On Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending Dough Pizza Kitchen’s first gluten free tasting evening. The night was designed for us coeliacs, as well as those who support us, the chance to mingle together in a fun and supportive environment whilst tasting their new gluten free pizza recipes.
I took along my friend Amy, who also suffered from coeliac disease and like myself, it obsessed with Dough Pizza Kitchen. Amy had discovered the delights of Dough one evening after being told by a nearby bar/restaurant “we’re sorry, but we don’t cater for people like yourself”. In other words, as Amy put it, “Dough literally came to my rescue that night”.
As I mentioned previously, Dough is my ‘go to’ place where I want to have fun and feel included whilst dining out with friends. With Dough I don’t have to worry beforehand about whether they’ll cater for me or if they’ll be anything I like on the menu because with Dough, you have a choice of starters, mains, pizzas, pastas salads and desserts that can be made gluten free. Even though they serve the gluten alternatives for those who don’t want to have gluten free food, Amy did tell me that her boyfriend Matt much prefers the gluten free dough sticks to the original!
The tasting session was held underneaths Dough’s ‘sister’ bar, Apotheca, which gave it that fun, friendly yet sophisticated atmosphere to the night. We were introduced to the friendly David and Alyson, who made me and Amy feel so welcome. It was nice to see such a large mix of people, from young to old, male to female as well as different races, but that’s the good thing about Dough, they literally cater and suit anyone!
Alyson explained how in 2008, they’d decided to ‘dip their toes’ in the world of gluten free food, in order to provide those with dietary needs the chance to have a fun night out without having to worry about what’s on the menu. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that Dough made the right decision here because not only do me and my friends enjoy it, but the company has gone from strength to strength. With more gluten free food being introduced on the menu as well as some customers travelling from the most southern parts of England to try their pizzas – and that’s saying something!
We didn’t have to wait long till the chefs came in with the trays of gluten free pizza for us to try, we had a choice of Balsamic Onion and Cheshire Cheese, Garlic Pizza Mozerella, Spicy Chicken, Tricoloure, Duck and Brie, Butternut Squash [my favourite!] and Vegetable Delux [some of these can be found on their menu]. We were quite literally, spoilt for choice! It was nice to taste different kinds of pizza that I wouldn’t usually go for and I was surprised how healthy most of these pizzas were, especially for those coeliacs who are also health conscious. Amy’s eye lit up when she spotted the garlic pizza! Through a mouthful of the garlic pizza she explained this was the first time in years she’d tasted it but was gutted she’d forget to pack her chewing gum! However, when the second batch of pizzas came in, everyone jumped up to grab their slice, knowing how nice these gluten free pizzas were. I wish I was quick, as I had eyed the Garlic and Tomato Pizza but sadly, they’d gone when I got to the table.
However, I wasn’t disheartened, I knew the ‘crème de la crème’ was due soon, so while we waited Amy tried Estrella Damm Daura gluten free beer. I’m not a beer drinker unfortunately, but Amy felt the beer was refreshing and light, and would definitely order it on a night out! But before we knew it, the empty pizza trays were whisked away and replaced with the most gorgeous looking gluten free desserts I’d ever laid my eyes on! Me and Amy had learnt our lesson from the pizzas, and we were up quickly before the queue started. We had a choice of New York Cheesecake and Flourless Chocolate Torte [that are already on the menu], Cappuccino Cheesecake [my favourite!] Lemon and Lime Meringue and Chocolate Meringue Roll with Whisky Cream. These were provided by The Cocoa Emporium‘ which is based in Afflecks Palace, in the Northern Quarter which I am yet to visit, but after tasting these desserts I shall be taking a visit very soon!
All in all, it was a fantastic evening and would like to thank Dough for allowing me and Amy the chance to taste their new gluten free pizzas. If you require any more information just post me a little comment below or visit the Doughs website.