Gluten-Free Pizzas not necessarily for Celiacs

canadian-2-for-1-disclaimerMany pizza restaurants are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon, offering “gluten-free” crusts.  As businesses they are trying to capitalize on the gluten-free trend by many non-Celiacs.

For Celiacs, we’d like to offer some advice: read the fine print.  Know what you are getting. Don’t assume that so called “gluten-free” pizza is in fact free of gluten.

Many pizza restaurants can’t guarantee gluten-free due to cross contamination.  Others characterize their gluten-free pizza as a “low-gluten option”.

Thanks to Moyra Baxter who sent us this disclaimer from Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza.  We tip our hats to responsible restaurants like Canadian 2 for 1 who warn Celiacs of cross contamination issues.

Say what? Domino’s offers “gluten-free” crust not appropriate for Celiacs

By David Fowler

Yes, you read that right.

The marketing wizards at Domino’s are offering a “gluten-free” crust that may get contaminated during preparation and is therefore not recommended for Celiacs.

While the gluten-free fad diet for non-Celiacs has been somewhat helpful in raising Celiac awareness in recently years, Domino’s is now creating a confusing new class of products that claim to be “gluten-free” but are not free of gluten enough for Celiacs to consume them.

Meanwhile here in Canada, Boston Pizza figured out how to do it right and as a Celiac I have enjoyed their gluten-free pizza many times without incident.

So, next time you are visiting the U.S., be sure to get out your reading glasses and check the fine print on those packages with large “gluten-free” text on it.  There maybe an asterisk saying “not suitable for Celiacs”.

In fairness to Domino’s, you can read their side of the story in the full press release below the break…

Please note: This article is my opinion only and does not necessarily reflect that of Kelowna Chapter or the CCA.  Have your say.  Use our comment box below.

Domino’s Pizza Becomes First National Pizza Delivery Chain to Offer Gluten Free Crust

Domino’s partners with National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, introduces product for customers with mild gluten sensitivity

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 7, 2012

Domino’s Pizza is responding to the needs of choice consumers, today launching a Gluten Free Crust available in all of its nearly 5,000 U.S. stores and becoming the first national pizza delivery chain to offer such a product.

Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ) consulted with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to ensure its products and team member training meet the standards of the foundation’s GREAT Kitchens Amber Designation. NFCA’s GREAT Kitchens is an official credentialing program that has expanded to include restaurants offering gluten free products with varying kitchen practices, therefore suitable for those with gluten sensitivity under the Amber Designation.

Domino’s new Gluten Free Crust provides a great-tasting option for consumers who previously could not enjoy pizza from the recognized world leader in pizza delivery because of sensitivity to gluten – a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

“Many of our customers have asked for a gluten free crust, and Domino’s is excited to offer a product to customers with mild gluten sensitivity – as well as partner with the NFCA, which has been instrumental to our learning more about how to take this step,” said J. Patrick Doyle, Domino’s Pizza president and CEO. “The prevalence of gluten sensitivity has become a real issue with significant impact on consumer choice, and we want to be a part of the solution. Now, the whole group can enjoy Domino’s with the addition of our new Gluten Free Crust.”

While Domino’s new Gluten Free Crust is appropriate for those with mild gluten sensitivity, Domino’s and the NFCA do not recommend it for those with celiac disease. Domino’s and the NFCA found that while the crust is certified as gluten free, current store operations at Domino’s cannot guarantee that each handcrafted pizza will be completely free from gluten.

“The NFCA is thrilled that Domino’s Pizza has developed a product that will improve the quality of life for many of the estimated 18 million Americans who are gluten sensitive,” said Alice Bast, NFCA founder and president. “Not only is Domino’s Gluten Free Crust a huge win for much of the gluten free community who can now get pizza delivered to their door, it’s also delicious. Customers aren’t going to believe they’re eating a pizza made on a gluten free crust when they try it. And the variety of fresh toppings that are available is a giant leap ahead.”

In an effort to remain open and informative about Domino’s Gluten Free Crust, Domino’s has created a video on YouTube that allows customers to decide whether this product is suitable for their diet, found here: www.youtube.com/user/dominosvids.

“Offering Domino’s Gluten Free Crust is a big step for us, and we wanted to make sure we were doing it right,” said Doyle. “Domino’s is doing that by partnering with experts at the NFCA and by empowering the gluten sensitive community with the information they need.”

Domino’s new Gluten Free Crust is available in stores across the U.S. in a small, 10-inch size only, and prices vary by store.

Domino’s pizza made with a Gluten Free Crust is prepared in a common kitchen with the risk of gluten exposure. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness supports the availability of Domino’s Gluten Free Crust, but cannot recommend the pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza.

Slideshow: June Pizza Fundraiser a Success!

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Despite the on again – off again, warm and cool weather Sunday, our 8th annual pizza and dessert fundraiser went off without a hitch.  Approximately 42 attended with many new faces.

Thanks to Jim’s Pizza in Vernon (across from VJH) for the crusts and of course to the executive who made and baked the pizzas.

Also thanks to our sponsors , especially Save on Foods, who  donated that raffle draw prizes.  According to Bill, approximately $40 was raised for the chapter.

After pizza and desert, Jodie Stevens provided an informative briefing on the Ottawa conference last month.  We’ll try and post her conference notes on the website shortly.  We’ll also have more information on the Kelowna conference on the website in the next couple of weeks.

Regrets come from Marie who was ill and could not attend.  We hope that you feel better soon!

June pizza and dessert luncheon!

Eighth Annual Celiac Fundraiser Luncheon!

Kelowna Chapter will be a having a pizza and dessert luncheon this year! It will be at noon on Sunday, June 12th (doors open at 12:00 noon, lunch about 12:30) at our regular meeting place at the Seniors Activity Centre, 9832 Bottom Lake Road, Lake Country. (map)

The executive will be providing the gluten-free pizza.

There will be 3 choices:

    1. Hawaiian (ham & pineapple),
    2. Classic (meat & veg’s), and;
    3. Vegetarian.

There will be a $10 charge for 10 and over. Children are free.

We need to know who is coming so we can have enough food to make the pizzas as we will be making them at the meeting.

This event must be prepaid! We appreciate you paying by June 3rd.

Cheques can be sent to our mailbox: Kelowna Celiac P.O. Box 21031 Kelowna  B.C, V1Y 9N8

Jim’s Place offers gluten-free pizza in Vernon!

By John Green

Jim's Place Exterior

I am with Jims’ Place in Vernon. We started a couple of weeks ago, and the response has been quite positive.

We started by just advertising on a sign on the side of our restaurant. People noticed it from the highway, and came in to inquire. Since then we have had several repeat customers from up and down the valley, from Salmon Arm to west Kelowna. The reviews have been good, and we are encouraged to provide more product.

What we provide is a 12 inch gluten-free crust (rice based) that is made for us by Valarosa in Kelowna. They also provide us with a triple strained tomato pizza sauce that is made in Italy, absolutely nothing but tomatoes, no dyes or preservatives. It is called Casar.

We have also been in touch with a lady in Salmon Arm who is willing to provide us with a deep dish crust that will be available to us within the next little while. Our gluten-free toppings include all fresh veggies, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, sun dried tomatoes, pineapple, mushrooms, olives, banana peppers, jalapenos and new grilled vegetables such as eggplant and yellow peppers.

We have fresh grilled chicken, sirloin and a gluten-free 100% lean ground beef, all made off premises. Freybe sausage in Vancouver is supplying us with sliced pepperettes, cervalet salami and capicolla ham, all gluten-free of course.

We cook the gluten-free on its own pans, in its own oven, cut on their own cutting board with a special knife. The pizza paddle is even exclusive to gluten-free product only.

The greatest of care is taken so no chance of cross contamination. We pride ourselves in that. The pizza is then placed in the box with a wax paper insert on the bottom. The feedback has been very positive. We are now connected to Facebook thru our website.

Our website is www.jimsplacepizza.com The site is very comprehensive and easy to navigate.

We have worked diligently to try to satisfy a need for a gluten-free product in Vernon. We feel we have done our homework and we are confident we have a good product.

The pricing is $16.95 for a 12 in pizza, cut into 8 slices. It is more than a conventional 12 inch but as you probably know the cost is quite substantially more when buying gluten-free ingredients.

Jim’s Place is located at 1600 32nd Avenue [Highway 97] just across up the hill from the hospital. You can call them at
250-549-3700.

Gluten-free pizza at Boston Pizza

By Irene

They are using Kinnikinnich’s crust and you choose the toping. It’s Enough for one person or two small eaters.

I had one in Portage la Prairie and it was good they just need to add a little more sauce and cheese as the crust is quite thick.

Popcorn with pizza flavouring

This is great as a snack while watching movies or anytime of the day!

Ingredients:
  • 12 cups popcorn, freshly popped 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Directions:
  • Pop the popcorn. You can use microwave popcorn, air popped, or pop it on the stove.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Add the oregano, basil, and red pepper and cook for a minute or two.
  • Pour the butter over the popcorn and add the cheese. Toss to coat. Eat right away or store in plastic bags.
  • Podd the cheese. Toss to coat. Eat right away or store in plastic bags.