For those of you who are gluten sensitive or have been diagnosed with celiac disease, you will certainly appreciate all the time, ingredients and various gluten free flours that have been measured to make the perfect recipe. Before the gluten free phenomenon came about in the last ten years, there really were no SNL skits, articles or very few doctors talking about gluten free foods, let alone understanding what gluten free really meant. There also were no hashtags, movies or quips about being gluten free, let alone menus consisting of anything gluten free on them.
This has all changed in the last five to ten years and California Pizza Kitchen Restaurants (also known as CPK) has taken notice and done something about it. Their first try at creating a gluten free pizza was not as serious as this time around.
This gluten free gal had the chance to be part of the CPK gluten free launch and take a behind the scenes tour of the CPK test kitchen here in Los Angeles, California. Not only have they created gluten free pizzas, but they have made sure their chefs, staff and management understand what gluten free means as well as how to avoid cross contamination as much as humanly possible. Blue gloves, separate work spaces and separate storage containers all have contributed to the success of making the CPK gluten free pizza recipe happen, as well as the CPK chefs understanding what it means to be gluten free.
The nationwide Restaurant chain has taken nearly two years to to perfect the perfect pizza and recipe. Many people say there is no such thing as perfection, but this gluten free gal surely knows, that when it comes to gluten free, perfection is at the hands of the gluten free consumer.
As a gluten free consumer and having a sensitivity to gluten this gluten free gal has surely tried her fair share of gluten free pizzas. As you can relate, some pizzas can taste like cardboard, others are grainy and corny, for lack of a better term. This gluten free crust does not contain any eggs, dairy or corn products.
With much precision CPK's passionate chefs, Chef Brian and Chef Paul and their wonderful team (along with others that were not at the launch), have dedicated long hours to throw the dough up to figure out which pizza dough would stick the best.
The end result is a pizza dough that consists of: rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, olive oil, water and a few other minor ingredients to mold a nice tasting pizza dough. As a person who cannot tolerate dairy, it was refreshing to know that there were no dairy ingredients added to the dough blend, so if you are in this gluten free gal's shoes, you won't have to worry, no cows were harmed in the making of the dough.
However, should you need choose your ingredients the next time you visit CPK Restaurants, be sure to tell your server of any other allergens, so they are aware. Not only did they make a bunch of pizzas for the lucky writers to try, but nothing like making a gal feel extra special; as a BBQ chicken pizza was specially made with some extra sauce and hold the cheese.
If you want to feel special too and try a great tasting pizza, then you better put the computer down and get on over to the nearest California Pizza Kitchen to see what the hype is all about. California Pizza Kitchen was kind enough to invite this gluten free gal into a behind the scenes look and this gluten free gal will be forever grateful.
So, before the holidays come around and you are ready to give your thanks at the dinner table during Thanksgiving, get on over to a CPK establishment and taste the dough that went into making the improved gluten free pizza dough.