Following the Keto diet craze? So is IPIC.
The upscale movie theater recently introduced a new Dine in the Dark menu “Guiltless Pleasures” catered toward those following the Keto diet.
Keto is all about limiting the amount of carbohydrates you eat. The absence of carbs forces the body into ketosis, which is where the diet gets its name. When the body is in ketosis, the diet claims it switches from using carbs as energy and uses fats, also known as ketones.
IPIC CEO and founder Hamid Hashemi began practicing the diet nearly a year ago and said it helped him lose weight and feel better. He said he lost 35 pounds and his cholesterol levels went from a 185 to 130.
He began creating keto friendly foods at home. When he realized it was hard to come by tasty Keto desserts, he began creating his own.
“I also started making my own chocolates and coconut cream pies testing myself to see whether great desserts could be made with less carbs and no sugar,” he said.
Soon, his kids, friends and staff wanted his recipes and for him to bring in his keto food.
“I discovered, as I continued to educate myself on the topic, that low carb, low sugar fans are out there in droves, and that it’s become limiting for them to have healthy choices at their favorite restaurants and bars,” he said.
That’s when he decided to see how to mass produce the keto foods for the movie theater.
For the desserts, he found a sugar substitute called Swerve. He said it tastes like sugar without the aftertaste of other substitutes. He said it also works in the same ratio as sugar in recipes and forms the same crystallized texture in baking.
“It made for great baking, and being that at IPIC, our cocktail program and farm to glass mixology is so popular with our guests, I thought why not test and develop a whole line of low carb low sugar and Keto-friendly cocktails for our members and guests to enjoy,” he said.
The keto-friendly low carb, low sugar menu includes entrees, cocktails and desserts.
Featuring favorites like Spicy Tuna Lettuce Cups ($18) with bibb lettuce, avocado, spicy aioli, jalapeños, scallions, tobiko, daikon sprouts, wasabi, low-sodium soy sauce, Steak Skewers ($24) with grilled beef tenderloin skewers, seasonal vegetables, cilantro-lime sauce and Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($19) with almond flour, parmesan, paprika, cayenne, garlic & onion powder, sriracha-ranch.
Cocktails including the Strawberry-Basil Delight, Fresh-Keto and Anti-Rita are also available along with scrumptious desserts such as Key-To-Lime Bars ($6) Key Lime Juice, Swerve, Almond Flour Crust, Mini Chocolate Chip Whoopie Pies ($8) Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Swerve, Mascarpone-Cheese Filling.
Designed for movie-goers to eat while enjoying a film, keto offerings are finger food friendly. They can also be ordered at the bar at Tanzy in Boca Raton and on request in the dining room.
The menu includes how many net carbs are in each item. A full list of nutritional information is available upon request.