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Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 1:55am
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I agree whole heartedly that it needs to be specified as an ingredient...that goes without saying, and quite frankly I would be surprised if they did NOT specify it.
However, I am confused as to how someone that has been eating there quite regularly in the past would now list it as a place they would no longer frequent.....
The lettuce wraps are served with a very thin peanut sauce. If cross contamination is the main concern with the new chili recipe, how is it different from the peanut sauce that is sloshed around every time someone orders the wraps??????
Edit for typo..
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Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 2:49am
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Quote:Originally posted by baer5:
[b]However, I am confused as to how someone that has been eating there quite regularly in the past would now list it as a place they would no longer frequent.....
The lettuce wraps are served with a very thin peanut sauce. If cross contamination is the main concern with the new chili recipe, how is it different from the peanut sauce that is sloshed around every time someone orders the wraps??????
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I have often wondered this too. My girlfriends met there for lunch over the summer and one of them accidentally spilled the little bowl with the peanut sauce all
over EVERYTHING!!! This chain has been off limits to us for quite some time. Too much risk IMO. (No matter what the management says--they are not the ones in there cooking)
pp

Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 5:29am
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Quote:Originally posted by baer5:
[B]
However, I am confused as to how someone that has been eating there quite regularly in the past would now list it as a place they would no longer frequent.....
The lettuce wraps are served with a very thin peanut sauce. If cross contamination is the main concern with the new chili recipe, how is it different from the peanut sauce that is sloshed around every time someone orders the wraps??????
[B]
I wasn't aware of the peanut sauce there.
You may have a wider comfort zone than I do. There ares some restaurants we go to where peanut is present, but I am only comfortable after having spoken with the management and their assuring me of their practices. It's an extra step but one I don't mind taking if it means I think DS can eat there safely. For instance, Cafe Express had a sandwich with peanut sauce on it two summers ago, but I talked with the manager and got an email from the owner that was extremely detailed about their handling of peanuts.
Frankly, there's a big difference in peanut sauce which probably came to the restaurant in a container and that remains there until it is served and peanut butter that is used as an ingredient.
I worry alot about cross contmination. I've had an ana reaction myself from a utensil being used on my food that was used on shrimp, so I may be a little edgy about cross contamination. Again, I wasn't aware of the peanut sauce in the lettuce wraps, but the more peanuts are in the kitchen, the less likely I am to feel comfortable there.

Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 5:47am
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The chili is not made there either...none of the soups are. Almost everyting is prepackaged and then portioned out (As it is in most establishments).
The peanut sauce is put into a syrup dispenser and poured into serving cups...
BTW...the wraps may not be on the menu in your area McCobbre..but I would assume they are since you are in a large market..and the only stores that "don't" have them are small market stores...but who knows..

Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 6:17am
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We have specifically asked about the peanut sauce on the wraps on numerous occasions.
We were told the same thing by wait staff, management, and the chef. The peanut sauce is kept on the other side of the kitchen, away from most other items. It goes nowhere near the items my children order. Or the chips and salsa.
I sort of feel like chili would be ordered more than the wraps with peanut sauce.
Just our comfort zone. If we did not eat anyplace that had peanuts...we would never eat out. Our local chili's has answered all of our questions, consistently, and makes us feel comfortable.

Posted on: Thu, 12/28/2006 - 9:46am
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At my Chili's in Tucson they don't have the peanut sauce, just the other dipping sauce. I actually heard they don't have it b/c of peanut allergies (a server's child has PA) or something like that...it was sometime last year I was told that.
Adrienne
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Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 11:15am
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Quote:
BTW...the wraps may not be on the menu in your area McCobbre..but I would assume they are since you are in a large market..and the only stores that "don't" have them are small market stores...but who knows..[/B]
Yes, the local Chili's do have lettuce wraps in Houston...it is found in all resturant locations I've been to. Like most, I did not know there was a peanut sauce either.
What a bummer!
To all restaurants:Why break something that ain't broke????!!!! UGH!!

Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 9:08pm
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Again, this is brought up, IRT comfort zones.
Different situation though.
Comparing it to 'Why would you not go NOW when you did, in the past...'
Theres a change now, with the chilli (so we've heard, though currently, still a rumour, albeit an 'insider' rumour.
Currently, nothings changed. The place may (or may not) be 'safe' for your zone, but not for others...
With the upcoming change, wil lyou still go? I can see going anyways, but I can also see 'not going'.
We dont go anyways, so its moot for us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Jason
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Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 9:56pm
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As a matter of fact, I did email Chili's on Jan. 06 of this year and had forgotten about it. So, here is the response (quite lengthy -- so grab a cup of coffee/cocoa) I received. They do warn that the menu changes EVERY month.
Hello Ms. XXXX,
Thank you for contacting Chili's for information on menu items that
would be suitable for your dietary needs.
At Chili's, a top priority is always the health and safety of our
guests. As part of this ongoing commitment, we provide the most
current
allergen menu information available from our food suppliers to help our
guests with food allergies and/or sensitivities make informed food
selections.
Since our recipes and ingredients are proprietary trade secrets, I am
unable to provide you with the complete ingredient information for our
menu items; however our proprietary blended oils do not contain peanut
oil. I am have included a list of suggested options for you to use when
making your meal selections at Chili's, based on the most up-to-date
ingredient statements provided by our food suppliers. Because this
list
expires on a MONTHLY basis, please be sure to contact us
(1-800-983-4637) for an updated version.
On your next visit to Chili's, please speak with a manager about your
dietary restrictions to ensure that your meal is carefully prepared
with
your needs in mind. However, please be aware that during normal
kitchen
operations involving shared cooking and preparation areas, including
common fry oil, that the possibility exists for food items to come
into
contact with -containing
ingredients. In addition, due to result of the mixing of food items
within our fryers, we recommend that individuals with dietary allergies
avoid all fried food menu offerings, including French fries and Chips.
Should you have any additional concerns or inquiries regarding our menu
items, please do not hesitate to ask. We hope that you are able to
choose a meal to your liking and look forward to serving you soon.
All of Chili's menu items, EXCEPT the following, are suggested options
for individuals with peanut Allergies: (valid through Jan. 06)
ANY fried menu item, including Salad, Sandwich, Appetizer and Side
Items
Lettuce Wraps
Quesadilla Explosion Salad
Quesadilla Explosion Salad - No quesadillas
Quesadilla Explosion Salad - No dressing, no drizzle
Southwestern Cobb Salad
Southwestern Cobb Salad - No dressing
Grilled Caribbean Salad - No garlic toast
Chicken Noodle - with garnish
Chicken Tortilla - with garnish
Clam Chowder
Southwestern Vegetable - with garnish
Add on - Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp Alfredo
Chicken Ranch Sandwich
Healthy regards,
Melinda Safir, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Corporate Dietitian
Brinker International
[url="http://www.brinker.com"]www.brinker.com[/url]
"Bettering Lifestyles One Stomach At A Time!"
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The information in this e-mail is confidential and may be legally
privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee. Access to this
e-mail by anyone else is unauthorized.
Text Comments
EMAIL COMMENTS: Message: What types of oils does Chili's prepare foods
with? I have family who is allergic to peanuts/peanut oil...I would
like to request a complete menu ingredient, if possible. thanks.
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Posted on: Fri, 12/29/2006 - 10:06pm
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BTW, here is a nice site of the Chili's allergen awareness.
[url="http://www.brinker.com/gr/allergens/Chilis%20Allergen.PDF"]http://www.brinker.com/gr/allergens/Chilis%20Allergen.PDF[/url]
There is also the parent company of Brinker website for other restuarants including On the Border, Magganio's, and Macroni Grill.
[url="http://www.brinker.com/"]http://www.brinker.com/[/url]
HOPE THIS HELPS everyone!
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