WETZEL: A ‘Spoon’-ful of dessert delight
LIVING AGAINST THE GRAIN
Free Press Health Columnist
SPOONS BISTRO & BAKERY
3090 N. 12th St.
Dining out can be a challenge when eating gluten-free and finding foods that are safe for you eat. While most restaurants will suggest a salad, the dressings often contain wheat products, and eating salads every time you eat out can get boring. You can call ahead if you want to find out but if you don’t have time to do so, it can be an adventure! One such restaurant was a pleasant adventure recently.
This past week, I was invited out to lunch at Spoons, located on the campus of HopeWest (formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado). I had heard that they had delicious foods but since I didn’t have a chance to call ahead, I decided to just take my chances on the menu items.
I arrived at Spoons and started looking through the menu. Luckily, they had written on their lunch menu that they had gluten-free bread available. I asked the woman behind the counter what options they had for gluten-free, she told me about the gluten-free breads that were available for sandwiches or a panini. She explained that they didn’t have any special gluten-free lunch or dinner items as they had a small kitchen and cross contamination could be a concern but they did have a gluten-free cake available.
I was happy to have a “regular” lunch of sorts so I ordered a panini. They have sides of carrot and celery sticks or chips so I took the healthy route and had the veggies. Sticking to my healthy route, I also decided to have the chocolate cake because I don’t get to have dessert out very often. The panini was great, very flavorful and very well done.
The cake was a different story all together. It was so incredibly yummy! I had a friend of mine, who has eaten gluten-free, try it and she also said it was a great cake. The consistency was amazing as was the flavor; one of the best desserts I’ve ever had! I was pleased with my moment of dessert weakness.
All in all, my Spoons experience was a good one. I was happy that the staff was aware of gluten issues, cross-contamination issues and were happy to have items that could suit my needs. The chocolate cake was amazing. Now, if you are concerned about cross contamination, this may not be the place for you to eat as they were very open about the possibility of cross contamination.
Have a restaurant for me to eat at? Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will check it out!
Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at email@example.com or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.
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