It’s always been known for reliable pizza and flatbread products, but when CPK recently introduced a line of dishes for those with bread allergies, they hit my sweet spot.


Molly Carver is a recent graduate of Missouri Baptist University and former MBU Timeline staff member.

California Pizza Kitchen offers authentic California-style cuisine in an elite setting. Originally started in Beverly Hills, CPK now has over 250 locations.

CPK offers four locations around the St. Louis region, including Creve Coeur, Richmond Heights, Des Peres and even a location inside Lambert Airport.

One of the reasons CPK has gained popularity is its reinvented gluten-free pizza crust. With gluten free on the rise, a delicious non-cardboard-tasting crust is just what the public needs.

CPK originally offered a gluten-free crust but it was taken off of the menu due to lack of interest.

With the increasing number of gluten-intolerant individuals on the rise, a new crust was imperative for the company.

Gluten allergies span from a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. The protein causes those who are intolerant of it to have severe gastrointestinal issues.

Its diagnoses are becoming more widespread by doctors everywhere. It is estimated that one out of every 133 people have a gluten intolerance.

Back by popular demand, the crust is now being served at all of the CPK locations.

The newly invented crust is pure gluten-free delight. While most of the St. Louis area gluten-free crusts are lacking in flavor and pizaz, CPK has nailed it.

The crust is unlike any other gluten-free crust, flaky and mouthwatering.

The gluten-free options are offered in two different ways. The first for those with an allergy and second, those who just prefer the crust for diet purposes.

For those with an allergy you are offered three options, the original BBQ chicken, the pepperoni or the mushroom pepperoni sausage.

These options are prepped and cooked certified gluten free by the standards of the Gluten Intolerance Group.

The second option, meant for those who choose the crust for diet purposes, allows for any of their normal menu pizzas to be made on a gluten-free crust.

The second option is not meant for those with an allergy because the ingredients and preparation are not guaranteed safe.

Regardless of whether you are gluten free as a lifestyle or as a fad, a taste of the popular CPK crust is a must.

By Molly Carver

Molly Carver is Social Media Editor for MBU Timeline and news anchor for MBU Timeline-Broadcast. She is majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. After graduation, Carver plans to find work with a boutique public relations agency where she can utilize her passions for writing and strategic planning.