Crystany’s Brasserie, a family run 100% Gluten Free business owned by daughters Brittany and Savannah Maxner, made waves last month as they became the first restaurant in Canada to become Gluten-Free dedicated. Located in Canning, Nova Scotia, the one-year old family run business specializes in celiac-safe food. The restaurant derives its name from a combination of the names of mother and daughter, Crystal and Brittany. Having Celiac disease run in the family, the idea for a gluten free restaurant came from personal experience of struggling to find safe places to eat out. The Maxner’s strive to not only provide a safe zone for those with Celiac disease, but to educate and spread awareness of the cause. That’s why the family is proud to be the first in Canada to receive their Gluten-Free Dedicated certification from the Gluten-Free Food Program.
Award winning Chef Michael Williams, whose roots are from Tennessee, is delivering a mouth-watering menu. Customers, even those without celiac disease, race to the restaurant from near and far for locally sourced ingredients (when in season). Popular menu items include the wild mushroom chicken linguine, shrimp and grits, fish and chips pulled pork and new to the menu catfish. Their German Chocolate cake made the top best six desserts via Taste of Nova Scotia.
As well as restaurant owners, the family are certified organic grape growers. All wines on the menu are certified organic, organic or biodynamic and gluten free. The wine menu offers a great selection of imported and three local Nova Scotia wines. At this time the Maxner family can’t find a source for gluten free beers on tap, but they do have two gluten free beers by the can and a reduced gluten free by the bottle. This summer they have been able to offer mixed cocktails, which are made with gluten free spirits. Crystal worked in the Nova Scotia wine industry for eight years, and brings her experience to the business.
During the months of July and August Crystany’s Brasserie are raising funds for two programs in the Community. The month of July all funds raised will go to the Northeast Kings Education Centre Breakfast Program. During the month of August all funds raised will go to the Canning Food Bank. For every one piece fish and chips sold, a dollar will be donated to these much needed programs. Their goal is to raise $500!