Gluten-free round up..product and restaurant news of the week

New gluten-free products are on the horizon, a gluten-free bakery opens at Disney in Florida and the November issue of Jezebel magazine lists local gluten-free restaurants.  It is definitely good to live in Atlanta!

Jezebel magazine compiled a list of some of Atlanta’s restaurants with gluten-free menus.  They included the following: Ecco, South City Kitchen, YEAH! Burger, The Melting Pot, Figo Pasta, Wisteria, and Market Buckhead.

  • Against the Grain Gourmet – is set to launch two dairy-free/gluten-free products in January.  This is a big step for the company considering that all of their current gluten-free offerings contain dairy.  The two new products are: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel and Vermont Country Rolls.
    • Ingredients in Vermont Country Rolls: Tapioca starch, organic coconut milk, whole eggs, non-GMO canola oil, water, molasses, sesame seeds, flax seeds, salt, cocoa, poppy seeds.
    • Ingredients in Cinnamon Raisin Bagels: tapioca starch, organic coconut milk, whole eggs, non-GMOcanola oil, raisins, salt, cinnamon.
  • Annie Chun’s – has launched gluten-free brown rice noodles in Thai and Maifun shapes.  This is the first in a line of gluten-free products the company is said to be launching in 2011.  These noodles are great to use for stir fry or when making soup.  Look for them at your local health food stores and supermarkets soon.
  • Babycakes has opened a new location in downtown Disney’s Marketplace in Florida.  I will be attending the GIG conference in Orlando next year and can’t wait to patronize their newest location.  The best part is their store has replaced a McDonald’s!
  • The Bachman Company has introduced a new gluten-free Puzzle Pretzel in the shape of the Autism Speaks puzzle piece logo. The product, packaged in 10 oz. bags, is free of casein, wheat, soy and eggs and is produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility. Five percent of net proceeds from the new pretzel are donated to Autism Speaks.  The new pretzels can be ordered online through the company’s store.
  • ByeByeGluti – is selling gluten-free gift baskets of their products at 30-40% off the standard price.  I have heard a lot of great things about this company whose products are produced in a dedicated gluten-free plant.  This offer would make an excellent gift and one that I would love to receive.
  • Livefreeda – is a gluten-free meals delivery service that is endorsed by Shelley Case.  The Livefreeda program was developed to help you transition to a gluten-free diet, safely, nutritiously, deliciously and conveniently.  Every product in the Livefreeda program is verified to be 100% gluten-free, (based on U.S. standards of less than 20 ppm) and taste tested, assuring that customers receive the best tasting gluten-free products available.  This is a fabulous idea for the newly diagnosed, or for those who do not have the time to grocery shop because it plans out your meals for 28 days and even includes a meal plan and menu calendar.  For someone like me who can’t tolerate dairy and soy it would be difficult to customize based on their current product availability.
  • Liz Lovely – has issued a voluntary recall of their gluten-free chocolate fudge, gluten-free chocolate chip and gluten-free triple chocolate mint due to undeclared dairy in their chocolate purchased from a third party.

RW Garcia – as of October 14th their products are Gluten Free Certification Organization (GFCO) certified.  This certification applies to their tortilla chips and 5-seed crackers and they started featuring the GFCO logo in November.  GFCO certification is an independent verification of quality, integrity, and purity of products.  Products carrying the GF logo represent unmatched reliability and for meeting strict gluten-free standards.

Article Courtesy:  Jennifer Harris

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