At a recent DC Celiacs support group meeting, I had the opportunity to meet Maureen Burke, a lovely lady who has devoted her culinary talents to serving the gluten-free (and also casein-free and soy-free) communities.
Maureen owns a specialty food company called One Dish Cuisine, which provides lunch and dinner menus for gluten-free and gluten-free/casein free guests at The Irish Channel Restaurant in Crofton, Maryland. Her mission is to "welcome these underserved populations back to the table by bringing great-tasting food, at reasonable prices, into the mainstream." You can also purchase One Dish Cuisine's "ready to cook" meals at the Healing and Wellness Center's Farmer's Market on Kent Island on Tuesdays from 5-7 pm and at the University of Maryland Farmer's Market on Tuesdays from 10:30-2:00. They will also be making their delicious meals available at My Butcher and More in Annapolis soon....
I had a chance to try many of One Dish Cuisine's specialties, which they were sampling for us at the DC Celiacs meeting. DIagnosed over 20 years ago with Celiac Disease, Maureen has adapted just about every one of her recipes to fit a gluten-free lifestyle, but her specialties available through One Dish Cuisine are meals and menu items that can be served in the same dish in which they're prepared, to avoid the risk of cross-contamination. After her young nephew was diagnosed with Autism a couple years ago, Maureen took her gluten-free recipe adaptations a step further to now offer gluten-free/casein-free -- and even gluten-free/casein-free/soy-free menu items.
In response to "overwhelming need for great-tasting gluten-free (GF) and gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) food," Maureen has developed wonderful crab dips, which she recommends serving with her GFCF mini bread loaves. Other specialties include lasagna, crab cakes, shepherd's pie, chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese, meatloaf, and burgers with GFCF buns, all served on the menu at the Irish Channel Restaurant. Side dishes include fries fried in a dedicated fryer, mashed potatoes, and butternut squash.
Tenzo Bakery supplies the gluten-free (and some casein-free) desserts for The Irish Channel Restaurant. Tenzo Bakery is located in Frederick, Maryland, and their products are available at a couple local markets and farmer's markets, including the same University of Maryland Farmer's Market where you can find One Dish Cuisine every Tuesday. I personally sampled Tenzo's black-bottom cupcakes, which I brought home to share with my family, and we promptly devoured them with abandon! WOW...so moist and delicious...I was really amazed they were gluten-free!
If you live in the DC metro area, I encourage you to seek out The Irish Channel Restaurant or one of the Farmer's Markets where both One Dish Cuisine's and Tenzo Bakery's items are sold.