Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Gluten-free Overload

It seems like every day something exciting, annoying or even upsetting affects people living gluten-free in this country. Food companies or restaurants tout gluten-free products and menu options that may or may not be gluten-free. It's up to the gluten-free consumer to figure out who to believe and who to question. One one hand, it's great that we are all of a sudden the target market to get as many products out to as possible. On the other, it's aggravating that many people and even blue chip food companies think the gluten-free diet is a fad that is on the way out.

I'd love every chef and food company to take a moment and carefully consider if they really want to get into the gluten-free game to feed people who can't eat gluten - or if your goal is to get trendy gf-ers (those are people who won't know if you serve them gluten) to buy your stuff or eat at your restaurants. If you fall into the latter category, please leave those of us who can't eat gluten and are not being trendy alone! If one more owner of a pizza place calls me to come try their gluten-free pizza - that doesn't know gluten can be in anything except the crust - I'm absolutely going to scream!

For those of you who really want to get gluten-free service right, consider getting a copy of Shelley Case's book. Then maybe we'll trust you know what you're doing when ask us to head over to try your new gluten-free dessert. Thanks!


  1. Thank you for saying what I have been wanting to say for a long time. The last time I tried a GF pizza I spent the whole evening in the bathroom. I wish people were more sensitive and not just trying to sell a product.

  2. I was recently invited to speak to a group of tops chefs here about gf service/foods. I was on vacation and suggested someone else who is competent. I wish I would have been able to speak but am just glad they know they need help!


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