Why the Gluten Free Garage?
When our daughter Lily, 13, was diagnosed with celiac disease we turned our house into a gluten-free zone. We wanted it to be perfectly safe for her to eat at home and we wanted home to be a place of “yes,” a place where we wouldn’t have to say “sorry, you can’t eat that.” Back then, gluten-free products in supermarkets were slim pickings, many people had never heard of or met anyone with celiac disease (certainly not someone Lily’s age), and I shopped for most of our gluten-free food at health food stores or The Specialty Food Shop, a pioneer in gluten-free retail in Toronto (it opened in 1982 at the Hospital for Sick Children to help people living with a variety of special dietary needs, including celiac disease, and is still going strong with many gluten-free products available in-store and online).
That was 10 years ago and, baby, we’ve come a long way! Since Lily’s diagnosis, gluten-free food options have exploded onto the market, but we quickly discovered that quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. In my quest for delicious and healthy gluten-free food, I constantly navigate the city and have discovered countless gluten-free gems. At GFG, we gather all of our favourite gluten-free products, people and places for a tasty day of one-stop shopping and learning at Artscape Wychwood Barns.
Nothing brings me more joy than someone eating a dumpling or donut for the first time since going gluten free or discovering a new favourite product. I hope to make the gluten-free lifestyle more healthy and pleasurable, and less challenging, for others. Whether you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, whether you’re eating gluten free because it makes you feel better, whether you’re gluten-free curious…we hope to see you at the Gluten Free Garage! Come hungry and wear loose clothing! —RonniLyn Pustil, GFG Founder
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