"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-08-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
Senior Cook
 
Aera's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 140
Man Dies After Ruby Tuesday Serves Him Wrong Dish

This is very sad.

LOVEJOY, Ga. A man with a shellfish allergy is dead after eating an entree with crab at a restaurant.
An autopsy Monday confirmed that 35-year-old Rodney Hawkins went into anaphylactic shock and died after eating the dish at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Lovejoy last week.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said Hawkins had ordered a chicken dish that contained no shellfish but was served another chicken dish that contained crab.
But Rick Johnson, spokesman for the Marvyille, Tenn.-based Ruby Tuesday company, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the server's order pad and the kitchen ticket indicate that Hawkins ordered the Chicken Oscar, a dish with crab meat.
Johnson called the situation "tragic" and expressed condolences for Hawkins' family.

FOXNews.com - Man Dies After Ruby Tuesday Serves Him Wrong Dish - Health News | Current Health News | Medical News

__________________

__________________
Aera is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 03:50 PM   #2
Hospitality Queen
 
jkath's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Southern California
Posts: 11,448
Oh that's just horrible.
__________________

__________________
Come visit my foodie blog: www.SockmonkeysKitchen.com
This week's topic: Pinterest and Potatoes
jkath is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 03:54 PM   #3
Master Chef
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston
Posts: 9,281
This is how Ruby Tuesday's menu describes "Chicken Oscar." I really doubt that he ordered it.

"Chicken Oscar
Tender jumbo lump crab meat with asparagus tips and lemon-butter sauce atop a fresh grilled chicken breast. Served with fresh, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes."

This is a tragedy and also a reminder for those with food allergies to ALWAYS carry an epipen.
__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 04:14 PM   #4
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mooresville, NC
Posts: 3,102
While I feel bad for the man and his family, I must also wonder if he told the server very specifically he had a life threatening shellfish allergy. If he notified the server and then ordered a dish that included shellfish, and she didn't point it out to him, then it would be the restaurant's fault. Generally people with severe allergies will alert the hostess and the server.
__________________
Callisto in NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Collier County, Fl.
Posts: 4,198
How horrible.
The crab is put on top though. (I just read about this recipe last week, but with veal)
I don't know how the diner could have mistaken it, even if the waitperson screwed up.
There's alway so much more to these stories than what's reported.
And yeh, you would think, re: reminder jenny gave.
__________________
quicksilver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 04:23 PM   #6
Sous Chef
 
B'sgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 863
That is horrible! It does seem strange that he wouldn't have noticed or tasted crab in the dish. But the menu just says crab meat, so maybe it was shredded and hard to see. The waitress could easily have written it down wrong. My son can't eat gluten and I know I'd be furious if someone got his order wrong like that. Of course, for him it wouldn't be life-threatening. It would just make him sick.
__________________
Michelle
http://foodmakeshimsick.blogspot.com/

B'sgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 04:44 PM   #7
Sous Chef
 
bowlingshirt's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Compton
Posts: 551
My wife has seafood allergies and is always EXTREMELY careful when we go out to eat anywhere. We've had a waitress get our orders reversed before, and of course I had seafood in mine. Her nose is very sensitive when it comes to seafood, so she can always sniff it out before eating anything.
__________________
Official member of the club
Vegans die from arrogant smugness & sprout rot. - pighood
bowlingshirt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2008, 05:16 PM   #8
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Metro New York
Posts: 8,764
Send a message via Yahoo to ChefJune
Quote:
Originally Posted by B'sgirl View Post
That is horrible! It does seem strange that he wouldn't have noticed or tasted crab in the dish. But the menu just says crab meat, so maybe it was shredded and hard to see. The waitress could easily have written it down wrong. My son can't eat gluten and I know I'd be furious if someone got his order wrong like that. Of course, for him it wouldn't be life-threatening. It would just make him sick.
By the time he noticed or tasted it, he could already have been in shock. It can happen just that fast. I am just that allergic to kiwifruit.

And the restaurant will be liable, in any case, unless they can prove that the man purposely ordered the dish to commit suicide!
__________________
Wine is the food that completes the meal.
ChefJune is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 08:17 AM   #9
Executive Chef
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mooresville, NC
Posts: 3,102
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChefJune View Post
By the time he noticed or tasted it, he could already have been in shock. It can happen just that fast. I am just that allergic to kiwifruit.

And the restaurant will be liable, in any case, unless they can prove that the man purposely ordered the dish to commit suicide!
Legally they'd only be liable if he informed them beforehand of his allergies. If he did not, they have no liability.

I get a bad reaction to banana peppers and when I go to Subway I make the prep guy change his gloves before I get my veggies. If I forget, it's not Subway's fault but if I ask and they refuse, then it is. There's no indication in the story that the man informed them of his allergy.
__________________
Callisto in NC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2008, 10:03 AM   #10
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Uncle Bob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Small Town Mississippi
Posts: 17,392
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jennyema
This is how Ruby Tuesday's menu describes "Chicken Oscar." I really doubt that he ordered it.

"Chicken Oscar
Tender jumbo lump crab meat with asparagus tips and lemon-butter sauce atop a fresh grilled chicken breast. Served with fresh, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes."

This is a tragedy and also a reminder for those with food allergies to ALWAYS carry an epipen.
__________________

I doubt he ordered this too! I wonder if he meant to order Chicken Fresco??? I wonder how he didn't know (see/taste) the difference between tomatoes, and crab meat/asparagus tips on the chicken breast??? Then again...maybe he did, and like Chef June said...It was already to late....


Chicken Fresco....From Ruby Tuesday's Online Menu
A fresh, grilled chicken breast topped with seasonal vine-ripened tomatoes, lemon-butter sauce, and a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. Served with fresh, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.
__________________

__________________
There is only one Quality worse than Hardness of Heart, and that is Softness of Head.

Kool-Aid...Think Before You Drink
Uncle Bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.