Eat Local

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One of our favorite places in Seattle is a tiny storefront next to a dry cleaners, on the top of Queen Anne hill.

Eat Local sources its ingredients from some of our favorite local farmers, ranchers, and producers. “Eat Local is an artisan food store offering prepared meals made with seasonal, organic ingredients bought directly from local farms.” It sounds good, right?

Their meals taste even better than the ethos sounds. Eat Local uses traditional home cooking methods, rather than mass production, to create frozen meals anyone can enjoy. Have you ever had a pork and apple tagine in a tv dinner? Made with ingredients you recognize and nothing else?

I also love the fact that the meals are packaged with the environment in mind. Much of the food comes in glass dishes that you bring back to the store. It’s like a neighbor made you dinner, and then you return the favor. It’s a bonus that all the labels and illustrations for the store are created by Nikki McClure, one of my favorite artists, as well.

Not all the food at Eat Local is gluten-free, but much of it is. Greg Conner, the driving force behind Eat Local, has a good friend with celiac, and thus an interest in feeding people safely. (Businesses built on personal connections are always my favorite.) We’ve eaten their food quite a number of times now, always with great enjoyment, and safely for me.

The lavender creme caramel is particularly stunning.

Eat Local
2400 Queen Anne Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
206.328.3663

4 comments on “Eat Local

  1. Laura Spires

    Our family's local fav. is Meister's Gluten Free. The flour blend makes the most moist sugar cookies we have ever had. The best part is a cup of the gf mix is an even exchange for a cup of the all purpose stuff, which means we can use our "regular" cookbooks. YUM!

    http://www.meistersgf.com/

  2. Tiffany

    I totally agree that the food is delicious but it's the prices that make me a little sick to my stomach. Even with a coupon (which they're very good about sending out) it's pricey. I'd rather go out for dinner, I think.

  3. Adrienne

    I just discovered a gluten free bakery at a farmer's market this weekend – WildFlour Bakery – they don't have a store yet, but their breads and pastries are amazing!

  4. Jan Johnson

    We had an unfortunate experience at Eat Local. We walked in, were greeted by a friendly fellow. We told him we were Celiac and had read about the place at Gluten-Free Girl. He responded favorably and asked if we’d like to have a taste of a couple of their products. We were thrilled. So while we wandered he headed up our samples. We had Shepherd’s pie and loved it.

    As we examined products, we saw the Shepherd’s grain used in many of the products and asked what grain it was. He didn’t know. He’d only worked there a month. But another fellow with a distinctive British (?) accent said that although the Shephard’s grain is wheat and that they should really put that on the labels, and that yes, I was right, they don’t have Gluten-free on any of the labels, but that the sample we’d been given was for Shephard’s pie and that it was indeed Gluten-free.

    Then we examined the labels on the Shephard’s pie and it also has Shephard’s grain, so we’d been fed wheat and are now reacting!! GRRR!
    After going rounds with this for so long, you’d think I’d learn! But also, for them at the store. Shame On Them. They were so proud they’d been mentioned on your site, told me how they bleached down their counters in-between, but their staff does not know the word Celiac and the other fellow, who appeared to be in charge, didn’t know that his Shephard’s Pie did indeed have gluten in it!

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