Gluten allergy? Park City Pizza to the rescue
Park City Pizza Company will host a gluten-free open house on May 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., located at 1612 Ute Boulevard, building No. 111. (two doors down from the state liquor store). The event will help raise awareness about Celiac Disease while offering gluten free pizza, pasta, lasagna and beer for the community.
Park City Pizza recently obtained its gluten free certification from the Gluten Free Institute. Owner Nikki Keye explained that the process included creating a separate gluten free menu, updating policies and procedures to make sure employees are gluten free educated along with inspections by the GFI.
Jeff Keye was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, making the Keye family more conscious of gluten-free options and the importance of gluten-free items at the restaurant, Keye explained.
"The restaurant is certified in offering gluten-free products, but anyone can offer this. It’s important that you do it the correct way. We set up our restaurant to cater to these people (with gluten intolerance) while also maintaining our regular customers," Keye said.
Keye explained that the open house will give people with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or people making lifestyle choices the opportunity to taste food and meet the staff of Park City Pizza, "a lot of people with Celiac are afraid to eat out. We’re inviting the public to see how educated we are and that our company doesn’t take the disease lightly," Keye said.
Jill Molchan, owner of the Gluten Free Institute will attend the open house to address issues including: identifying Celiac/gluten sensitivity, signs and symptoms, how to begin going gluten free and gluten-free kitchen safety to name a few.
"The National Restaurant Association just released the results from their annual survey, declaring that ‘gluten-free’ will be of the top eight restaurant trends of 2011," Molchan said.
Molchan stresses the importance of understanding gluten intolerance and Celiac disease if a restaurant offers gluten free options on the menu, "Our research shows that simply offering gluten free menu items without having the education and certification to stand behind the product, is unsafe to the Celiac diner," Molchan said.
For more information about the Park City Pizza Companies gluten-free open house contact Nikki Keye at (435) 655-1612 or visit http://www.parkcitypizzaco.com .
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