A while back I received an email from an employee at NAIT with an internal email that went out to students and staff about a new gluten free initiative. This is not about their culinary school, but actually their food services department that prepares all the food for students, faculty, staff and visitors. I contacted their food services to learn more. Leslie Howe was excited to provide a blog post about their gluten free initiative and what NAIT is now offering at their Edmonton campus.
This school year, NAIT Food Services is proud to introduce a new initiative to provide a variety of delicious gluten-free options to those dining on campus who have celiac disease!
NAIT Food Services is committed to providing a variety of delicious and healthy gluten free options this school year. Food Services staff have been trained in gluten free preparation procedures, and use a thorough approach to avoid cross-contamination with possible gluten sources, including using separate deep friers, cooktops, grills and cutting boards, using separate and clearly labelled storage, and having all gluten-free advertised products prepared first thing in the morning after all areas have been properly cleaned and sanitized.
There are a number of new gluten free grab and go salads: the South Western salad (with chicken, black bean, corn, tomatoes and cilantro), the Quinoa Salad with a nutty lime dressing, the Chef’s Salad, and two varieties of hummus with fresh veggies! Many other healthy gluten-free options are also available at most food services outlets year round, including fresh fruit, milk, yogurt, and cheese. Additionally, NAIT Catering is happy to accommodate gluten free meal salads and entrees on request. Lastly, The Blue Plate in the Common Market will be hosting Gluten Free Burger & Fries day on the last Friday of each month, starting September 30th! Food Services will be adding gluten free meal selections over the next few months, watch for advertisements.
This post was submitted by:
Team Lead - Food Services
Department of Corporate Services