We are always so honored when we meet people who come a very long way to eat here. Quite frankly, we have the nicest customers! This weekend we had a wonderful couple visit from Fort Worth, TX. I was able to talk with Aldon and Ashley and I loved their story so much, I thought I would share it with all of you!
Aldon is a Firefighter and Ashley is a massage therapist. They were talking about what they should do for their eleven year wedding anniversary. Ashley said “let’s go somewhere where I can eat, find a peanut free and gluten free bakery to go to”. (Ashley has a lifelong severe Peanut Allergy and a pretty severe gluten intolerance) She added; “Aldon is in denial about his gluten issues!”
Well, Aldon took it to heart and started researching. He found us through the Gluten Free Passport Website (Click Here). He was thrilled when he learned that we had a bakery and a cafe and they could actually eat meals and not just live on sweets for 4 days! He arranged for his parents to watch their two daughters, one with a severe Peanut Allergy and one with severe gluten intolerance.
Aldon really wanted to surprise Ashley so when she was inquiring, he told her they were going to Boston to visit a GF/PF Bakery. Meanwhile, the plans were in the works. He booked reservations at the Wayside Inn (click here) located in Columbia, MD. The Wayside is a great place to stay because the owner, David, gets it when it comes to food allergies. He has a soy allergy and his daughter has Celiac Disease.
When they landed and rented their car and were heading out to eat, they drove here and Ashley was beyond thrilled when they walked in and she learned that she could eat everything in the place! They enjoyed pizzas, sandwiches, chicken parm pasta and lots of treats, donuts, cupcakes and more. They also went and saw the sights and enjoyed all that Old Ellicott City (Click Here) has to offer; including the Firehouse Museum dating back to 1889. One day they headed out to Annapolis. We were able to pack them a Turkey Bacon Avocado Club Sub “to travel” for a picnic.
Believe me when I say this, we truly have the best and most generous and welcoming customers! While I was listening to Aldon and Ashley; other customers were hearing them share their story. Eric and Kim sent them over a package of our “thin mint” cookies and Patti sent them over a couple of candy bars. We treated them each to a dessert for their anniversary as well. I guess you can say that Aldon and Ashley were truly welcomed back to the table!
Aldon has definitely raised the bar for all of the men out there when it comes to anniversary surprises! Happy Anniversary Aldon and Ashley and thank you for spending so much of your special weekend with us!