Hold the Gluten: Everybody Eats

I’ve been gearing up for next weekend’s Gluten Free Pizza Tour with some educational excursions throughout NYC. A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit a 100% gluten-free bakery right down the street from my apartment in Brooklyn. I spent some quality time with Predro Arroba and Bruce Bassman of Everybody Eats.

The company began about seven years ago when Arroba’s deep desire for bread became too much to ignore. Pedro has Celiac, an autoimmune condition that doesn’t tolerate proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. Quite unfortunate for a bread lover, the lack of these proteins has provided extreme challenges to the fundamentals of bread making. Gluten provides the elastic web responsible for capturing fermentation gases, so gluten-free bakers must find suitable replacements to hold their dough together. Pedro and Bruce seem to have figured it out, because their breads look like the real deal!

Everybody Eats has been making gluten-free pizza since the company launched so I had to stop by for a slice…

I was amazed at their simplistic approach, with minimal low moisture mozzarella and a lightly-seasoned crushed tomato. These guys know when to hold back and I thank them for it! If you’re gluten-free, look for Everybody Eats’ products in your local natural foods store. And if you can’t find it, demand it!

October Specialty Pizza Safaris

In honor of National Pizza Month, I’ll be running some totally insanely amazing specialty bus tours on three Saturdays. Unlike our standard tours, these will concentrate on specific themes within the vast pizza landscape of New York City. All tours will be approximately 4.5 hours long so we can visit 4 different pizzerias via big yellow school bus. Everyone gets a slice at each stop and a Pizza Tour Survival Kit. Tours start and end in Greenwich Village. You can purchase tickets directly through the Scott’s Pizza Tours Internet Ticketing HQ.

Gluten free and vegan pizza from some of our stops.

Here’s the schedule:

October 1 - Learning to Love Your Vegan
This tour will visit four pizzerias that feature vegan options. Every slice has been selected to appeal to both vegans and omnivores alike, so don’t be afraid to bring your non-vegan buddy. Buy Tickets

October 15 - Gluten Free NYC
Anyone with a wheat issue knows that good gluten free pizza is hard to find. This tour will visit four pizzerias with dedicated GF facilities. Buy Tickets
October 29 - Meat Lovers’ Guide to NYC Pizza
Visit four incredible pizzerias that feature unique meat toppings. We’ll try some reliable standards as well as some delicious surprises. Buy Tickets

**In honor of both National Pizza Month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, $1 will be donated to the Karen Mullen Breast Cancer Foundation for every person who takes a pizza tour during the month of October.