Celiac? Gluten intolerant? Simply trying to eliminate grains from your diet? You probably already know that eating out can be a trick.
Imagine a restaurant where you can order absolutely anything off of the menu without worrying about gluten cross-contamination happening behind closed doors, where the ingredients in your food came from, or how they were grown and raised. Many packaged food companies are working on increased transparency, but restaurants still lag behind.
Blooming Beets Kitchen, based in Boulder, Colorado, uses 100 percent grain free, gluten free, grass-fed, wild-caught, and pasture-raised ingredients. How do they do it?
Take a tour!
When Blooming Beets’ founder and owner Iva Paleckova moved to Boulder, there were very few restaurants where she could eat guilt free (think no gluten, pesticides, or processed ingredients). She wanted a larger range of options, and a dining experience where anyone could eat anything off the menu.
From the ingredients to meal preparation, Blooming Beets aims for transparency. The kitchen is in plain sight, not tucked away in the back. Chalkboards listing the specials of the day, and the local farmers and suppliers who the ingredients are sourced from, adorn the painted wooden panel walls.
There's even a box containing recipes from the restaurant, in case you want to take one home. (Don't mind if we do.)
Foodies who have extremely restrictive diets due to autoimmune diseases or allergies know Blooming Beets is a food sanctuary: Every server and cook knows exactly what is in each dish, and exactly how it is prepared. Forget the secret recipes and mystery; this place is about peace of mind.
Blooming Beets aims to offer customers healthier, allergen-friendly foods that are still indulgent and special. Even fried options are healthier here—only olive, coconut, and avocado oils are used. Nothing processed goes into the food … and the taste is beyond superior.
How do cider-battered mushrooms with garlic herb aioli sound?
With only six people staffed, the cozy restaurant has a family feel. It’s much different than other restaurants because everybody cooks, serves, and cleans. Every employee plays a key role in each part of the serving process.
“It’s super rewarding as a cook to be able to go to the dining room and hear the feedback. I love that part,” says Paleckova.
All of the beef is 100 percent grass fed, and mostly comes from the supplier Colorado Sustainable Farms. For example, the Brinner Egg Burger on Veggie Hash and Smoked Mayo (pictured) tastes rich without the overbearing grease typically found in grain-finished beef.
Understanding where your meal came from makes dinner so much more satisfying, because you know you’re contributing to businesses that consciously care for the environment and animals.
Blooming Beets even has GMO-free, sugar-free, organic bacon. Think Bacon-Wrapped Cashew Butter Stuffed Dates in a dairy-free caramel sauce.
All ingredients are super-fresh and delicious. Here, the cooks cut pea shoots growing on the counter to add garnish and crunch to this chilled citrus beet bisque.
Blooming Beets sources most of their ingredients locally from farmers and food shares, and serve packaged products from local vendors, too, such as Happy Leaf Kombucha, Wild Cider, and Bookcliff wines—all Colorado companies.
The specials are often three course meals that will leave you happy and satisfied. Consider topping a meal off with the sizzling, rich Chocolate Lava Cake with salted caramel ice cream.
Blooming Beets is a leader in completely grain-free, gluten-free eateries. As more food companies become responsive to customer needs and increasingly transparent with sourcing practices, their success will inevitably encourage conventional restaurants to adapt.
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I love that we're finally starting to see more restaurants that are completely gluten/grain free. It makes dining out so much more enjoyable for the celiac population. No worries of cross-contamination, no 'special' orders and no crazy mark-ups for gluten free options. Now I want to go to Boulder and try this place out!
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