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#16 Juliebove

 
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:26 AM

Wow! I wonder if they all put flour on the cheese? We have had problems with them bringing a salad with a lone crouton then trying to just pick it off. Or acting annoyed when we ask for a special salad. I didn't know about the quiona either. Hmmm... I have had the gluten-free pasta and it didn't taste like quinoa. My daughter can't have quinoa. So I guess that place is out for us!
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#17 Lisa

 
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:03 AM

I used your earlier link to contact them tonight. Did they ever respond to you, Lisa?

No nothing! <_<
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:00 AM

Usually these types of stories -- especially wheat in cheese stories -- turn out to be untrue, but of course I wouldn't eat it until we hear from OG.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 04:49 PM

I received a reply back tonight from Lisa's link to corporate Olive Garden. It isn't standard operating procedure to dust the parmesan cheese with flour. They said they'd follow up.
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Posted 10 April 2012 - 05:10 PM

I received a reply back tonight from Lisa's link to corporate Olive Garden. It isn't standard operating procedure to dust the parmesan cheese with flour. They said they'd follow up.


YES!

Marilyn, could you post their reply or in parts that you feel appropriate?

Thank you so much for your reply and maybe???? in the near future you can eat there with comfort.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 12:21 PM

In general, do not waste your time on olive garden's Gluten-Free pasta and sauce. It is so nasty! My dad was in the navy for 24 yrs and i have had better pasta on the ship when we visited him. OG's pasta was mushy and the sauce tasted of ketchup. They do prepare it separetly in the microwave and i did did not get sick from the few bites i ate. The manager agreed with me that it was the worst thing on the menu. She was gracious enough to remove it from my bill, but why serve it in the first place. I contacted corporate, but they stood behind their product. I just do not want anyone to waste their time eating this. It is by far the worst Gluten-Free meal i have ever had.
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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:22 PM

My daughter and I went to Olive Garden last week and both asked for the gluten free menus. We placed our orders, I mad my substitutions based on other allergies/sensitivities. The server was really nice! As we were eating, my daughter asked for a side of broccoli. The server very kindly told her that THE BROCCOLI IS COOKED IN THE PASTA WATER!!! I don't know if the zuccini was also, or if they also dust their cheese in flour, but I've been sick 5 days since I went there.
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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:09 PM

Just want to let everyone know, my daughters and I just say down to eat at Olive Garden, ordered from the gluten free menu provided, and I chose to double check for the cheese (I've been burned by 'trusting' the restaurant biz too many times!).
I saw this thread about the cheese, so when the salad came out and the sever offered cheese, I asked her about it being dusted with flour. She politely reassured me that they do not dust it with flour themselves, but when I asked, said she could double check. Sure enough, it comes pre-packaged that way. They went and read the ingredients list on the box, and yes, it is indeed coated. DON'T EAT IT! ;)
Thankful for this forum as a heads up- saved me days of pain and misery!
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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:26 PM

What specifically was it coated with? Coating it with flour would make it clump and stick together. I have never seen wheat flour on shredded or grated cheese.
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#25 Lisa

 
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Posted 07 May 2013 - 05:58 PM

Just want to let everyone know, my daughters and I just say down to eat at Olive Garden, ordered from the gluten free menu provided, and I chose to double check for the cheese (I've been burned by 'trusting' the restaurant biz too many times!).
I saw this thread about the cheese, so when the salad came out and the sever offered cheese, I asked her about it being dusted with flour. She politely reassured me that they do not dust it with flour themselves, but when I asked, said she could double check. Sure enough, it comes pre-packaged that way. They went and read the ingredients list on the box, and yes, it is indeed coated. DON'T EAT IT! ;)
Thankful for this forum as a heads up- saved me days of pain and misery!

OMG, it's coated!  Panic.. :o :P   No.... seriously, the coating would not/is not be gluten based.

 

Most likey it's dusted with cellulose, a non gluten issue. A very common practice, and no reason for concern.

 

The grated cheese is just fine for all people with Celiac or those with a gluten intolerance. :)


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 06:42 PM

Lisa and Karen have this on the money. There may be a dusting of cellulose (which is always gluten-free), but flour would make the cheese sticky--the opposite of the desired effect. It amazes me that there are still people who believe that flour is an anti-stick agent. It is a binder, for goodness sake.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 07:07 PM

Wow. That's too bad. From your first post it seemed like the manager had stopped the server before any of the coated cheese had hit your plate. But i guess i mis-read. Could it have been some other part of the meal that got you? I'm so nervous now after a local restaurant was SO accommodating and yet I got glutened.
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