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New Wichita food business serving gluten-free, dairy-free comfort food is up and running

Against the Grain is a new gluten-free and dairy-free food business in Wichita.
Against the Grain is a new gluten-free and dairy-free food business in Wichita.

As Wichita heads into one of the most gluten-ful days of the year, a new food business focused on gluten-free and dairy-free comfort food has opened.

Against the Grain, a food truck owned by Pam Bugler and her youngest son, Simon Bugler, hit the streets earlier this month. It will be set up and serving in front of the Crown Uptown Theatre, 3207 E. Douglas, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. (Rocker Dweezil Zappa will be performing inside.)

Bugler decided to open the business, set up in a custom-made pull-behind trailer, because she has both Celiac disease and a dairy allergy. She’s long been testing recipes out of necessity and decided she wanted to share her expertise with other people who have the same dietary restrictions.

So far, she said, business has been good.

Simon and Pam Bugler have just opened Against the Grain, a gluten-free, dairy-free food truck. Courtesy photo

“The outpouring of response has been tremendous,” she said. “I’ve had lots of inquiries, encouragement and people happy for those with allergies to have a place to eat.”

Pam and Simon have been selling things like tacos, white bean chicken chili, blueberry bread pudding and banana bread. They’ve been setting up at places like Natural Grocers, 13th and Maize, and the parking lot at J’s Lounge, 513 E. Central. They’ve also been getting orders for holiday pies, birthday cakes and meals to go. They’re also catering a few small holiday parties.

At tonight’s dinner service at the Crown Uptown, they’ll be serving gumbo over rice.

People can keep up with the truck’s location on its social media sites, including Facebook.

“For me, this isn’t just a food trailer,” Pam said. “I want to help. I was sick and struggled for almost a year before figuring out I was Celiac. There are still some issues from time to time, but it’s manageable. We want to help those struggling get through those frustrations.”

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