My Food Style

Dinner with the ICA - How to Order When Dining Out

My business partner, Sean Williams, and I spent a wonderful night with Barbara Gordon, Executive Director of the Interstitial Cystitis Association. While discussing the many avenues we could explore to better assist those with IC, we had a surprising moment of insight in regard to a blog I wrote in which I encouraged you to asked questions when dining out.

We took my own advice and put it to work. Unfortunately the many questions we asked - all every simple questions - only confused our waiter. It was disappointing to see how very little those who serve us really know about what they are serving.

After finishing our meals and saying our goodbyes, I drove home and began considering this blog. I reflected on the poor waiter who could not answer any of our questions and I wondered, what if I had Interstitial Cystitis. Surely, the young man reading the specials would have no idea what to recommend. Sadly, I experienced how the world has little exposure to the existence of Interstitial Cystitis, thus making dining out a dangerous escape.

The continued efforts by people like Barbara Gordon and her team at the Interstitial Cystitis Association are to educate millions on the reality and presence of IC. As a chef and dedicated member of this cause, it is obvious that my aim should be to educate you - the one with IC - on how to approach a dining experience.

Planning a romantic night away from the house is pleasurable to anyone with or without IC. So how can you take your food style into a gourmet restaurant and walk out satisfied?

First, look over the menu - on the internet - of the restaurant where you would like to dine. Try to recognize how many things are actually safe for you to eat.

The tough part is finding a chef who is as excited as I am to accommodate your food style. Contacting the chef may seem daunting, but do not let it be. A great chef will go to every length to meet your food style. Ask to speak to the chef face to face when you arrive at the restaurant, it should be an honor for the chef. At this point, you can walk the chef through your diet.

Lastly, always have a few things in mind that would be easy for a chef to prepare. On the slim chance that the chef is not willing to serve you, you can always ask for a simple dish like sautéed vegetables and grilled chicken, or roasted beef with pan-seared mushrooms. This way you do not have to leave, and you can savor the night.




What is Interstitial Cystitis?

Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a condition that results in recurring discomfort or pain in the bladder and the surrounding pelvic region. The symptoms vary from case to case....

What causes IC?

Some of the symptoms of IC/PBS resemble those of bacterial infection, but medical tests reveal no organisms in the urine of people with IC/PBS...

How is IC diagnosed?

Because symptoms are similar to those of other disorders of the bladder and there is no definitive test to identify IC/PBS, doctors must rule out other treatable conditions before considering a diagnosis of IC/PBS...

What are treatments for IC?

Scientists have not yet found a cure for IC/PBS, nor can they predict who will respond best to which treatment. Symptoms may disappear with a change in diet or treatments or without explanation...

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