In the realm of diet trends ranging from Veganism to the Atkin’s Diet, Raw Foods to the Master Cleanse, restaurants around the world have been challenged with the daunting task of keeping up with people’s eating habits. As each new fad emerges, Executive Chefs across the country scramble to keep up with these diets in order to keep trendy clientele coming back for more exclusive offerings. Many restaurants have adapted over the years to veggie diets, offering a selection of meat, dairy and egg free items, but a relatively new trend is growing at a rapid pace, forcing restaurant owners and chefs to offer an entirely separate menu in accommodation.
Gluten-free diets first emerged as a treatment for the chronic disease of the intestinal tract dubbed Celiac Disease. The cause of this illness is unknown however it is linked to the gene pool. If a family member is affected, chances are more likely there will be other cases within that family. Although the disease itself is incurable, a gluten free diet is proven to ease the laundry list of uncomfortable symptoms that affect Celiac patients. Gluten, a protein composite found in wheat, grains, oats, rye, barley, etc., breaks down the villi in the intestine, which prohibits the patient from absorbing nutrients, therefore, they become malnourished.
Celiac disease is a very real one, but the gluten free diet associated with it has become a trend amongst health enthusiasts. Gluten intolerance is a very different device and many people use this diet in order to alleviate much smaller discomforts than those who have actually been diagnosed with Celiac. All the same, restaurants cater to this trend, offering menus filled with grain free items to make dining experiences more enjoyable for all of those affected by either of these disorders.
At the Rialto Café, we developed a gluten free menu several years ago in light of these changing dietary demands and trends. Just ask your server to present this menu and you will be delighted with limitless choices of appetizers, entrees, “naked” burgers, soups, salads and even desserts.
For lunch, sample the Seared Ahi Tuna appetizer or the “naked” salmon sandwich topped with artichoke hearts and tomatoes. For dinner choose from steak, seafood or our infamous pork chop. Top off your dining experience with chocolate fondue, created just for you.