Chattanooga’s first-ever gluten-free eatery recently opened in Warehouse Row’s food court, providing a quick-meal haven for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Former local lawyer Karen Wilson learned of her own gluten ailment in 2006 and shortly after began a gluten-free catering business for fellow sufferers. This mission culminated with the opening of Crave Café & Bakery in January.
This “glue” protein in wheat, rye and barley has been under fire in recent years, with an increase in the understanding and diagnosis of gluten-based disorders. This has led to the rise of gluten-free diets and the recent boom of gluten-free products on the market.
In a Nooga.com interview prior to opening, Wilson said she wanted the quality of the Crave Café & Bakery to appeal to all and didn’t want the term “gluten-free” to scare people away. I fearlessly strode into the Warehouse Row food court to see if the food was, indeed, holding to that vision.