ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The first completely gluten-free restaurant has opened its doors in Albuquerque.
Gluten Free Gourmet Foods is located on Carlisle Boulevard SE near Gibson Boulevard and offers everything from sandwiches and pizza to breads and baked goods.
The restaurant is the creation of Evangeline Alderete-Padilla, a woman who knows something about gluten intolerance. She was diagnosed in 2010 with celiac disease, a severe form of gluten intolerance.
Alderete-Padilla says she can't eat, touch, even breath gluten or she has a severe reaction, so she created a place where wheat never enters the building.
"Here you are normal." says Alderete-Padilla.
Gluten Free Gourmet also accommodates customers with other food allergies such as egg, soy and dairy.
"It creates such anxiety to just go out and eat," Alderete-Padilla continued. "People who don't live it or know someone with a food allergy just don't get it."
She added says is hoping to change lives with her restaurant, and she already has.
The restaurant has seen customers who haven't had a tortilla in decades, or kids who have never been able to taste a donut.
Gluten Free Gourmet has teamed up with Rebel Donuts to get their product to other locations. Chefs at Gluten Free Gourmet are now making gluten-free donuts and delivering them to Rebel locations so they can be decorated.
Alderete-Padilla says her goal is to not only provide a safe place for those dealing with gluten intolerance but to-educate the public about how big the problem is.
Additional information is available on the Gluten Free Gourmet website.
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