Written by Vilma Sceusa Saturday, 07 September 2013 00:00
Taking gluten-free dining to the next level, Jonathan’s Restaurant of Garden City Park has just launched an extensive gluten-free menu for those suffering from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The restaurant has rolled out two options: gluten-free friendly and medical necessity menus.
Chef Alain Ribiere had taken notice over the years that diners were making more and more special dietary requests. This trend is indicative of the rise in allergies in the U.S where researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies including one in every 13 children under 18 years of age.
Ribiere knew there was a need to better serve the gluten-free community, but he wanted to ensure it was done safely. Established in 1992, Jonathan’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant featuring a menu that combines American and Mediterranean style cuisines.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder whereby the body attacks the villi in the small intestines when gluten is consumed causing malabsorption of vital nutrients. Given the rising incidence of celiac and gluten sensitivities, the restaurant industry has clamored to serve this community.
“Everyone has jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon,” said Ribiere. “I wanted to serve the gluten-free community, but I wanted to ensure safety for both the food and preparation. We’ve worked hard for our following, we’re known for our quality and service so this new menu had to meet our standards.”