Monday, May 17, 2010

Olive Garden

Over mother's day weekend, my in-laws were in town and wanted to take us out for dinner. Olive Garden sounded good, but we hadn't tried it yet with Brody. I decided to give the manager a call and see if they could accommodate us.

The manager spent time going over what would be safe for Brody (there wasn't much that didn't have milk or eggs in it). The marinara sauce has butter in it (FYI) and the spaghetti noodles are made in a facility that processes egg, so that leaves out the traditional Italian cuisine.

BUT, on the children's menu, they have grilled chicken and a side of broccoli (it comes with spaghetti too, but we had to pass on this). The general manager was informed of Brody's food allergies and came over and took our special order and made it himself to make sure there was no cross-contamination. I was really grateful, and impressed. The chicken was made with no seasoning, had a little olive oil on it to give it flavor and the broccoli was just steamed (nothing on it).

We asked Brock (my non-allergic kid) what he wanted for dinner, and he chose the same meal as Brody. So sweet. It was nice to be able to eat out and for Brody to have a dinner that he liked and it helped that big brother wanted the same thing.
One more to add to the list!

Olive Garden
Spring Hill, TN
General Manager: Richard Hill

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  1. How lovely, it's great when people can go out of their way like that to make you welcome.

  2. We ate at our local Olive Garden about a month ago. With Sophie allergic to wheat, eggs, and all nuts, I wasn't sure what we were getting into, but over the phone the manager assured me they could handle her allergies and then it turned out that our waiter had grown up with his best friend having wheat and egg allergies, so he made us very comfortable!

  3. That is so awesome that your waiter totally got the food allergy issue. It's like he was placed there that night to help ensure that Sophie was safe!


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