What could I eat at a trade show? This is the dilemma I faced when we attended the RV show in the Western Fair District in London, Ontario, recently. Most restaurants I go to have something that is gluten-free available.
The most difficult places would be fast food establishments, but with the popularity of salads increasing, that situation is improving. However, we would only eat fast food in an emergency. I couldn’t remember there being much of a food selection at the RV shows I had attended previously.
Whenever I go away from home over mealtime, I carry some emergency food with me. Ideally, it will be nutritious, filling, and easily portable. This time I took some Cranberry Walnut Scones that I had made from a recipe on Elana’s Pantry.
These scones are a real treat!
The only food available in the RV show venue, as far as I could see, was a little cafeteria-style place with fast food. The only gluten-free option I found was a small garden salad in a plastic box in a cooler. The accompanying dressing was even questionable as to whether it was truly gluten-free or not. I could have eaten the salad with my scones if Charlie really wanted to just grab something there. However, I was happy when he suggested going out to eat.
We weren’t far from Kosmos Eatery on Richmond Street in the area known as Richmond Row. I had been to Kosmos in the summer with my sister and really enjoyed their food. It’s a simple little eatery. I think that most of the focus is on their catering business. The eatery offers soups, salads, wraps, and paninis.
There was a gluten-free, vegan soup; and you can have your salad built the way you like it. Including walnuts rather than candied pecans is a gluten-free way to go. The people who run the eatery are helpful and friendly. Everything I’ve eaten there has been delicious! Charlie enjoyed a Reuben sandwich with fries. Interestingly, the french fries at Kosmos are gluten-free! It’s not often that we come across fries that are not fried in the same oil as battered foods.
After lunch at Kosmos Eatery, we returned to the RV show for the afternoon. We chose to have an early dinner before we left the city to go home. Although we just wanted something quick and light because there was a snowstorm in progress and we were anxious to get home, we went to The Church Key. It’s just up Richmond Street from Kosmos Eatery and directly across the street from the Grand Theatre. It’s a British-style bistro/pub serving traditional food with gourmet flair. I would recommend making reservations for dinner. Because we were dining early and the falling snow was very heavy even in the city, I thought it would be worth taking a chance stopping in without a reservation. We were in luck. There had been some cancellations because of the weather, and we managed to get a table for two by a window. The staff was very friendly. They seemed to check with each party to see if they were attending the theatre and would therefore need to be finished by a certain time.
The Church Key has a gluten-free menu. Charlie and I each had a Caesar salad with steak. Of course, to make mine gluten-free, they left off the croutons. The steak was cooked to our personal preferences. When Charlie was brought a bread basket before our meal, I was given a plate of gluten-free crackers. That was a nice touch. We enjoyed our salads. I would definitely recommend setting aside time to go to The Church Key for a complete dinner.
After an excellent light dinner, we braved the snow storm and were happy to make it home safely that evening!