A restaurant that offers a "Gluten Free Menu" when they don't really completely understand the diet, is dangerous!
One experience last year:
I ordered a dish (from their "gluten free" menu) that included diced red potatoes. Me being me, I asked questions. Come to find out, those potatoes are cooked in the fryer, a fryer that is NOT dedicated gluten free. I was told that if I'm that sensitive to request the steamed potatoes.
Was that on their "gluten free" menu? -- NO!
Chips and salsa were also on their gluten free menu.
Were their tortilla chips fried in dedicated oil? -- NO!
I told the manager that those items should not be listed as gluten free - that that's dangerous - that the chips aren't really gluten free! I was told "we aren't doctors" - and I said (nicely) - "I don't need you to diagnose me - I need you to know your food."
Any restaurant that does not know their food, does not get my business (or the business of those who dine with me).
I NEVER expect a restaurant to accommodate my special needs; I don't look down on a restaurant that is honest and up front and says, "sorry, nothing gluten free available." Their honesty is oh-so-much better than those that pretend.
But if a facility says they offer gluten free items, they darn well should know how to keep it safe for those who need to be gluten free, don't you think?
(If you know of any similar programs, please let me know and I will share it as well.)
Let's make a difference.
I sure wish the hospital and rehab my son was in five years ago was trained in feeding their gluten free patients. (More information on that later this month).