***I have re-opened the case P.F. Chang's due to information found elsewhere. Immediately below is the original post (from August 9, 2007) which is subsequently followed by the update. ***
I was told in a past correspondence that everything on P.F. Chang's menu marked vegetarian is also vegan, as long as one doesn't exclude regularly refined white sugar (which is processed with bone char). My subsequent inquiry contradicts this.
On 2007-08-09 Erin wrote:
Hello, I would like to visit your restaurant. Can you tell me what menu items are vegan (no animal products)? Thank you for taking the time to research this. Best, Erin Thompson
On 2007-08-09 P.F. Chang`s China Bistro wrote:
We only have one true vegan dish on our menu and that is our Budda`s Feast Steamed. We have many vegetarian dishes, but only one true vegan dish. Thanks for your patronage!
On 2007-08-09 Erin wrote:
Hello, This contradicts what I was told by the in-house manager. Would you mind elaborating? I was told any of the vegetarian items are also vegan. If not, can you explain why? Your time is much appreciated! Erin
On 2007-08-09 P.F. Chang's China Bistro wrote:
I apologize for the miss communication. Our sauces contain animal product, we use egg in our marinades, and we cook with chicken base in many of our dishes. I will personally better educate the team in Indianapolis. Again, our only true vegan dish is our Budda's Feast steamed. Sorry for the mix-up.
Budda's Feast, steamed, is vegan.
P.F. Chang's was very helpful in determining what menu items are vegan.
***Update! 9/17/07 ***
Peta's vegan chain restaurant dining guide contradicts the above findings. There P.F. Chang's is called "one of the most vegan-friendly restaurant chains around," and according to this site, everything from the vegetarian menu can be ordered vegan. As a result, I followed up with P.F. Chang's:
On August 9th of this year I contacted P.F.Chang's regarding vegan menu options. I was told that only the Budda's Feast Steamed, was vegan. A complete transcript of this conversation is available here:
However, I since stumbled upon Peta's guide to chain restaurants (http://vegcooking.com/ChainRestaurants.asp), which indicates that everything on the vegetarian portion of the menu can be ordered vegan. It states, in fact, that your restaurant is one of the most vegan-friendly chain. High praise indeed, but completely contradictory to my conversation (in which, you will note, I even stated that I was told by a manager basically the same thing as stated on the Peta site).
Can you please set the record straight?
To be continued.