest:
1. Reviewing Menus & Ingredient Lists On-Line and then asking questions to verify the ingredients.
2. Call the Restaurant ahead of time and discuss the Ingredient Lists and your Food Restrictions
3. Ask questions. Ask lots of questions.
4. Use a Chef Card (there is a list of Chef Card resources on www.gratefulfoodie.com on her post on “Eating-out”)
5. Always be prepared for an accidental food contamination.