About Triumph Dining
Eating gluten-free in restaurants can be tough. Menus rarely list every ingredient in a dish. Food preparation happens behind closed doors. And cross-contamination is a constant risk.
Frankly, we wouldn't blame you for just giving up and staying home. (We’ve been there.)
Whether you're gluten free by choice or necessity, your options shouldn't be limited or boring. There are so many great gluten free restaurants and menu options out there, and we believe it's a shame when any of us feels we need to work extra-hard just to order the foods we love.
Since 2005, our team has spent thousands of hours developing the most comprehensive gluten-free restaurant guide in North America, dining cards that help you order gluten free at restaurants where language barriers can make things even more difficult, and a popular gluten-free grocery guide to help you find the groceries you need — even if you’re traveling and all that's available is a supermarket whose brands you don't know.
How It All Started…
In 2004, our original founders were living in a new city — Philadelphia — and found that avoiding social opportunities with food was not an effective way to make friends. And he was overwhelmed by how challenging it was to find restaurants to take his fiancée (now wife) where he could actually order something gluten-free.
Then his wife had a brilliant idea: “Let's make dining cards to teach restaurants how to prepare gluten free foods!”
Together, the couple visited kitchen restaurants, interviewed chefs, read product labels, and studied dozens of cookbooks. They built lists of foods they could both eat, foods to avoid, and the likely pitfalls they might encounter at restaurants. Eventually, they turned these lists into thorough and foolproof instructions, and enlisted translators – three translators per card, actually – to ready them for ethnic restaurants.
The first time they used the dining cards, they were really just guinea pigs, so you can imagine how glad he was when they actually worked.
He used them in dozens of restaurants across Philadelphia, enjoying corn tortillas at a Mexican greasy spoon — where nobody spoke English — and even eating Indian food — now one of his favorite cuisines — for the very first time.
Triumph's first customers found success with the cards, too. In fact, most of the sales came from word-of-mouth referrals. The response was incredible!
Triumph Dining today
We've grown a lot since those early days. Thanks to your great suggestions, we've added several new products, including a Restaurant Guide and a Grocery Guide — both of which are updated annually. And today, we're the largest independent gluten-free publisher in North America.
Triumph remains a family-owned and operated company, with expanded offices in scenic Burlingame, CA — just a few miles from San Francisco. There are nearly a dozen of us now. We're always hard at work updating our current products and developing new ones, so if there's ever a restaurant or product you'd like to share with our readers, tell us about it and we'll consider it for the guide.
Thank you for visiting TriumphDining.com. If you’ve read all of this, we're especially flattered. Remember, you're the reason we're in business; we want to make gluten-free living as easy and stress-free as possible for all of us (not to mention our friends, co-workers, and significant others).