Luxembourg's 1st gluten & lactose-free restaurant
(JB) Diners with intolerances to lactose or gluten now have a real option for eating out locally thanks to the opening of the first gluten and lactose restaurant in Luxembourg City.
LeneLife was founded by Danish national Lene Pedersen, a healthy eating aficionado whose menu offers mouthwatering vegan and vegetarian options as well as meat dishes to suit all tastes.
“I realised there's really a need for gluten and lactose free in Luxembourg and there's really a need for some vegan and vegetarian places,” Lene told wort.lu/en.
Lene traces her passion for healthy eating right back to childhood when she would always opt for the fruit salad dessert and took a disliking to meat.
“When I moved away from home and had to start cooking for myself, I started to explore different kinds of eating cultures, habits, looking at what's in it and where it's from and so on.”
After noticing the benefits of cutting out gluten, lactose and meat from her diet, Lene decided to leave her job in marketing and communications in Luxembourg's corporate world and branch out in coaching and consulting, promoting LeneLife as a healthy living concept.
The big step came in February when she opened a LeneLife kitchen within the Bec Fin restaurant in Avenue Marie-Thérèse.
While LeneLife shares the dining space with Bec Fin, it has its own kitchen to avoid cross-contamination, separate suppliers and its own team.
“It's unusual (sharing) but it works,” Lene said, adding that she has found a chef who embraces her vision and complements it.
“My chef studied in Diekirch so he's a very traditional cook. But, he loves it because he knows every time I come up with a new recipe, it will be something he has never worked with or prepared like that,” she said, adding: “He loves meat and it's great working together like that because I've no idea about the meat and I don't want to have to deal with it.”
Lactose and gluten intolerances
There are thought to be around 2,500 people in Luxembourg with coeliac's, a severe intolerance to gluten and thousands more with milder intolerances to lactose and gluten, some of which may not even be aware of it.
“The probability is many people are intolerant but don't know it yet,” Lene said, explaining that testing is not always accurate. “I say it's about listening to your body.”
Though some restaurants cater for these diners by offering gluten and lactose-free options, Lene says that in many you have to order at least a day in advance and there is a risk of cross-contamination of food.
She believes that LeneLife is the first and only restaurant in Luxembourg to provide a fully gluten and lactose-free menu.
For now it is open weekday lunchtimes, with a few special evening events. In future it will offer lunch delivery.
If you are interested in lactose-free and gluten-free food or healthy eating in general, check out Lene's nutrition workshops or personal growth workshop on June 27.
The LeneLife kitchen will also be open exceptionally on the evening of June 22. To find out more, visit www.lenelife.com
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