P.F Chang’s Executive to Speak at Conference - Celiac Disease
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Nov 5 2013

P.F Chang’s Executive to Speak at Conference

It is no secret, dining out gluten-free can be stressful.  When I first started the gluten-free diet almost eight years ago, it was much more of a hassle to eat out safely gluten-free than it is today.  One of the first restaurants that I felt comfortable eating gluten-free at was P.F. Chang’s.  They really seemed to get “gluten-free” and what was necessary in order to keep the risk of cross-contamination to a minimum.  It was one of the only restaurants I depended on in those early days, as I was able to choose from a nice variety of entrees instead of just a plain burger or salad.

P.F. Chang’s has been rated second most allergy-friendly restaurant chain in the U.S. by AllergyEats and their director of quality assurance and food safety, Michael Moomjian, is speaking today at the annual AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs.  More about this exciting event:

Many allergy sufferers and others with food sensitivities already know that P.F. Chang’s has been a longtime ally, with many options to customize dishes for guests. Tomorrow at the annual AllergyEats Food Allergy Conference for Restaurateurs, Michael Moomjian, director of quality assurance and food safety for P.F. Chang’s, will help others in the industry become more knowledgeable and learn how to better accommodate guests’ food allergies.

Moomjian’s presentation will cover how P.F. Chang’s has been successfully serving guests with allergen concerns along with the restaurants’ best practices for allergy management. Additionally, Moomjian will highlight P.F. Chang’s custom allergen matrix, a tool that assists servers in providing guests with accurate and customized menu recommendations.

AllergyEats is a popular website with a database of over 600,000 restaurants across the U.S, providing visitors with restaurant ratings "by people with food allergies, for people with food allergies." This year the site’s users named P.F. Chang’s the second most allergy-friendly large restaurant chain in the country, stating they were extremely comfortable in the restaurant’s ability to meet their needs, and praising P.F. Chang’s staff for their knowledge and accommodation.

That accommodation includes an extensive menu of gluten-free offerings, which P.F. Chang’s has offered for more than 10 years. With all dishes made from scratch using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients, P.F. Chang’s gives food-sensitive guests many options for creating delicious meals that they can feel confident eating.

"We know that dining out can be a stressful experience for people with food allergies,” said Moomjian. "That’s why P.F. Chang’s continues to prioritize our commitment to ensuring our guests feel safe and comfortable in our abilities to serve them."

It is great to see P.F. Chang’s taking the time to share what has worked for them so that more restaurants can take notice of what it takes to safely accommodate those with food allergies and intolerances instead of haphazardly implementing practices that truly aren’t safe for those needing to avoid certain ingredients. 

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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