Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Easy solution for accommodating a gluten-free diner, part one.

Rule number one: The headline is an oxymoron.  This isn't easy at all, we know that.

But let's face it, there are so many great products on the gluten-free market, sometimes it's just stupid for a major restaurant not to look a little bit.

For instance:  Take the presence of a gluten-free cracker in a major restaurant that serves salads, dips, and crackers.

Exhibit A:  The Crunchmaster Cracker .

If you're gluten-free, you know these. I absolutely love them. They are a staple in my kitchen, in my office, and when I travel. They are delicious, affordable, and accessible. When you can buy them by the CASE at Costco, why not use them to enhance your menu. Check the products here. 

I brought this up at Kyma , a very nice Buckhead Life Group restaurant a few weeks ago. While they were more than willing to tell me what was gluten free, they saw nothing wrong with serving me a gluten-free eggplant dip with NO cracker or #gf bread, (And no crudite or anything. Good Dip, bad attitude about GF.)  Seriously? Seriously? I'm sorry, but that is not acceptable. This is not rocket science any more, restauranteurs.  THIS isn't even 8th grade earth science.

So here's how you do this, ok?  
1.  Get a case of these delicious crackers and a fresh package of zip-top snack bags.
2. Clean off a workspace and put down a tablecloth or fresh napkin.
3. Pick a kitchen helper who can count to six. Have him or her wash hands.
4. Have said person open the box and packaging and take out the snack bags. Wash hands again. 
5. Don service gloves and put six crackers in a snack bag. Seal. 
6. Place in a metal container and cover with plastic wrap. Place adjacent to other crackers.

When a gluten-free diner wants crackers, pick out one pack (hey, they're sealed) and deliver. Kinda like dressing on the side. 

There are other crackers I could recommend that are readily available, but these cracker are the best. They are affordable and stay fresh.  In Atlanta Saturday they were 99 cents a bag! I can get them HERE in Kroger and WalMart!

Six crackers have 50 calories, 1.5 grams of fats, 1 gram sugar, 9 grams carbs, and under 1 gram of fiber and protein.  
On Weight Watchers,  ONE point.
Dairy Free. Soy Free. Gluten Free.  Egg free. Vegan. Not corn free. 

Don't think it could be any simpler. 

Much love, and THANK YOU CRUNCHMASTER for the sample of one bag and one box of your crackers.  But I kinda loved you before you sent them.


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