Rae’s Kitchen now offers a variety of tasty and convenient “Naturally Strong” nutrition

JessNoniePersistence is just part of Nonie Taul’s personality. When this mom’s oldest child, Annie started complaining of frequent stomach aches, Nonie did what any mom would do. After several doctors visits and a noticeable weight loss, Taul’s daughter was referred to a gastroenterologist. Annie was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten can lead to the damage in the small intestine. The dietary changes that took place in the Taul household were also adopted by Nonie. After the omission of all things gluten, Nonie began to notice how much better she felt.

Nonie has always led an active lifestyle, from youth sports  through her college years as a dance major. She is a certified yoga, pilates and group fitness instructor. As Nonie’s students became inquisitive about her personal diet and nutrition she started a Facebook Page as a support site. As her followers grew in number, so did her passion to help others with their quest for better health through diet and exercise. In 2015 she started her business, Naturally Strong Nonie. She teaches classes that are designed to help women look and feel great in addition to providing meal plans and even grocery lists to help with meal preparation. Taul has also taken it a step further by visiting and inquiring with local restaurant owners about menu items that fall in line with the nutrition plan she promotes. Healthy choices are most certainly available when dining out and can be found “Nonie Approved” at Moe’s Southwestern, The Ox Kitchen, Sage, Two Sisters Bakery & Deli and Locals.

When 2018 rolled around, Taul’s persistence again came into play with the gals at Rae’s Kitchen. She had approached Jessica Guthrie and Nancy Dupree about preparing some of her healthy recipes that would be easy to grab and go. After the Christmas Holiday season Guthrie agreed to give it a try. The response has been amazing and the kitchen’s
business has increased such that they had to hire friends to help out a couple of days a week just to keep up with the demand for the “Naturally Strong/Nonie Approved” items that occupy the cooler shelves. “We have moms that come and stock up for themselves and also grab a different dinner casserole for the husband and kids” says Guthrie, “It’s a win – win!” Some of the current healthy choices endorsed by Nonie and prepared by Rae’s Kitchen include an extremely popular Egg Roll Bowl, an Edamame Quinoa Salad, Chicken Lettuce Wrap Stuffing, a GLOW (gluten free, low carb, organic) Bowl, a Green Quinoa Bowl, Cauliflower Detox Salad, Vegetable Detox Soup and a Turkey Sausage & Cabbage Soup. The offerings vary and are seasonal but there are typically approximately ten different choices available at all times.

For more information on Nonie Taul and the services she offers visit her website at www.naturallystrongnonie.com or visit her Facebook Page “Naturally Strong Nonie”.  To get a taste of what Taul is advocating (and more) visit Rae’s Kitchen at 460 N. Section Street, Fairhope (251) 210-6135 www.raeskitchenandcatering.com • Facebook “Rae’s Kitchen”




Pennsylvania couple introduces Alabama to a sweet Northern treat

RitaCoupleRob and Debra Tarr were familiar with the Alabama Gulf Coast because they used to vacation here. Each year after visiting “Paradise” it became more difficult for them to return to Lancaster, Pennsylvania with their five children. So the couple found a cool way to relocate. There were things about living in Pennsylvania that the family did enjoy and one of those things was Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard. Often, after a hot summer day in South Alabama they would think of the frozen treats that were available back home and exclaim, “If there was only a Rita’s here!”
Rob and Debra started researching a franchise opportunity with Rita’s. Rita’s is 25 year old company who in the past two years has gone to regional franchising to national franchising and also offered incentives to Military Veterans (Rob is retired Coast Guard). The Tarr’s proposed their plan to Rita’s Corporate and the answer was yes!
They opened their flagship store in Foley this past March and in September, the Fairhope location opened. Rita’s two main products are Italian Ice and Frozen Custard. The Italian ice is made in store daily and is fat free, gluten free, lactose free and some flavors are sugar free. The flavors vary from fruity to creamy to seasonal. Their frozen custard is made from real ingredients – no preservatives – and is available in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. The enticing aspect of the business model is all the possibilities that are available with the two core products. Their number one seller is the Gelati which is a layering of Italian ice and frozen custard. The Blendini® is your choice of Italian Ice and frozen custard plus a topping or mix-in. If you are on the go a Misto® (Italian Ice and custard blended) or a milkshake is the way to go. They also offer sundaes, frozen lemonade, custard cakes and custard cookies. Rita’s of Alabama also offers bulk sizes with their party buckets and catering is available with their mobile carts.
Gift cards and Fundraising opportunites are also part of what Rita’s has to offer.
The Fairhope Rita’s location will celebrate their newest location with a Grand Opening Event on Friday, October 24th. The first 50 customers in line will receive FREE ITALIAN ICE for a year. So mark your calendars and plan on getting up early for your shot at 365 days of Rita’s Ice, Custard, Happiness – on the house. They will also be giving away a small free ice all day.
Rita’s of Alabama, 2654 S. McKenzie Street, Foley (251) 943-5980 and 420 Eastern Shore Shopping Center, Fairhope (251)   • Facebook “Ritas of Alabama” • http://www.ritasice.com