If your guest has special dietary needs

Posted: 2016-07-14

Oh my goodness! I have guests coming to town! One has a tree-nut allergy, the rest have various diet restrictions ... Where can we eat that will work for everyone?

Never fear! Duluth has a robust and motley bunch of options for the diner with dietary needs that offers much more than a head of lettuce on a plate....

Sometimes what looks nitpicky is just your guest being particular for health's sake. Clarificat...[Read more]

Theories behind food sensitivity fads

Posted: 2016-04-25

Ever find yourself wanting to yell, while waiting in line as someone ahead of you figures out what the gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free options are, "Oh, just order the salad! You diet-demanding people are everywhere!"? I know that you, being a good Minnesota nice person, would never even think such a thing, right? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Trust me, living the dream of diet dissection is not fun for us, either.

...[Read more]

Dismissing sensitivities - one's fad is another's frustration

Posted: 2016-03-22

An acquaintance of mine lost three days of her vacation to feeling very ill when her waiter was too busy to answer her questions accurately.  “Are the chips gluten free?” was met with an eye roll and “They are corn chips, yes, they’re gluten free”. She inquired again on her next visit being told that their standard corn chips contained wheat but they have gluten free chips available. She was frustrated as she found out her original waiter had been there for years and was well aware of their gluten free options. The restaurants apology and their comment that sometimes that waiter “do...[Read more]

Can you spot the fallacy?

Posted: 2015-09-04

“Vegan, G.F. Spiced black beans with New Mexico Chilies and Barley.”

Anything strike you as incorrect with the sign?

Don’t feel bad if you don’t spot it… you are absolutely not alone.

Barley is the last ingredient. Barley, though not wheat, is not actually gluten free.

There are well intentioned folks attempting to serve, and label, options to provide for customers with food challenges and particular needs. Anyone with ...[Read more]