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Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – January 12, 2018


The Bantam + Biddy space at Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead has closed and reopened on January 12th as ATL Taco. Thankfully, no changes are expected at the Ansley Mall or Avalon Bantam + Biddy locations.

A new speakeasy-style cocktail series called “The Missing Digit” launched on December 15th at Bar Margot at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta’s Midtown lounge. The program allows Bar Margot’s bartenders to get the creative juices flowing and keep things fresh and fun for customers with a new and inventive specialty cocktail every two week. This cocktail program is an ode to Margot Tenenbaum from “The Royal Tenenbaums,” one of Wes Anderson’s critically-acclaimed films and from where the bar takes its name. Margot is adopted and when she found her biological father, he unintentionally removes her finger in a tragic wood-chopping accident. Margot, who was 14 at the time, donned a wooden finger and quickly got on with her life. The Static Electricity, the current speakeasy cocktail, is available until January 15th!

The mimosas are on me because they are only $2 mimosas all month long at Maggiano’s Little Italy. Maggiano’s gluten-free brunch game is strong and appears to be calling my name.

Sprouts Farmers Market is now carrying gluten-free five-cheese ravioli. And it is certified gluten free. Made from a blend of corn and rice pasta, these ravioli and stuffed with gourmet cheese and sell for $5 per pack in the refrigerated section by the deli.

Trader Joe’s is carrying Buono Mochi in strawberry and green tea flavors at $3.99 for a pack of eight. The coconut-milk based mochi (ice cream wrapped in dough) are vegan, gluten and soy free. Coco Almond Cashew milk has been added to their dairy case.

Saddened by the news from Zagat Atlanta that Mexican spot Rosa Mexicano in Atlantic Station has permanently closed. No more guacamole made table side and a menu full of gluten-free options for me.


MasterChef Junior is coming to town!

MasterChef Junior is in town this weekend and on the hunt for a batch of junior chefs at its Atlanta open casting call on Saturday, January 13th at The Four Seasons Hotel. This popular cooking show airs on Fox and puts 24 budding chefs to the ultimate test(s) to see who has what it takes to become the next MasterChef Junior. 

Any child or teenager between the ages of 8-13 interested in being a contestant on the series should apply online and attend the upcoming open casting call.

Here’s how it works. Twenty-four applicants are chosen to audition.[1] At the auditions, the applicants are split into three groups.[8] Twelve of the applicants become contestants for the next round and all twenty-four receive one of the MasterChef franchise’s signature aprons that they get to keep, regardless of their progress.[8]

After the audition round, two contestants are sent home per episode. The winner receives a prize of $100,000[8] and the MasterChef Junior trophy.

Does your budding junior chef have what it takes?


Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – December 22, 2017

Bar Margot’s chefs just launched a new YouTube series called Bar Margot Bites. Executive Chef Michael Patria and Executive Pastry Chef Lasheeda Perry will both post videos showing viewers how to make items currently on Bar Margot’s menu. Not all of the videos will feature gluten-free cuisine, but the recipes can usually be easily modified. Follow the chefs on Instagram @ChefMPatria and @MissChefSmileyPants and subscribe to their YouTube channels here and here.


National Sangria Day was December 20th, but every day is a good one to sip on red or white sangria at Bulla Gastrobar in Midtown. Red sangria isn’t my favorite and finding white at any restaurant is next to impossible, so ‘thank you’ Bulla Gastrobar for serving Sangria Blanca ($8 glass/$29 pitcher).


Chuy’s Alpharetta general manager Joel Docking with Alpharetta dignitaries during ribbon cutting. From left to right, mayor pro team, Chris Owns, general manager, Joel Docking, city council members, Donald Mitchell and Dan Merkel.

Chuys’ in Alpharetta opened its doors on Tuesday. This is the fourth metro-Atlanta location for the chain serving up Tex-Mex cuisine. Chuy’s has quite the reputation for being a fun spot to enjoy affordable and real Mexican food and unique drinks made with love and layered with flavor. Gluten-free options are limited in number, but bold in flavor. Gluten-free chips can be prepared separately to order and half of their 10 housemade sauces are safe. The un-marinated beef and chicken can be prepared to order and served alongside the vegan refried beans (you would never know it) and rice. Seriously, I will go just to eat the rice and beans and enjoy the music and atmosphere. Throw in a drink or two and I am down for the evening.

Stop by Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse for the Feast of Seven  Fishes on Christmas Eve. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, known as La Festa dei Sette Pesci, is a deeply rooted Italian Christmas Eve tradition, originating in Southern Italy and honoring the vigil prior to a religious holiday when no meat was served. And the entire menu is gluten free, minus the bruschetta, which can be substituted with their housemade Parmesan rosemary rolls. Check out the menu:


  • Smoked Salmon Carpaccio, Capers, Arugula, Lemon, Olive Oil


  • Nantucket Bay Scallop Risotto, Lemon, Basil

Piatto Della Vigilia

  • Seafood Cioppino, Lobster, Shrimp, Hake, Clams, Mussels, Spicy San Marzano Tomatoes, Grilled gluten-free bread for dipping!​

My daughter and I attended Holiday Afternoon Tea at the The Café & Bar in the Mandarin Oriental, which is served daily from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. until December 31st, and had a marvelous experience. I sipped on seasonal tea, while my daughter enjoyed a strawberry and banana smoothie. The selection of scones, finger sandwiches, and sweets didn’t disappoint. They made all of my sandwiches on Udi’s Gluten Free bread and the scones were homemade. My desserts consisted of housemade chocolate chip cookies, vanilla pana cotta and berries and cream. The whole spread includes:

  • English Scones with Strawberry Preserves, Marmalade and Clotted Cream
  • Traditional Fresh Cucumber Dill Sandwiches on Rye
  • Smoked Salmon and American Hackleback Caviar on Sourdough 
  • Ham with Grain Mustard Mayonnaise on Brioche
  • Turkey and Cranberry Chutney on Wheat
  • Waldorf Chicken Salad on a Filo Tart (corn chip for gluten free)
  • Chocolate Éclair Tart
  • Vanilla Pana cotta with Berry Coulis
  • Pear Almond Tart
  • Berry Macaron 
  • Pecan Tart

Tea service is priced at $38 per adult or $58 including a glass of Champagne. A children’s menu will also be available and is priced at $22 per child.



Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – December 8, 2017

It’s time to make New Year’s Eve plans, and Bar Margot’s New Year’s Eve dinner is the place to be! They are featuring an epic dinner buffet that spans the entire second floor, dancing, a photo booth, and a midnight balloon drop with a champagne toast as we enter 2018. Tickets for the 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. seatings can be purchased online ($175 for adults, $75 for children).

If you fly First Class and/or Comfort+ on Delta Airlines, a new gluten-free granola bar, This Bar Saves Lives, is now part of the snack offerings. The California-based company donates a food nutrient packet of Plumpy’Nut or Nutributter to malnourished children around the world with every purchase. To date, the company said it has donated more than 3.3 million live-saving nutrition packets. These give-back bars are also sold nationwide at Target stores and online.

Gluten Free Cutie bakery is continuing with their Thanksgiving ordering procedures by hosting Market Days on the 22nd and 23rd from 10 – 1 p.m. Mark your calendar and be sure to stop by early because they won’t be accepting pre-orders. Choose from green bean casserole, hash brown casserole, herb stuffing, take ‘n bake cinnamon rolls, biscuits, pies, cobblers, scones, cookies, donuts, cupcakes, and more.

Take advantage of a fabulous savings offer from ONE. midtown kitchen. Stop by either before or after visiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights event and show your ticket to save 50% off the check! Offer is good until Sunday, January 7, 2018. Offer is valid on the ticketed day only and cannot be combined with in-house promotions, such as New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, or other discounts. One discount per table per visit and the maximum discount is $20 per check.

Head over to Queen of Cream in Decatur for vegan ice cream🍦 made with Tree House Milk’s cashew milk. This is their first foray into vegan ice cream and they need your feedback. Stop by for a scoop or two and tell them how much you love it!!

Soup’s on at Willy’s Mexicana Grill because their gluten-free chicken tortilla soup is back on the menu. Made with: corn, garlic, Serrano peppers, corn tortillas, salad oil, diced onions, tomato purée, cumin, salt, chicken broth and corn tortilla chips, a cup is $2.95 and a bowl is $4.75. 


Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – December 1, 2017

California Pizza Kitchen will be the first pizza chain to roll out a cauliflower-base pizza crust when their lower-carb alternative launches in early 2018. 🍕It is being positioned as a hand-tossed vegetable-centric dough made with gluten-free ingredients. Customers will be able to order all four of their current gluten-free pizzas (Original BBQ Chicken, Pepperoni, Mushroom Pepperoni Sausage, and the Margherita) on the new cauliflower crust for $2.50 extra. Made in a dedicated gluten-free facility, the crust is a custom blend of cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, rice flour, herbs, and spices.

New from Katz Gluten Free are Heavenly Creme Cakes (a.k.a gluten-free Twinkies) in chocolate and vanilla. Each cake is filled with fluffy cream and sold frozen for thawing or heating in the microwave. Buy them direct from their site until they appear in stores.

Osteria di Mare is launching a loyalty program and giving away the first five stars (out of 10) for joining. When you reach 10 stars, you will receive $25 off the next visit. Dining OTP is where it’s at….make the trek.

The new dessert at Saltyard invites wine and savory dessert lovers to enjoy a mulled wine panna cotta, citrus gelee, orange, apple, and crispy quinoa. It is on the menu until Christmas, but don’t wait too long. All of their ‘gf’ items are marked and plentiful. Cool to see that so many of the options on the extensive list of shared plates are gluten free – a very unusual treat!

Table & Main is serving up a special paleo-friendly main course every Wednesday. Check out their December offerings:

  • Dec-6 | Pork Breakfast Sausage Scotch Eggs, rainbow chard, habanero spiked cherry preserves
  • Dec-13 | Pork Spare Ribs, apple BBQ sauce, sweet potato hash, ham hock braised greens

Marilyn’s Gourmet gluten-free baked goods available on QVC

Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet desserts, baked goods, snacks and crackers debuted on QVC® in October. Now their gluten-free products are only a click or a phone call away. 

Marilyn’s Gluten-Free Gourmet, a woman-owned and locally run dedicated gluten-free bakery, has been turning out gourmet gluten-free goodies since it opened in 2008. The bakery is located in Roswell, Georgia, but its baked goods, including shelf-stable products, can be found at Whole Foods and Mom & Pop stores throughout the Southeast.

Marilyn Santulli created her robust line of products after being diagnosed gluten intolerant. Her products address the need for gluten-free options with a taste and texture that appeals to everyone. Known for its inventive products, such as cheese straws, coffee cake, graham crackers, snack mixes, and fruit cakes, its line of Bubble Bread mixes is a first-to-market product requiring only an egg and 12 ounces of carbonated beverage to produce a hearty loaf of bread, bread sticks, or rolls.

Just in time for holiday get-togethers or gift-giving, QVC® provides a wide assortment of Marilyn’s Gourmet products that appeal to a variety of tastes and preferences, including: Marilyn’s Gourmet 5 oz. Mini Coffee Cakes with frosting, Bubble Bread mixes, Cookie Gift Boxes, Cracker and Cheese Straw Assortment, Muffins, Fruit Cake Cookies, Biscuit Assortment, Fudge Brownies, Lemon Pound Cakes, Graham Crumb & Chocolate Wafer Crumb Set, and a Fruit Cake in a Gift Tin.  All gluten-free and delicious! 

Marilyn’s Gourmet products are available through QVC.com, the QVC® apps or by calling 800.345.1515.



Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – November 24, 2017

According to Atlanta Magazine, OFW Pizza is coming back to the Old Forth Ward in mid-2018 as a yet-to-be-named eatery with Anthony Spina at the helm. In a partnership with Billy Streck, of Hampton + Hudson, the restaurant and bar will open in Studioplex’s new phase at 659 Auburn Avenue Northeast. And they will have vegan and gluten-free options (including a gluten-free Grandma Pie) and a full beverage and bar program.

Culver’s is coming to Johns Creek in 2018. The chain is best known for its custard and butter burgers, which can be served on an Udi’s Gluten Free hamburger bun. The buns, which were added in 2015, are served warmed and sealed for guests to assemble. How about a size of sweet potato fries, crinkle fries, green beans, or coleslaw? The Johns Creek/Suwanee location is planned for 3135 Peachtree Parkway, across from the new Extra Space Storage and adjacent to Pop’s wine & spirits. Thanks for the great news TonetoAtl.

Happy Camper’s paleo and gluten-free goodies can be found at East Pole Coffee in Buckhead’s Armour Yards development. Mini loaves and protein cookies made (in a shared kitchen) with brown rice and almond flours are delivered fresh daily. Oats are not certified gluten free.

Let’s hear it for Atlanta Magazine’s Best Gluten-Free Eats winner – Mediterranea! Grant Park’s new neighborhood bistro serves up Mediterranean fare that happens to come from an all gluten-free kitchen. And they offer a full bar and extensive wine list. They proclaim the winningest dishes are the pan-roasted branzino with potatoes and creamy manchego polenta with chili-spiked greens. We love everything on the menu, including the handmade gnocchi and pan seared chicken.

Stop by Perks Coffee (3000 Windy Hill Road, SE near Orange Theory) on Monday, November 27 between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on opening day to get a free cup of the good stuff. They are pouring crafted blends from Rev Coffee Roasters including ice coffee with freshly roasted coffee ice cubes, café glacé (coffee and ice cream blend) and 15 types of herbal teas.

Congrats to Urban Tree Cider for their classic cider being named a runner-up in the drink category of the Made in the South Awards by Garden and Gun Magazine. They are Atlanta’s first cidery and have been open since 2015 with a tasting room and a line of bottled ciders and seasonal cocktails. 🍻They were also awarded Best Hard Cider from the judges at the Georgia Trustees Wine Challenge for Wild Buzz 2017.

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza at Perimeter Village in the Dunwoody shopping center has closed.



Gluten-free recipe: Fall fruit crisp from Delicious Living

Want to wow your guests on Thanksgiving with a homemade dessert that is quick and easy to prepare? A seasonal fruit crisp served warm with a scoop of ice cream fits the bill. And then some.

Fruit crisps can be made in just four easy step, as shown below. And you can use any all-purpose gluten-free flour blend. If it needs to be dairy free too, then substitute Earth Balance’s vegan butter sticks. Choose fruit that is in season (fresh or frozen) and use cane, date, or coconut sugar for added sweetness. Add a little bourbon or wine for a boozy treat that will have them coming back for seconds – maybe thirds!

The best part is you can prepare it the day of Thanksgiving and serve it straight from the oven. It is done when the fruit is bubbling and the crust is golden.

Thanks to Delicious Living for the inspiration, the step-by-step illustration, and, of course, the recipe!


Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – November 17, 2017

The Rink at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park is set to open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017 for the 2017-2018 season. Located in the spacious Garden Tent at Park Tavern on the Atlanta BeltLine, skaters stay warm under a heated tent at a rink that is 85 feet long and 40 feet wide. Observers are treated to a covered patio with stone fire pits, flat screen TVs, private cabanas, holiday decorations and much more. The Rink at Park Tavern’s hours will be Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to midnight.

2B Whole Gluten-Free European Bakery has got the pies! Place a pre-order for an apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie (paleo options available), and pie crusts. All are free of gluten, soy and peanuts. All Holiday orders must be placed by Monday November 20th. And they are offering a chance to win a Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving!
Step 1:
Share a video on your #Instagram telling them what you’re most thankful for this year or CLICK HERE to fill out an online form.
Step 2:
TAG @2bwholegfbakery
Step 3:
Stay tuned for the winner announcement November 20th!  

Batter Cookie Dough
is opening on Tuesday, November 20th at Ponce City Market across from Honeysuckle Gelato. And gluten-free edible sugar and  chocolate chip cookie dough is on the menu!!! Make sure to ask for a clean scoop to be used when dishing up gluten-free dough.

Less than a week until Gluten Free Cutie Bakery’s first annual Thanksgiving Market Day on Tuesday, November 21st from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Followed by a second day on Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There are no pre-orders this year, so stop by and choose from pies, cobblers, stuffing, casseroles, desserts, and more.

In historic Crabapple, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails picks ingredients from its garden for contemporary Southern “seed-to-fork” sensibility. One new dish is the charred broccoli, cauliflower and red pears with sweet potato purée, Asher Blue cheese, pickled red onion, candied pecans and sherry maple vinaigrette. I got to try this dish at an event recently and it was a flavor and texture bomb! Simple and local ingredients combine to create the perfect bite of fall.

Stop by Osteria di Mare in Peachtree Corners is serving up brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. – the same day kids under the age of 12 are ‘invited’ to dine. And the menu is full of traditional brunch dishes kicked up a notch, like beef tenderloin medallions with farm fresh eggs, shrimp and yellow corn grits, Yukon gold potato hash and Nueskes bacon.

Welcome to Sandy Springs Salata! The fast-casual salad restaurant serves fully customizable, tossed-to-order salads from a selection of more than 50 fresh and pure ingredients alongside signature soups and beverages on tap.

Salata COO, Iris Campos; Mayor Rusty Paul; John Murphy, Vice President of Restaurants for Henry Investment Group; Councilman John Paulson of District 1; Tom Mahaffey, President/CEO of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce


Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery’s Thanksgiving menu is out and includes holiday favorites like pumpkin and pecan pies, dinner rolls and corn muffins, pumpkin and carrot cake and more. They are taking special orders through November 22nd, but don’t wait too long.




Nosh on: Atlanta’s gluten-free news – November 9, 2017

On Saturday, November 11, Concentrics Restaurants ONE. midtown kitchen, The Brasserie and Neighborhood Café at PARISH, TAP and TWO urban licks, are celebrating Veterans Day by offering all active military personnel and veterans with a valid military ID a complimentary lunch or dinner entree.

Happy Birthday to Maggiano’s Little Italy. They turn 26 in November and continue to expand their gluten-free offerings. Those with food allergies/intolerance are forever grateful for the care they take to prepare safe dishes that make dining out a tasty and stress-less event.

A new Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery just opened on Cobb Parkway November 9th. The new restaurant is a renovation of an existing location, but will feature the brand’s new menu items and design elements. The first Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery opened last December at Sugarloaf Marketplace in Duluth offering gluten-free pizzas, gluten-free buns for sandwiches and a host of sides and soups. Thanks TonetoATL for the information!

Treehorn Cider is expanding its menu to offer single small pours and opening on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Now you can order all of their ciders in the small pour size used for flights.

Have you heard of the vegan food truck Vego Bistro? It is a dedicated plant-based and gluten-free friendly food truck working on a brick-and-mortar location in Atlanta. The restaurant will be located in the Brookwood Plaza in Cobb County, next to the Austell L.A. Fitness and close to Cobb Hospital. Their plant-based cuisine is served on gluten-free buns and all of the seasonal sides, including macaroni and cheese, salads, fresh squeezed juices, soups and desserts are gluten free. Support their gofundme campaign to finance this expansion and bring another gluten-free restaurant to Atlanta.