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Friday, April 20, 2007

The Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP)

Oh, wait, I didn't want to give you the impression that Big Momma's Boy in the last post was unique. It just popped up at the right time.

The Gluten Intolerance group has a whole website devoted to its Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP). They have 893 restaurants listed. You can do a search by location, restaurant name or cuisine at their search page.

Typing Rochester, NY into search brought back ... The Outback Steak House.

Yes, I'm confused too. But GFRAP is a program that works with restaurants according to the following standards:

Levels of Participation chosen by GFRAP Restaurants:

The basic program level includes a complete packet of education and training materials, a review of the restaurant’s GF menus, and the assistance of a Resource Person to answer questions.

The advanced level includes 1-star level materials as well as intensive assistance in menu review by qualified nutrition experts.

The specialized level includes 1-star level materials, intensive assistance in menu review by qualified nutrition experts, and a comprehensive restaurant training program approved by GFRAP.

Outback is a two-star program participant, apparently for the whole chain, given how many hits appear when I search on Outback Steak House.

Despite a Country box, search is limited to the United States.

I've listed other gluten-free restaurants when they pop up in newspaper searches, and you can of course find many by using Google or another search engine to narrow your focus.

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