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Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:49 pm

I'm considering getting permits and what not to serve some food next year, I had the idea to cater to the Gluten Free Burners..
Guess I'm wondering if there are enough of you to even bother?
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Eric » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:06 pm

How many is "enough"? For people with special diets, finding a spot that has tasty things they can eat without worry is always wonderful, and for people who can eat gluten it might be a nice introduction to how good something can taste without it. The only person who needs to enjoy it is you, and the old "if you build it" trope holds true at Burning Man.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:14 pm

I agree. I guess I just wanted to make sure that at least SOME people would be interested.Making and Storing the product will be a little tricky so I'd hate for it to all end up going back home with me.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:18 pm

(Guess I should have mentioned that I myself am not Gluten Free.)
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby FossaFerox » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:20 pm

A solid 15% of my camp are gluten free for legitimately diagnosed medical reasons and a few more were gluten free by choice. Yay anecodtal evidence and what have you, but I imagine you would totally make someone's burn. Just remember that public food service needs to be permitted and what not.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:25 pm

Of Course.
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I'm a career cook so I already knew of/ have dealt with the random permits...
I'm also a Nevada Native so I feel pretty prepared! Ha!
I was thinking of doing GF pizzas...
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Elderberry » Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:45 pm

Calamity2014 wrote:(Guess I should have mentioned that I myself am not Gluten Free.)

That's encouraging. ;)

I don't think you'll have any problem serving pizza on the playa no matter how they are made. Is bacon gluten free? :shock:
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:39 pm

Bacon is IN FACT Gluten Free!
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby some seeing eye » Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:03 pm

People on the playa will eat anything. But you can create a community for people with that specific interest. They will probably enjoy communing. The trick is to find/create a sub community without becoming overexposed. Have a layered communication plan, from eplaya/regionals/FB, to connecting with health oriented camps, to ? through which you can dynamically expand and contract your publicity in tune with your resources.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:45 am

People who are NOT gluten free will ALSO eat gluten free TOO.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby AntiM » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:44 am

I'd love any pizza which was tomato-free. Pesto and a little cheese, maybe some meat. Yum.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:22 am

The gluten-free person in my camp last year was unhappy about having to miss the grilled-Cheese smackdown. I did find her some gluten-free bread during the event and she was grateful.
It's very tempting to tell you to cater exclusively to those with the sensitivity, because they are so excluded on the playa food culture, but I don't think that's the gift you want to make.

Although, we could expand on this thread to include gluten-free tips...
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:22 am

Ooo Pesto.. Hadn't even thought down that path!
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby FossaFerox » Wed Nov 27, 2013 5:11 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:The gluten-free person in my camp last year was unhappy about having to miss the grilled-Cheese smackdown. I did find her some gluten-free bread during the event and she was grateful.
It's very tempting to tell you to cater exclusively to those with the sensitivity, because they are so excluded on the playa food culture, but I don't think that's the gift you want to make.

Although, we could expand on this thread to include gluten-free tips...


The thing to remember is that even if you serve gluten free food to someone who isn't living gluten free, it may still be an awesome gift.

1) You may open their eyes to how good gluten free food can potentially be. The last time I was in a position to get a gluten free version of something I asked the waitress and she flat out told me that it "wasn't very good". Interactions like that make me reluctant to eat out with my glutenless friends. If I discovered that it didn't have to suck it would make things better for everyone.

2) You may open their eyes to the actual benefits of being gluten free. A lot of people with mild celiac disease may not realize what gluten is doing to them. I had a friend who took it for granted that food made you feel that way until she was diagnosed. Fucking eye opening for her. Imagine accidentally showing even one person that they could enjoy a better quality of living with a small modification to their diet.

3) Either way you're giving people food, which is awesome.

Just make sure you make a big point of mentioning to each diner that the food is gluten free so that points 1 and 2 can take place.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby tatonka » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:03 pm

choc covered bacon , is choc gluten free?

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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Elderberry » Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:42 pm

FossaFerox wrote:
Just make sure you make a big point of mentioning to each diner that the food is gluten free so that points 1 and 2 can take place.

Just make sure you wait to tell them until after they have tasted it.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby aserendipity » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:02 am

Today is Definitely going to be fun
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby chuckularone » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:15 am

I'm gluten free and I'd love to see this happen!
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby TT120 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:31 am

Calamity2014 wrote:Bacon is IN FACT Gluten Free!

The first thing that comes to mind when I read this is FUCK YEAH! :lol:
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby aserendipity » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:38 am

so I went to the "party of the year" capricorn do and ever so carefully prepared chateaubriand and asparagus and tiny potatoes and labeled it all as organic and "Paleo"...then a person who was waiting for me to set down the food said"do you know the source?"
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Nipple » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:57 am

Calamity2014 wrote:I'm considering getting permits and what not to serve some food next year, I had the idea to cater to the Gluten Free Burners..
Guess I'm wondering if there are enough of you to even bother?


What's a number that will make you feel good? One is enough.

A friend of mine last year brought a pizza oven and made gluten free vegan pizzas to gift. Late one night, she was standing at her camp's bar and was handing out pizza. She spotted a dude nearby kind of eyeing it, so she offered. He said "Aw, no thanks... I can't eat gluten."

Fuck Christmas Morning, I'm pretty sure that piece of pizza made memories for that dude. Sure as hell warms my heart.

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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby HazelRae » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:08 pm

It would be amazing to see this out on the playa!
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby 9ah » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:28 pm

Tangent story, I had a friend who found out he had Celiac Disease right before we went on a trip. We were talking about food and asked, "Is it gluten free?" To which a friend responded, "What is gluten and why is it free?" We had a good laugh, explained it and turned it into a little chant, 'When I say gluten you say FREE!" Ya know, like they do at concerts....

My point, bring your pizza, educate folks that don't understand it and have fun!

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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Terik » Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:34 pm

I too, must eat gluten free and I would be sooooo happy to find you serving pizza! How very thoughtful of you to consider this, especially as you aren't GF. Thank you! :D
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Calamity2014 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 6:07 pm

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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby chica63 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:35 pm

If I found you serving gluten free pizza I'd be that pizza eating stray puppy you couldn't get rid of. ;)

I think it's a great idea! I wasn't gluten free at my last burn but I am now. There are many of us. Will be a different experience this year for sure.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby EspressoDude » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:30 pm

I have heard baked playa is gluten free. Just add a bit of water, smash it flat and bake at 325 until crispy, then add the sauces, etc, bake for another 10 -15 minutes at 400.
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby glad4tunes » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:10 pm

Gluten free pizza on the playa would TOTALLY make my day :))) Bring it on...
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby avasoul » Sat Apr 19, 2014 8:08 pm

as a huge pain in the ass and a gluten allergic individual I for one would be most pleased...if i were only allergic to gluten...the list or allergies just keeps growing. I don't suppose i'll find anyone making gluten, dairy and soy free deliciousness on the playa will I?
Bring your g-free pizzas and educate the masses...i'll take some human excrement powder blowing into my water please. :coffee:
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Re: Gluten Free?

Postby Dr. Pyro » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:23 am

avasoul wrote:I don't suppose i'll find anyone making gluten, dairy and soy free deliciousness on the playa will I?


Nope, probably not.
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