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Posted on: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 7:07am
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I was unable to eat at a Cheesecake Factory in Boston and another one in Phoenix. Their menu was too riddled with peanut items.
On another note: you have to be extremely careful with desserts at restaurants/cafes, even if they say the dessert itself is nut or peanut free. If there are desserts with nuts/peanuts on the menu, you need to ask for a slice of NEW/UNCUT dessert using a NEW/CLEAN utensil. I've worked at a few restaurants, and cutting knives and such get reused and thus, cross-contaminate an otherwise safe dessert. It's the same notion as the icecream scoop/new carton method.
Adrienne :-)
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30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 9:19am
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]On another note: you have to be extremely careful with desserts at restaurants/cafes, even if they say the dessert itself is nut or peanut free. If there are desserts with nuts/peanuts on the menu, you need to ask for a slice of NEW/UNCUT dessert using a NEW/CLEAN utensil. I've worked at a few restaurants, and cutting knives and such get reused and thus, cross-contaminate an otherwise safe dessert. It's the same notion as the icecream scoop/new carton method.
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completely understand. restaurant waitstaff veteran here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I mean, [i]wonder how many folk would *still* eat out if they had the same experience. [/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
my husband always consults with me prior to ordering. I mean, for pointers. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] Sometimes, he orders, I flash him a look, and he tells the waiter, "Scratch that, give me another five minutes..." and we consult again. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I mean, allergies aside, there are certain things I just stay away from or wouldn't order. [i]mwhahahahahaha[/i].

Posted on: Mon, 11/14/2005 - 10:42am
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yeah...after working in food service (fast food, coffee shop, fancy dessert cafe, 5 star restaurant) you really see some things that make you go, "wow, I am never eating out again". Latex sanitary gloves? don't really make a difference if you ask me...
anyway, yeah, "shudder"
Adrienne
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30-year old survivor of sever peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Tue, 11/15/2005 - 6:49am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]
could you share which one you ate at? We live in the Chicago area.[/b]
The one in Old Orchard in Skokie.

Posted on: Tue, 11/15/2005 - 11:05am
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thank you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 11/16/2005 - 4:07am
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Anyone eat at the one in Burlington, MA without problems?

Posted on: Thu, 11/17/2005 - 3:28am
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We have eaten at the one on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and the one at Easton Town Center in Columbus, OH. Both of them were very accomodating and my son had no problems. I think he ate noodles and pizza.
Jaime

Posted on: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 7:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by CorinneM1:
[b]We recently ate at a Cheesecake factory, and before we sat down, the manager came over and explained to us that many of their food items are safe, that they do not use peanut oils, that their servers and chefs were very familiar with the allergy, and that they are aware and cautious.
He advised us to stay away from any of the Asian items and stated that there were certain cheesecakes that were nut free. He couldn't say if they were peanut safe, so we did not risk it. We were too stuffed anyway for dessert.[/b]
This weekend, we booked a hotel room (with a pool [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] ), went shopping and called in advance to a Cheesecake Factory location nearby.
Our experience was similiar. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img] (I also contacted corporate in California a week earlier and investigated at that end as well (wrt: food allergies). [i]I[/i] found them very accommodating and informed. I did not get a canned generic response, but rather personal service bordering on, if not what we experienced at Disney.
[i]No complaints here.[/i]
My cubs ordered filets, side dishes, and [i]cheesecake[/i]. The manager and head chef personally oversaw the preparation and cooking of our order. Precautions to avoid cross contamination and label reading from corporate on down to the kitchen were implemented. I was impressed, and believe me, I'm a hard sell. We're nitpicky, particular, neurotic people. We generally keep to ourselves.
Hey, maybe my cubs have [i]outgrown[/i] their allergies, but last time my oldest was recently checked, this was not the assessment. Again, maybe it's changed. Maybe we just lucked out. Maybe I'm a BAD MOMMY. Considering my cubs past reactions. Some of which have caught us completely off-guard. But it worked out for *us*. My cubs had a wonderful experience. Can't speak (or guarantee) for others. IMMV. Maybe I took my childrens' lives into my hands.
General Disclaimer: Maybe situations, practices, menus, ingredients, and individual mileage may vary. I don't know. I investigated for myself and made a decision. It might have been the wrong decision, but personally? It worked out for *us*. Individual Mileage May Vary. Just describing our [b]own personal, highly individual and possibly unique situation[/b]. I could be doing it all wrong. But I'm going to write a letter of thanks to corporate. Can't make recommendation or speak for anyone else.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited November 27, 2005).]

Posted on: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 10:38am
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MB, I'm dying to know how they assured the safety of the cheesecake, since they make so many varieties.
One of DS's fondest dreams would be to go to our local Cheesecake Factory and order a nice big piece of cake!
How did they convince you?
Amy

Posted on: Sun, 11/27/2005 - 11:03am
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
[b]MB, I'm dying to know how they assured the safety of the cheesecake, since they make so many varieties.
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I don't remember them assuring the safety wrt PA/NUTS of their cheesecake.Did I say they did? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If I remember right, and I understand it, some *are* made with peanuts and/or nuts.
[i]MommaBear trying to remember if she has ever had [b]anyone[/b] ever assured her of [b]anything[/b] 100%.[/i]
also trying to think of *anything* [b]I[/b] would take as a 100% guarantee from any mortal [i]even if they said it was[/i].
But hey, that's just me.
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Just describing my own personal highly individual and unique situation. IMMV.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited November 27, 2005).]

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