Gluten-Free

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.

No pizza.
No bread.
No cookies.
No cake.
No crackers.
No pasta.
No beer!!!!

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.

Period.

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4 Responses to Gluten-Free

  1. monkeyinabox says:

    Humanitarian of the year goes to you!

  2. Missy says:

    This is so cool. I love that you all made such an effort!

  3. I am so looking forward to stopping by when we are in Baker City! Yum…

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