Range Free is changing the game for Columbia diners. It’s the city’s first and only allergen-free bakery and café, so the menu is totally free of wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish, and the kitchen can also prepare items without eggs, dairy and soy. Owner Anna Meyer doesn’t let those restrictions limit her creativity, though; she allows diners to safely enjoy dishes they may have previously had to cut out of their diet, like tomato-free marinara sauce or gluten-free oat flour waffles. (Photo by Aaron Ottis)
Range Free, 110 Orr St. #101, North Village Arts District, Columbia, Missouri, 573.777.9980, range-free.com
★ LEIGH LOCKHART, CHEF-OWNER, MAIN SQUEEZE: “For people who have food allergies, eating out can be a nightmare. Enter Anna Meyer, food wizard. She somehow manages to take all the food allergens out and leave the texture and flavor in. I have talked to moms whose kids can finally enjoy birthday cakes [thanks to Meyer]; I think cake decorating is her super power."