Gluten-Free Goodies

Last month we talked about the importance of incorporating gluten-free items (i.e. foods free of wheat, barley and rye) into your menu development and reported that those affected with gluten intolerance are part of one of the fastest growing nutritional groups in the country.

With that number on the rise, the VSAG team of food consultants wants to expand upon this topic and provide information on safe, gluten-free food options and supplier suggestions.

As you begin planning your restaurant’s gluten-free menu, you might be surprised to discover just how many food options are available as creative inspiration. Items like beans, seeds, nuts, eggs, meats, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, and most dairy products are all gluten-free (when kept in their natural, unprocessed forms).

And with the wide array of gluten-free rice, breads, potato products, cereals, muffins, flours, quinoa, granolas, soy, corn, cornmeal, pasta, cookies, pretzels, snack bars and more now available – adding fulfilling, tasty and healthy gluten-free dishes to your menu is within reach.

As we watch the number of gluten-free guests grow, so too does the number of products and suppliers now available. Check out these gluten-free goodies offerings for inspiration:

Udi’s Gluten Free  Their mission? To provide the best gluten-free breads, buns, bagels, muffins, cookies and granolas on the planet.

Gluten-Free Bakehouse Whole Foods Markets’ in-house gluten-free product line can provide ample inspiration for your own gluten free creations.

Rudi’s Gluten-Free The folks at Rudi’s believe that living gluten-free doesn’t mean living a life of restriction: it can be about freedom!

Glutino A pioneer in the gluten-free industry, Glutino has been specializing in gluten-free foods since 1983 and offers more than 80 gluten-free products.