Are you on the gluten-free diet and looking for hotel accommodations? Then check out Omni Hotels because they have introduced a gluten-free breakfast buffet station companywide. The station will include gluten-free cereals, granola and a variety of breads and muffins. The gluten-free items will be on a separate table with a dedicated toaster to avoid cross-contamination.
This Examiner always travels with gluten-free breakfast items because a lot of times the breakfast items are slim pickings at hotels and we don't want to be caught off guard with a growling tummy to start off the day. It is usually a waste of money to purchase a breakfast buffet when all that is usually safe is eggs, bacon, fruit and yogurt. What a treat it will be to get gluten-free bread products to slather with butter and jelly just like everyone else.
Stephen Rosenstock, senior vice president of food and beverage of Omni Hotels, recognizes the trend and its importance. “For a number of years, there’s been a growing recognition of people with gluten intolerance,” he says. “I’ve noticed that, what five or six years ago was a small section in a grocery store, is turning into almost a full aisle in some stores. A lot of what hotel food and beverage does follows what’s going on in the consumer side.”
“We’re getting great positive feedback from our hotel guests on recognizing the importance of people with celiac disease,” says Rosenstock, who, personally, keeps gluten-free by choice and claims improved health as a result. “We’re getting letters from people who say they’ll always stay at Omni.”
Rosenstock points out the gluten-free options don’t cost a hotel more money. It’s all about sourcing differently and planning for it.
When we stayed at The Gaylord Palms in Florida Hail Merry snacks, homemade scones and muffins, cereal and fruit and nut bars were available for purchase in the hotel cafe, but this was only for our event. It is nice to know that any Omni Hotel in the U.S. will not only have gluten-free breakfast items, but they will have an understanding of what it takes to safely accommodate gluten-free diners.
Article Courtesy: Jennifer Harris