Shopping for and preparing practical meals that are nutritional, creative, flavorful and diverse enough to keep your taste buds interested can be challenging - especially while eating gluten-free. “It’s hard, it’s a lot of work,” says Lucinda Duncalfe, founder of Philadelphia-based Real Food Works. “It took me a solid year to cook well.”
gluten-free option. The company partners with local restaurants to create dishes especially for Real Food Works customers.
Like the other Real Food Works offerings, all meals in the gluten-free plan are prepared with natural, whole-food ingredients and never include dairy, processed or factory-farmed foods. (Every gluten-free meal is labeled 'gluten-free ingredients' both online and on its packaging.) Most meals are plant-based, with two or three optional meat or fish dishes per week. Meals are delivered fresh weekly and there is no commitment, so customers may cancel at any time. According to Duncalfe, restaurants prepare the meals during their “down time,” which allows local chefs to refine their healthy cooking skills and provides customers with the bonus of accessing popular restaurant kitchens. It’s a win-win for the customers and the businesses, she says.
|Rittenhouse Salad from Pure Fare|
Real Food Works works closely with its restaurant partners to make sure they understand the importance of isolating meals and ingredients from any sources of gluten. All meals in the gluten-free plan are made with gluten-free ingredients, and some are prepared at the all-gluten-free Pure Fare or the NFCA-trained Virago Baking Company. Prospective customers with celiac disease and strong gluten sensitivity can contact Real Food Works to learn more about participating restaurants and meal preparation.