If you know me at all, then you’ll see that this post is very fitting as it involves hockey, food, and beer. That’s right people.. we’re talking about eating gluten free at a Blackhawks game. I love going to Blackhawks games at the United Center so when I was diagnosed with Celiac disease I was a little bummed. There’s nothing better than watching hockey with a nice cold beer in your hand while chowing down on a Sweet Baby Ray’s pulled pork sandwich. While I can still do one of those things (the good part.. watching hockey) it depressed me that I couldn’t take part in the whole experience. But alas! there’s a way to safely eat gluten-free at the United Center! In section 114 there’s a designated gluten-free cart. Nachos, hotdogs, beer. All gluten-free and all for me. So a few weeks, when I was at the Blackhawks game with my dad, my sister Amy and my friend Andi, we decided to check out the gluten-free cart.
Andi and I split the nachos, which come with cheese sauce and chili on top, and I helped myself to a Redbridge beer. As far as gluten-free beers go, Redbridge is really good, but that’s a different post for a different time. While the cart isn’t overwhelming with gluten-free options, I was very excited to not have to ask “Is this gluten-free?” I will be frequenting the gluten-free cart throughout the Blackhawks season. Now if only they could sell some gluten-free beer on the 2nd level where our seats are… One day…
So this whole thing got me thinking, “Where else can I watch sports and eat gluten-free?” Fear not, dear readers, I’ve compiled a list of arenas around the US that have gluten-free options. I’ve looked at arena websites to find this information. If any of you know of any other sports teams that have gluten-free options at their venues, please let me know and I’ll add them to the list!
New York Knicks
Green Bay Packers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
New York Jets
Tampa Bay Buccaneers