Farm-to-Table Is Naturally Gluten-Free

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Gluten was a word virtually unknown to most of the general public 20 years ago. Today it is ubiquitous in the realm of food and health. Still, many people don’t know what gluten is, what it does, or why, in some cases, it should be avoided.
The simple definition of gluten from Merriam-Webster is “a tenacious elastic protein substance especially of wheat flour that gives cohesiveness to dough.” Seems harmless enough, right? The problem is that studies continue to show that gluten causes intestinal inflammation in growing numbers of the population. And for those of you with Celiac disease, you know that it’s a digestive condition triggered by consumption of the protein gluten, which is primarily found in bread, pasta, cookies, pizza crust, and many other foods containing wheat, barley, or rye. For you, gluten is a real no-no.

With more people avoiding gluten for a host of health reasons, it can make dining out quite a challenge and a lot of work. And if you’re shy about asking your server a litany of questions, eating at a restaurant can be downright traumatic. One simple way to avoid those challenges is to choose a restaurant that is completely gluten-free. That’s us!

So how is it that Posana is gluten free? The secret is really not a secret at all. We are a farm-to-table restaurant, and whole foods prepared fresh from local sources are naturally gluten free. Let us explain. We embrace the farm-to-table philosophy for lots of reasons: It offers fresh, in-season food; it’s good for the local economy; it’s much better for the environment, etc. Now think about the foods that are naturally gluten free: fresh fruits and vegetables; starchy vegetables; unprocessed meats, poultry, and fish; legumes, fresh dairy products (some processed dairy has gluten in its fillers); nuts and seeds; and items such as rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and millet.

Most traditional entrees are naturally gluten free unless processed additives, flavorings, and unnecessary thickeners are added. With just a bit of effort, Posana maintains a completely gluten-free kitchen, which means no processed food. You can rest assured that the bun on your burger or that delectable dessert is gluten free—and made from the freshest possible ingredients.

Our commitment to farm-to-table, gluten-free food is unwavering. In fact, we’ve been awarded the Gluten-Free Food Service Accreditation, which means that Posana Café earned an Excellent rating for our commitment to Best Practices in gluten-free food service through the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America’s (GIG) accreditation program. So give your mind—and your intestines—some peace by choosing a farm-to-table, gluten-free restaurant next time you’re dining out

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