So you have decided to commit to being a gluten free restaurant or cafe, but don’t know where to start with online shopping supplies. Let me give you a hand. Here is your guide to some online gluten free restaurant and cafe supplies that you might find handy in your desire to offer gluten free menu items.
WHY OFFER GLUTEN FREE MENU ITEMS?
Being the owner-chef of a cafe or restaurant is already challenging. Staff worries, difficult customers, workplace health and safety and more. Today, customers are more knowledgeable and expectations have increased. What we eat is changing too. It’s not just vegan now. It’s gluten free, and not just for coeliacs either. People eating low carb, keto and paleo also want to be able to choose gluten free items from your menu. An increased awareness of the links between health and diet has led most cafes and restaurants to pursue a different kind of menu, one that includes gluten free options. So now you want gluten free items on your menu, and you want to order online from trusted gluten free suppliers.
GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANT SUPPLIES – ONLINE OPTIONS
It is now expected that we will cater for numerous dietary choices. Along with assurances around products being gluten free suppliers also should acknowledge food allergies and other constraints like vegan or religious beliefs. So there is a need for a new kind of supplier to the restaurant and cafe trade.
Here is a guide to gluten free suppliers. Think of this as a resource directory for your gluten free restaurant or cafe items. Let’s focus on baking shall we, after all that’s where most of the gluten currently lives on a menu.
FLOURS AND PASTRY
25kg or 3kg Gluten Free Self Raising Flour Blend by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
When you want to make your own products from scratch it makes sense to start with a quality flour. Melinda’s Gluten Free Self Raising Flour is a unique blend of the finest ingredients. This versatile gluten free self raising flour can be used in all your favourite recipes and will give you creamy soups, smooth gravies and sauces, a fine texture in biscuits, cakes, muffins and slices, and offers a superior dough texture.It’s what Melinda uses herself in all her made for you products, more on them soon.
Big thumbs up as this product is also dairy free, egg free, vegan, FODMAP friendly, Kosher and Halal suitable.
Blanched almond meal is a gluten free staple. This almond meal is made from milled blanched premium Australian almonds. It is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, iron, calcium, protein and fibre, and ideal for people on vegetarian and low carb diets as well as gluten free diets. Blanched almond meal is perfect for friands, Italian cookies, moist breads, pancakes and as a replacement for breadcrumbs.
12kg McKenzie Baking Powder by Gluten Free Wholesalers Australia
When using almond meal you will want to add baking powder, but not just any baking powder. The MacKenzie Baking Powder is a combination blend of bicarbonate soda, cream of tartar and a moisture absorbing starch. This gluten free baking powder includes rice starch. It acts as a leavening agent.Also aluminium free, this blend is by the trusted name McKenzie Australia. It is perfect for baking applications requiring a raising agent.
Puff Pastry by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
A stable in any kitchen, French or otherwise is puff pasty. This easy to handle flakey puff pastry is pre made for you in a sheet format. This versatile pastry is suitable for both savoury and sweet dishes, for not only gluten free baking but also suitable for multiple allergies and vegan customers. Comes in 30×40 cm sheets and will save you hours of prep time.
SWEET BAKING MIXES
3kg Gluten Free Choc Fudge Brownie Mix by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
Who doesn’t love a Choc Fudge Brownie. Nobody, that’s who. When you want a shortcut to making your own in house, then this heavenly mix of the finest ingredients, including fair trade cocoa and 36% Australian-made dark chocolate is the go to product. This brownie mix is one of the very few on the market containing real chocolate pieces within the blend. This gives you an end product that is fudgey and has a home-made texture and taste. Quick and easy to prepare, a one bowl wonder. Makes 100 x 50g gluten free brownies ready for your morning rush and 3pm pick me ups.
4.5g Gluten Free Vegan Biscuit Crumbs (Coconut or Chocolate) by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
Golden coloured, finely ground, coconut sweet biscuit crumbs. Or chocolatey brown crumbs if you prefer. Perfect for you to create gluten free, allergy friendly desserts, slices, cheesecakes and goodie balls. Just add melted butter, or a dairy free substitute like coconut oil, to create your bases.
MADE FOR YOU SWEET BAKED GOODS AND PASTRIES
Sometimes you just need a ready supply of baked with care gluten free items. Either to supplement your in house range, or for a once-off volume catering job. These items can be used as is, or embellished and transformed into something altogether special.
Ginger Cookies by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies 60 x 60g biscuits per carton
Delicious Ginger Cookies delivered frozen to your door. Simply defrost and serve. Use for set menus, functions or add-ins for an eton mess or ice cream stack. Try as sponge alternative for a ginger flavoured trifle or tiramisu. Delightful and different.
Slab Cake by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
As a great alternative to the common carrot cake there is the Apple and Rhubarb Slab Cake. This is a large 70 x 40cm cooked then frozen slab cake. A spongy butter cake base with generous apple and rhubarb fruit swirls. Ready to portion and serve. Perfect for morning and afternoon tea or served warm as a crowd pleasing dessert with ice cream and cream.
Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies also produces the following super convenient gluten free slab cakes:
- White Choc Raspberry
- Sticky Date
- Sultana Blondie
- Passionfruit Swirl
- Choc Fudge Brownie
Plus there is a range of mini loaf individual serve cakes that are super cute and ready for dressing up. Varieties include:
- Ginger and Pear
- White Choc Raspberry
- Sultana Blondie
- Sticky Date
- Choc Fudge Brownie
Butter Croissants and Muffins by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
Baked buttery gluten free croissants and a range of large and mini muffins are also available. The croissants are flaky and crisp. Perfect for a savoury or sweet options. The muffins come in two sizes and a range of flavours, both sweet and savoury. There is even a super cute mini red velvet muffin. These muffins are a convenient add in to a display cabinet and create an almost endless combination of the popular and cost effective muffin and coffee deal with no drama at your end.
MADE FOR YOU SAVOURY BAKED GOODS
Super convenient, ready to go and guaranteed to be gluten free, that is what you look for in ready made savoury. Here products that offer you just that and will meet the needs of your gluten free lunch costumes with ease and convenience thrown in.
Mini Quiches by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
Delicious flaky gluten free pastry encasing a traditional quiche Lorraine mixture or a spinach and feta mix. Perfect for catering for your gluten free light lunch crowd.
Beef Sausage Rolls by Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies
These wonderful sausage rolls are a great savoury cabinet filler for any cafe. Not just gluten free, but also free from dairy, soy, corn, eggs and nuts. A tasty treat for all ages.
NOT SO HARD, RIGHT
So there you have it. Gluten free kitchen basics, right through to made for you items ready to plate and sell. This is just a small guide of what’s out there now. So step forward, take up the gluten free challenge today. Expanding your menu to cater for customers eating gluten free has never been easier. Check out this post on running a gluten free kitchen and how to avoid cross contamination and keep things gluten free.
WANT MORE HELP MOVING TO GLUTEN FREE
Further enquiries can be made to Melinda’s Gluten Free Goodies via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07 3277 9347. Our knowledgeable team is only too happy to share their decades of gluten free experience with you.