Ask if wait staff has touched peanuts

Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 11:17am
randgmom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

My family recently ate at East Side Marios. We like it there, as the staff has always been excellent about doublechecking their ingredient lists (they have a binder with ingredients spelled out for all their menu items) and letting the chef know my daughter is PA.

This last time, the waitress acknowledged what a concern it was, made note of it on our order and talked to the chef. After a few moments she came back to the table and mentioned that the bar side -- separated from us by a wall -- served peanuts in the shell and they were all over the floor over there. I knew that, but had figured it wasn't an issue because our food is not prepared in the bar and we do not go in the bar.

It *is* an issue, however -- she told me she had just come back from very carefully scrubbing her hands because *she* had been over to the bar and had eaten some peanuts. I'm impressed she thought of this as a posible risk for my daughter, but appalled I hadn't thought of it myself.

I'd suggest, therefore, in addition to the questions you ask about peanut ingredients and cross-contamination in the kitchen, etc., you ask the staff if *they* have touched any peanuts or eaten any since last washing their hands.

I hope this helps!


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