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Restaurants and Gluten Free Options
 by: Lisa Kugel

Eating Gluten Free is not always an easy task. It is difficult enough to create tasty meals in your own home let alone dine out. Dine out? Many folks who find themselves gluten intolerant have expressed feeling left out when it comes to “Dining out”. Dancing around Gluten can be difficult in most restaurants. Even spices have gluten in them unless specifically found and ordered without it.

What does it mean to eat gluten free? It means avoiding all foods that contain wheat (including spelt, triticale, and kamut), rye, barley, oats and most grain, pasta, cereal, and many processed foods. Where does that leave the average gluten free eater? Well, it leaves a lot of them feeling like they can’t venture far from their own kitchens. Although eating out does cause some maneuvering it can be done when keeping to the basics. It is important to check on soup for example because many of the cream soups have flour in them. Monosodium glutamate is in many restaurant seasonings. Sticking to Plain meat, fish, rice, fruits, and vegetables can generally be done easily enough.

It is always exciting to find a restaurant that has gluten free options. It can be quite a freeing experience to be able to order a pancake or sandwich at a restaurant. Although still not wide spread, many restaurants are beginning to catch a clue regarding their guests and special dietary issues. Creating a gluten free menu is actually quite easy once you realize that the biggest culprit is bread and pasta. Gluten Free bread and pasta are easily found online and though restaurant suppliers if you ask. Once Gluten Free bread is introduced for example to an American Cuisine restaurant, all of a sudden the Gluten Free choices seem endless. Sandwiches are not off limits. Gluten Free pasta will create a huge market for Italian restaurants and those serving noodles. It really does not take much to accommodate the Gluten Free customer and they are worth it. Are Gluten Free products more expensive? Yes. This does need to be reflected in the cost of the meal but adding a $1 more for Gluten Free option is happily taken by those who have been relegated to Salad when eating out!

By making a couple of key changes in your Restaurants Kitchen you can serve a very appreciative group. Pull all spices using MSG and add Gluten Free Bread or Pasta an Viola, you’ve got it made!


Lisa Kugel has 20+ years in Sales and Marketing. Lisa and her husband have owned Moon's Kitchen Cafe, a local landmark restaurant in Boise Idaho for 3 years. Lisa is constantly seeking ways to show her customers "the love".

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