Thursday, March 19, 2020

Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants in DC to Support During the Covid19 Crisis

Like all of you, it's been really disconcerting to have the daily fabric of my life ripped apart by the coronavirus epidemic. Gone are the simple pleasures of workplace banter and high fives and my favorite things about Washington DC, which are the vibrant arts scene and delicious restaurants. 

It's clear this is a crisis unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it's going to have ramifications for the foreseeable future. In cities like mine, businesses large and small are reeling and seeking any kind of stable footing they can get. 

I've always been impressed by the solidarity of the DMV area and generosity of the gluten-free community, which is why I wanted to put together a post with a round up of local businesses in the area you can support to not only ensure local businesses can weather the storm, but that your pantries and freezers can be stocked with safe gluten-free food. If ordering out at this time is something you are not comfortable with, you can also order gift cards to lend your support now, and enjoy the benefits later once we are through the worst of this (with every hope that time comes sooner rather than later).

As with so much of this pandemic, things are changing on a day-by-day basis per the CDC guidelines and municipal restrictions. Please check with the vendors directly, especially to confirm their hours of operation, and what, if any, modifications they've implemented to keep everyone safe. 

100% Gluten-Free Companies

Restaurants know more about cleanliness than most anyone, and no part of the hospitality industry focuses more on safety than restaurants. Effective immediately, Chaia is offering only pick-up and delivery until further notice. To minimize the concerns by our employees and to follow suggested social distancing requirements, starting today, we will be open from 11AM - 2PM with a minimal menu. We hope that you will support us during this trying time by ordering good, healthy food to eat at home. We are taking this measure in accordance with local and federal health recommendations. It is in the best interest and wellbeing of our teams, our community, and the world at large. Chaia is built on bringing people together over delicious, healthy food - grown and produced locally. We are determined to get back to doing what we love as soon as it is safe to do so. Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns. The Chaia Team
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Dear Red Bandana community, Over the past weeks we've been making day-by-day adjustments to keep customers and staff safe and healthy; at this point we have been state-mandated to terminate dine-in service. Starting today, we will be offering food by delivery and curbside pickup only.  To better serve you during these unusual circumstances, our hours will be 10am-7pm daily. Our full menus – both our breakfast and lunch foods as well as our pastries, breads and cakes are available for pickup—check out the menus on our website and order through the form on our homepage, or by calling/texting(tel:240-284-6523)/emailing <> us.  Ordering ahead can help us reduce your time in public and minimize contact. For those who would like to stay in the comfort and safety of their homes, we are also offering delivery.  We will personally provide free delivery to Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville and Potomac this week—you can order this in the same manner as the pick-ups.  And as always, our menus are available through the delivery apps Grubhub, Postmates, DoorDash, UberEats, and BiteSquad. Lastly, we do sell e-gift cards <>, which can be sent to loved ones or used at a later date, for everything from lattes to birthday cakes to summer camp. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and support during this challenging time (and always). We love taking care of you and miss you all dearly—let us know what else we can do to work together while apart! Sincerely, Jaimie & The Red Ban-babies
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The Corn Factory (below) is a 100% gluten-free food truck that serves up tacos, arepas, and empanadas. They post daily wherever they're going to set up shop! 

Not 100% Gluten-Free Companies (That Have Earned My Trust)

In response to the guidance of the District of Columbia’s Emergency Rulemaking released today to take safety precautions and to best continue serve our community as a place for food distribution, we are continuing to provide grocery while shifting prepared food to pick-up, take-out and delivery ONLY through April 1. Check with individual businesses for specific take-out menus, delivery and online shopping options. All take-out orders must be placed online, via delivery app or phone. As long as operations can be conducted in a safe and responsible manner with guidance from government officials, we will continue to do our best to serve our community. See our COVID-19 community safety actions for the well-being of our guests. Please go to Community Resources and for additional helpful information. We’re in this together and appreciate your ongoing support as we all navigate this rapidly evolving situation. #unionmarketdc
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