After hearing about the unsafe gluten-free pizzas at Domino's, it was a breath of fresh air to hear that Chuck E. Cheese's is test marketing gluten-free pizza and cupcakes at select Minnesota locations under the guidance of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG).
Both of their gluten-free options will arrive in pre-sealed, single-serve packaging and they will remain that way through preparation to be opened and served at the table by the adult in charge. This means both the pizza and the cupcake will arrive at the table free from cross contamination and ready to be enjoyed by the birthday child!
How can they do this with a pizza you ask? The cheese pizza is made by Conte's Pasta in a USDA/FDA-approved, gluten-free facility. It will arrive at Chuck E. Cheese's kitchens frozen and in a sealed bag. The pizza is designed to be cooked in the sealed bag, so it goes from freezer to oven and to table all while remaining sealed. The pizza is then delivered to the table with a disposable pizza cutter, which says gluten free, ready to be cut and served.
Under the same procedure, gluten-free, chocolate fudge cupcakes naturally sweetened with fruits, vegetables and grains from Fabe’s All Natural Bakery will remain in pre-sealed, single-serve packaging through preparation and until opened and served at the table.
Although these menu options are not available at every Chuck E. Cheese’s location at this time, the restaurant is evaluating the possibility of introducing gluten-free birthday parties and other special dietary products nationwide if test markets perform well.
Bravo to Chuck E. Cheese's for working with GIG to devise a handling plan that will deliver safe gluten-free options to those following the gluten-free diet. Hopefully the gluten-free items will go over well at the Minnesota store locations, so they will be rolled out nationwide.
Have you tried the gluten-free pizza and cupcakes at Chuck E. Cheese's? What did you think?
Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com Atlanta Gluten-Free Examiner Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA