Gluten-Free Eating in Southern Colorado

By: Stacia Naquin Email
By: Stacia Naquin Email

When it comes to your grocery list, no one wants to shop at multiple stores. But that was exactly what Pamela Jones was doing, despite the fact that she worked at King Soopers.

She had just been diagnosed with celiac disease.

“It was very frustrating for me as a consumer and also an employee of King SooperS to find gluten-free products,” said Jones. “1 that were cost effective and 2 that tasted decent."

But that was 7 years ago. Now, Pamela is proud to offer tours at King Soopers, showing off the more than 1300 gluten-free products she helped champion.

From the bakery, to the deli... the list goes on and on and so does the tour of gluten-free goods.

“They can identify products through our gluten-free tags,” she said.

When Stacia Naquin took the tour, she clarified this with Pamela: “So this is really designed to make sure folks who have to eat gluten free don't have to go without. And don't have to go to special stores either.”

“Exactly,” Pamela said. “That's exactly right. That was what our whole goal was. We wanted them to have a one-stop shopping experience.”

Do the products cost a bit more? In some cases… yes. But, as a Celiac herself, Pamela says it's a small price to pay.

“Basically, the food is my medicine,” she said. “So my trade is... I don't have to take medication anymore. I have to buy this product that may cost a little more.”

But that's not always the case with gluten-free food. We found some options for eating out that are the same price, whether they're gluten-free or not... starting off with pizza.

We ordered up the gluten-free pie from Borriello Brothers. It’s the same price as a regular thin-crust and looks like a regular pizza too. We gave some of the newsroom folks a piece of the gluten-free pie to see if they could tell the difference. John Harding said the crust wasn’t very puffed up. But overall, they didn’t notice the difference. So Borriello Brothers could be a one-stop pizza shop for the whole family... Celiac or other-wise.

Another favorite food for many of us... Mexican food... And who wants to miss out on that?

“There's really not too much you can get on the regular menu that you can't get on the gluten-free menu,” said Galen Anderson, Assistant Manager at Salsa Brava.

He named off a number of gluten-free options, such as enchiladas, soft tacos and fajitas. And the price for the gluten-free version of your favorite dish is the same as the original.

“We have all the ingredients we need to make good gluten-free food. So, why wouldn't we?” he said.

Obviously there are other restaurants that offer gluten-free food on their menus. Below, you'll find a list of a few. And feel free to list your favorite spot in the comments below!

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