Chuck-E-Cheese Tests Celiac-Safe Gluten-Free Pizza and Cupcakes

Amid all the hubbub about Domino’s gluten-free (but not celiac-safe) pizza, another very exciting gluten-free offering seems to have gotten a bit lost.

If you’re in Minnesota and have a child, you can now go to Chuck E. Cheese’s and enjoy a celiac-safe gluten-free pizza and gluten-free chocolate cupcake. Hearteningly, Chuck E. Cheese’s is going to extreme effort to ensure that these menu options are safe and uncontaminated.

As the press release explains, “the personal cheese pizza, manufactured by USDA/FDA-approved, gluten-free facility Conte’s Pasta, will arrive to stores in frozen, pre-sealed packaging. The bake-in-bag pizza will remain sealed while cooked and delivered and until opened and served with a personal pizza cutter at families’ tables by the adult in charge.”

There are also single-serving, pre-sealed chocolate fudge cupcakes from Fabe’s All Natural Bakery. You can see both options in the video above, and both are made by GFCO-certified companies.

Kudos to Chuck E. Cheese’s for going above and beyond to ensure a safe experience for all gluten-free children (in Minnesota). As with other test markets, if this one goes well we can expect to see more Chuck E. Cheese locations around the country offering gluten-free pizza and  cupcakes.

Have you tried the pizza? How was it?

Zenbelly: A Shared Kitchen to Help Find Your Gluten-Free Inner Peace

By Bridget

While we all love to see gluten-free items pop up on the menus at our former favorite restaurants, it always makes me a little weary to see that gluten-free pasta as an option, served right alongside the gluten-filled versions. It’s like when people say you can just take the bun off the burger and, voila, it’s gluten-free. For people suffering from full-blown Celiac’s disease, this “solution” is hardly an acceptable remedy. The risk of cross-contamination means that devoted gluten-free restaurants are often the only acceptable eating out options. Just as gluten-free products need to be processed in dedicated facilities, so too should our prepared meals. This means separate, “gluten-free” cookware, down to the meat thermometers and cutting boards!

Well, people living in San Francisco may soon be getting an answer to all their hopes and dreams when it comes to gluten-free eating out. Simone Shifnadel, a trained chef, nutritionist, and fellow gluten-free eater has big plans for the gluten-free community. Her plan is to open a gluten-free shared kitchen, café, and community space, called Zenbelly Kitchen, where bakers and chefs can come together to create gluten-free products in a completely devoted environment. No gluten will ever cross the threshold of the kitchen’s doors!

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Shabtai Gourmet Gluten-Free Bakery Review

By Lea

Hello everyone, Lea here. I’m glad to be back for my second blog post, this time to discuss some fabulous desserts. Shabtai Gourmet Gluten-Free Bakery kindly sent us some samples of their Ring Tings, Swiss Rolls and Black & White Cookies, and we enjoyed them to the last crumb (literally). They did not even last two days on the break room table. Shabtai is certainly doing something right.

All of Shabtai Gourmet’s products are gluten-free, lactose-free, soy-free, peanut-free, casein-free & dairy-free, and created in a completely allergen-free facility to boot. To use their words: “Shabtai has brought a fresh and exciting new approach to allergen free baking. Shabtai and his family owned bakery has grown over the years, yet has never lost its old world out of this world taste.” Not only are they free of all these allergens, they are also certified Kosher for Passover and Kosher Parve by the OK Kosher Supervision.

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Deerfields Bakery: Dreamy Treats For Gluten-Free Peeps

By Zach

No matter what diet, eating habit, or culture someone studies, there’s usually some type of sweet that can either bring people together, compliment a nice meal or just satisfy one’s sweet tooth. Looking at treats in this light makes the craving for sugary substances almost seem innate, and just because one has been diagnosed with Celiac disease or obeys a gluten-free lifestyle doesn’t mean their mouth waters any less or their eyes don’t dilate when a succulent batch of cookies shows up on the table or cake is served at a special occasion.

It is in this realm of no-touching torment that bakeries like Illinois’ Deerfield Bakery have risen to the calling to provide gluten-free eaters the opportunity to indulge in their saliva-inducing desserts or eye-bulging treats. Deerfield Bakery’s gluten-free menu contains a piquant spectrum of saccharine goodies and wholesome grains that can certainly excite gluten-sensitive consumers.

“Day Dreams are the real deal,” as printed on their menu, “dreamy white chocolate chip and chocolate chips nestled in a brownie cookie.” Honest to goodness, they are the real deal. The melting of fresh chocolate combined with the soft cookie dough is truly a batch made in heaven. Mouth watering yet? Their Lemon Buttons are made with fresh lemons and drizzled with rich lemon icing. The cookie’s flavor has a great zing to it – not as pungent as most lemon bars, but still confidently zesty.

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GIG’s Gluten-Free Awareness Campaign: What’s Your Favorite GF Restaurant?

We’re coming up on a very special time of year: May, aka National Celiac Awareness Month. There are oodles of activities that happen during May, but one of our favorites is the Gluten Intolerance Group’s Chef to Plate Campaign.

To borrow from the GIG’s own description, “the Chef to Plate Campaign is a grass-roots campaign designed to help spread awareness of gluten intolerance through the use of restaurants that offer a gluten-free menu. It is free for restaurants to join. We simply ask that they post educational table tents and/or posters during the month of May—to celebrate National Celiac Awareness Month.”

Hundreds of restaurants around the world participated last year, reaching more than 7 million diners. This year there are more than 1,400 restaurants participating — more than a 50% increase from last year’s event!
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I Dream of Falafel Gluten-Free Review

By Zach

With the influx of alternative eating (gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) over the years, all kinds of ethnic-based restaurants and American dining services have been gradually adapting their menus to cater to their clientele’s demand. The palette of gluten-free options for fast food and dine-in establishments is now more colorful than ever. A few weeks ago, I was privileged enough to enjoy a gluten-free sampling at I Dream of Falafel, located in downtown Chicago. Now, before you feel like this review is irrelevant to you (because you don’t live in Chicago), keep in mind that a lot of Mediterranean food has overlapping gluten-free entrees, appetizers and sides, which you can most likely order and indulge in at your local Mediterranean joint.

 I Dream of Falafel has a laundry list of great gluten-free items just waiting to be feasted on by grub-craving Celiacs. At a joint like this, a gluten-free lifestyle hardly seems limiting as tender chicken, beef, kefta (lamb), fresh falafel, authentic hummus, natural salads, golden-seasoned rice, and a savory selection of sauces are all up for grabs to stuff your stomach to satisfaction. They also have a unique take on falafel with their sweet potato falafel as one of their specialties. If you’ve eaten top-shelf falafel, you know it’s not too oily and its got a great crispy-to-substantial ratio, which their traditional falafel does. However, their sweet potato version takes on a slightly different texture as it’s more cakey, less gritty and dashed with a little bit of cinnamon, making it a memorable Mediterranean take on gluten-free falafel.

An assortment of excellent baba ghanoujeh, chickpea-creamy red pepper and/or traditional hummus served alongside your choice of protein and the piquant richness of a tomato-and-cucumber Jerusalem or fattoush salad should make any food-lover’s mouth water. To boot, they have five loaded-with-taste, gluten-free sauces to deliciously decorate your gluten-free spread. Each sauce adds its own personality, whether its their spicy tomato sauce packing a zesty punch, or their verdant raita sauce evoking a more mild, yet bold and herb-savory lushness.  Their vegetables have that coveted crispiness, their ingredients taste natural and unprocessed, and both are made fresh each morning making sure nothing is reused from the day before.

The genuinely nice service I received from Hassan and his staff, plus the succulent food I enjoyed from I Dream of Falafel could both easily deserve their own letter to write home about. As witnessed at this locally respected restaurant, gluten-free food does not have to mean bland and unoriginal menu options. You’ll soon find out, that once you start diversifying your taste buds, you’ll have more Celiac-friendly meals, which will also be the case because more dining serves within the food industry are rising to the challenge to have a menu abundant with gluten-free choices.


Check out the I Dream of Falafel website today.

(Photos By Kiersten)

Let Us Eat Cake!

By Bridget

Growing up, dessert was the spoil available only on very special occasions. Sure, a treat after dinner was always the incentive for eating veggies, but that dessert was one piece of candy, or even some ripe fruit. The good stuff – the cookies, cake, and brownies – were exclusively reserved for holidays and exceptional occasions. As an adult you may have a bit more independence surrounding this decision. You want a cookie? Go out and buy one. Eat all you want. But with living a gluten-free lifestyle, the “go out and buy it” part is a bit trickier.

Finding delicious gluten-free baked goods is like finding a pearl in an oyster; you know it’s there, so you’ll look, but it’s so rare that it becomes a coveted object. You savor every bite and immediately feel the giddiness only familiar through the memory of eating a gingerbread man on Christmas Eve before dinner. Dessert is again an experience set aside for good behavior and exceptional times. It is not a part of the mundane or everyday.

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Venice Bakery Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts Review

By Lea

Hello everyone! I’m Lea and this is my first guest blog for Triumph Dining. I say guest because I am not a blogger; I actually work for Triumph and helped put together our 5th Edition Grocery Guide as well as managing the 2012 Best of Gluten-Free Awards.

Quick disclaimer: I do not have Celiac and have only been eating gluten-free for the 8 months that I have worked for Triumph Dining. Because of this, it’s a big deal for me to say that I actually prefer a gluten-free pizza crust to a pizza crust containing gluten. I first felt this way when I tried Venice Bakery’s gluten-free pizza crusts. They were kind enough to send us some samples a few months ago, and with all the confusion finishing up the Grocery Guide and starting the Best of Gluten-Free Awards, I had to delay reviewing this wonderful product. If you enjoy crispy, thin-crust pizza, then Venice Bakery pizza crusts are for you! Bonus: they are vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and soy-free as well!  (Note: their focaccia bread does contain eggs and cheese).
The first time I tried Venice Bakery’s Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, I simply spread some store-bought pizza sauce on the crust, added some shredded mozzarella, and sliced a few mushrooms on top. The results were absolutely delicious! The crust had a perfect texture and tasted the way pizza crust should taste! In fact, my whole (gluten-eating) family proceeded to rave over the crust (needless to say, we immediately ordered some more).

What’s the best part about this crust (other than the fact that it’s gluten-free and scrumptious), you ask? It doesn’t need to be frozen! The crust comes vacuum-sealed and has an impressive shelf life. The tasty crusts I sampled lasted over two weeks! If you end up keeping them longer than that (why would you when they’re so delicious?), just pop them in the freezer and the crusts will retain their mouthwatering flavor when baked.

Venice Bakery carries a 12-inch gluten-free pizza crust and a 5-inch gluten-free personal pizza crust. Be careful when ordering, as they do carry gluten-full versions of all of these items. Don’t worry, though- they’ve been tested and certified by the Celiac Sprue Association.

You can order your own sample pack on their website Thanks again to Venice Bakery for sending us these wonderful samples!

Burger King Changes Fry Recipe: GF Status Unclear

Thanks for the photo, TIME

A quick but important post today.

Burger King just changed their fries to a new recipe. Caveat emptor: as of press time, there’s no indication of whether or not the changes include gluten.

This marks the first change to Burger King’s fries since 1998, according to Time.

The new fries will be thicker, with reduced sodium and, “a coating that makes them crisper and keeps them hotter longer,” according to the article. Today, December 5, marks the day that the fries will be available in all Burger King locations.
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Gluten-free Subway: New City Announced

In January, Subway announced a gluten-free program testing in the Dallas area. And you were all pretty excited (we had more comments on that post than any other I can think of).

Today, I’m quite pleased to share with you Subway’s next gluten-free test market.

Drumroll please…and the gluten-free sandwiches go to:

Portland, Oregon!
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