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Last evening my wife and I went out on a date for the first time in the years since my diagnosis. We went with my son's future in-laws to check out the party center where their wedding reception will be later this year. They were having a dinner and show with a select menu. For some reason we were rushed and I didn't have a chance to check in advance so I loaded up with my Lara Bar and hoped for the best knowing I had just eaten before I walked out the door.

Nice casual evening and the waitress came to take our salad order. I asked if there were croutons and she apologetically said "No, there weren't any" thinking I would be disappointed. I then clarified that was a good thing and that I would like my dressing on the side. She said it all came that way.

I had decided I was going to chance the prime rib and when I ordered asked that no bread be put on the plate because I could not have any gluten. She said she had a gluten expert in the kitchen and assured me every precaution would be taken.

And then, it happened. The kitchen doors opened and an angel delivered my plate to me. she apologized for not knowing in advance (uh, that would be MY fault..please!) and explained that she substituted steamed veggies for the mashed potatoes because she knew they were boxed. She had heaped glorious mushrooms sauteed in butter on the Prime Rib and she was able to tell me just exactly how it was seasoned and prepared. She smiled at me and asked "celiac?" to which I replied in the affirmative. She said she was the family celiac as well. My wife was nearly in tears as we related that this was our first time out in several years. I had cut out dairy but figured, and told her, I was willing to chance the butter the mushrooms were sauteed in. She was going to make a note on our son and future daughter in law's reception order to make sure she would have sterilized dedicated prep area and utensils for prepping my meal in November. She explained that she took as many precautions as she could under short notice and used clean serving implements to dish my food.

I thanked her and let her know I was very comfortable with this.

I feel great this morning! (it was all delicious!)



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Glad to hear it went well. Hope the wedding is a wonderful experience for all as well.

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