Sunday, March 27, 2011

Tribeca Tavern

I recently tried to be festive with a friend and visited Tribeca Tavern in Cary. They were serving green beer and corned beef for the St. Patrick's Day holiday. The place was packed and had a 45 minute wait as the weather was warm and sunny and they offered outdoor seating. I tried to be a trooper and not subject my friend to the same dining establishments, yet again, that offered a separate gluten-free menu. I thought to myself ahead of time, "I can handle this. I can successfully manage to order a gluten-free meal from the menu, enjoy it, and not get sick." Well, my experience did not match my original thoughts. Our waiter had no idea that gluten-free beers existed and told me that past diners had just ordered hamburgers without a bun. If I had just been recently diagnosed, then I might have made the same mistake. But, I have been on the gluten-free diet for over four years now, so I knew better. I asked the waiter if he would check with the chef about the specific ingredients in the menu items - I thought I would tackle the issue of cross-contamination and the grill separately. He assured me that there was no gluten in the chicken salad served on lettuce. I hesitantly opted for that option and proceeded to get sick. I sincerely hope that the restaurant will reach out to someone in the gluten-free community for advice on how to properly service our needs. We represent a rapidly expanding market that is very profitable for those who address our needs carefully.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Cary Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Festival - March 19th & 20th

Cary Whole Foods Market will host a Gluten Free Festival - March 19 & 20th

Where: Cary, NC Whole Foods Market
     102 B New Waverly Place
                 Cary, NC 27511

When: Saturday, March 19th – Tastings, 11:00am - 3:00pm
                              Grocery Isle Tours, 12pm & 1:30pm

  Sunday, March 20th – Tastings, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
                             Grocery Isle Tours, 1pm & 2:30pm

Details: There will be product sampling from several gluten free vendors including the WFM Gluten Free   Bakehouse. Lee Tobin from our GF Bakehouse will lead GF grocery isle tours. We will discuss strategies for adapting to the GF diet as we walk the store isles highlighting a variety of GF options. Please register for these 1 hour tours at the customer service desk, or call 919-816-8830

Please let me know if you have any questions. Sorry for the short notice on the Cary event. We just finalized the schedule this week.

Lee Tobin
Team Leader
Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Bakehouse
2800 Perimeter Park Dr Suite C Morrisville, NC 27560