Parmesan cheese is a very precise thing. It is the cheese made in a select few provinces in Italy, including Parma and Reggio Emilia, which is why the cheese is called “Parmigiano-Reggiano.” (“Parmesan” is the English and French rendition of this thoroughly Italian name.) Thus, it is technically misleading to refer to any cheese not made in this region as “Parmesan cheese,” and so a gluten-free and vegan Parmesan cheese made in California (where Parmela is based, although you can buy it near Boulder) is a doubly misleading. It isn’t a cheese and it isn’t made in one of the relevant provinces of Italy.
Lenka’s Live Foods, based in Boulder, is somewhat hard to define. It is a producer of gluten-free products that are also vegan, raw, and organic, but Lenka’s is something of a consulting firm, a catering company, and an educational institute as well. All of these services are offered by Lenka Zajic, from whom Lenka’s Live Food takes its eponymous name (obviously). Given the site’s orientation, we will primarily focus on the gluten-free components of Lenka’s operation, explaining what products are on offer and where you can find them, but other dimensions of the company will be touched on as well. Everything is connected, or so goes the vacuous mantra.