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My Cheesecake factory peanut allergy experience

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Quote:Originally posted by stimpsjd:
[b]Cheesecake Factory in Minneapolis is the only restaurant that has ever declined to serve me. We were going there for a family function and I called ahead. Spoke with the manager and he stated that due to the variety of items on their menu that the restaurant could not assume any responsibility for the chance of cross-contamination with peanuts and that I should simply avoid eating there. Thats customer service.[/b]

Its an annoying and frustrating response from the manager, but really, wouldnt you rather he/they be honest with you about it rather than give you a false promise of no cross-contamination? For me, I prefer that if they dont feel comfortable guaranteeing a peanut and cross-x meal for me, that they tell me. Im ok with places telling me its not safe for me to eat there. Its really their right to refuse to serve, even if it seems unfair to us PA folks.

Adrienne

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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

FWIW, ive always found Cheesecake Factory very accomodating, but its important to notify them of the allergy *even if you think the food youre ordering should be safe.* We go to the location in Westbury, NY.

My girl always gets penne with butter sauce (ahh, toddler food) and one day at CF, she stuck her fork in and found a whole peanut smack in the middle of her pasta. 8| As it turns out, we hadnt mentioned it that say -- were there a lot and got to feeling a little too safe -- and the staff was very apologetic. It turns out that pasta is made at stations where various garnishes are available. I wouldnt have dreamed it.

And, go figure, if you dont tell them to be extra-careful, theyll have no reason to think of it...

Anyway, my girl fihed the peanut out with a fork, not her fingers, and showed it to me before she ate anything. No reaction. She got special rewards that day for doing exactly the right thing, and we still go back -- but now she takes extra care to tell them shes allergic to peanuts her own self.

Comfort zones & YMMV, yadda yadda. Im still comfortable going there, though we order a limited number of things. Some of you might take my story and never go back, though.

My son had his first reaction at The Cheesecake Factory in Minneapolis. He started coughing and sneezing the minute we walked in the door.

We were very new to PA at the time so we stayed. We ended up getting our food to go because his reaction was getting worse. In my opinion I think all the peanut butter contained in the cheesecakes contaminate the entire restaurant. We will not be going there again.

Donna

Quote:Originally posted by notnutty:
[b] In my opinion I think all the peanut butter contained in the cheesecakes contaminate the entire restaurant. We will not be going there again.

Donna[/b]

for me, its the peanut sauce thats in a few dishes...

Adrienne

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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

My MILs new husbands son is a Cheesecake factory manager. His wife bought us a huge chocolate cheesecake but said they cannot and do not guarantee it is not contaminated with nuts.

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[This message has been edited by baer5 (edited January 19, 2007).]

My husband works for CCF, and we will not allow our 4 year PA son to eat there. They have chopped peanuts at every food prep station and store dressings and other foods with peanut ingredients next to non peanut foods. I would not recommend it. THey are very aware and try to be accomodating but why risk it.

Mommabear, I am wondering like Amy what made you feel comfortablae giving your cubs the cheesecake, I do not think Amy meant (but then again I am not Amy so...)that they assured you that it was 100% peanut free, but its apparent that you felt comfortable on some level ( either what youwere told, or saw or was it a new cake they got your pieces from) because you did give it to the kids.

I ate at cheesecake factory once with my non pa dd I liked the idea that they brought out bananas and oranges too.

Quote:Originally posted by patsmommy:
[b] Mommabear, I am wondering like Amy what made you feel comfortablae giving your cubs the cheesecake, I do not think Amy meant (but then again I am not Amy so...)that they assured you that it was 100% peanut free, but its apparent that you felt comfortable on some level ( either what youwere told, or saw or was it a new cake they got your pieces from) because you did give it to the kids.

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let me think about this. Im not sure it was a ""feel comfortable"" decision rather than a ""activities of daily living--calculated risk/benefit"" thing.
KWIM? Im not even sure I can put my finger on it, (Big Picture Thing--that includes an inventory of experiences not even related to Cheesecake Factory right down to never having stepped foot inside facilities of just about *all* the suppliers of the food that enters my very home) but for starters, the folk *I* encountered from corporate on down were very [i]professional[/i]. But hey, Individual Mileage May Vary.

Do I think my children (ages 6 and 10) are never going to eat out? I mean, I can think whatever I want, but personally I prefer to be the one to educate my child in the ways of the world rather than leave them to take those first tenuous steps on their own. KWIM? Besides, after working over 12 years in restaurants (maybe more) Ive found most restaurant dining experiences to be [i]highly over-rated[/i]. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

You know what they say about what you cant have.

You know, I talked to another parent this week regarding a school activity, and I heard over the phone: [i]""Oh! Youre (my childs name) mom![/i] My daughter talks about him [i]all the time[/i]. Shes crushing on him. Has he mentioned her name?"" (just remembered the ""has he mentioned her name"" part. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )

Hes 10. In the body of a near 15 year old. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

And hes gorgeous. [i]and kind[/i]. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

His conversations already include visions of a family and a lifestyle and of course, [i]entertainment[/i]. And most likely he will want to take his dates to some of the nicer restaurants. With or without my permission.

Or...............Ill always be happy to provide the warmth and hospitality of our own family dinner table. To him and his guest.

You know, hes already purchased some adorable, velvet lined silver jewelry boxes for some of his ""friends"" at school for Valentines.

I mean, Im not talking about giving my cubs ""carte blanche"" regarding what they want or dont want. Im talking about ""anticipatory guidance"". As much as Id like to *think* telling my children ""this is the way it is, the way it will be, and you will thank me"", Im pretty sure its not *always* going to, or meant to, work [i]that way[/i]. And Im a control freak. Go Figure.

Theres some threads about ""teen"" years running. A study even. About the incidence of deaths (or injury?--not sure) from food allergies, I mean.

No surprises here. I mean, as a nurse, [i]and a mother[/i], and considering the litany of growing pains, some deadly that occur between these years. I mean, Food Allergies are just [b]one[/b] of the things Im trying to provide [i]anticipatory guidance[/i] for to my beloved children. I mean, I cant [i]afford[/i] tunnel vision in this arena. And I cant afford to enter the arena last minute, either. Someday, I wont be [i]allowed[/i] into the arena period.

[i]""Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."" [/i](Proverbs 22:6)

And yes, the manager opened a new cheesecake. Served it himself. That said, I didnt take that as a 100% guarantee either. KWIM?
But hey, maybe thats just me. Maybe its just my cubs.

General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Nada. No way, no how. Just describing my own personal highly individual and possibly unique situation, and who knows,.........potential failure as a parent. Individual Mileage May Vary. And ps.....when I say ""I"", I sometimes mean ""we"" as in ""hubby and I"", but in [i]those[/i] instances, if I say ""we"", I dont know, it kinda sounds creepy. Like gollum or something. KWIM? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] So I just say: ""I"". I just dont want to discount the role my hubby plays in raising our boys. Hes done a fine job. And I dont even say (as a mother) ""even for a man"", [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] I mean, I dont know if I could do it without him. Which reminds me....I wonder if they are going to play ""paintball"" today. I mean, not sure if with the holiday they are open......Again, no advice, without proper equipment and training, it can be very dangerous, and even then.....[i]still.[/i]

edit brackets. and ooo. glaring typo highlighted in brackets, even.

[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited January 16, 2006).]

[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited January 16, 2006).]

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