** #DineGF UPDATE ** The CEO of P.F. Chang's emailed to thank us for #DineGF! Gluten Free diners, we're making a difference!
The company has offered to cover my investment in the Gift Cards - I accepted, and will spend the $200 I committed promoting #DineGF! *
Y'all, I got upset when I read that P.F. Chang's was being sued for charging $1 more for their certified Gluten Free Menu options. I'll GLADLY pay more than that for safe GF food when dining out with friends and family - and because I've worked in the Food & Wine industry for almost two decades (am I that old?!?) I know what it costs for restaurants to segregate ingredients, cooking utensils and kitchen space in addition to staff training, labeling, menu space and other hurdles to safely serve Gluten Free diners.
I want MORE restaurants to take GF - and all allergen free diners - seriously, and to see that is worth doing business with us, because we are repeat guests that bring others with us. I want to ENCOURAGE restaurants to get GF Certified and sell me food. And if your response to my Facebook post on the subject was any indication, you feel the same way. So here's what I'm going to do:
I'm encouraging each of you to #DINEGF sometime between Feburary 7-15th, 2015 and post photos of yourself, your food, your friends or whatever you want with the hashtag #DINEGF. I'll be hitting P.F. Chang's for sure, and a few of my other favorite spots that do GF right. Let's encourage restaurants to work with us by working with them. Doesn't that make sense?
Ask your friends & family to post #DINEGF photos too - even if they aren't dining GF themselves, if they are at a restaurant that takes care of their Gluten Free loved ones, they can help spread the word that providing safe GF meals matters.
I'll even sweeten the deal - I'll put up $200 of my own GF cash to send gift cards to the best #DINEGF posts we see. It's worth it to me to support the restaurants that take care of G-Free Foodies and those with other allergies. Be sure to tag @gfreefoodie and use #DINEGF on your Instagram, Twitter & Facebook posts to enter.
#DINEGF y'all - and be loud about it, would you?
XOXO - KC
PS - I'll even throw in two Love With Food by G-Free Foodie boxes of my favorite goods if you post about your favorite place to safely #DINEGF - Enter with the Rafflecopter widget or by leaving a Comment below.