April 2011


Bruce Zarlengo (brucezarcsa -at- gmail dot com) writes a great newsletter about Gluten Free dining called “Dining Out Gluten Free with Bruce”. I’ve been pestering him to post his newsletter on a blog so that everyone in the Chicago area or who visits the Chicago area can find great gluten free dining. Unfortunately, my pestering hasn’t paid off … yet.

But, Bruce did graciously allow me to publish his newsletters on this blog until he gets the blogging bug.

This post will be especially long because it contains a summary of newsletters from September 2009 to present. Future posts will be a lot less lengthy, but still packed with useful information.

As the list grows, you can quickly find all the posts by clicking on the category “Gluten Free Dining with Bruce” in the right margin of this blog.

So … click the “more” link below to learn about the many new restaurants offering gluten free cuisine. And thanks to Bruce for his hard work and for allowing us to post his newsletters here until he starts his own blog (hint, hint).

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This is a post from Bill – Dr. Michelle’s husband – about my recent hospitalization at University of Chicago.

After a bad experience during my last hospitalization a couple of years ago, I was prepared to blast the University of Chicago for the lack of gluten free choices on its menu during my most recent hospitalization a couple of weeks ago.

A couple of years ago, we had to send meals back on several occasions because the “gluten free” meals weren’t always “gluten free.” Some meals I was stuck with a boiled piece of chicken and some lettuce. After a couple of days, I just gave up and had Michelle and other family members bring me food to eat.

Fast forward to 2011. Wow.

Make a phone call to the dietary service and now you can pick from a list of dozens of gluten-free meals.

For breakfast, you can have pancakes, waffles, french toast, granola, omelets or many other gluten free entrees.
Lunch and dinner entrees include gluten free mac and cheese, chicken tenders, pizza, deli sandwiches, stir fry, roast pork, and stuffed shells.
There is even gluten free apple cobbler, lemon bars, and chocolate chip cheesecake for dessert.

I was so impressed that I copied one of their menus. It is in .pdf format at this link.

What does the food taste like? I had waffles and an omelet for breakfast the day that I left (before that I was on a liquid diet). You could tell the waffles were from a box, but they were still tasty. The cheese omelet was fluffy and quite good.

Commendations to the University of Chicago for bringing their inpatient gluten-free menu up to the high standards of their celiac disease program.

Now if I could only get them to deliver to our home …