480.264.7002      1837 W. Guadalupe Rd. #103 Mesa, AZ 85202

What IF everything on your favorite menu was allergy-friendly? What IF everything was both safe & delicious to eat? What IF friends and families could eat at one table?

Intentional Foods was ranked #9 for Best Place to Eat in 2021 across the country by Yelp!

Top 9 Free

No peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten, seafood, soy, or sesame around here. Ever.

Catering

Yes! We can cater your next event. From parties to corporate events and even your next family gathering, we have you covered! Looking for school and/or hospital delivery? Our allergy-friendly meals are on wheels! Let us deliver the taste of home without the worry to you.

Farm to Table

Our meals are all made with local and fresh produce. And, whenever possible, we only use the best organic ingredients.

Popular Dishes

The Safe at School Kit

The Safe at School Kit by The Food Allergy Resource Alliance

It’s almost time for school to start again, and whether this is your first school experience or you’re a seasoned pro, a new school year means new classmates and new teachers.

The Safe at School Kit by The Food Allergy Resource Alliance, one of our favorite organizations committed to empowering families with food allergies to safely live life to the fullest, has created a packet comprised of useful forms, educational materials, logs, and emergency preparedness forms to ensure you, your child, and your school team start this school year feeling confident and at ease.

We love The Food Allergy Resource Alliance and we’re proud to support them by sharing this wonderful resource!

The Intentional Foods Story

Our Story

At only 6 months old, our middle daughter, Sarah, was diagnosed with a peanut allergy. No one used the words “life threatening” or “anaphylactic shock” so we thought we were fine. We were told she might only end up getting topical reactions and were sent home with an Epipen prescription that we never filled. At the time, it didn’t seem like a big deal to us. We had no idea.

Fast forward then to the moment we ended up in the emergency room with her due to an accidental ingestion of peanut butter at preschool. All it took was one bite of a granola bar. One bite. And this time, we heard the words no parents should ever hear, “You could have lost your child today.” We tested her for food allergies, we knew she had food allergies, but we were unaware of how serious it really was. We did everything wrong that day. We ignored the signs. We delayed giving her epinephrine. We took her home. We put her in the bath. We used the Epipen as a last resort.

Our Pivotal Moment

Sitting in the emergency room that day we were filled with questions. What happened? Searching online, our world started to close in. We read story after story of kids…who died from their food allergy. Who didn’t administer the Epipen in time. Who blindly believed like we did that as long as the allergen isn’t in the food, you’ll be fine. “What happened?” quickly turned into “How?”. How was Sarah going to navigate this as she got older? How would we keep her from accidentally eating something again? How is she going to advocate for herself when all her friends go out to eat and she can’t have the same thing? How do we keep her safe?

Our Question

For 6-8 months after this incident, we kind of shut down. We felt scared and helpless…until we realized we could do something about this. We could help kids like Sarah and families like ours take back our lives. We didn’t have to let the fear and burden of having life-threatening food allergies dictate what we did. Or didn’t do. So, our question of how, turned into, “What IF?”

What IF there was a safe place to eat? What IF you could have everything on the menu? What IF you didn’t have to eat at a separate table? What IF we could gather again with families and friends? What IF we could educate our community about food allergies? What IF?

With a desire to provide our community with allergy-friendly meals and foster an inclusive dining experience, we created Intentional Foods Cafe & Market.

Our Promise

We ensure that every product is manufactured in facilities that we can trust, down to the salt & pepper. We are transparent with all ingredients and their sourcing. In our retail market, you will find our favorite allergy-friendly products, local coffee, organic and local produce, fresh seasonings, baked goods, fresh flowers, prepackaged and made to order allergy-friendly meals.

Our promise is simple: Allergy-friendly. Safe and delicious. Always.

What Our Intentional Foods Family Says

“I was recently diagnosed with food allergies and now have a diet that greatly limits what I can eat. It has been so hard to find somewhere to eat out. I heard about Intentional foods and was so excited to go somewhere that had foods that are safe for me to eat. Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious and the dessert is out of this world! I ordered the lemon cookie and a donut, and they were probably the best I ever had and I couldn’t believe they were allergen free.”

Karisa 

“This place is literally Amazing. I have a lot of allergies, so it’s hard to eat out, and when I can, it’s like only one item on the menu, until Now!! I found Intentional Foods on the news, and was shocked that everything was top 8 allergy-free!! I went to try out this place, and even though it was allergy-free, the food was AMAZING!! I said to myself, “I can finally order everything on the menu without worries!!” I usually get 4-5 things on the menu it’s SO GOOD!! Even if you don’t have allergies, this is the place to be!! The staff is so friendly!! I really hope this place grows, because it’s SO GOOD!!”

Noah

“My family and I just had lunch today at Intentional Foods in Mesa and we loved it! If we could give this place 6 stars, we would! Owners Lisa and Chef Ned are a dynamic duo and this allergy-friendly and safe restaurant is a one in a million. Great tasting, fresh food for everyone, plus wonderful hospitality by the owners. They made sure all the ingredients were safe for us and that is not an easy task. Amazing, amazing, amazing. They also have some grocery items and sweet treats that are free of the top 8 allergens and many new brands I hadn’t seen before. Thank you for being great people and for making the most healthy and delicious food in town.”

Pardis

Intentional Foods in the Media

Intentional Foods Ranked #9 on Yelp’s Top 100 List

Welcome to Intentional Foods

What IF?

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Our Location & Hours

Intentional Foods Cafe and Market

1837 W. Guadalupe Rd. #103
Mesa, AZ 85202
480.264.7002

Our Cafe Hours

Tuesday – Saturday | 10am – 8pm
(Takeout Orders Only)

Monday | Closed
Sunday | Closed

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