A friend of mine attended a game at the Georgia Dome and called to tell me they saw a sign advertising gluten-free food, so I got on the phone to find out what they are offering. Both the Georgia Dome and their food service provider Levy Restaurants strive to meet the dietary needs for those following a gluten-free diet to improve their fan experience. They have seen an increase in requests for gluten-free menu items and they are working not only to meet the need, but to make more options available.
Listed below are the current gluten-free offerings from the Dome. It is important to note that the food is not all in one location, rather it is spread out between 'stands'. The staff is working to map out the specific locations and post it to their website soon.
The Dome currently offers Kettle chips, salads without breaded chicken and a turkey (Jennie O) sandwich on Udi's gluten-free bread. All hamburgers (Niman Ranch) and hot dogs (Niman's Ranch) are gluten-free without the bread and they are not prepared on the same surface as the wheat buns. Many of their concession stands have separate fryers, which means the french fries are safe. Other basic gluten-free concession items for purchase include: gummy bears, popcorn, ice cream, Italian Ice, and Dippin' Dots. They also offer Redbridge for those of you who enjoy gluten-free beer.
For those of you who have never tried the meat products made by Niman you are in for a real treat. All of their meat is: humanely raised on sustainable U.S. farms and ranches, antibiotics and hormone free and fed all vegetarian feeds. Niman makes our favorite hot dog and the only one my daughter would eat for years. Their meat tastes pure, it is tender and flavorful.
I can't believe they are making sandwiches on the best (in my opinion) gluten-free bread on the market today. Udi's makes quality gluten-free bread that reminds me of wheat in both taste and texture. What a treat it will be to order a sandwich at a sporting event!
Levy and the Dome do have food safety and sanitation training, including an allergy specific portion. They make every effort to thoroughly train their teams to ensure their guests have a safe and enjoyable experience. One of their concession manager has a child with Celiac Disease, so they understand how serious it is to prevent cross contamination.
I had a lengthy conversation with their Executive Chef Rick Heald who is very receptive to adding new gluten-free menu items like locally made buns and desserts. They may even set up a Gluten Free Food Stand before the end of the season to keep all of the gluten-free options in one spot.
I applaud their efforts to provide gluten-free options at the Dome. Usually we eat at home before attending an event at the Dome, so it is nice to know that there is safe food available.
Please let the folks at the Dome know you appreciate their efforts by providing feedback on their website.
Article Courtesy: Jennifer Harris
It's about time that at least ONE professional sporting venue has gluten-free & healthy alternatives to beer and hot dogs!