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Gluten-free station comes to The Fresh Food Company
 
UH Dining Services strives to make every student feel at home in the dining locations, whether residential or retail. One way of doing that is through great customer service and a comfortable atmosphere, but another is by ensuring that students with special dietary needs are able to eat with their friends in the same locations.

Over the past few months, more and more students have been expressing concern over gluten intolerances, so UH Dining Services opened a gluten-free station in The Fresh Food Company on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The station is located between the vegetarian station and the brick oven, and has its own dedicated cookware and storage to help avoid cross-contamination.

“While we can’t 100 percent guarantee the prevention of cross-contamination at the station, we are taking a number of steps to ensure that our food is as safe as possible,” said UH Dining Services Dietitian Caroline Sullivan.

One of those steps is having two dedicated employees who are thoroughly trained and will be the cooks over that station every day. Another is offering a selection of gluten-free breads that comes pre-sealed in plastic wrappers and will remain sealed until opened by the customer.

The gluten-free station is available for lunch Monday through Friday, and for dinner Sunday through Thursday.

Additional options will be available at all times, including gluten-free breads and cereal (upon request), eggs, breakfast meats, cottage cheese, fruit, yogurt, milk and hash browns for breakfast, and whole cuts of meat, rice and potatoes, veggies, deli meats and cheeses and fruit for lunch or dinner.

Gluten-free options are also available in the retail dining locations, including Bare Bowls Kitchen food truck and Tandoori Nite in the UC Satellite, which have menus that include gluten-free entrees. The Cougar Xpress Markets also carry a variety of gluten-free items including Kind granola bars, Thai Kitchen meals, trail mix, fresh fruit, salads, milk, eggs and cheese. Einstein Bros. Bagels will also soon offer a gluten-free bagel.

For more information on gluten-free dining in the residential dining halls or retail dining locations, contact Caroline Sullivan at sullivan-caroline@aramark.com.