Today GF Patisserie had me run a delivery into the south end of Calgary and it so happened that I was able to take Isabella with me on the trip. Not much is more enjoyable than her company on my trips around town. She's my captive audience.....
Of course she knows that there is always something cool or exciting happening when she is with me. Food mostly.
I wanted to stop at Milestone's for quite some time after reading some very good reviews from people like this guy:
Milestone's is owned by CARA, Canada's largest full service restaurant owner with such well known chains as Montana's, Swiss Chalet, Harvey's and of course Milestone's.
They also are Canada's largest airline caterer. So they know (systematic) food. They know allergies. You'd think.
But I did not do what I preach by choosing one of their places today, which is stay away from chain restaurants and franchised operations. Why? Because they do not care for that 1% of the market that's made up of Celiacs. They can still feed the rest of us without fearing for repercussions from cross contaminated food, or challenging their staff with knowledge on allergies and other diseases.
Your choices at Milestone's are Salmon (Poached?) and salad. That's it. No other food is safe for you.
The server was extremely patient though as I got a bit testy with her argument that it's all made fresh on site, but they do take allergies so serious that they won't say it's gluten free. What? Come again?
I have my doubts about that specific claim of freshness, since it would be fairly easy for any self trained "Hausfrau-Chef" to watch out for cross contamination of any kind. Come on. Unless of course you have no clue what's in that bag you just opened to finish off the sauce.
CARA most likely preps a majority of their basics in huge production facilites, trucks out pre packaged ingredients such as sauces and microwaveable sides to their restos, which saves money on food cost and staff. Can't really blame them.
The server really saved Milestone's repution in my eyes by being not only friendly with a grumpy Austrian, but she was actually well informed and eloquent about allergies as well. It's not her, it's CARA.
So, I will go back myself one day to finally try their sliders, but I won't bring back the family and if you are a Celiac, it's not worth it for you. Salmon you can get everywhere.