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2B Whole Gluten-Free European Bakery has a great Fall mini-pie sale going. Buy 3 mini pies and get the fourth – free! Choose from Razzle Me (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) Sassy Apple, and Southern Peach Cobbler. Use code MINIPIE5 at checkout. Limit one per customer.

 

 

 

 

Blaze Pizza, a fast-casual artisan pizza concept, recently opened its first Atlanta location at 2131 N. Decatur Rd. in the Emory Commons Shopping Center. All of the pizza and salad ingredients are free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and they offer gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. There safe handling procedures seem questionable, so ask questions before ordering.

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s got queso! It is preservative free, without added colors or flavors, and made with all-real, all-delicious ingredients. And it is gluten free. And so are the chips. Check out the ingredients here!

Culver’s, the Wisconsin-based quick serve burger restaurant, is opening two locations in metro Atlanta. One of the new restaurant will be located just off Cobb Parkway at 2454 Kennesaw Due West Road in Kennesaw and the other in Braselton, in Gwinnett. The new burger restaurant will be located off State Route 211 (Old Winder Highway) in an out-parcel of the new High Point Medical mixed-use development. They offer Udi’s Gluten Free individually wrapped buns that are heated and served sealed. They are an interesting concept because they offer coleslaw and green beans as sides and a number of intriguing salads.

Festivals Jerk Chicken Grill is open and serving up gluten-free jerk chicken, pork, tacos on corn tortillas, pizza on gluten-free dough and more. Check out their menu and head down for some authentic Jamaican cuisine!

Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet cheese straws, get that perfectly crisp texture from rice flour, have a new flavor – cheddar and chive. Pick them up direct from the Roswell bakery, or at Whole Foods.

Mikey’s launched grain-free, vegan tortillas last month. An eight pack costs $5.99, which is a pretty great deal for tortillas made from cassava flour and six other ingredients: water, coconut flour, high oleic sunflower oil, apple cider vinegar, salt and xanthan gum.

Salata, a next generation salad bar, opened at Atlantic Station September 21st. This is their first Atlanta location with another planned for Glenridge Point. This is not your average salad bar because their dressings, soups, and sauces are free of preservatives and made fresh daily. Choose from nutritional proteins like falafel, salmon, and quinoa. Top your salad with interesting vegetables like jicama, bean sprouts or avocado. All of the salad dressings and soups are gluten free as are the majority of the proteins and toppings.

Throw back Grand Patron margaritas at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina and raise money for Hurricane Irma survivors. For every Grand Patrón margarita sold now through Oct. 8, Tin Lizzy’s will donate $1 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief. Tin Lizzy’s Grand Patrón margarita ($11.50) packs top-shelf power using Patrón Silver, Grand Marnier and a splash of sour mix. 

Udi’s Gluten Free is launching a new larger gluten-free bread that appears to be a new formulation noting a better texture and mouth feel in January 2018. Not sure if this is the right move for a company that is plagued by consumer complaints about holes in their bread products. Maybe they have solved the problem? 

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Product Review: Schar’s 10 Grains & Seeds bread

I have been a fan of Schar’s gluten-free products for almost as long as I have been following a gluten-free diet – 20 years. Their breads, cookies, crackers, and pastas are head and shoulders above their competitors in quality, nutrition, and selection. And they are free of preservatives and GMOs.

I was stoked to hear about the new 10 Grains & Seeds bread because it is made with whole and ancient grains, which are a good source of fiber, but mainly because it is a sourdough recipe. Man, have I missed sourdough bread. The bread, which is dairy and egg free, contains:

Rice Flour, Quinoa Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds, Millet Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Quinoa Flour, and Amaranth Flour

Loaded with seeds you can actually see, the new brown bread has a lovely sour and wholesome smell. It it soft and pliable right out of the package and ready to be topped with sandwich fixings, turned into avocado toast, or eaten plain without any heating. It tastes so good, like a cross between sourdough and whole grain. I immediately made a turkey bologna with mayonnaise and lettuce sandwich – a favorite of my youth. And it didn’t disappoint. Like all of their products, it tasted just like I remember, maybe even better. Seeds in bread usually bother me, but not in this case. They add to the enjoyment of this nutritionally balanced bread. 

Another great thing about Schär is they use the ELISA R5 Test on the packaging that enters their dedicated gluten free facilities. And more than 95% of Schär products have a gluten content below 5 parts per million(ppm) gluten. The remaining test at between 5ppm and 10ppm.

Do you want to try this fantastic new bread? Head over to their website to print a $2 off coupon. Look for it on the shelf at Sprouts Farmers Market and other stores.

Keep up the good work Schar!

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The gluten-free menu at Lula, Georgia’s At The Tracks Restaurant is getting rave reviews. It includes gluten-free fried fish, chicken tenders, onion rings, sandwiches and burgers on Pure Knead’s allergen-friendly bread and homemade desserts. Even the beer batter for the onion rings and fish is gluten free. If you find yourself in the area, make the effort to stop in.

FIGO Pasta, the Atlanta-based pasta chain, has closed their location on East College Avenue in Decatur. According to Tone to Atlanta, local sources indicate the restaurant quietly closed earlier this week with no advance notice to patrons. A sign on the restaurant’s door confirms that the restaurant is permanently closed and directs patrons to the company’s location off Moreland Avenue in the Edgewood Retail District. A true bummer for those who enjoyed their gluten-free pasta, meatballs, and daily specials.

Noble Fin Restaurant is bringing back Prime Rib Dinner starting September 15th. Every Friday and Saturday from 4-7 p.m.(or until they run out), diners can order the prime rib dinner served with seasonal greens and mashed potatoes for $29 per person.

In addition to the gluten-free red velvet cupcake that is available daily, Sprinkles is offering a gluten-free lemon blueberry cupcake through the end of September. Lemon cake is bursting with wild blueberries and topped with lemon cream cheese frosting. Both cupcakes contain dairy.

Table & Main’s paleo Wednesdays continue to delight with creative options all sans gluten and dairy. Check out the next two weeks of entrees:

Sept-13 | Braised Lamb Shank, garlic new potato, okra, peppers, green harissa

Sept-20 | Salmon Cakes, smoked dill aioli, rosemary beets, Fuji apple, watercress, toasted pecan

True Food Kitchen is donating $1 from every herb hummus sold during the month of September to the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. They are looking to raise $20,000! Of course, the hummus is gluten-free and can be served with crudites instead of bread. While you are there, save room for dessert. Their flourless chocolate cake is served warm on a puddle of caramel, topped with ice cream (dairy-free too) and cacao nibs. Swoon worthy! 

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Send gluten-free food to Hurricane Harvey survivors

Today I sent a box of gluten-free food to the San Antonio Food Bank in support of the victims of Hurricane Harvey. They are accepting donations by mail because they understand gluten-free food is necessary for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Can you imagine what it would be like to try to find gluten-free food during a disaster? How hungry would you have to get before you were forced to eat something that wasn’t safe?

If you would like to donate shelf-stable food, not food that needs to be refrigerated or frozen, here is what to do:

  • Pack up breakfast cereal, shelf-stable bread, such as Schar, Sun butter, snack bars, dried fruit, shelf-stable meals, such as Tasty Bite, instant oatmeal, granola, snack mix, etc. The food bank does not have any special requests, as they are in need of most everything. (Note: they have an ample supply of shelf-stable “milk” of all kinds, including soy etc.)
  • Mark the outside of the box “Disaster Relief/Gluten-Free Food” in large bright letters. These boxes will be kept separate from other food donations and will be sent to where they are needed as requests are received.
  • Send the box to: 

San Antonio Food Bank

5200 Enrique M. Barrera Parkway

San Antonio, Texas 78227

Every little bit helps, so please send whatever you can!

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Bezoria, an Atlanta-based Eastern Mediterranean fast-casual chain, is planning a new location in Cumberland Mall. Expected to open in February 2018, the Cumberland location will be Bezoria’s third in Georgia. The 2,370-square-foot Bezoria space adjacent to Jason’s Deli near the Sear’s mall exit will be accessible from inside and outside the mall. Thanks WhatNowAtlanta for the information. 

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry fundraising campaign is back in gear working to end childhood hunger by ensuring students start each day with a healthy meal. Nourishing young minds starts with good nutrition, and that’s where Marlow’s Tavern locations and Dine Out for No Kid Hungry join the class. During September, Marlow’s Tavern guests who make a donation of any amount to No Kid Hungry will receive a $5 coupon redeemable on an upcoming visit between October 1 and December 31, 2017. Dine on Marlow’s gluten-free cuisine and donate throughout the month. One coupon per donation per person per visit.

Marlow’s Tavern has signed a long-term lease for its newest location in the expansive Peachtree Corners Town Center mixed-use development. The Town Center is a 21-acre development scheduled for a 2018 opening.

Pure Knead’s allergen-friendly Jumbo Buns are being served at Snack*ology 101 Markets at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium. There is a Snack*ology 101 Market on all three levels for better gluten-free snacking:

  • ​100 Level | Section 116
  • 200 Level | Section 209
  • 300 Level | Section 348
Taste of Soul Atlanta’s citywide free festival takes place in one of Atlanta’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods on September 2nd. This family festival, located at the foot of Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, celebrates soul and southern foods, hosts live mu
sic, art, games, and Atlanta’s best people watching. For more information, click here

 

Ted’s Montana Grill is participating in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry fundraising campaign. During September, Ted’s Montana Grill guests who make a donation to No Kid Hungry will receive a $5 coupon redeemable on an upcoming visit between October 1 and December 31, 2017. A burger on a gluten-free bun with a side of fries sounds really good right about now!

Twisted Kitchen Pasta & Noodle Company, a fast-casual create-your-own-bowl dining concept, offers gluten-free pasta and an array of fresh meats, cheeses, vegetables and sauces. Choose from their Twisted Favorites, or create your own bowl of pasta, fresh salad, or combine the two. Ask staff to change gloves prior to preparing your order.

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2B Whole Gluten-Free European Bakery has begun teaching baking classes at their Alpharetta location. The next class, cupcake decorating, is on September 9th from 3-5 p.m taught by Toula, the owner. Students will top cupcakes with a variety of toppings with Vegan and paleo cupcakes available. The cost is $30 per student. Reserve your spot before it sells out!

Yes, there are places in Atlanta to get gluten-free nachos, like Bantam + Biddy. Breaded or grilled chicken sits atop a bed of fresh chips coated with jalapeno cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. That spicy cheese sauce sends these nachos right over the edge. And they have plenty of televisions and a full bar perfect for college football viewing! 

According to ToneToATL, BRIO Tuscan Grille plans to shutter its Dunwoody restaurant just a few short weeks after closing its Buckhead location.   Sources confirm to ToNeTo Atlanta that the Dunwoody restaurant, located on Ashford Parkway just off Ashford Dunwoody, is expected to close after dinner service on Sunday, September 17th. 

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse in Buckhead has done the unthinkable. By adding Parmesan rosemary bread and hand-rolled potato gnocchi with organic mushrooms, basil, white truffle oil, they have become the only place in town offering fresh gluten-free pasta and bread. The aromatic bread is soft and delicious, and perfect for dipping into pasta sauce! The restaurant has offered dried gluten-free fusilli pasta for years, so adding a hard-to-make fresh pasta dish to the menu is a revelation for the Atlanta gluten-free dining scene.

The gluten-free pizzas at Galla’s Pizza are legit. Made on Venice Bakery’s crusts, gluten-free pies are cooked on a screen in their stone pizza ovens. Tongs are used to remove the pizza and a clean utensil is used for cutting. Gloves are changed before using shared ingredients to make gluten-free pies, but I didn’t have a reaction. They have several white pies to choose from, my favorite, or you can create your own from a long list of ingredients and cheeses, not just mozzarella.

Rize Artisan Pizza in Sandy Springs is no more; however, the former director of culinary operations, Edward “Eddie” Russell, is the new owner and plans to rename and reopen the restaurant. I hope when it reopens the restaurant will have a more cohesive ordering process and freshly prepared gluten-free pizza will be on the menu. Thanks ToneToATL for the update.

Treehorn Cider’s tasting room is almost a reality. It is scheduled to open in early September with an expansive patio, a bar crafted out of reclaimed wood and tons of seating. 

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https-%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F32750967%2F140276967985%2F1%2ForiginalMidtown’s First Annual Taco Crawl takes place Saturday, Aug. 19 from noon to 6 p.m. Grab a friend and check out the tacos (and drink specials) at Tin Lizzy’s CantinaTaco MacWilly’s Mexicana Grill, Zocalo Atlanta and many other participating bars and eateries on the Atlanta Bar Crawl map. Taco tourists will receive a voting card at their last stop to vote for the “Best Tasting” and “Most Unique” tacos. Buy tickets, $25 per person, at Eventbrite.

ALDI and Instacart have partnered up to provide Atlanta area customers an online shopping and delivery option. To celebrate the partnership, customers can get $20 off their first Instacart order by using code ALDIDELIVERY at checkout, but only until September 30th (terms and conditions apply). 

New from Chick-fil-A is the Hash Brown Scramble bowl their “tot” style hash browns, scrambled eggs, a monterey jack and cheddar cheese blend and a choice of sausage or grilled chicken (extra preparation time). Served with jalapeño salsa, the scramble can be a tasty start to your day.

The highly anticipated new Cook’s Warehouse store has found its home at Peachtree Station, a development at 5001 Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee. The new store, which is 4,500 square feet larger than the former Brookhaven location, is opening Friday, August 18th with a grand opening party scheduled for August 25th and a chorus of festivities throughout that week.

Five Spot Cafe in Lawrenceville is your new favorite breakfast/brunch spot. Why you ask? Because they offer gluten-free french toast, pancakes, eggs benedict on gluten-free bread, hamburger buns and dessert. And they are super careful to prevent cross contact when preparing in a shared kitchen. Their sandwich bread and hamburger buns are from Pure Knead and the dairy-free brownies are made from scratch daily. All of their meats are Boar’s Head too. They also have an array of omelettes, mains and freshly squeezed juices. But that’s not all. They serve lunch and dinner so stop by and check out their gluten-free cuisine.

You ca20800222_1647465281962275_2959600302469267974_nn find the new Fudge Striped Goodie Girl Cookies at Walmart. Stock up because they are not available for sale online until October!

Rize Artisan Pizza closed its location at the 975 North Highland development on North Highland Avenue in Poncey-Highland rather suddenly. Plans for new locations have been put on hold. And it doesn’t look good for the Sandy Springs location, but I will keep my fingers crossed and hope it will survive, because it is the only place in Atlanta offering gluten-free pizza on freshly prepared crust that is light, airy, flavorful – and never frozen.

The Springer Mountain Farms Southern Wing Showdown, produced by Taste of Atlanta, is August 20th from 1 – 5 p.m. The Foundry at Puritan Mill is hosting the event where wing enthusiasts get to sample wings made by 25 of the hottest chefs from Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston. recipes. Click here to buy tickets.

 

I need to get my hands on the new Peaches En Regalia from Treehorn Cider. It started hitting shelves and bartops in metro Atlanta on the 15th. What better way to cool off than with peach cider made in Georgia? 20800164_1219370218169605_8696580255191553187_n

 

 

Have a safe and tasty weekend!

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Give your diet a collagen boost!

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NeoCell, the number one collagen brand in the world, worked with the Delicious Living Magazine to create the Collagen-Boost cookbook full of recipes for raw, low-FODMAP, paleo, and allergen-friendly diets. In this cookbook, you’ll learn all about buying collagen and how to add it to your favorite foods.

Download your free copy today!

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I don’t normally write about music, but when I learned that Lilac Wine will be playing every Thursday night at Venkman’s starting at 7:30 pm, I had to share the news. I heard them play at a Grillin’ and Chillin’ event and became transfixed not only by their song choices, but by the creative arrangements and vocal ranges that seemed to flow so freely from their talented fingers/voices. Lilac Wine is a local Atlanta trio made up of Rob Henson, founding member and bassist, Grant Reynolds, first-call guitarist, singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, and Larissa Mia as the vocalist. Admission to Lilac Wine is free and dinner reservations can be made online or by calling (470) 225-6162.

Every Saturday in August is French Beignet day at Gluten Free Cutie. An order of four, made fresh to order and topped with powdered sugar, is $4 and they are served warm. Go and check them out for a special treat, but get there early because they are bound to go fast! RK4Y1t0YfORfz5tWsyZfiaMuOBqzR8UN

Lovies BBQ is serving up legit pulled meats, sides, and salads in the heart of Buckhead. Made from scratch sides include potato salad, baked beans, brunswick stew, collards, green beans with a white pepper kick and more. Their pulled pork and chicken, ribs and brisket are cooked low and slow and are delicious. Stay away from anything that goes in the fryer like the Brussels sprouts and wings. Honestly, there are so many gluten-free options to choose from that placing an order takes time. And they serve breakfast and brunch and offer catering too. They are located behind the Naan Stop where Lenox dead ends into Piedmont.

Ordering groceries has never been easier with Prime Now. Prime members in Atlanta can have fresh organic produce, meat and seafood from Sprouts Farmers Market delivered right to the door with one ($7.99 ) and free two-hour delivery. Delivery from Sprouts Farmers Market is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Prime Now. Download the Prime Now mobile app or shop online.

Don’t you just love it when restaurants celebrate an anniversary by throwing a big party? Well, it just so happens that Table & Main is celebrating their 6th Anniversary with a party in their back par0king lot on August 13 from 4 – 10 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you access to live music and an all-you-can-eat Low Country Boil prepared by Chef Woolery Back and Meating Street BBQ’s Brian Keenan. Tickets can be purchases at the gate or online.

Speaking of Table & Main, here is this month’s paleo friendly options for Wednesday nights. Paleo cuisine doesn’t contain gluten or dairy and is vegetable and meat centric.

  • Aug-16 | Sonoma Valley duck breast, peaches, charred peppers, log-grown shiitake, lamb quarters
  • Aug-23 | Gulf red snapper, shrimp, tomato broth, squash and zucchini ribbons, sweet onions

What’s gluten-free at The Federal? While this new-ish restaurant from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere isn’t as gluten-free friendly as Bantam + Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, there is a decent selection of gluten-free cuisine:

Breakfast:

  • Protein scramble $12
  • Brisket skillet hash $16
  • Texas breakfast (without the toast) $16

Lunch:

  • Deviled eggs $5
  • Simple salad $8
  • Steak salad (without the hen mushrooms) $16
  • Any of the sandwiches (without the bread) $12
  • Steak frites $25

Dinner: (entrees change often)

  • All steaks are gluten free $48-$72
  • Steak frites $25
  • Sauteed hen mushrooms (side item) $8
  • Potato salad (side item) $8
  • Antipasto $18

Brunch

  • Big bowl of fresh fruit $12
  • Southern breakfast (without the biscuit) $15
  • Brisket skillet hash $16
  • Texas breakfast (without the toast) $16

Atlanta’s first cidery, Urban Tree Cider, in now offering 12 ounce bottles of its core ciders. Original, Classic and Barrel-Aged are available for consumption and sale in Atlanta at: Argosy, Hop City, Porter Beer Bar, Truck and Tap, the Indigo Hotel and outside of the city at: Fortify Pi and U-Joint. The tasting room does not sell the new size, but still has both the 750 milliliter and growler available for purchase on premise. And their seasonal cherry cider is available during tasting room hours too. Think I will be ordering an “East Lake” cocktail that combines vodka, simple syrup, mint and cherry cider very soon. unnamed (1) unnamed

 

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Event Review: An ode to the Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta

Located inside the Four Season Hotel in downtown Atlanta is Park 75, one of my favorite places to dine in Atlanta. Yes, the restaurant is gorgeous, the flowers are always fresh, the cuisine is inventive, but it is their ability and desire to safely accommodate diners with food allergies/intolerance that has won my heart and keeps me coming back year after year.

I have been dining at Park 75 for almost a decade and the service and free-from food options continue to expand and make my heart swell with gratitude. The gluten-free and allergen-free breads (free of the top eight allergens) from local bakery Pure Knead are used to prepare tea sandwiches, french toast, toast, and much more. Local and sustainable is the key to their cuisine with a supply of honey, herbs and other produce growing on the 5th Floor Terrace Garden and Apiaries.

DDwD_zAXcAICXJCTheir Sunday brunch and Tea Service are outstanding. Recently my family and I were guests at both and ate ourselves into a food coma. They are willing and more than capable to fill requests on the fly for pancakes, waffles, and french toast, which sets them apart from other restaurants, in general, and has catapulted them to the top of my dining destinations list.

The Sunday brunch reminds me of Las Vegas because there is an overwhelming selection of offerings that encompass the entire perimeter of the dining level and include: eggs to order, frittatas, breakfast meats and potatoes, salads, seafood, hot tapas, a carving station, soup, and of course an array of desserts. The Henry’s Eggs and the Shepherd’s Pie were my favorites. And the menu is always changing, so it isn’t the same experience twice.  DDwC_MdWsAA3_NU

I took my daughter to Park 75 for her first afternoon tea for her birthday. When those three tiered trays arrived, I watched as her eyes widened. She really didn’t know where to start and loved the added touch of a special birthday cake. My tea was entirely gluten free and included housemade scones with peach jam, lemon curd and vanilla Chantilly cream, smoked salmon, cucumber and chicken salad tea sandwiches on Pure Knead bread and french macaroons, chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, and a slice of their flourless chocolate cake for dessert. And you can specify the type of sandwiches that will work for you from a list of options.DFn4qG6XcAYlkwcDFn7g1TXoAEH86Z

You can tell their employees love their jobs because the service is excellent and the atmosphere is relaxed with a welcoming vibe.

Make a reservation and experience the wonder that is Park 75 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this review; however I did receive free meals. In no way did this influence my opinions and views, which are derived from my personal experience.

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