Dorothy Lane Market’s Prepared Foods (Oakwood, Centerville & Springboro)
Edited January 17, 2017
Find my Crepe recipe using ready-made DLM food here.
The desperation is real. The hunger pangs hit your belly, and your kids are in the car for Mom’s taxi service to who-knows-what. Soccer, Cub Scouts, dance, Lego league… you name it. A parent on the road with famished children is challenging, but when one of you has Celiac Disease, it can be brutal. Packed lunches and snacks are great – until you leave them on the counter and you are twenty miles from home, or worse, twenty minutes late.
This happened to me recently and the only places surrounding us were gluten-filled fast or ‘quicker’ food options. Then I had an ‘ah-ha!’ moment. There was a Dorothy Lane Market right down this street. We ran in, snatched up sandwiches from the grab and go case for the kids, and a hot gluten free chili and a hummus snack pack for me. Perfect. In and out in under ten minutes. I think we even beat that line at the golden arches we passed by.
We showed up at our destination with time to eat, and with our DLM bags strewn about the table, we chowed down. Another parent jokingly gave me a hard time. “Business must be good! DLM for lunch – that is a pretty penny.” I smiled and took in her Panera spread in front of her. “Hey, it’s safe for me, they like it, and have you been to Panera lately? The kids meals “start” at $4.29 now – I paid $5 for these.” (pictured) I think she had an ‘Ah-ha’ moment, too.
You see, Dorothy Lane Market does it right. Fresh, gluten free food, already prepared, and right at your fingertips. Soon after my frantic search for a fast, safe lunch, I spoke to C.A. Diltz, DLM’s Gluten Free Specialist, and she gave information on the foods readily available every single day of the week.
From the first steps toward the deli counter, you can spot the GF symbol gracing the signs on numerous dishes. Southwest quinoa, grilled Tuscan chicken salad, maple roasted root vegetables, pecorino kale salad, vegetarian fried rice and the list goes on (and I have put a long one at the bottom of this post!). They even have special pricing for entire meals. Just look at the signage with color coded circles and easily stay in your price range.
If you haven’t landed on something yummy at the deli (which I highly doubt!), make your way over to the prepared soups and you will find at least one, hot, gluten free bowl every day – varieties change seasonally.
Have a little more time on your hands? (Lucky you!) Keep strolling and find the fresh sandwich shop. They will hand make a gluten free sandwich for you, on delicious Eban’s Bakehouse bread, right there. Just be sure to tell them you have Celiac Disease and they will pull ingredients and toppings from the cooler.
As C.A. and I discussed the pizza oven, she excitedly told be about their whole gluten free pies. I looked at her like she was on Mars. A stone oven pizza? Sure thing. DLM has a gluten free crust on hand, then pulls your toppings from the cooler for safety (if you ask). C.A. explained to me that wheat protein denatures at 600 degrees, and their ovens run well above that, so baking on the stone surface is perfectly fine. The staff at the oven seemed nice, knowledgeable, and willing to show me how they practice safe food handling for people like me.
If a sweet treat is what you crave, or you need a treat for a GF friend (can I be your friend?), you will want to visit the coffee bar. There, you will find a selection of gluten free biscotti by a local GF vendor Bites of Nostalgia. Another option is to peruse their GF local vendor section (found in isle #8 at Washington Square, isle #6 at Oakwood and isle #8 at Springboro). There you can find ready-made cookies, brownies, muffins and more. In addition, there are many options for baking mixes if tinkering in the kitchen is your thing. (Notable vendors include Tina’s Sweet Treats, Purely Sweet Bakery and Eban Bakehouse.)
I was amazed at the wide variety of prepared food offerings, but I must say, I still had my doubts about cross contamination in such a large, multi-use kitchen setting. C.A. was full of useful information on this topic. “Our department managers are Serve Safe certified and in turn educate their team. I follow up with them frequently to ensure those safeguards are tough enough. I originally trained and was registered as a Medical Technologist. I no longer work in hospitals so I don’t maintain my registry. However, I do keep up with common practices.”
So, next time a meal is on the go, consider a quick stop into any of Dorothy Lane Market’s three locations and save yourself from the anxiety of drive thru windows.
Prepared Food (these change seasonally and are so numerous I listed only a select few).
– Acorn squash with fruit stuffing
– Cabbage rolls
– Marinated grilled Italian chicken breast
– ‘The Works’ stuffed baked potato
– Grilled asparagus
– Southwest quinoa
– Grilled Tuscan chicken salad
– Maple-roasted root vegetables
– Pecorino kale salad
– Vegetarian fried rice
– Seasoned and grilled salmon
• Vegetable soup
• Seasonal soups (look for the GF symbol)
• Hummus and celery
Snack packs change over time and may contain crackers. Just take a peek inside and what you see is what you get.
Commons snack packs include
– Cottage cheese
– Bean salad
– Grilled chicken