Friday, August 3, 2012

Gluten-Free Friday: Triumph Dining Cards

I’ve got another great Triumph product for you today!  I’ve already reviewed the guides they offer on my last two Gluten-Free Fridays:

This week I’m highlighting a great companion to the Restaurant Guide – the Triumph Dining Cards.  They are a great resource for easily communicating your needs to the chefs preparing your food in a variety of restaurants.

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If you’ve been on a gluten-free diet for awhile, you know what you can and can’t eat, and you also know that the list of can’ts is a lot more complicated than “no wheat, barley, rye or oats” and it can be very frustrating to try to communicate all of the restrictions clearly in a restaurant not accustomed to accommodating gluten-free needs, especially when you know that what you say must be then translated by the server or manager to the people actually preparing your food.  These cards make that process a lot more painless!

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The Dining Cards consist of a set of 10 laminated cards that can be folded into credit-card size and cover a variety of cuisines, from American to Vietnamese.  English instructions on the front so you know exactly what each says, and the native language of the country the cuisine comes from on the back (for the American card, the second language is Spanish).

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The best part about these cards is that they are tailored specifically to each cuisine, instead of only listing the forbidden ingredients, so that chefs can quickly note which items on their menu that are likely off limits.  Here’s an example of the Italian card -

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It also covers foods that are safe, so that they can help you choose what you can eat and make sure what they are preparing for you is safe.

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It even has a disclaimer at the bottom explaining potential areas of cross-contamination and requesting that they clean utensils and cooking surfaces before preparing your meal.

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These cards are great resources for anyone on a strict gluten-free diet, but I believe they would especially come in handy for anyone traveling internationally since it eliminates potential miscommunications due to the language barrier.  Plus, since your server can take the card to show to the kitchen staff, you’re removing that potential communication issue as well.

The cards are available online for $18.95, or you can stop by to see me at the Triumph table at Raleigh’s first Gluten-Free Expo in a couple of weeks and get them at a discounted price of $15 – hope to see you there!  Even more vendors have signed on since I checked last week, plus there will be expert speakers and cooking demonstrations.  It’s shaping up to be a really exciting event Smile

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