Coeliac tips for eat­ing out

The Irish Times - - Comment&letters -

Sir, – Many thanks to Rose Mary Roche for an ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on coeliac din­ing. (Health+Fam­ily, August 7th). I dine out fre­quently with my wife, who is a coeliac, and would make a num­ber of points.

First, on one oc­ca­sion when eat­ing out, the server asked my wife “Are you gluten-free or a coeliac?” This is an im­por­tant dis­tinc­tion, and one which that par­tic­u­lar server re­alised. There­fore, there is an obli­ga­tion on eat­ing es­tab­lish­ments to en­sure that their staff are trained in serv­ing gluten-free food.

Sec­ond, when, with­out be­ing prompted by us, a food counter server changes their gloves to serve gluten-free food, we know that the server has been suit­ably trained.

Third, our lo­cal restaurant, here in Rath­farn­ham, fol­low­ing our guid­ance, now marks a num­ber of menu choices as “CO”, mean­ing that they are happy to specif­i­cally make a dish coeliac-op­tion on re­quest. We have since seen that des­ig­na­tion used in other restau­rants as well.

Fi­nally, with 50,000 coeli­acs in Ire­land, as men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle, it would be help­ful if restaurant reviewers in our news­pa­pers would oc­ca­sion­ally write a review fo­cused on the chal­lenges faced by coeli­acs who are sim­ply seek­ing a nice gluten-free meal out. – Yours, etc,

TONY COR­CO­RAN, Rath­farn­ham,

Dublin 14.

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