Any way you slice it, gluten-free people can have their sandwich and eat it too. For all the sammie lovers out there, check this out.
Organic Works Bakery will be selling and sampling their many varieties of GF bread at Gluten Free Garage—raisin cinnamon; quinoa maple; buckwheat, chickpea and flax; buckwheat chia—along with more of their delicious baked goods. And, get this, owner Peter Cuddy is bringing along the bakery’s buckwheat farmer, George, who grows 300 acres of buckwheat for Organic Works on his farm!
Lady York Foods sounds very proper and English but it’s anything but. A local, independent, Italian-owned grocer, Lady York caters to the continental tastes of its diverse Toronto neighbourhood with such a variety of high-end, largely Italian goods that shopping there becomes a process of discovery—just like shopping in a market in a Neapolitan piazza. The biggest surprise, however, is that Lady York is also THE place to shop for imported gluten-free goods. GF enthusiasts from across the city make the trip regularly to the corner of Dufferin Street and Glenbrook Avenue for what’s become a go-to for top-shelf, specialty gluten-free staples and snacks. Responding to customer demand, Lady York adds more gluten-free products, both imported and local, to its shelves every week.
“Lady York has the best selection of gluten-free products from Italy that I can’t find anywhere else,” says Mimi Green, who’s been baking and cooking gluten free for her family ever since her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease nearly 20 years ago.
Lady York co-owner Gabriele Torchetti let us in on how this 55-year-old family-run Italian grocery store has become a champion for the gluten free.
When and why did you start carrying gluten-free products?
We got into the general “health/natural” category about 25 years ago, which naturally included a few gluten-free products, along with organic.
How big is the gluten-free category for your business today?
It has surpassed the organic category in our store and it’s continually getting bigger. We sell more than 70 different gluten-free products.
What are the most popular gluten-free products in the store?
Our bestsellers are the imported cookies and pasta. Our most popular imported brands are Farabella, Scotti, Viazzo, Sarchio, Palmisano and Lazzaroni.
Are most of your gluten-free items imported?
I would estimate that the breakdown is 50% imported and 50% local at the moment, with the imported products—mostly from Italy, where they are very gluten-free savvy—growing a little bit faster.
How do you source the best gluten-free products?
Our best resources are our customers and our gluten-free-designated sales representatives/brokers. We take customer requests seriously. We always try to bring in items that customers ask for because they almost always turn out to be bestsellers!
Along with its treasure trove of imported GF goods, Lady York also carries some of our favourite gluten-free products such as Italpasta, JK Gourmet, Neal Brothers, Bix Bakery, enerjive, Hippie Foods, Enjoy Life Foods, Tonica Kombucha, Nomz, Wow Baking Company, GAGA for Gluten-Free and more…
Neal Brothers Kettle Chip-Crusted Chicken with Truffle Mayo
4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise
Neal Brothers Kettle Cooked Pink Himalayan Salt Chips (or any flavour)
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Liberally coat the chicken with the mayo.
Crush the chips, to about ½-inch squared or smaller.
Press the chicken, mayo side down, into the chips, coating quite thickly.
Place in the oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes.
Enjoy with some extra mayo on the side.
Tip: Switch up the mayo and chip flavours for a variety of taste sensations—Sriracha mayo and Srirachup chips for a Buffalo-style chicken; Lime mayo and Vij’s Delhi-licious chips for a Far Eastern flavour; and Classic Mayo and Smokey BBQ chips for a crowd pleaser! Try it on fish, too.
Being new to the “Zipsterhood,” I wasn’t sure how this car sharing would all play out, but becoming a member and picking up the car was a piece of (gluten-free) cake! Literally, you can be sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle in 4 simple steps:
1) Join Zipcar.
2) Reserve a car.
3) Unlock the door (with your Zipcar card).
You can drive by the hour or the day, with gas, insurance and up to 200 km a day included. Best of all, there was a Zipcar location two blocks away from our house. Off we went on a gluten-free shopping spree to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington!
Zipcar, Organic Works Bakery, Lettuce Love Cafe and Kelly’s XO Bake Shoppe are all sponsors of #GFG2014!
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