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plenty of Italpasta at #GFG19

GFTeamVeg: Gluten-Free Lentil Bolognese

 

At this year’s Gluten Free Garage, our favourite pasta is popping up in two different places!

If you’ve been to GFG in the past, you know that the Italpasta BOOTH is a busy one! And we don’t expect this year to be any different, as they’re doing a little #GFTeamVeg and #GFTeamMeat sampling and inviting you to take a side. Drop by their booth and taste their Gluten-Free Lentil Bolognese or their Gluten-Free Asparagus and Pancetta Fusilli—or both if you’re a flexitarian! Take a photo, post it on Instagram tagging @forpastalovers and @glutenfreegarage, and comment with either #GFTeamVeg or #GFTeamMeat to be entered into a draw for an Italpasta prize pack. Italpasta will announce the winner on Tuesday May 28. If you’re a gluten-free pasta lover, you’ll be happy to know that you can purchase Italpasta at their booth this year!

You can also join Italpasta IN THE STOP for a “taste & learn” with special guest Irene Matys, who will show you how to put a gluten-free spin on the hottest food trends: Exotic flavours and ingredients from the Pacific Rim. Hand-churned ice cream in surprising flavours. And unexpected sauces for a match made in gluten-free pasta heaven. Attendees will get to taste each dish and take home a gift bag of Italpasta Gluten Free Pasta to try out their new skills at home. Three sessions will be offered during the day: 10:30 to 11:30 am, 12:30 to 1:30 pm and 2:30 to 3:30 pm. 

 

 

pasta lovers rejoice

Gluten-free fusilli with walnut lemon ricotta sauce and peas

 

We really want to share the recipe for this delicious dish made with our favourite gluten-free pasta. But first, we have some exciting news to share!

If you’ve been following Gluten Free Garage for the past seven years or if you’ve been to any of our pop-up gluten-free markets in that time, you know that our go-to pasta is Italpasta.

It’s the pasta we use at home and it’s the pasta we showcase at Gluten Free Garage because it’s the best gluten-free dry pasta out there. And, rest assured, we’ve tried them all!

Made from a blend of four different grains—corn (non-GMO), rice, buckwheat and quinoa—Italpasta gluten-free pasta is just like “regular” pasta when it comes to taste and texture. It’s flavourful; it has the right amount of chewiness (not goopy or mushy like rice pasta can be and not tough like corn pasta can be); it holds its shape and it holds on to the sauce.

The best testimonial for Italpasta gluten-free pasta comes from my younger daughter, who does not have celiac. Though she eats gluten free at home, because our house is entirely gluten free, she eats gluten out—at her grandparents’ or friends’ houses or when we go to certain restaurants—and she’s had her fill of wheat-based pasta. She says that she can’t tell the difference between Italpasta gluten-free pasta and regular pasta. And, she adds, “This year I’m going to have five dishes of Italpasta pasta at Gluten Free Garage!”

To top it off, Italpasta GF pasta is certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Certification Program endorsed by the Canadian Celiac Association, so it’s 100% safe for my older daughter and other people with celiac disease! Also, besides being gluten free, it’s also free from dairy and eggs.

So now for our exciting news: Italpasta will be back at Gluten Free Garage this year as our lead sponsor! On May 26th at Artscape Wychwood Barns, they’ll be sampling two different kinds of pasta—one veg, one meat—so there will be something for all you g-free pasta lovers!

 

Italpasta’s Chef Gianni Ceschia prepping penne for the pasta-loving crowds at last year’s Gluten Free Garage

 

Gluten-Free Fusilli with Walnut Lemon Ricotta Sauce and Peas
Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Serves: 2

Ingredients
1/4 pkg Italpasta Gluten Free Fusilli (460 g)
1 tbsp Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 cup walnut halves, toasted, divided
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
lemon zest
3/8 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)

Instructions
Place half of the toasted walnuts in a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the ricotta and pulse again until smooth and set aside.

Bring a small pot of salted water to boil and cook the fusilli until just under al dente, following package instructions. Reserve 3/8 cup (90 ml) of pasta water, then drain.

In a medium-sized skillet, add olive oil, garlic and thyme and sauté on medium heat for 1 minute or until garlic and thyme are fragrant.

Add the walnut and ricotta mixture, salt and 3/4 of the pasta water and bring to a simmer to heat through.

Add cooked pasta, Parmesan cheese and lemon zest, and toss well to coat.

Next add the lemon juice and peas, toss and simmer for a couple of minutes until peas are heated through, adding more pasta water if needed to thin out sauce.

Roughly chop remaining toasted walnuts and sprinkle over pasta. Serve immediately, garnished with chopped parsley.

 

gluten-free gratitude for #GFG18

We know we say this every year,
but this year’s Gluten Free Garage was truly the best!
We couldn’t have done it without our super sponsors.

♥︎  ♥︎  ♥︎

A   H U G E   T H A N K   Y O U   T O :

Our lead sponsor Italpasta—hands down the best gluten-free pasta on the market! A GFG sponsor since 2013, this year not only were they a platinum sponsor and brought three different kinds of their GF pasta for guests to sample, they also sponsored our speaker session “Say Ciao to Boring Bowls of Pasta” with food stylist Irene Matys.

Longtime GFG sponsor Neal Brothers Foods—these snack kings have been with us since our very first pop-up in 2012 and they always bring the best gluten-free munchies! Be sure to check out their new bangin’ branding!

The official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, Fiesta Farms—this family-owned, independent gem of a grocery store has its finger on the gluten-free pulse! They stock so many high-quality gluten-free products, not to mention the best locally produced, organic produce!

First-time GFG sponsors The Burger’s Priest and Keto Buns—if you had a burger at GFG, you’ll know these two are a match made in heaven! If you missed out, you can  indulge at any Burger’s Priest location. (Note: The chicken burger and veggie option are not gluten free.) And the fries are gluten free, too! Just straight-up Yukon golds with salt!

Flow Alkaline Spring Water for keeping us all from melting! Everyone was in the flow at GFG!

The Canadian Celiac Association and the Gluten-Free Certification Program— the work of these GFG sponsors and community partners is truly invaluable to people with celiac disease and the gluten-free community. Thank you for advocating on behalf of people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance!

That’s a wrap for #GFG18! See you next year!

 

 

guest blog: Italpasta dishes it out

Italpasta‘s Ultimate Vegan Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

 

We are just days away from our favourite event in the city—Gluten Free Garage! And we couldn’t be happier to be supporting the GFG team again this year.

If you have attended Gluten Free Garage in the past, you know that our booth is BUSY—and that we’ve run out of plates two years in a row :/  Embarrassing, we know, but it just means that our #glutenfreepastalovers can’t get enough of our gluten-free pasta samples!

This year, we’re dialing it up a notch. We’ll be sampling THREE different recipes: Penne with Basil Tomato Sauce, our Ultimate Vegan Gluten Free Pasta Salad, and a Vegetarian Lasagna using our new Oven Ready Gluten Free Lasagne.

But that’s not all! We’re also sponsoring a GFG speaker session with the very talented Irene Matys, a local farm-to-table advocate and freelance food stylist who is a regular on The Marilyn Denis Show. Check out her mouth-watering Instagram account @TheSpicyOlive1 and look at the gorgeous farm-to-table Kale, Basil Pesto and Zucchini Gluten Free Lasagna that she created for Gluten Free Garage!

If you think that looks good, Irene is going to show 50 lucky GFG attendees how to take their gluten-free pasta dishes from ordinary to extraordinary with a few tips and tricks. You won’t want to miss her “Say Ciao to Boring Bowls of Pasta” presentation on Sunday May 27th at 12 noon! Everyone who attends will receive a gift bag with Italpasta gluten-free pasta samples to try their hand at saying ciao to boring bowls of pasta! Line up about 15 minutes early outside of the Wychwood Barns Community Gallery—it’s first come, first served.

We can’t wait to see our gluten-free pasta lovers at the 2018 Gluten Free Garage!

 

Irene Matys will show you how to take your pasta to the next level!

 

 

guest blog: Neal Brothers turns 30!

 

Gluten Free Garage is one of our all-time favourite events! Not only do we get to share lots of yummy gluten-free goodies with everyone, we get to introduce exciting new brands and looks!

This year is especially exciting for us, as Neal Brothers Foods turns 30. That’s right, the big 3-0, the dirty thirty, whatever you call it, we’re turning it! We are so happy to be at this point; Neal Brothers Foods has become so much more than a brand. It is a distribution company, it is a family, it is a household name, and it has brought various innovations to the market over the years.

This year will be no different. Not only are we changing up the outside of our packages, we are also changing up some of the insides as well! Don’t worry, all the favourite snacks (corn salsa, blue with flax tortillas, etc.) are staying exactly as they are. But we have completely overhauled our pasta sauce and organic salsa lines. Our pasta sauce line is now 100% organic. In addition, we have added a flavour, Greens & Pepperoncini, to make a total of six all-organic delicious sauces. New formulations are currently out on the market in new packaging! Our organic salsa line has also had some tweaking, with new packaging and a new formulation inside, giving a fresher and lighter taste!

We can’t wait for everyone to see and try these tasty new products! At Gluten Free Garage, our new logo will be on display while we sell the favorites: kettle chips, cheese snacks and our new organic white tortilla! Stop by to check out our show special, we promise you won’t be disappointed! At the Neal Brothers booth you’ll also find:

enerjive quinoa crackers

Primal Kitchen dressings and marinades

Chickapea gluten-free pasta (with only two ingredients)

YumEarth candies

Hippie Snacks sesame snacks

 

Neal Brothers at the 2016 Gluten Free Garage!

 

Neal Brothers Foods has been a sponsor of Gluten Free Garage since the very first event in 2012! Look for their booth at the Wychwood (east) side of Artscape Wychwood Barns.