I can’t even imagine how difficult it would be to have to completely get rid of wheat in my diet. No wheat. No barley. No rye.
It took us over 6-months to create a gluten-free pizza crust that actually TASTED good, and didn’t fall apart in the oven. Most gluten-free crusts are either too gooey or crumbly, or taste like Styrofoam. Nasty.
Our crust is good enough to eat even if you don’t have a food allergy, and that makes me super-stoked to have it available to people with a wheat allergy, or who are eliminating processed flours from their diets.
We now have regular customers who thank us profusely for offering gluten-free pizza into their diets. We charge $5 bucks to upgrade to a gluten-free crust; our food-cost on it is about $4 a crust, and it takes about 90-minutes to make 4 crusts. We certainly aren’t doing it for the profit.
A week ago, a young girl came in (with what we’re now calling “Invasion of the Cheerleaders” – 35 high-school cheerleaders came in at noon during lunch break from their “camp” and it was Pom-Pom mania!) and asked if we had any wheat-free options. Unfortunately, we had just made the crusts and they were still proofing in the walk-in; they wouldn’t be ready for another 24 hours.
So she came in the next day and had a gluten-free pie, and was teary-eyed, explaining that she hadn’t had pizza since she was too young to remember. She ate almost the entire pizza while her grandma and I discussed the recipes that we use. I told her my secret to the perfect “crisp” on a gluten-free pie: a blast-chiller to solidify the crust before it falls apart. The young girl didn’t care about the process; she was just ecstatic that she could finally eat pizza.
She came in again just recently for lunch with her parents. I might have an addict on my hands.
Another gluten-free customer came in just to drink beer… because, yes….
we recently began offering gluten-free beer.
I finally tried it, and honestly, it tastes like a regular beer. Like a microbrew, but slightly sweet.
She was all smiles. 🙂
Our new mission statement: No one should go without GREAT pizza and beer.