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Grateful Gourmet Girls

In the midst of these unusual and trying times, Susan Fulton and Mary Steiger, the owners of Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro, have kept their spirits and business going by practicing the attitude of gratitude on a daily basis.
When small business closures were mandated months ago to slow the spread of COVID-19, restaurants were considered essential and allowed to remain open for takeout services. Although some eateries chose to close altogether to protect their guests and employees, the girls decided that their responsibility to provide safe, gluten-free food to the community was a serious commitment and one that they wanted to honor. Thankfully, their core staff of employees agreed and opted to continue baking and serving their many guests.
In the early days of the pandemic closures, availability of supplies in the grocery stores became unreliable and gluten-free products were especially scarce, so obtaining trustworthy food became even more important to their patrons, many of whom had compromised health and underlyinag medical conditions.
“We are so fortunate to be able to continue operating and serving the gluten-free community,” says Steiger. “Our staff has been wonderful every day, helping out in so many ways above and beyond their job descriptions. We appreciate their awesome attitudes on every shift.”
Fulton adds, “And we are equally grateful for the incredible support of all our loyal guests who are family to us. It means the world to us to put a smile on their faces when we feed them.”
The Thanksgiving season is especially meaningful to the pair this year as they begin preparing their annual favorite pies (pumpkin, pecan and apple) and all their other holiday treats. Special orders may be placed starting November 1.  And this year, for the first time ever, complete meals including turkey will be available for preorder and pickup.
The restaurant currently has a limited number of tables available for dine-in, and takeout is available with contactless curbside pickup. They have been awarded the Pima County Health Department Ready for You seal of approval.

Location: 5845 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson. Open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. For more
information, call 520-408-9000 or visit See recipe, page 15. See ad, page 22.
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