A Tale of Two Restaurants | Triumph Dining

Out to eat a lot photoEither with my family, colleagues, or clients, I go out to eat a lot. Sticking to a gluten-free diet means I need to do a little more leg work before trying a new restaurant.

I recently planned a dinner for my work team. Aside from my food restrictions we also have a person on the team with a soy and nut allergy and someone who does not eat beef. Planning for one food allergy is hard enough but it gets even more complicated when there are multiple restrictions and taste preferences.

I called ahead to the restaurant to make sure they could accommodate our special needs. I asked about the types of cooking oils they used and whether they have a gluten-free menu. The cooking oils were all fine for my soy-allergic boss but they do not publish a gluten-free menu. The person on the phone, however, assured me they could accommodate our needs and took down our food restrictions in the reservation notes. Click to continue reading »

Detroit Style Pizza | Triumph Dining Pizza Week

People with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can finally enjoy great-tasting gluten-free pizza and breadsticks at Detroit Style Pizza Co.‘s two metro-Detroit locations and nationwide by mail order.

Pizza maker Shawn Randazzo was inspired to craft the recipe after his wife, Keri, was diagnosed with celiac disease. The couple tried gluten-free pizzas at dozens of Detroit-area locations, only to find that most versions left much to be desired. Randazzo went to work on his own recipe, and, after countless trials he was able to bake a gluten-free pizza with dough that’s soft on the inside, crispy on the outside and as tasty as Detroit Style Pizza Co.’s other award-winning pizzas.

“I wanted to create a gluten-free pizza recipe that we loved and would be proud to share with others,” says Randazzo.

Detroit Style Pizza Co. offers two styles of gluten-free pizzas: small Detroit Style Square (four pieces) and small Pan Style Round (six pieces). The pizzas are available at the Clinton Township and St. Clair Shores locations for $6.99 plus the cost of toppings. Specialty pizzas can be made gluten-free by adding $2 to their regular price.

The Detroit Style Pizza Co. kitchen is specially designed for gluten-free prep; gluten-free menu items never come in contact with surfaces or utensils used to prepare foods that contain gluten. The pre-baked gluten-free pizza crusts are stored in FDA-approved bags until used.

“A gluten-free diet calls for no breads or wheat. It’s a total life change for many people, and it’s extremely difficult to find gluten-free bread products that taste great,” says Randazzo. “For people who love pizza but can’t eat gluten, being able to enjoy a gluten-free pizza that’s packed with flavor is a treasure.”

NYPD Pizza | Triumph Dining Pizza Week

NYPD-Pizza-LogoAs we continue on our tour of Gluten-Free Pizza offerings across the country we spent some time at NYPD Pizza in Arizona.

NYPD Pizza is a 17-year-old business with 11 locations in the Phoenix area and, CEO Rich Stark was nice enough to spend some time with us.

He started with a gluten-free pizza at just one location and has expanded to all the stores, in addition to becoming vegan friendly. Their dough is sourced from a gluten-free dough provider and they take many precautions to minimize the potential of cross-contamination, including a separate oven and dedicated gluten-free prep area. They also use color coded delivery bags and cutters to protect the integrity of the gluten-free offering. That being said, like all of the restaurants we visited, they try and give their visitors all of the information they can so that they can make a determination if NYPD Pizza can meet their dietary needs. Click to continue reading »

Sprinkles Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Review

gluten-free-red-velvetAs I mentioned in a previous post, we ate a lot of cupcakes while on vacation in Southern California in August. Crumbs, which makes the most sugar-laden and frosting-heavy cupcakes in my opinion, currently doesn’t have any gluten-free offerings. But we gave it a shot in Calabasas.

Sprinkles Cupcakes in Newport Beach, and with 11 other locations, offers a gluten-free red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting similar to Casey’s. This makes me wonder if there’s something about red velvet that lends itself to gluten-free baking. Maybe it’s just the best seller? The cupcakes were displayed separately from the gluten-laden ones although they were not baked in a gluten-free facility. They are also topped with a red G to denote gluten-free. Click to continue reading »

Casey’s Cupcakes | Triumph Dining Review

Gluten-Free-Red-Velvet2We’ve just returned from a visit with family in Southern California. While there it became very clear that we are incapable of walking past a cupcake shop without going inside.

Casey’s Cupcakes is in the Newport Beach Fashion Island shopping center. We were so happy to see that they had a beautiful and delicious gluten-free red velvet cupcake.

Casey’s is just a happy place. It’s a destination inspired by a classic Parisian café with a glamorous Hollywood twist and incorporates bright splashes of pink with classy black accents and whimsical accessories. Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Restaurants in SLC

the pieAre you a winter sports fan? Is Salt Lake City on your short list of places to visit? If so, read on. We came across this list of Salt Lake City restaurants that keep the needs of celiacs front and center.

Any of the Greek-inspired burgers at Astro Burger can be made on a gluten-free bun. Additionally, Astro Burger maintains a separate deep fryer for fries vs. other breaded products, meaning that your fries will never be cross-contaminated with wheat proteins. These gluten-free options are available at all three Astro Burger locations: Draper, South Jordan and Midvale.

The Pie, Salt Lake City’s well-known pizza shop, can prepare any pizza you want with gluten-free dough. It even makes them in a separate kitchen to minimize the risks of cross-contamination.

Another local company, Costa Vida, is gluten-free except for the tortillas and desserts. If you can be happy eating your Mexican food without tortillas then this restaurant is worth a visit. Click to continue reading »

Top US Cities Ordering Gluten-Free Takeout

GrubHub, the site which helps you find and order food online, has been tracking where and how often customers are ordering gluten-free options at takeout restaurants.

Looking at GrubHub’s 2013 orders reveals that gluten-free menu items have become a lot more popular since April of 2012. 60% more popular. That’s a whole lot of gluten-free food being ordered!

To find out more about where the demand for gluten-free takeout is greatest, analysts looked at GrubHub’s orders from their network of more than 200,000 restaurants in over 500 cities across the country. Results suggest that diners in the Pacific Northwest region are leading the demand for gluten-free takeout. Seattle topped the list with Portland and Eugene, Oregon coming second and third.

These are the top ten cities where diners are ordering gluten-free –

1) Seattle

2) Portland, OR

3) Eugene, OR

4) San Jose, CA

5) Chicago

6) Raleigh, N.C.

7) Denver

8) Minneapolis, MN

9) Los Angeles

10) Albany, NY


GrubHub also looked at the the dishes gluten-free customers were ordering. Gluten-free pizzas, salads, burgers, wraps and sandwiches were found to be the most ordered gluten-free items. Not really a surprise since these are probably the most common gluten-free options offered.

Are you surprised by these findings? Do you think your town should be on the list?


Mariposa Baking Co | Triumph Dining Review

Mariposa BakeryToday I’m excited to tell you about a gluten-free bakery that not only offers amazingly delicious gluten-free products, but one that I frequently get to visit  as they are located right here in the beautiful Bay Area.

Mariposa’s gluten-free kitchen can be found in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland. At this location is also their first retail bakeshop. Luckily for both San Franciscans and tourists headed to this amazing city, Mariposa also has a store in the Ferry Terminal Building where customers can expect to find all sorts of yummy breads and hand-crafted goodies.

Savory products include lots of fantastic breads, bagels, crackers, croutons, pizza bases Click to continue reading »

Pick Your Pizza in NYC: Gluten-Free Treasures in the City That Never Sleeps

NYC Gluten Free pizza

Living in Manhattan I am constantly reminded that the city is unwaveringly boastful over two food items: pizza and bagels. Many will argue that is the creativity of cuisine and water that distinguishes both gluten-filled doughs from other cities around the world, but it just might be prideful competition that keep both popularly demanded items at their best.

While I can’t deny a good bagel (and often still have trouble finding one), pizza is one food that is hard to refuse. Whether it’s for a quick bite or a sit-down celebration, the right combination of sauce, cheese, and vegetables can satisfy any taste bud craving. Click to continue reading »

Dig in at Dunkin’! The “Donut” Chain Tries Out Gluten-free Goodies

Having grown up in the Boston area, Dunkin’ Donuts has always been my gold standard when it comes to baked morning goodies (albeit, gluten-filled). That orange and pink box showed up on more than one Sunday morning filled with a dozen different types of doughnuts, from glazed to frosted to jelly-filled. Now, in my gluten-free life, the DD means great coffee, not doughnuts and I still miss those morning munchkins.


Well, here’s some big news for all of you Dunkin’ Donuts fans! According to InvestorPlace, and as reported by the Huffington Post, DD is in the trial stages of incorporating some celiac-friendly fare to its menu! The chain is starting with locations in southern Florida (like Miami) and around Boston by selling individually wrapped gluten-free products so we don’t even have to worry about cross-contamination. Click to continue reading »