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Costa Vida Rolls Out New Gluten-Free Menu

May 22, 2011 by  
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NewsWire: Costa Vida Restaurants, one of the nation’s fastest growing fast casual dining concepts, announced the addition of all new gluten-free menu options.  Glutens have been removed from all sauces, dressings, meats and selected deserts.

“We are listening to our guests and are responding to their needs when it comes to freshness, quality and dietary requirements,” said Sean Collins, Costa Vida chairman and partner.  ”That’s why we’ve added the new gluten-free menu offerings.”

“Our food and recipes are among the cleanest and most natural, and we will continue to strive to eliminate preservatives and allergen causing ingredients wherever possible,” said Costa Vida executive chef, Dave Prows.

“This announcement is very exciting for anyone who suffers from Celiac Disease or gluten intolerance,” said Roxanne Weir, mentor from the Utah County Gluten Intolerant Group UC GIG.  ”This move helps to raise the bar for all restaurants chains nationwide.” May is Celiac Awareness Month throughout the country.

Costa Vida uses only the freshest, all-natural ingredients, and prides itself on its intensely flavored, unique recipes that leave guests energized, inspired and satisfied. “We believe that eating healthier starts with the freshest ingredients, such as our juicy tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, garlic, red chilies, cilantro and tangy mangoes,” said Chef Prows.

The complete list of new menu items available May 18 nation-wide includes: sauces, dressings, meats and desert.

From their website: “We have worked diligently to remove wheat gluten from all our sauces, dressings, sauces and proteins. Natural glutens remain only in our flour and wheat tortillas and in two desserts–tres leches and key lime pie. This means that we offer “oceans of gluten-free choices” in our menu. All of these items are gluten-free: all enchiladas, all tacos, all salads (without the flour or wheat tortilla), all nachos, and our chicken tortilla soup…which uses corn strips. And, we can easily make all burritos with corn tortillas, enchilada-style. Just ask!”

The Costa Vida Chef Dave writes in his blog, “I am amped about the new Gluten free options at Costa Vida. We have worked hard to create a thickener that will enhance our flavors and at the same time make our menu offering gluten free. Everything on the menu except the flour and whole wheat tortillas and the tres leches and key lime pie is now gluten free. I am stoked to be able to help those who suffer from CD and continue to enhance and improve the clean fresh flavor of Costa food.”

Costa Vida has locations in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, California, Idaho, New Mexico & Utah.
Click here to find one near you.

See their allergen information here.

To learn more about Costa Vida visit www.costavida.net. To become a true “Costa Vidan,” visit the Costa Vida Facebook page and receive special discounts and offers.

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