25 Days of Christmas Giveaways…Gluten Free of Course #10 PF Changs


PF Chang’s, the pioneers in creating a great gluten free menu for a restaurant. Pf Chang’s was one of the first big restaurants to offer an amazing gluten free menu beginning all the way back in the early 2000’s. They have always had an amazing selection of gluten free items as well as understanding managers who are trying to educate their staff to best serve their gluten free guests. We were so lucky to enjoy the company of a great (and hilarious!) man who knows about just about more about PF Chang’s gluten free menu than anyone, Chef Gregg Piazzi, Culinary Operations Manager for PF Chang’s. I first met Gregg in 2010 when he sat on our chefs panel for our annual February Celiac Disease Foundation support group meeting of “Dining Out Gluten Free”. He was so cheerful and kind that we knew we just had to have him back in 2011. That event was just not enough though so we also asked him to be a guest judge at our annual gluten free bake-off event in May. He and Chef David Hall, another friend of ours who was also a guest judge, just made us laugh all evening. They are now on the schedule to be our annual May entertainment and judges. Chef Piazzi is such great company. Our evening at PF Chang’s proved that once an for all. Though we had to bring our two little guys along, he was patience and still made us laugh all night. He is always so personable and fun to be around. PF Chang’s is lucky to have a great representative like him on their staff. Some of the things we learned while dining with Chef Gregg was that over 100,000 gluten free plates were served by PF Chang’s last month alone. Can you believe that? Amazing! There are multiple International locations including those in Kuwait and Dubia. Many more are planning to open soon. PF Chang’s recently received the brand new Kikkoman gluten free soy sauce that has even more delicious flavor, I think. This should make the preparation of gluten free dishes even more similar to the regular menu items in flavor. Gregg was so kind to send us home with a bottle!!! We are set on soy sauce now for a long time I think. :) One final note before we get to the food is that PF Chang’s really tries hard to educate their staff on gluten and trying to do everything to avoid cross-contamination. One of the pre-cautions they use are to serve everything that is gluten free on a logo plate. I really love this extra step they are talking for their customers.

For the gluten free feature we reviewed many wonderful menu items. First we started off with the Egg Drop Soup. It was warm and comforting with excellent subtle flavors. I love this soup and could eat multiple bowls of it.

The signature Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps were the next thing up on the review. Cool, crisp lettuce created a great vessel for the delicious Wok-seared minced chicken, mushrooms, green onions, and water chestnuts with crispy rice sticks. The ingredients married so well together. The flavor was wonderful. I love that the rice sticks also add another dimension of crispy to the dish. These yummy bites are served with a gluten free soy sauce, hot mustard and chili paste sauce that you can make as mild or as hot as you prefer. I enjoy mine very spicy so as to add just a little kick to the lettuce wraps.

Shanghai Cucumbers were something I had never tried before but Gregg suggested so of course, we didn’t pass up. They were a great little treat to snack on throughout the meal but especially between courses. With only four ingredients, these are very light and tasty. The mixture of gluten free soy sauce, cucumbers, sesame seed and sesame oil create an excellent balance.

We had multiple delicious entrees including this, the Ginger Chicken with Broccoli. It tasted very fresh and full of great ginger flavor while also not being too heavy. This dish is actually quite a healthy choice, especially if you eat all the veggies on the plate.

Mongolian Beef was another dish we had. It was actually my favorite (and always has been) on the gluten free menu. I love how the scallions are almost caramelized in the meat and sauce. They are a nice addition to great cuts of tender flank steak. This is such a tasty dish!

Chang’s Spicy Chicken is my second favorite dish. There was just enough spice to give it great taste without burning your tongue. I loved the perfect combination of spices and meat. Each piece of chicken was a nice, white piece of meat.

Fried Rice was our final entree and was served hot and oh-so-yummy! I love the combination of chicken, egg, gluten free soy sauce, carrots, bean sprouts and sliced scallions. The flavors are so spot on that you almost don’t need any sauce on top at all. Excellent taste!

For dessert, we enjoyed the chocolate mini dessert cups. With the flourless chocolate cake on the bottom, then chocolate mousse and chocolate topping plus mini chocolate chips this dessert is any chocolate lovers fantasy! We also got to try the full-size flourless chocolate dome cake which was rich and delicious. The fresh berries were a great touch to the plate that went well with the deep chocolate.

Our evening was absolutely amazing! We just loved having Chef Gregg Piazzi with us for dinner as well. He kept us entertained all night! The manager, Peter and his great team also made this night so great. The service was excellent and the staff could not have been more cheerful. We greatly appreciated their kindness.

So are you ready to win some PF Chang’s?!

**(1) Grand Prize Winner- will be receiving $50.00 in PF Changs gift cards to use on whatever gluten free dishes their hearts desire!!!

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: (Please leave your e-mail with each entry. If you don’t leave your e-mail, you will not be chosen as we do need some way to contact you. Thanks! :)


Just leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this post, telling me which gluten free PF Chang’s menu item sounds the yummiest to you.

*Extra Entry #1: Visit our Facebook page and tell us the menu item you would most like to see made gluten free. Leave a comment here saying you did.

*Extra Entry #2: Post about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to us. Leave a comment WITH THE LINK TO YOUR POST here.

*Extra Entry #3: Follow us on Twitter, and leave a comment here saying you did.

*Giveaway ends Friday December 31, 2011 at 11:59 PM (MST). This giveaway is open to the US only.

**I was provided with sample product from this company for review purposes on this website. I was not paid or compensated in any other way for my reviews. They are my opinions and my opinions alone.

**25 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Gluten Free of Course! Event…FREE, EASY way to snag some gluten free swag!!! :)

25 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Gluten Free of Course! Event
When: Dec. 1-31 2011

What: During this AMAZING event we will be featuring 25 hand selected companies and offering a gluten free giveaway as well, EVERY day!!! We know that gluten free living isn’t always cheap, especially at this time of year so we thought all of our amazing readers deserved a little gluten free TLC!

A new giveaway will be introduced EVERY day but all giveaways will be open through the end of December. Entries for these giveaways will be one or two EASY steps. Winners will be drawn the 1st wk. of January.

*This is our opinion and our opinion alone. We do not take any responsibility for the gluten free dining experience of others. As always, eat at your own risk as this is not a dedicated gluten free facility.

Comments

  1. WE love the lettuce wraps and the chocolate desserts! martinacats@embarqmail.com

  2. I would love to try the gluten free Fried Rice as well as the chocolate desserts!
    stef42678@cox.net

  3. I would like to see the WOK-SEARED LAMB done gluten free, would be easy enough for them. ;)

    rhiannonsraven@yahoo.com

  4. added a comment to your FB page about PF Chang's.
    rhiannonsraven@yahoo.com

  5. We war just talking about PF Changs last night. Would love to have their lettuce wraps and Mongolian Beef. It all looks so good.

    lrhovde@yahoo.com

  6. I love PF Chang's. Their GF GINGER CHICKEN WITH BROCCOLI sounds delish.
    allisonallen82@gmail.com

  7. The fried rice and spicy chicken look delicious! Since going gluten free, I've really missed Chinese food!
    e.smith09@rocketmail.com

  8. Everything on the gf menu is soo good, but I love the beef and broccoli.
    ufg8trj@yahoo.com

  9. I follow you on twitter-onflgator
    ufg8trj@yahoo.com

  10. I posted on your wall I would like pf changs to make the orange scallops gf!
    ufg8trj@yahoo.com

  11. I would love a gift card to PF Changs

    pauladecaria(at)yahoo.com

  12. Post on your facebook page.

    pauladecaria(at)yahoo.com

  13. The fried rice & the yummy dessert!
    wheatcarrie@gmail.com

  14. Added a comment to your FB page wall
    wheatcarrie@gmail.com

  15. Following you on Twitter now :)
    wheatcarrie@gmail.com

  16. Wow–I'd love to try that chocolate desert–sounds amazing! Chef Gregg is just the nicest, sweetest guy—so fun and interesting to talk to, with so many great ideas! Love PF Changs!

  17. The ginger chicken sounds great!

  18. Oops, just commented but forgot to put my email
    stacywlane@gmail.com

  19. i would love to see Hot and Sour soup made GLuten free…please???!!
    kimledford65@gmail.com

  20. i wrote on your facebook page a PF CHangs Gluten free suggestion
    Kimledford65@gmail.com

  21. I follow you on twitter as kledford65

    kimledford65@gmail.com

  22. I love PF Chang's and am so grateful they offer a gf menu! I love the lettuce wraps and the flourless chocolate cake! A chance to win a free meal there and go back again would be awesome!

    macfadyenk@aol.com

  23. The Mongolian Beef and Mini Chocolate Cups sound amazing! Would love to try them!
    bethproverbs31@gmail.com

  24. Left you a comment on your FB page….want to see PF Chang's egg rolls made gluten free!!!
    bethproverbs31@gmail.com

  25. Now following you on Twitter!
    bethproverbs31@gmail.com

  26. Added a comment to your Facebook page about the PF Chang's item I want to see gluten free!
    bethproverbs31@gmail.com

  27. I am now following you on Twitter!
    bethproverbs31@gmail.com

  28. PF Changs is one of my favs! I always order lettuce wraps to start and the chocolate dome to finish! The main meal is always spicy..spicy chicken sczuan beef. Always leave happy and full!

    olives 6494 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. I love the Spicy Chicken, but you made everything else sound great too!
    missymutchnik@comcast.net

  30. The Norwegian Salmon with Ginger sounds delicious.

    lovepoetes at aol dot com

  31. I posted on facebook that I would like to see the Crispy Honey shrimp made gf.

    lovepoetes at aol dot com

  32. That chocolate dome dessert & the layered chocolate dessert sound soooo yummy! I didn't realize they had gluten-free desserts also. I'm so going to have to try those!

    thepalins at gmail dot com

  33. I posted on your Facebook page that I'd love if they made their sweet & sour chicken gluten-free!

  34. LOVE PF Changs! The Ginger Broccoli Chicken is my favorite and we always get a flourless chocolate dome ~ oh my goodness it's delicious!

    joaniesinthegarden (at) yahoo (dot) com

  35. I added a comment to your facebook page about a menu item I'd like to see offered on the gluten-free menu.

    joaniesinthegarden (at) yahoo (dot) com

  36. I posted a link on my blog. http://joaniesinthegarden.blogspot.com/2011/12/gluten-free-gift-card-to-pf-changs.html

    joaniesinthegarden (at) yahoo (dot) com

  37. I posted on FB that I would love to see Lo Mein on the GF menu. Love,love,love PF Changs!

  38. I commened on your facebook page about what I would like to see gluten-free on their menu.

    rebecca.klooz@gmail.com

  39. I already follow you on Twitter. rebecca.klooz@gmail.com

  40. k- I couldnt tell if my post-posted So here it goes AGAIN.lol
    Posted on FB about honey chicken =)
    love the lettuce wraps and NEED to try out that chocolate dome.
    brigetteheller@gmail.com

  41. I love PF Chang's gluten free menu. My favorite is the lettuce wrap, that is soooo yummy

  42. I left a comment on Facebook that I would like to see the almond & cashew chicken made gluten free.
    lucaswe@verizon.net

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  44. y!!! sduehringATgmail.com

  45. I love the Chang's Spicy Chicken with brown rice. YUM! But you can't go wrong with any of their GF dishes!

  46. I LOVE PF Chang's and they always make me feel so special there!
    melanieglasgow@hotmail.com

  47. I love the gluten free lettuce wraps. Yum!

    thecroleys(at)yahoo(dot)com

  48. I left a comment on your Facebook page requesting the honey chicken be made gluten-free next. Thanks!

    thecroleys(at)yahoo(dot)com

  49. I love the GF lettuce wraps and always try to visit PF Chang's when we travel. The nearest one to our house is 4 hours away!

  50. I commented on your FB page.

  51. We love the chicken lettuce wraps!ryanlewisfam(at)msn.com

  52. Would LOVE to try the Mongolian Beef…have never been to PF Changs before & can't wait to visit! sbmdedeg@aol.com

  53. Lettuce wraps are my fave!

    frugalwifeblog at gmail.com

  54. following you on twitter

    frugalwifeblog at gmail dot com

  55. Love the lettuce wraps! Need to try the dessert!

    shayna.coburn@gmail.com

  56. I posted this to my blog!
    http://adventuresingluten.blogspot.com/

  57. I love the chicken lettuce cups. They're so yummy.
    gervitsd at verizon dot net

  58. I LOVE the lettuce wraps. Those are my fave.

    hugzeke@gmail.com

  59. Posted on facebook and following on twitter. Would love the chocolate dessert or the rice for my daughter!
    cj.corbett@hotmail.com

  60. fried rice is my favorite!

    sewcrazygurl@yahoo.com

  61. slehan at juno dot com
    Ginger Chicken with Broccoli looks good to me.
    Thanks for the contest.

  62. slehan at juno dot com
    Twitter follow you: slehan

  63. I love the beef and broccoli and the flourless chocolate cake :)

    tsn816(at)gmail(dot)com

  64. I follow you on twitter.

    tsn816(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. I commented on your FB page about wanting gluten free egg rolls and dumplings.

    tsn816(at)gmail(dot)com

  66. I was there a few weeks ago and had the fried rice and the chocolate mini dessert cup. (insanely good!) I want to try the mongolian beef, but I'm not sure my tummy can handle the scallions

    Lentil
    Pabav (at) aol (dot) com

  67. I posted on your FB page that I want GF Spare ribs!
    Lentil
    Pabav (at) aol (dot) com

  68. changs spicy!! & the chocolate mousse!! YUM!!

    traci.washburn@gmail.com

  69. left a post on facebook

    traci.washburn@gmail.com

  70. Those desserts look divine! Chocolate dessert cup especially :)
    stef_ray at hotmail dot com

  71. I have yet to try the ginger chicken and it looks yummy!

    caralg520@gmail.com

  72. Two Words: LETTUCE WRAPS!

    alhaukaas@gmail.com

  73. Just thanked PF Changs on FB!

    alhaukaas@gmail.com

  74. @PFChangs Tweet Tweet! Following them on Twitter.

    alhaukaas@gmail.com

  75. Woah! My mouth is watering thinking about the mongolian beef, the fried rice and the lettuce wraps! Heaven for sure.

    garcia41122@gmail.com

  76. I love their lettuce wraps and beef and brocolli is the next runner up.

    Jadobson2001@yahoo.com

  77. The GF BUDDHA'S FEAST sounds the yummiest to me!

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

  78. I follow you in twitter. I am @purplelarkspur
    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

  79. i LOVE their lettuce wraps!

  80. comented on fb
    erin neu

  81. follow on twitter
    @erunuevo

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