August 30, 2010

Adaba Foods in Boulder is Gluten Free From Top to Bottom

By Evan Sandsmark -  

When creating content for this site, we are confronted with the task of categorizing the subject on which we write. Normally, this is simple enough: a restaurant is, well, a restaurant, and hence it is categorized as such. And the same goes for recipes and products. However, Adaba Foods, which is based in Boulder, presents an interesting classification challenge because the company seems to offer about every service a gluten-free eater – or really any eater, for that matter – might want.

To see what we’re talking about, consider the first sentence of the company’s description of itself: “Adaba Foods offers nourishing snacks, as well as cooking mixes and meal starter kits, cooking/baking classes, and private instruction to help people fit special diets, or just healthy eating, into their lives.”

So, let’s say you’ve just moved to Boulder and you’ve recently discovered that you should avoid gluten. What might you do? First, you could buy some cooking mixes from Adaba, but since you’re likely unfamiliar with how to cook with the strange new ingredients you’ve purchased, you could attend one of its cooking classes for instruction. But maybe you’re a little dense when it comes to cooking, so perhaps you need a little extra help outside of class. No problem. Sign up for some private instruction to address your culinary weaknesses and discover what diet is right for you. While all this is transpiring, you could buy some ready-to-eat snacks from Adaba to tide you over, since humans need to eat regularly, alas.

From top to bottom, then, it appears that Adaba has got you covered, at least with regard to your eating needs. (As far as our research has revealed, Adaba can’t help you with your girl problems, for example.)

In broad outline, this is the service that Adaba provides, according to the company’s website. But what are the specifics? What kind of foods in particular do they specialize in? First, Adaba products are made with a host of unique ingredients, and since we don’t feel like coming up with a unique way of cataloging these items, here’s a list from the company’s website: “sprouted buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, and teff; coconut and macadamia nut oils; unrefined sweeteners like dates, coconut sugar, and agave.” Happily, all of these ingredients are gluten-free. Moreover, almost all the baked products offered by Adaba are either vegan or can be made vegan with the proper adjustments.

Additionally, Adaba offers several raw snacks which incorporate items such as seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Since Adaba draws some of its ingredients from the Boulder area, the specific food offerings may vary by season. However, you can expect to see snacks like coconut macaroons and veggie crackers during at least some parts of the year.

Of course, no description of a business is complete until some mention of its philosophy is made: Adaba seeks to connect its customers to the foods that they eat, as well as to the earth from which both the consumer and the consumed came. This can presumably be accomplished by both using the products Adaba offers and attending the classes it hosts.

Here’s a link to the Adaba website, which has tons of recipes and more information about the company:

If you’ve experienced the service of Adaba firsthand, let us know about it in the comment section below.

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