Auburn University is doing their part to accommodate the growing population who are living gluten-free by opening the first gluten-free food retail location on their campus. Plains 2 Plate has been open on Auburn’s campus for more than four years now, but it was just in the past year that they went through the detailed process of becoming gluten-free food service certified.
Plains 2 Plate worked with the Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) Certification Program, a part of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), to develop protocol to be used at the restaurant. The process to become a certified gluten-free facility requires thorough preparation and attention to detail. The entire facility is examined, including ingredient sourcing, associate training and operation, cleaning practices and cross-contamination control.
“Our desire from the beginning was to provide students who have gluten intolerance or just avoiding gluten a place where they can feel safe and can go and eat and have a meal and not worry about if there is cross contamination or anything else like that,” says Glenn Loughridge, Auburn’s Director of Campus Dining.
Plains 2 Plates’ gluten certification came about because of a request made by students to the administration.