Special Dietary Needs

You Don’t Have to Miss Out On Delicious Food

Have you recently been diagnosed with a health condition or food allergy/intolerance that requires diet restrictions? Are you struggling with your new special dietary needs? Or have you been putting off eating the way your nutritionist, doctor, or functional medicine practitioner recommends because it’s just too difficult to find a qualified chef? And too overwhelming and time-consuming to shop and cook for yourself as needed?

Rest assured. You do not have to walk through this alone OR give up delicious food. The Pickled Beet’s chef services provide customized menus and meals plus personal, food-related guidance, while working with your healthcare provider as needed, to help you manage and successfully address your specific food requirements and restrictions. 

Gourmet Chefs Focused on Special Dietary Needs

Whether you (or a loved one) are facing an autoimmune condition, coping with food allergies, struggling to maintain a healthy weight, or need to eat gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegan, low FODMAP, keto, postpartum, Mediterranean, etc., The Pickled Beet can help! 

Our mission is to help you navigate food issues with ease and heal through delicious food. We expertly craft personalized gourmet meals, turning dietary restrictions into culinary delights.

We also provide private chef experiences and dinner party catering, accommodating all your guests’ special dietary needs.

What Our Clients Say.

“Chef Elizabeth and the Pickled Beet are a must for anyone struggling with dietary restrictions! Elizabeth is so kind and knowledgeable, and I feel such relief both physically and mentally since using her services. She really takes her time to learn about each client and how to create the best experience for them. Each meal is thoughtful, creative, healthy, and most importantly, customized to your specific needs. I am so grateful to the entire Picked Beet team and could not recommend them more.”

– Kristi T. in Ft Lauderdale

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I knew that proper nutrition was an essential component of my recovery and that it would be challenging for me to cook when I felt ill. Chef Liz was AWESOME in working with my changing palate (chemo).”

– Teresa S.

My guardian angels! I am celiac and finding safe gourmet and yummy gluten-free options are not easy, but Liz has been taking care of my diet for months with extreme professionalism, a variety of meals, and a personalized menu. One of the best findings in South Florida!”

– Cecilia G. in Coconut Grove

Dietary Help for the Newly Diagnosed

It can be daunting trying to figure out what you should eat if you have recently been diagnosed with multiple food allergies, celiac disease, Hashimoto’s, cancer, Crohn’s, graves disease, diabetes, or heart disease. Shopping, preparing meals, and eating out all become time-consuming, potentially hazardous, incredibly frustrating and, oftentimes, boring and unappetizing! 

At The Pickled Beet, we know that food is medicine. That’s why we specialize in working with clients who have special dietary needs. Our chef team expertly accommodates even the most severe dietary challenges and protocols, crafting delicious, thoroughly enjoyable gourmet meals and catering services, customized to your unique needs.

You are in the right place, and we look forward to talking with you and preparing meals suited to your diagnosis, so you can relax, enjoy your food, and focus on reclaiming your health.

Our Chef Services for Those with Food Allergies and Special Dietary Needs

New clients at The Pickled Beet are often surprised to learn that no food allergies, dietary issues or special requests phase us. Rather than running from these “challenges,” as many chefs do, we embrace them. And we have since 2006. Why? Because we firmly believe no one should have to live without delicious food!

Our services include:

  • Personalized Chef-Prepared Meals – custom, scratch-made meals, prepared according to your specific dietary needs and delivered fresh directly from our Miami kitchen to you
  • Optional Nutrition Consulting Services with our Registered Dietician – an add-on service for our weekly personal chef clients
  • Private Chef Catering – accommodating you and your guests’ food allergies, preferences, and dietary restrictions

Special Diets and Food Allergies We Cook for the Most

Since 2006, we have specialized in crafting delicious meals for those who live in or visit Miami, Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, no matter the food allergy, special diet, or dietary restriction. 

Our chefs can accommodate even the most complex dietary needs, including family members requiring different diets. Executive Chef Liz and our Registered Dietation have extensive experience designing menu plans for a multitude of health issues, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, renal failure, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and extreme food sensitivities.

Some of the most common special diets and requests we accommodate include (but are not limited to) those listed below:


Food Allergies






Whole Food Plant-Based
















Heart Healthy




Weight Loss


Low Cholesterol


Cancer Care








Whole 30



Gluten-Free Catering and Chef Services 

We own and operate Miami’s only dedicated gluten-free personal chef kitchen. Our gluten-free commercial kitchen provides peace of mind to our personal chef and catering clients with celiac disease, gluten intolerances, gluten sensitivities, wheat allergies, autoimmune issues, and more.

A fun fact! Even before we built our new gluten-free kitchen, the vast majority of meals we prepared were naturally gluten-free … because almost all fresh, whole, unprocessed ingredients do not contain gluten.

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Food Can Heal or Harm

Even if you aren’t aware of specific food-related health issues and are eating “healthy,” your diet may be making you feel miserable.

Sometimes, without realizing it yet (or traditional doctors downplaying the role food plays), your diet is the problem. Every day, millions of people eat food that they think is healthy and nourishing. In many cases, they are doing more harm than good. Each body is different and has unique nutritional needs, food allergies, and food sensitivities.

Chronic Health Issues On the Rise

Since the mid 90s, the number of Americans suffering from chronic health issues, such as heart disease, asthma, cancer, and diabetes, has nearly doubled. Autoimmune disease is now one of the top 10 leading causes of death among females between childhood to age 65. And nearly 130 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes.

What’s changed? A primary difference is the food we eat.

You May Not Even Know that You Have a Food Allergy or Intolerance

But, your body does, and it will react. Sometimes the signs are subtle. Maybe you feel bloated, have sinus congestion or abdominal pain; these are most likely indicators of a food sensitivity. If you have a food allergy, the body’s response can be more dramatic and dangerous and, in some cases, result in death.

Over time, if you continue to eat foods your body does not tolerate well, your autoimmune system will be triggered. In its attempt to protect you from foreign invaders, it can turn on you, instead. When it does, you can develop any number of autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, celiac, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and many more.


We know food is medicine and we know just what to put into your body (or not) depending on your unique needs.
Are you eating gluten free? We’ve transformed your favorite foods so you can enjoy them.
A personal chef isn’t a luxury if you need assistance with sourcing meals that fuel your body and help sustain your health.
For those who have health issues, dietary needs, or just want to sustain overall health, we’ve got your back.
You will always know exactly what’s going into each meal — no more guessing, we do the legwork and read all the labels for you.
You shouldn’t have to worry about what food to eat for your optimal health. Together, we’ll assess what you need and deliver meals that satisfy and sustain your overall well-being.
Dining out is difficult when you have food sensitivities or allergies. We deliver restaurant quality meals that you can feel safe eating.

You’re Not Just A Number To Us

Maria C. is a single mother of two who is battling the autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. We began cooking for her when she started an elimination diet prescribed by her functional medicine doctor. She cannot have gluten, soy, dairy, grains, most starches, peppers, nightshades, legumes, artificial sweeteners, seasonings derived from seeds, fruits, and more.

Her protocol is so restrictive, we’ve had to create a cookbook-sized database of recipes just for her. In the months since we started cooking for Maria, her health has improved dramatically.

“Thanks to Chef Liz and her team I have been able to handle a super restrictive elimination diet prescribed for my autoimmune disease. Not only have I not had to stress about what I could possibly eat, but the food is prepared and ready so I can eat on schedule every 3 hours which is essential. They have been thorough, caring and consistent on top of preparing really great tasting food!! My diet plays a huge role in my overall health and I am seeing the benefits of this thanks to her services. It’s the best investment I’ve made in a long time.”

Relax and Enjoy Mealtimes Again

We understand that what you’re going through is difficult, and we want to help. We’ll take the time to listen and formulate your fully customized menu plan, because YOU are our number one priority.

Whether you need gluten- or dairy-free meals, have a nut or shellfish allergy, need to avoid eggs, or have a long, long list of food restrictions, our chefs can prepare delicious gourmet meals that we’ll deliver fresh from our Miami kitchen to you.

We take the stress and confusion out of mealtimes, so that you can enjoy your food and focus on healing. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity or intolerance?
A food allergy triggers an autoimmune response that involves multiple organs and can be quite serious. A food sensitivity or intolerance usually produces less dramatic symptoms when the offending food is ingested, but the reaction can become more severe over time with repeated exposure.
What if I’m healthy and I want to stay that way. Can food help?
Yes! The path to good health begins and ends with your gut, quite literally. Your diet has a direct impact on the strength of your immune system and your body’s ability to ward off illness.
My doctor didn’t say anything about modifying my diet. How do I know if I should?
On average, U.S. medical schools only offer 19.6 hours of nutritional education as a part of their curriculum. As with all aspects of your health, it’s up to you to become informed and make educated decisions.
I’ve been diagnosed with a disease, can a modified diet help?
Yes! Dietary changes that are specifically designed to address your health issue will increase your body’s ability to manage and, in some cases, help reverse your condition.
What if I have multiple food allergies?

Whether you need to eat dairy-free, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, corn-free, or have a nut allergy – or all of the above – The Pickled Beet can help!

We have thousands of time-tested recipes that have been modified to fit every medical malady or food restriction. With meals from The Pickled Beet, you won’t feel like you are “going without” and will enjoy mealtimes again. Imagine opening your fridge to find a variety of nutritious, delicious meals created by us, especially for you.  

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