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Let them eat pasta!

Italpasta is back

One of my first thoughts after our daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009 was: “What about pasta!?!” She loved her noodles, and so did I! The day after her diagnosis, we cleaned out our pantry and got rid of every single product that contained gluten. We felt it would be safer for her and easier for us all if our whole house was gluten free. In those first few gluten-free years, we ate rice pasta, which often wound up a goopy mess on the plate and just didn’t taste like the pasta I knew and loved. I was ready to kiss pasta goodbye. And then we discovered Italpasta gluten-free pasta. Certified by Canada’s Gluten Free Certification Program (GFCP), Italpasta’s GF penne, fusilli and spaghetti are made from a blend of rice and non-GMO corn. The texture is bang on and you’d never know it’s gluten free. It is now our family’s go-to gluten-free pasta—and, believe me, we’ve tried them all!

 

The Italpasta team, from left: Chef Gianni Ceschia, Laura Dal Bo and Perry Battista

Italpasta has been a huge supporter of Gluten Free Garage over the years. Here’s the team at our last pop-up, from left: Chef Gianni Ceschia, Laura Dal Bo and Perry Battista.

 

Pasta makes people happy!

The Italpasta booth at Gluten Free Garage always has a lineup of people waiting to get their hands on whatever delicious dish Chef Gianni is making onsite. It’s a gluten-free pasta lover’s dream come true!

 

If you've never tried

Italpasta gluten-free penne rigate with tomato sauce.

 

“We are very pleased to once again join Gluten Free Garage on May 1st as a lead sponsor,” says Frank DeMichino, COO of Italpasta Limited. “It has grown to become not only a must-visit community event but also a rich resource for the gluten-free community. Given that a significant number of Canadians are affected by celiac disease, we are pleased to offer a gluten-free pasta without sacrificing good taste or quality.”

And that they do. Grazie, Italpasta.

breaking bread

We heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) so we got out our favourite loaf of gluten-free bread from the freezer

I heard it was National Sandwich Day (November 3, mark it down on your calendars!) and I wanted to partake. So I whipped up an open-face avocado sammie with Organic Works Bakery’s gluten-free quinoa and honey bread.

 

And so it went

I wish I could share this with you. But since I can’t here’s how to make it: Toast bread and top with avocado chunks, honey goat cheese, hemp seeds, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a pinch of fresh-ground black pepper. Take a bite.

 

Lucky for us, FEAST now carries Organic Works Bakery's bread!

Lucky for us, FEAST now carries our favourite gluten-free bread so we don’t have to travel to London, Ontario get it.

 

But we've been known to do so in the past...

But we have been known to do so…

 

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!

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the Lady is a champ

Responding to customer demand, Lady York Foods adds more gluten-free products, both local and imported, to its shelves every week.

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!

 

At Gluten Free Garage, you can fill out a ballot to win one of these gorgeous gift baskets filled with imported and local gluten-free goods from Lady York Foods!

At Gluten Free Garage, you can fill out a ballot to win one of these gorgeous gift baskets filled with imported and local gluten-free goods courtesy of Lady York Foods!

 

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…

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