Yesterday I shared my first tip about Eating Out as a part of 10 Days of Gluten-Free, created by Linda, the Gluten-Free Homemaker. Doing your homework is key to finding a restaurant and meal that will be healthy and safe for you.
As a child, I’m sure you played telephone. If so, you know that the original message can be hilariously misconstrued, and oftentimes the message received is completely contrary to that of the original.
In the dining situation of the gluten intolerant, a misconstrued message is far from hilarious. Your server is the liason between you and the kitchen. During dinner, the relationship between you and your server is far more important than the one between you and the one you’re starry-eyed for across the table. Your server holds the fate of your evening and your health in his hands.
Be nice to your server.
Get your servers on your side. Get to know them. Make it a pleasure for them to come to your table and check on you. You will be surprised at how servers will go the extra mile when they enjoy talking with you.
Years ago, I had just flown in from a weekend away and met the Husband for dinner. We drove to one of his favorite business lunch spots for dinner, because he said that there was always grilled fish and steamed veggies that were naturally gluten free. Perfect.
We enjoyed talking about local news with the waiter before even approaching the issue of needing a gluten-free meal. When he offered an appetizer, I was quick to say that I was starving, but that I wasn’t sure that I could find anything gluten-free. I was eyeing the chips and salsa.
The waiter proceeded to explain that although the salsa was gluten free, they fried the chips in the same oil as their breaded chicken. His solution was to bring me corn tortillas cut into wedges that I could dip into the salsa. He could have just said, “No, they aren’t gluten free.” But he went the extra mile.
Be nice to your server.
Did you enter to win a $25 P.F. Chang’s gift card yesterday? Two of you will be winners at the end of 10 Days of Gluten Free. All you have to do is comment here! You can submit another entry today by leaving a comment below. You can leave two entries today by answering a second dish question or letting me know that you followed Gluten-Free Cat on Twitter, “liked” Gluten-Free Cat’s Facebook page, or shared this post on Twitter or Facebook.
I’ll be back tomorrow with tip #3. Did you check out the other blogs in the blog hop yesterday? The tips were fantastic! Make sure you visit them today:
- Getting Started – Linda @ The Gluten-Free Homemaker
- Resources – Wendy @ Celiacs in the House
- Traveling – Karen @ Gluten-Free Travel Blog
- Frugal Tips – Janelle @ Gluten Freely Frugal
- Cooking – Carrie @ Ginger Lemon Girl
- Baking – Jules @ Jules Gluten Free
- Kids – Lynn @ Lynn’s Recipe Adventures
- Lunch Boxes – Tessa @ Tessa the Domestic Diva
- Shopping – Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry
- How have servers gone above and beyond for you?
- What are your secrets to getting servers on your side?
- Share how a server made your dining experience one to remember.
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- The giveaway begins May 7, 2012 and ends at 11:59 pm central time on May 18, 2012.
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