The Greater Rochester Celiac Support Group offers these steps of advice when choosing to dine out:
- Call ahead to confirm they can accommodate/consult the menu online
- Make sure that they are aware it is medically necessary for you to eat Gluten Free – as the gluten free diet has become more of a fad diet. Rochester is pretty familiar with the term gluten. When travelling or encountering someone not familiar with it – be ready to explain and educate.
- Dine early
- Confirm gluten free accommodations upon arrival. Some establishments will have a gluten free menu.
- Always let your server know.
- Share your concerns about gluten hidden in unexpected items like malt vinegar or some soy sauces and commercial condiments.
- Beware of common fryers.
- Proof your meal when it is delivered to your table, double check that it is gluten free.
- Be sure to thank individuals who have been accommodating to your needs when ready to leave. Tip generously.
- When in doubt – keep it simple and safe.
It is common for restaurants to offer gluten free options – but be sure to ask about preparation – as there are different levels of sensitivity – as well as restaurants accommodating the gluten free fad.
- A few things to ask (depending on what you are ordering):
- Is your pasta prepared in different water, with different strainers?
- Is that fried with other gluten containing items?
- Is that grilled where other gluten containing items are grilled? If so – can they clean that area or use a pan or oven to cook it?
- Do you use separate utensils and prep area for the gluten free option?