Be our guest…Then again, maybe not.

Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test!

Tie your napkin round your neck, cherie, and we—
What’s that you say?

Celiac disease? Tu ne peux pas manger quoi?
Cook your food on a clean—sacre bleu! No substitutions, mademoiselle!


P.S. I know, I know, many restaurants—even in France—are pretty good about handling special dietary requests. But Beauty and the Beast was set sometime in the eighteenth century, after all. And judging from a few recent posts on the subject, the behavior of some establishments toward diet-restricted guests is still, like Gaston’s, positively primeval. Do you agree?

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9 thoughts on “Be our guest…Then again, maybe not.

  1. Laurie C says:

    I had that song from Beauty and the Beast running through my mind all day! I think that celiac disease is still just starting to become more widely known. Unfortunately, given how few doctors have a handle on how to manage the disease, it’s not surprising how few restaurant chefs and waitstaff understand what being gluten-free really means.

    • Molly says:

      Haha! I think the only reason I posted this today was because I was hoping that it would get the song out of MY head. (So far, no good.)

      That’s a very good point. Probably until we replace all the doctors, chefs, and waitstaff with robots it will be a bit of a struggle. Though I do wonder who would come out on top in a face-off between your average well-trained restaurant employee and your average personal care practitioner when it comes to an understanding of cross-contamination…

  2. You’re hilarious. But now the song is stuck in my head, and I have a four year old daughter who has a pink microphone that SINGS that song repeatedly. I have hidden it in the diaper bag but now every time I pick it up I inadvertently push the button and play the song, which has been sung so many times it is now in a very deep warbling battery nearly dead voice. The sad thing is my son loves it and will probably cry when it no longer works. I will rejoice however.

    Sorry, tangent! Just inhaled a giant mug of gluten free coffee.

  3. Hi Molly,
    I just shared this on Facebook. I love it. Thank you!

  4. […] already know how Beauty and the Beast would go if Belle had celiac disease, but what about all the other Disney characters? We may not have a food-allergic or intolerant […]

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