Marché Artisan Foods: Brunch Bouquet

As of March 2012, “Sweet Tea & Wheat-Free” has had nearly 20,000 views. Thank you, Readers, from the bottom of my Gluten-Free heart!

Also, I am over-the-moon to report that this Gluten-Free Gal is getting married! In April 2012, I will start a new life in yet another great Southern town – Nashville, Tennessee.

There, I will continue my Quest for Gluten-Free Food in the South.

My family remains in the Triangle Area, and so I plan to return often and continue reviewing restaurants in this area, too.

Regardless of the restaurant location, it is my sincere hope that posting these GF options will help you feel empowered to seek out healthy GF meals for yourself and your families.

So, next up is a review of a Nashville, TN establishment called Marché Artisan Foods. Enjoy!

Where: Marché Artisan Foods, (located near “Five Points” in Historic East Nashville) 1000 Main Street, Nashville, TN 37206

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Omelette du Jour, Soup du Jour, and Risotto

How to order it: Unless you are ordering at IHOP (where even the omelets are filled with fluffy pancake batter), you can generally feel good about choosing eggs. As always, though, if you are extremely allergic, be sure to ask the server whether the pan or griddle on which the item is cooked has come into contact with any gluten.

When considering a soup or a risotto, always ask the server whether the broths are Gluten-Free. In pre-packaged broths, gluten is sometimes added as a preservative to extend the product’s shelf life.

A note about cheese: I hope I’m not the first person to tell you this. You may already know that blue and gorgonzola cheeses are off-limits to those on a Gluten-Free diet (as their blueness comes from bread mold). But are you aware that some companies use gluten/wheat flour to dust their packaged shredded cheese? Apparently, the gluten helps keep the cheesy shreds from sticking to one another in the bag. So, whether buying cheese to cook with at home, or ordering an item containing shredded cheese at a restaurant, ask your server/chef whether the cheese packaging denotes a risk for those with gluten allergies.

My server checked with the kitchen, and assured me that the broth was made in-house, without gluten, and that the items I ordered were gluten-free.

What it looks like:

Can you see the vapors rising up from this steaming hot, colorful, hearty cup of soup? Cauliflower conversed with green beans, carrots, tomatoes, onions, peppers, and herbs. This soup had texture. The veggies were not soft from over-boiling; they retained their integrity.

I want to take omelet-making lessons from this chef. The form was so light and fluffy, and also cooked to perfection – not runny on the inside, and not burnt on the exterior. It arrived hot-off-the-pan, and each cheesy bite just begged to be combined on the fork with the cool, crispness of the greens, seasoned lightly with a vinaigrette and a sprinkle of sea salt.

Fresh butternut squash, herbs, and parmesan. Sounds simple, right? Due to the expert balance of these ingredients with the risotto, the taste was so rewardingly complex.

Green Note: Marché creates delicious meals using local and seasonal ingredients. Their website contains a page called “Partners & Friends” in which they list their local farm sources for produce, meats, and market goods. You can purchase free-range eggs produced by local hens, artisan chocolates from Nashville’s own Olive & Sinclair, and other culinary delights at Marché.

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Angelina’s Kitchen: Local and Seasonal Delights

Where: Angelina’s Kitchen, 23 Rectory Street on Business 64, Downtown Pittsboro, NC 27312

GF Menu: Yes. Check the dry erase board for GF options and Daily Specials. Angelina’s menu features ingredients that are local and seasonal, so items are updated regularly.

The paper menu includes a key for “GF” and “V”, indicating “Gluten-Free” and “Vegan”. The restaurant also offers Gluten-Free pita bread.

What I ate: Gluten-Free Brown Rice Bowl with Green Chile Beef Stew and Greens Bake + GF Sweet Potato Brownie.

How to order it: Place your order at the counter, confirming with the friendly server that your choice is Gluten-Free.

What it looks like:

A meal I could eat every day…

The Green Chile Beef Stew was made with local green chiles, Cohen Farm local beef, homemade beef broth, with corn, carrots, tomatoes, and black beans.

I especially relished the warm “Green Bake”.  Chef (and Owner) Angelina explained that this menu item is created with fresh local greens (whatever is in season – often collards, swiss chard, kale, arugula, spinach, and always loads of parsley). It is then baked with diced carrots, sauteed onions, and flavorful ricotta, or a special type of Greek gruyere cheese.

Served on a large bed of nutty brown rice, this was exactly what I craved on a chilly day.

This dessert was both GF and Vegan! This unique Sweet Potato brownie came from the brilliant Abilicious Bakery, and was moist, chewy, and lightly spiced.

Green Note: Occasionally, my heart sings when I see a particularly beautiful business model in action. What does this kind of model look like? It looks like Angelina’s Kitchen. It is a model of awareness, in which the business owners’ primary intentions bend purposefully toward community development, public health, and responsible environmental stewardship.

Angelina’s:

1. works with, and promotes (via their website and word of mouth), local farmers.

2. partners with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association

3. uses compostable cutlery within the restaurant

4. offers recycling bins in order to reduce waste

5. features the work of local artists and offers handmade products for sale (see pic below)

and

6. encourages us all to eat healthy, local, and in season.

Handmade herbal soaps from Anole Nook Farms, Abilicious Bakery Gluten-Free products, a calendar of Pollinators from Debbie Roos Photography.

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Panzanella: Local Commitment

Note: This restaurant is no longer open. After many years of great service, Panzanella closed its doors on December 21st, 2013.

Where: Panzanella, part of the Weaver Street Market Cooperative, in Historic Carr Mill Mall, 200 North Greensboro Street Carrboro, NC 27510

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Salmon Caesar Chef Salad from the Brunch Menu

How to order it: As always, let the server know you are dining Gluten-Free.

When ordering a salad, make sure that any croutons or accompanying bread items will be left off, and ask the server to check whether the salad dressing contains any gluten.

With grilled meats, it is a good idea to check whether the item has been marinated or seasoned with a mix containing gluten.

After checking with the kitchen, our server assured us that this dish was Gluten-Free.

What it looks like:

A hot-off-the-grill salmon filet rested on cold, crisp romaine lettuce tossed with fresh caesar dressing. This generous salad was then perfectly topped with assorted julienned primavera vegetables, then lightly sprinkled with bacon and grated parmesan.

Green Note: The About Page on their website states,

At Panzanella, we believe that the farmers are the true heroes of today’s culinary scene, leading the way to better food and a better world. On our menus, you’ll find free-range all-natural poultry and pasture-raised beef and pork. All of our meats are raised without antibiotics or synthetic hormones. All seafood served at Panzanella is sustainably raised or caught.

The restaurant also aims to keep it local. The following is taken from a website page dedicated to explaining their commitment to offering local fare:

Our Local Commitment – At Panzanella, we change our menu with the seasons.  This enables us to take advantage of the many products grown and produced locally.  We are committed to serving only sustainable seafood, and when available, we buy pasture-raised pork and beef from local farms.

In summer, the restaurant features “Farm Dinners”, with vegetables, meats, and cheeses from area farms.

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Simply Crepes: “Mais Oui!”

Crepes originated in northern France and are traditionally made with wheat flour; however, I’m delighted to report that a new restaurant in Raleigh, NC offers buckwheat crepes!

Buckwheat, also called a pseudocereal, is not related to wheat. It is not a grain and does not belong to the grass family, but still produces fruits that can be used to make bread flour.

Where: Simply Crepes, Lafeyette Village, 8470 Honeycutt Rd, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27615

GF Menu: Yes! Their menu states,All entrées and desserts can be made with a Gluten and Lactose Free buckwheat crêpe for [an additional] $1.00.”

What I ate: Turkey and Smoked Gouda Cheese Buckwheat Crepe + Chocolate Peanut Butter Creme Buckwheat Crepe

How to order it: Select a crepe from the menu, which currently features about 16 different entrees. Double-check with your server whether or not the contents of that particular crepe are in fact Gluten-Free. Place your order, stating that you want your dish to be prepared in the GF buckwheat crepe.

When we visited, our server asked us, “Are you ordering Gluten-Free based on a dietary preference, or do you have an allergy?” Surprised at this question, we asked why they needed to know. She informed us that the kitchen requires this information in order to take extra precautions when preparing dishes for those with food allergies.

What it looks like:

A warm and savory mountain of thinly sliced turkey, bacon, smoked Gouda cheese, fresh greens, tomatoes, and maple mustard vinaigrette, swaddled in a fresh-off-the-skillet buckwheat crepe.

Why stop at one crepe when you can have two? The crepes are so light and fluffy, I didn’t feel guilty about ordering dessert. I opted for the Chocolate Peanut Butter Creme Crepe. Fresh peanut butter cream, chocolate fudge, bananas, and vanilla ice cream were gift-wrapped in a delicate buckwheat crepe topped with double chocolate sauce and whipped cream.

Green Note: Buckwheat is healthy for your body and the earth. While researching its properties, I found a page titled “The Basics of Buckwheat”, which explains how buckwheat is also a smart agricultural choice for farmers:

Buckwheat has a variety of healthful properties. It’s an excellent plant source of easily digestive protein and contains all eight essential amino acids, so it’s close to being a “complete” protein. Buckwheat is also high in fiber (a big bonus for celiacs), B vitamins and, according to a USDA study, keeps glucose levels in check better than other carbohydrates — which is good news for celiacs who also have diabetes. It’s also said to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.

Buckwheat is hardy, which makes it resistant to damage and therefore relatively inexpensive and easy to grow. Tom Bilek, a Minnesota buckwheat grower, says “buckwheat will grow on anything.” According to the National Buckwheat Institute, Buckwheat is one of the few commercially grown crops that does not use chemicals.

To the Owners and Staff of Simply Crepes, I’d like to say, “Merci Beaucoup!”

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The Wild Cow: Vegan, Vegetarian, & Gluten-Free

Where: The Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant, 1896 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206

GF Menu: YES! It is now incorporated into their regular menu. Click HERE to view. Here are some important notes from The Wild Cow GF Menu:

  • Items marked “GF” are naturally gluten free and appropriate for those who choose to avoid gluten. However, if you have a gluten allergy, please let us know and we’ll take special precautions to avoid cross-contamination.

What I ate: Green Chili Root Salad, Veggie & Quinoa Bowl, Pinto Bean Nachos, Sweet Potato Tacos, Vegan and GF Local Strawberry Cheesecake

How to order it: The Wild Cow staff advise, “When placing your order, please let us know if you have a gluten allergy.”

What it looks like:

The green chile root salad was a zesty, crunchy treat comprised of leaf lettuce tossed with a house-made green chile Caesar dressing, jicama, beets, & pumpkin seeds.

The Veggie & Quinoa Bowl included grilled vegetables (cabbage, onion, broccoli & carrots) over a bed of organic quinoa, drizzled with green goddess dressing. For a little extra, you can add tofu, tempeh (Wild Cow uses soy tempeh, which is GF, rather than multi-grain), and/or avocado.

The Wild Cow’s nachos were comprised of fresh and seasoned pinto beans, added to organic corn tortilla chips, with brown rice, vegan queso, homemade vegan sour cream, tomato, onions, and homemade salsa.

The Sweet Potato Tacos were a refreshingly novel take on a classic dish. The twist was that their corn tortillas were filled with grilled ginger sweet potatoes, pineapple slaw, and homemade tomatillo salsa, and served with fresh seasoned pinto beans and brown rice. 

I dare you to take a bite of this GF Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake and not sigh. First, because of the overwhelmingly scrumptious taste and texture. Then, because it was both vegan and Gluten-Free. I don’t know how Wild Cow’s pastry chef created this dessert, but it was pure culinary magic.

Also, I’m delighted to report that Wild Cow has begun offering Vegan Gluten-Free treats from Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery for sale in the restaurant and also at the counter. Offerings change daily, but I can personally vouch for the cupcakes, cake, cookies, and brownies – yes, I’ve tried them all, and they are out-of-this-world delicious!

Green Note: The following is taken from The Wild Cow “About” Page:

We opened the Wild Cow to provide delicious, cruelty-free, healthy food to the people of Middle Tennessee…Nearly all of our food is purchased in its whole form, meaning we make almost all of our own sauces, dressings, soup stocks, etc. This means that we can name every ingredient in the food we serve!

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Published in: on October 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm  Comments (3)  

Miel: A Real Honey of a Place

Where: Miel Restaurant, 343 53rd Avenue North, Nashville, TN, 37209, located in the historic Johnson’s Meat Market building in Sylvan Park, Nashville.

GF Menu: No. All meals at Miel are seasonal and made-to-order, so most items can be modified to meet GF needs. Servers will mark “GF” on the ticket so the kitchen staff will know not to plate anything containing gluten.

What I ate: I don’t usually eat this much in one sitting! I have been fortunate enough to dine at Miel twice, so here are descriptions of Miel’s Heirloom Tomato Salad, Diver Scallops, Risotto, PEI Mussels, a Chef’s Choice Veggie Plate, and Chocolates from Around the World.

How to order it: As always, inform the server in advance that you will be dining Gluten-Free. Ask for his/her recommendations from the current season’s menu. Once you have zeroed in on a menu option, your server can double-check with the kitchen to make sure the meal can be prepared Gluten-Free.

When ordering risotto, I asked about the broth in which the rice was prepared. The server assured me the kitchen would use a Gluten-Free vegetable broth.

What it looks like:

This petite potato appetizer was spread with creamy goat cheese, then topped with lightly marinated diced tomatoes and a sprig of parsley.

Gluten-Free sesame rice crackers with a rosemary garnish replaced the usual complimentary bread basket.

The heirloom tomato salad was a colorful Jenga tower, as artistic as it was delicious. Ripe heirloom tomatoes were stacked between house-made fresh mozzarella, basil oil, pinched basil leaves, and balsamic vinegar.

Diver Scallops are hand-picked when they are mature, and are considered a more eco-friendly seafood choice. Because they were never dragged along the ocean bed in a net, they are also less likely to contain sand grit. These plump scallops were pan-seared and served with a scrumptious golden beurre blanc.

In August, Miel’s risotto contained summer squash, zucchini, tomato jam, green beans, confit mushrooms, gruyère and parmesan cheeses, and a basil pistou. By September, in keeping with the changes in harvest, the dish offered roasted butternut squash, spinach, seasonal mushrooms, and white truffle oil.

Prince Edward Island mussels were steamed in a light vermouth broth with whole cloves of roasted garlic, yukon gold potatoes, and chopped tarragon, then topped with a garnish of Thai basil.

A veggie medley of carrots, green beans, onion, cauliflower, eggplant, beans, and potatoes offered fresh farm taste as well as diverse color and textures.

One of the GF dessert options was a selection of five crafted chocolates from around the world. In case you relish cocoa-related details as much as I do, here is the layout (provided on its own printed menu) of this exquisitely pleasurable platter of sweets:

  1. Askinosie White Chocolate Sonoscuso Beans with Trinitario Nibs (34% cocoa butter, Mexico)
  2. El Rey Milk Chocolate, caramel-like, smooth (41%, Venezuela)
  3. Callebaut-Orange Chocolate Ganache
  4. Vintage Plantations, Rainforest Alliance Certified (65%, Ecuador)
  5. Madécasse, dark, strong with mild acidity (75%, Madagascar)

Just when I thought my dining experience couldn’t get any sweeter, the server brought out the final signature touch. Every meal at Miel, ends with a teensie spoonful of local honey!

Green Note: In addition to serving organic, fair-trade, and Rainforest Alliance-certified ingredients, Miel also owns a farm, and reduces the restaurant’s food waste by composting.

The following text is taken from their website:

Miel’s Farm is located steps away from the Cumberland River just 10 minutes from the restaurant in a plot that was used for hog farming decades ago. The rich soil and well-water produce high yields of many heirloom vegetables chosen by Seema [Seema Prasad, Owner of Miel]

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Pueblo Viejo: Grilled Cheese, Mexican-Style

Where: Pueblo Viejo Mexican Family Restaurant, 107 James J. Freeland Memorial Dr., Historic Hillsborough, NC 27278. This restaurant is set in an historic home at The Shops at Daniel Boone, just off Exit 164.

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: Synchronizada (old-fashioned grilled tortilla sandwich)

How to order it: Can you determine whether a tortilla is made from corn? This is not a fail-safe method, but I think this note from Wikipedia’s entry on the two types of Mexican Tortilla (corn versus wheat) is helpful:

The two versions of the Mexican tortilla have different textures owing to the grains from which they originate: the maize version is somewhat thicker and heartier in texture, while the wheat version is less easily broken, due to its elevated gluten content, and therefore often larger in circumference.

Always double-check with your server to make sure your tortilla is made only of corn (and not wheat, or a blend of wheat and corn).

What it looks like:

Warm corn chips and fresh salsa (with chunky tomato, onion, and cilantro) with a side of fresh guacamole.

This may be my new favorite “grilled cheese sandwich”! Built like a quesadilla, the “Synchronizada” was a hot-off-the-skillet corn tortilla sandwich, filled with melted cheese, grilled chicken, fresh avocado slices, tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno peppers.

Green Note: Pueblo Viejo offers an outdoor garden and patio area with a sound stage for local performances and space for dancing under the stars.

Published in: on September 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

California Pizza Kitchen: Nice Day for a White Pizza

December 2013 Update: I walked by a CPK the other day and this sign stopped me in my tracks:

CPKSign

The Gluten-Free pizzas are back! Currently, there are four options. See their online GF menu at http://info.cpk.com/documents/gluten_free_menu.pdf. As their website notes, these pizzas are prepared according to the strict regulations of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). As always, please inform your server of any allergies prior to placing your order.

June 2013 Update: While they still offer a Gluten-Free Menu, California Pizza Kitchen has temporarily pulled the Gluten-Free pizzas from this menu while they review their kitchens and procedures for potential cross-contamination. Still craving a pizza? Try Gluten-Free pies at Lilly’s Pizza, zpizza, or Mellow Mushroom in Raleigh.

California Pizza Kitchen announced the launch of a new Gluten-Free pizza crust in July, offering 29 of their original pizzas available Gluten-Free.

Where: California Pizza Kitchen, 5959 Triangle Town Road, #2121, Raleigh, NC 27616

GF Menu: Yes. At the Triangle Town location, the GF menu is incorporated into the restaurant’s regular menu.

What I ate: Asparagus and Arugula Salad (From the Small Cravings menu) + a White (GF) Pizza

How to order it: Regardless of where you are dining, it is a good idea to inform the server that you (and any other specific party members) will be dining Gluten-Free. This prepares the staff for your questions and hopefully helps ensure your safety throughout the dining experience.

When I mentioned to my server that I would be dining Gluten-Free, he explained that all of the pizzas listed on the menu (with the exception of the Jamaican Jerk Chicken and the Thai Chicken) could be made GF.

When asked how the GF pizza crust is prepared, he responded that it is handled with a designated set of utensils, placed on aluminum foil for baking, and then cut with a designated GF pizza cutter.

Folks who are extremely sensitive to air-borne gluten particles and cross contamination may want to read this discussion, on Triumph Dining’s website, to help guide your dining decision.

Online, the CPK GF Menu bears this disclaimer:

“Gluten-Free” designations are based on information provided by our ingredient suppliers. Warning: Ingredients or production methods used by our suppliers may change, or there may be product differences among regional suppliers. Additionally, normal kitchen operations involve shared cooking and preparation areas, or we may need to substitute ingredients in menu items. We are therefore unable to guarantee that any menu item is free from gluten or any other allergen, and we assume no responsibility for guests with food allergies or sensitivities.”

The Asparagus and Arugula Salad was light and tangy. Fresh arugula, crisp cuts of asparagus, sundried tomatoes, slivered almonds, and shaved Grana Padano Parmesan were topped with a homemade lemon vinaigrette.

The White Pizza arrived on a platter, crispy and golden around the edges, covered with sauteed garlic spinach, mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, parmesan, and pecorino romano.

A closer view displays the more traditionally thin Italian-style (as opposed to the thicker Sicilian style) crust. This crust tasted pleasantly of rice, and reminded me of a flexible version of a saltine cracker, topped with loads of good stuff.

Green Note: CPK also offers a Vegetarian and Vegan Menu. Why go vegetarian, even for a day? The semi-vegetarian global movement called Meatless Mondays, which advocates “cut out meat one day of the week”, offers this as one of several compelling reasons:

REDUCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide . . . far more than transportation. And annual worldwide demand for meat continues to grow. Reining in meat consumption once a week can help slow this trend.

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FiddleCakes: Second Fiddle to None

June 2013 Update: I’m sorry to report that FiddleCakes has closed. I will leave this post active as a thank you note to the owners. They were among the first restauranteurs to offer Gluten-Free menu items in Nashville.

For Gluten-Free baked goods in Nashville, try Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery. Vivi has supplied scrumptious and memorable (my friends still talk about them more than a year later) GF Chocolate Peanut Butter cupcakes for several events I’ve hosted now. I highly recommend her. Her bakery is now 100% Gluten-Free and Vegan. Visit her new website to see the growing list of local restaurants and cafes that offer her out-of-this-world baked goods.

For another accommodating GF-Friendly alternative to FiddleCakes, visit Wild Cow Vegetarian Restaurant in Nashville. (Bonus: They also sell Vegan Vee Gluten-Free Bakery items.)

Thanks so much to Heather Brooke Whaley (now Heather O’Dell), of 52 Weeks of Sweets in Nashville, Tennessee, for recommending FiddleCakes to me. Hearing about a Cafe with Gluten-Free baked goods was music to my ears.

Where: FiddleCakes Bakery, Cafe, and Coffee – 2 Locations: 2206 8th Avenue S. and 300A 10th Ave. S., Nashville, TN

GF Menu: YES! FiddleCakes takes the guesswork out of the menu options for you. They print “gf” next to all safe items.

The in-store menu explains, “All sandwiches, paninis, and salads can be made gluten-free.”

Additionally, they offer fresh GF cupcakes, cookies, scones, muffins, and lemon bars. Loaves of GF bread are available by pre-order.

On the FiddleCakes menu page, Co-owners Tasha Ross and Lindsay Beckner describe their vision:

“From the moment you walk through our doors, your nose will tell you we are no ordinary bakery! We offer an array of baked goods and most of the “ordinary baked items” have a gluten-free or vegan variation! So rest assured that there is something here for everyone. Everything from the cookies and scones to the quiche and sandwiches are made fresh every day and we only use the highest quality ingredients, including local, organic, and all-natural products. We also offer a full catering menu, boxed lunches, custom ordering, and will try to accommodate any allergy friendly or special request that you may have.”

What I ate: GF “You Soy Crazy” Sandwich and a GF “Little Italy” Panini

How to order it: Check the menu for items marked with a “gf”. As additional insurance, be sure to tell your server that you would like the GF variation of your order.

What it looks like:

The “You Soy Crazy” sandwich featured a savory vegan patty, served with vegan cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sprouts, avocado, and veganaise, and topped with fresh-baked GF bread. I also ordered a side serving of their daily special quinoa salad.

The “Little Italy” panini offered the classic combination of mozzarella, tomato, basil, and pesto on lightly-grilled GF bread. 

Rumor has it that FiddleCakes carries a GF Tiramisu. Oh, yes, I’ll be back for dessert!

Green Note: FiddleCakes offers gift items made by local artists. Their FAQ Page explains,

“[W]e support local artists by showcasing their creations – photography and jewelry made by the talented Shelbi Lavender and fantastically unique pottery sculpted by Audry Deal-McEver. Everything they create is made with love and attention to detail! At our 10th Avenue location, we carry Shelbi Lavender’s jewelry and we host amazing art work from some of our employees – Sarah Parsons and Casey Pierce. We love to support our Fiddle family! So, make sure to take some time to peruse our gift selections for something extra special.”

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Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 1:34 am  Comments (4)  

The Ice Cream Cottage Cafe: Maple View Comes to Wake Forest!

June 2013 Update: Since the time of this posting, the Ice Cream Cottage Cafe moved from 401 Wait Avenue to a larger and more centrally-located site on 105 S. White Street in downtown Wake Forest. Visit their website or their Facebook page for the scoop.

Maple View, the 2011 Winner of the Rose and Indy Awards for “Best Ice Cream”, is now available in the town of Wake Forest!

Where: The Ice Cream Cottage Cafe, 105 South White Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587

GF Menu: No.

What I ate: A Medium Cup (2 Scoops!) of Double Chocolate and Orange Cream hormone and antibiotic-free local ice cream from Maple View Farm in Orange County, NC.

How to order it: Despite my numerous attempts asking about gluten in their ingredients, Maple View Dairy did not respond; therefore, I am unable to provide specific information from the source. However, At FRESH in Raleigh, I was informed that many of the ice cream flavors from Maple View Farms are naturally Gluten-Free.

To be safe, always ask the server about ingredients when placing your order. Use your best judgment, avoiding flavors like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and Cookies & Cream.

What it looks like:

Dreamy, creamy euphoria served with a spoon. The Double Chocolate flavor is dark and rich, with terrific mouth-feel. The Orange Dream is my new favorite, airy and delicately citrusy. Combining these flavors, I imagine a frozen version of Terry’s Chocolate Oranges from the UK.

Green Note: The Ice Cream Cottage Cafe is local and independently-owned. The cottage features ample indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a variety of plants and herbs for sale. In addition to homemade baked goods, the owner’s wife sells her organic herbal handmade soaps, shampoos, lotions, and candles in the cafe shop.

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