still not good about asking. I made a stop at local BBQ place we frequent

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 12:26am
My2girls's picture
Joined: 04/12/2007 - 09:00

called Dallas BBQ...basic chicken, ribs, corn bread, tempura, onion get the picture..

well, i had some free time yesterday and decided to stop in a lot of the restaurants we eat at so i can start getting my safe list.

I'm just not so good at the terminology and what exactly i'm looking for. See this example:

walked in and said, hi, my family ocmes here a lot and we just discovered peanut allergy-which is serious-does your food recipies use peanut oils or peanut flour or peanut?

answer: no no no no we use vegetable oil. I said, peanuts are vegetables-what type of oil, canola?olive? mazola?.....not sure.

then i asked about the breading-flour used in the tempura and corn bread and onion rings...he said he didn't know. i said, ok, thanks for your honesty, i guess i'll call corporate.

he said there is no corporate-its a family run business-we make styuff here but have a factory that makes the flour items and ships them to us. I said, ok, who runs the factory? he said he didn't know. I said surely there is a chef-manager there knows how to make the products and what the recipies are...he i must talk to.

he said he didn't know but the brand was PHILLSBURY.

so now what???? arggh!!!!

DO i call phillsbury and ask them what type of flour they have-or do i have to trace the specific flour to the specific factory to the specific BBQ place i'm inquiring about?

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 2:03am
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Joined: 02/22/2006 - 09:00

Honestly, we don't eat out at restaurants much at all. It is too difficult for me to trust somebody else. However, if we do eat out, I always ask to talk to the restaurant manager / owner AND/OR the chef. If I get the slightest feeling that they don't fully understand, we just bag it.

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 2:08am
My2girls's picture
Joined: 04/12/2007 - 09:00

he was manager...i will figure it out-the lingo-we love to eat out and it is special for us and will continue--i just will go to our local places we go to initially to put them on my safe list....i will continue to take them out to eat whenever and wherever-but i have a pretty much relaxed PA just happened like that-although i am new to this all...
i decided to NOT change her lifestyle and only in the ways in which i feel i must. Plus, living in New York City-must restaurants are pretty savvy about allergies and the chef's can talk to you...but thanks for your input!!

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 2:15am
mumaluke's picture
Joined: 05/03/2006 - 09:00

If the manager does not know then ask for the owner or the chef. Or ask to see the packaging. I did this the other day at a pizza shop we always go to, the guy was kind of annoyed but oh well, I would rather annoy someone then spend the night in a hospital with my child

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 2:19am
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Joined: 02/22/2006 - 09:00

Yes, I totally understand. If eating out was that important to us, we would try harder too, but it just isn't. And - if you can figure out how to get through this without changing your lifestyle, you will be doing very good. My son's lifestyle hasn't changed, but mine sure has :> )!

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 2:35am
My2girls's picture
Joined: 04/12/2007 - 09:00

the owner wasn't there-it is a chain-anyway-i willcall phillsbury and ask them..thanks!

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 2:58am
My2girls's picture
Joined: 04/12/2007 - 09:00

fyi: pillsbury flour has been bought out by jm smuckers peanut anything in their flour. also pillsbury is owned by GM who is one of best labelers in industry (so they take that fwiw)

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 3:57am
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Anonymous (not verified)

If GM is General Mills -- I trust their labelling, and they are one of the first companies I did trust.
I trust Pillsbury labelling since they were bought out.
Just to clarify...are you saying jm smuckers is owned by GM? (I might be reading wrong.)

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 6:40am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Actually some Pilsbury products (like the refrigerated doughs) are owned by General Mills. Other Pilsbury products (like the flour and mixes) are owned by Smucker. I guess at some point in the company's history, part got bought out by one company, part by another, and there is no "Pilsbury" standing on it's own anymore.

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 6:58am
My2girls's picture
Joined: 04/12/2007 - 09:00

jimmy's mom is right! flour portion sold to jm smuckers...refrigerated and frozen are gm (gen mills) and dependable....

Posted on: Tue, 05/08/2007 - 9:47am
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Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Most of us don't go out to eat very much. It's like playing Russian Roullette with a loaded gun, if you don't know what to ask. It takes a while to grow some umm... cajones to be able to ask the right questions.
I hope you stick around long enough to learn how to deal with people.
[b]* Beyond Obsessed * [/b]


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