May is an important month for our family. We chose to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month each May. Why? Because it’s important for our family to get the word out about our disease, how it affects us and how you can help! This month I’ll be trying to feature more Gluten Free/Celiac Friendly restaurants and products.
You can start to Celebrate Celiac Awareness Month at Just Be Kitchen if you happen to be in the Denver area.
Chef Carrie Baird (Brazen, Euclid Hall, Rioja) has taken great care to create a Paleo and Gluten-Free menu that satisfies all—from diners who exclusively eat from a Paleo and Gluten-Free diet by choice, to those suffering from various food allergies or intolerances, to those who simply would like to eat more mindfully once in a while.
Baird has also taken care to source locally and responsibly for her menu, which features items from purveyors like Neiman Ranch, Rocky Mountain Eggs, Frontier Natural and Red Bird Chicken.
Some of the items Baird is most excited to share with Denver include the Meatzza, a Paleo and Gluten/Grain-Free take on a classic pizza, featuring a sausage base rather than dough; and the JBK Bone Broth, made from grass fed and pasture raised bones with the option to add garlic, ginger, parsley, turmeric, sea salt, or scallions.
The menu features breakfast served all day and savory and satisfying lunch choices. All grain-free breads, cookies and pastries are made in house, as is practically everything else on the menu.
The “Grab and Go” menu items include rotating Seasonal Muffins, always changing but always made with nut or vegetable flours; Chia-Seed Coconut Yogurt, topped with grain-free granola and seasonal fruit; Almond Joy Macaroons and the company’s signature Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (both gluten/grain-free and dairy-free), among others.
The Breakfast menu, features some Gluten/Grain Free and Paleo takes on traditional items like a healthy “Egg McMuffin;”a Breakfast Burrito, wrapped in a house-made almond flour tortilla and filled with scrambled eggs, jalapeno, red onions, “cheddar” wiz, and smothered with JBK’s pork or veggie green chili; and a Veggie Hash using seasonal vegetables and power-green pesto.
Exciting lunch options include hearty salads like the Cashew Caesar and an Arugula Salad, to which Red Bird Chicken or Bacon can be added. Heartier choices include the JBK Burger, made with grass-fed beef and topped with bacon (raw cheddar optional); and the signature Meatzzawith a pineapple jam topping.
Menu entrées range in price from $8 to $13. Complete menu is below.
Just BE Kitchen’s coffee bar will feature coffee from Copper Door Roasters, a local, women-owned roaster; and Method Roasters, offering a bold, dark, strong-flavored coffee.
In keeping with the Paelo ideology, Just BE Kitchen will feature Bullet Coffees, which are blended with MCT oil and organic butter. The addition of healthy fats to coffee brings a slow release of energy with the fat and caffeine. Regular coffee, espresso, lattes and the like will also be available.
Just BE Kitchen’s other beverages are no-sugar added and include Q Sodas and Happy Leaf Kombucha (which has no sugar added after the initial fermentation).
A liquor program complete with grain-free spirits, is in the works and will launch later this spring.
Just Be Kitchen also has a program to help share. For $1, you can purchase a treat to share with someone else and therefore pay it forward.