As someone who is currently trying desperately to be gluten free, and also has a large group of gluten free friends, I hate that going out for dinner often means either limiting yourself to about twenty percent of the menu. I also hate being that annoying customer who makes a million alterations to a dish, because I know that chefs put a great deal of time and effort into creating menus to show off the produce they use, and their kitchen’s skills.
I know it’s my choice to be gluten free, and I should just deal with it and order something off the menu that I can eat as is, but that sucks. Usually that means a steak and vegetables, possibly without any sauce, as a lot of restaurant sauces contain gluten. For a number of my friends who also happen to be vegetarian, or lactose intolerant, or allergic to nuts, it limits their choices even more. For one gent I know, it means he has to call ahead whenever he goes out to confirm there is actually something on the menu he can possibly eat—he’s gluten, fructose, sucrose, lactose, and acid intolerant (intense, right?). So, this infographic makes me happy, because it’s all about encouraging restaurants to adjust to a gluten free-friendly menu. Kind of want to print a stack and do a secret letterbox drop around toowoomba. Seriously, this town is not allergen/dietary requirement-friendly.