"Did those tongs touch any wheat?" "Did you use a separate cutting board?"
If you have celiac disease, you will be familiar with these questions and how it feels to have to ask them. You don't want to feel picky or demanding, but you also don't want to get sick. When customers tell us that Origin is a place where they feel normal, we know we've achieved our goal.
Our vision is to provide gluten-free food that tastes better and has healthier ingredients than what is currently available. Instead of searching the frozen section of the supermarket for rice and starch-based breads, we've created a space for the celiac community where they can find fresh foods with fresh ingredients. We use a variety of over 20 gluten-free flour substitutes to replace wheat flour, using different combinations in each of our products. Our diverse range of breads and baked goods do not taste similar because we don't use a master blend of ingredients. Our cupcakes and pastries are delicious and no one will know they are made without gluten. We believe eating gluten-free shouldn't mean sacrificing texture and taste and has now become an enjoyable lifestyle choice to many without giving up the foods they love.
Most are surprised to find out that not everyone who works for us is celiac. We are a diverse team accustomed to catering to special diets, and the idea of creating better products for the celiac community is exciting! But most of all, we want people to have options. It is a lot of work sourcing a large range of safe ingredients and it isn't always easy. But it's worth it to know we're making our guests happy, and they never have to ask us "what do you have that's gluten-free?"