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KENNETT SQUARE, PA - -Portabello’s Restaurant, a quaint 65 seat BYO located at 115 West State Street in the heart of the mushroom capital of the world, is making life easier and tastier for those that need or want a gluten free menu.
“It can be difficult and dangerous when you are dining out if you cannot find the right foods for a specific diet like those that have Celiac disease or need a gluten-free menu,” explains Chef and Owner of Portabello’s Restaurant Brett Hulbert.
“We have had many people come in to the restaurant with special dietary requests and as the chef as well as the owner, I am more than happy to oblige. But I think that dining should be an experience and that no matter what restrictions one has, the dish has to be delicious which is why we are rolling out a new menu of gluten-free items,” Hulbert said. “Most people think a Mediterranean inspired restaurant with gluten-free – how can that be when so many of the dishes are pasta-based? Well, I have been researching to find the best options out there and what I can do to make sure these dishes are wanted not only by those with restrictions, but by diners in general,” he added.
Hulbert, whose philosophy is it takes a village to make a village, incorporates many of the area businesses and products into his own menu. “We are working with The Mushroom Cap and Flickerwood Winery, both across the street and we feature Mrs. Robinson’s Teas including a special blend created just for Portobello’s,” he said adding , “We are working with Sweet Christine's bakery in Kennett Square. Christine is an amazing baker and her products are awesome. Sandra (my restaurant and life partner) and I ate one of her muffins the first day we were in Kennett Square and at the time did not realize it was gluten free. We were blown away when we found out her bakery (which is on the same block) is in fact gluten free. Our guests are shocked at the quality of her products. Just last night a father of a guest with Celiac smelled one of Christine's dinner rolls and commented "Amazing," he said.
Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats.
Portabello’s now offers a full range of gluten free items which include but are not limited to: breads, soups, sandwiches, pastas and desserts. “I personally visit every guest with special dietary requirements and take great pride in caring for their needs,” Hulbert said adding, “One of my favorite things to do is offer a child who is gluten intolerant a grilled cheese sandwich or mac and cheese. Their eyes light up. Most people take these two items for granted. I do not,” he said.
Portabello’s is open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30am to 2:30p.m. for lunch and from 5 to 9pm for dinner. They are opened for dinner Friday night until 10pm and open both Saturday and Sunday for a special brunch/lunch menu from noon to 3pm and Saturday nights 5 to 10p.m. for dinner and 5 to 8p.m. on Sunday for dinner. “Our Sunday brunch is fantastic and will change like the rest of our menu seasonally and based upon the freshest ingredients I can gather,” Hulbert explained.
Prior to taking over Portabello’s, Hulbert served as Executive Chef at The Golden Inn Resort of Avalon where he created a unique and comprehensive menu of Mediterranean tapas style dishes. Hulbert has over 20 years experience including having worked in the kitchens of renowned chefs Helmut Leucke and Joseph Giunta. He served as the Executive Sous-Chef for four years at the Showboat, House of Blues Hotel Casino in Atlantic City where he was responsible for overseeing the 14 kitchens on the property. He had served as Chef Tourant at the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City for two years. He was the restaurant chef at the Trump Marina Hotel and Casino for 13 years.
For more information about Portabello’s 115 West State Street, Kennett Square 610.925.4984 or on the web at portabellosofkennettsquare.com