If you have celiac disease or a severe gluten intolerance, you are probably skeptical of anything labeled “gluten-free.” We are too. Some of our founding team members have celiac disease, so we understand the confusion and inconsistency of gluten-free (or “gluten-friendly” – as if anyone is trying to befriend gluten) labeling. Though many people with a “lifestyle” gluten-free diet use Picknic, we go beyond that.

Here are the key things you should know when using Picknic:

  1. Be sure your dietary settings are set to avoid gluten and avoid cross-contact. Once these are set everything displayed for you in Picknic is based on your need to avoid all gluten.
  2. Picknic Picks & Possibles will be based on your need to strictly avoid gluten. Picks will be the safest options.
  3. The Gluten-Free Info section in a restaurant’s profile will be written with your strict needs in mind. This is the best place to learn about a restaurant’s procedures and options for strict gluten-free and celiac.
  4. The gluten-free information in our allergen, gluten-free, and vegetarian/vegan menus (when available) will help you understand your meal options. The information there is based on the ingredients of the item according to the restaurant. For many of our partner restaurants, we also include cross-contact information.