Friday, November 9, 2012

News & Notes: November 9, 2012

In Chadds Ford, Brandywine Prime (1617 Baltimore Pike, 610-388-8088) has a gluten-free menu that includes steaks, entrees, appetizers, salads and raw bar choices.

At Fountain Restaurant, located at Center City's Four Seasons hotel (1 Logan Square, 215-963-1500), gluten-free items are noted on the menus.

Miller's Ale House, with local spots in Northeast Philadelphia (9495 E. Roosevelt Blvd., 215-464-8349), Willow Grove (2300 Easton Rd., 215-657-0515), Langhorne (2250 E. Lincoln Hwy., 267-572-0750), and Mt. Laurel (554 Fellowship Rd., 856-722-5690), has updated its gluten-free menu, which now includes pizza.

Also updating its gluten-free menu is Uno Chicago Grill, which has added Udi's gluten-free burger buns to go along with three kinds of pizza and other items.

New items on the gluten-free menu at full-service Legal Sea Foods locations, such as the one in King of Prussia (680 W. Dekalb Pike, 610-265-5566), include fried fish-and-chips, shrimp, oysters, calamari and French fries.

Not to be left behind, P.F. Chang's is adding new desserts to its menu starting next Wednesday, and this includes a flourless Chocolate Torte topped with a ganache and served with fresh mint and raspberry sauce. No word yet on whether this replaces the flourless chocolate dome currently on the menu.

Pure Tacos in Center City (1935 Chestnut St., 215-496-9393) just introduced Taco Tuesday Social Networking specials with the limited-time Steakhouse Taco: achiote-marinated steak, topped with pepper-crusted mushrooms, house-made scallion cream, and crunchy, Cajun-spiced frizzled onions. Up next: a Thanksgiving-themed taco. Those who follow Pure Tacos on Facebook and Twitter will get word of the newest varieties.

Melt Down Grilled Cheese is opening its newest location in Delaware, at the former Post House site in Newark (145 E. Main St.), on November 26. Like those in Wayne and Montgomeryville, the First State outpost will prepare grilled cheese sandwiches using gluten-free bread.

The "Dishing With ..." segment returned on Tuesday with a Q-and-A with reporter Diana Rocco of CBS3 Eyewitness News. Read about how she manages eating gluten free on the road and her favorite restaurants in the city.

The Little Bakery, the all-gluten-free bakery out of Blue Bell, will be sampling its products this weekend at B'tween Friendz in Dresher (today and Saturday), the Landis Supermarkets in Telford and Harleysville (Saturday) and Rittenhouse Market at 18th and Spruce in Philadelphia (Sunday).

Sampling in New Jersey this weekend is PJ's Beef Steak. You can try the company's gluten-free beef steak slices and tenders this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ShopRite on Evesham Road in Cherry Hill and at the Mt. Laurel ShopRite on Union Mill Road. On Sunday, PJ's will be sampling at the Marlton ShopRite and the Garden State Pavilion ShopRite, both on Route 70, during those same hours.

As a reminder, there are two fundraising events next week to benefit the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, one on each side of the Delaware River. Present the special voucher at dinner at the Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia) Iron Hill Brewery on Monday, November 12 and the restaurant will donate 20% of your food bill to the NFCA. Iron Hill has extensive gluten-free menus for adults and kidsThe Pop Shop in Collingswood will host a fundraiser on Thursday, November 15. When you bring this flyer and dine in for any meal that day (8 a.m. to 9 p.m.), the restaurant will donate 15% of your total check to the NFCA.

The Children’s Celiac Support Group's next meeting will be on November 18 from noon to 2 p.m. at the CHOP Specialty Care Center in Voorhees. Children of all ages are welcome. Each family is asked to bring a gluten-free Thanksgiving dish and recipe to share. RSVP by November 15 via email or by calling 215-590-2985.

For those who live or work near Medford, Raynor Electric is coordinating a donation drive (food and personal items) all this month for those affected by Storm Sandy. Gluten-free food is welcome.

Wow, that's a lot of info for one week. Enjoy what should be a relatively mild weather weekend!

- Michael

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  1. Will Melt Down prepare their g-free grilled cheese on a seperate/clean grill? I'm disapppointed that Purebread (in Newark) still does not have a gluten-free toaster, even after a recent remodelling.

    1. Chrissy -

      They will wrap the GF bread in foil before putting it on the press.

  2. Someone needs to give UNOs an award. In the national casual dining category, they are doing more than any other restaurant for GF eaters.

    The pizza is very good (Although I always get extra sauce), they carry Red Bridge beer...

    and now they have UDI's Gluten Free rolls for burgers!!?!?

    Seriously I dont think I will eat at any other chain ever.

    1. You should try the gluten free stuffed chicken breast.
      Readbridge is yuck....they also have Green's beer and other kind but were out of it last Friday.