[Editor’s Note: This story is from 2011. It still illustrates why we must be vigilant about where we go to eat.]
Gluten-free Nation, you should be rightly shocked, dismayed and FURIOUS! A chef in Glenwood Springs, Colorado is poisoning you…and bragging about it.
Chef Damian Cardone is wantonly feeding gluten pasta to patrons who request gluten-free food according to a post on his Facebook page.
Cardone was deliberately feeding high gluten food to people as of March 10 according the dates on comments to his post.
It gets worse. Cardone seems to relish his campaign to feed gluten-free individuals gluten…even on the one holiday many people enjoy in restaurants.
In a February 10 post, Cardone states,”May god help the Liberal hippie idiot whos going to ask for gluten free pasta this weekend.”
He was talking about the weekend of February 12 & 13 – Valentine’s Day Weekend. Can you imagine going to his restaurant with your wife, husband or significant other for your Valentine’s Day dinner, requesting a gluten-free meal, being assured by Cardone that you will receive what you pay for, and being intentionally given gluten?
In the performance of our mission to help people get well and stay healthy living gluten free, Gluten Free Works fired off a letter to John W. Suthers, Attorney General of the Colorado State Department of Law.
Dear Mr. Attorney General,
It has come to our attention that a chef named Damian Cardone intentionally feeds his gluten-free patrons gluten-containing dishes. According to his Facebook page, Mr. Cardone lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
You will find his Facebook page, where he describes his actions, at this link http://on.fb.me/en2Vel The date on comments is March 10 of this year.
Celiac disease is a medical condition resulting in pain, serious complications and possibly death. It results from intestinal damage due to ingestion of gluten (wheat, barley, rye, oats). The only treatment is removing gluten from the diet. In addition, people with a wheat allergy can suffer anaphylaxis if exposed.
Please investigate this matter immediately. Mr. Cardone is self-admittedly poisoning people who trust him and actively jeopardizing his community.
I look forward to your prompt reply. This message, and your reply, will be posted on Glutenfreeworks.com.
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The Attorney General’s office responded that they are forwarding the information to the Consumer Protection section. You can be sure Gluten Free Works will follow up. Cardone’s diabolical, premeditated and persistent disregard for gluten-free consumers’ health must be stopped. Living gluten-free is difficult enough without having to worry about your chef lying to your face as he poisons your food and laughs behind your back.
You can help. Forward this article to everyone you know. Contact your local and national celiac support groups and lodge a complaint with the Colorado State Attorney General’s office. Encourage them to pursue Damian Cardone with the urgency his unconscionable behavior demands, to quickly put a stop to his ongoing crimes. Help us stop him from injuring people in his community.