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GlutenFreedom’s Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

This Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake, created and photographed by Rachael Hunt of GlutenFreedom Inc., is free from gluten, dairy and nuts!


Gluten Free Garage sponsors Italpasta and Fiesta Farms sent Rachael Hunt, founder of GlutenFreedom Inc. (and my good friend), on a shopping spree to gather the ingredients to create a delicious family-friendly and allergy-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free) pasta dish. She made a creamy tomato pasta sauce, otherwise known as a rosé. This kind of sauce is typically laden with heavy cream and butter, but not the GlutenFreedom version! (All the ingredients for this dish are available at Toronto independent grocery store Fiesta Farms.)



Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

1 package Italpasta fusilli (or penne)
1 shallot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small eggplant, diced
1 bunch spinach
1 jar Neal Brothers tomato and basil marinara sauce
1/2 cup Yoso cashew cream cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
chili flakes (optional)
fresh basil (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package. When cooked al dente, strain but set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water.

In a large saucepan, sauté shallot, red pepper and eggplant until slightly softened. Add in marinara and season with salt and pepper. Mix in cashew cream cheese, stir thoroughly.

Wilt spinach in sauce. Remove from heat and add in cooked pasta.

Transfer pasta mixture into a large baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool, garnish with fresh basil and chili flakes.


Rachael Hunt has been living with a severe gluten intolerance since 2013. She founded GlutenFreedom Inc.—a resource for dining, cooking, traveling and living gluten free—to provide a platform for others navigating the challenges of going GF. Here she’s at the checkout counter at Fiesta Farms with all the ingredients for her Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake.


We are so excited to welcome back Italpasta to Gluten Free Garage
for the 5th time as a Gold sponsor!

They’ll be sampling their new gluten-free pasta—made from a blend of corn, white and brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa—that’s GMO free and certified gluten-free from the Gluten-Free Certification Program. Available in penne, fusilli, elbows and spaghetti, it looks and tastes like regular pasta. We can’t wait to taste what they’ll be serving up at #GFG17!

Ste. Anne’s Spa: gluten-free getaway

This is me in one of my happy places—the eucalyptus steam room at Ste. Anne’s Spa. The only thing I was more excited about at my most recent visit to Ste. Anne’s was the bakery. Whether sweet or savoury, there were so many delectable gluten-free baked goods! Ste. Anne’s, an inn and health spa, has been a popular getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation for years. Now it’s also become a destination for people who are gluten free because of its delicious and celiac-safe gluten-free offerings (however, not all of the meals are GF, so be sure to tell the staff about your dietary needs). And it’s all thanks to Ste. Anne’s Bakery. To find out more about this little bakery in Grafton, Ontario, read our interview below with Ste. Anne’s Bakery manager David Salazar.


“Our facility is certified by the Gluten Free Certification Program, so everything in the bakery is 100% gluten free. It’s been a dedicated gluten-free facility for a couple of years now. We use organic certified gluten-free flour, a formula we developed that we still work with. Some of the baked goods are also vegan. We’re trying to offer more vegan options because we’re getting a lot of requests for this now. The bakery is like a lab because we have to try one product several times until we feel it’s ready to share it with the rest of the world. There’s math involved, too, because you have to make sure to have certain ratios of protein to starch.”


“The bread is the most popular product we offer, then the granola, the cookies, and the rest of the cakes and desserts. We offer fresh-baked gluten-free bread every day. Our most popular varieties are the multigrain, which we call five-seed bread, the almond milk bread, and the herb and cheddar cheese bread. We also bake vegan bread and cinnamon raisin, which goes over so well with the kids! Many stores have gotten into the habit of only selling frozen gluten-free breads. Ours is sold fresh. We don’t use any preservatives, so we recommend keeping the bread on your counter for three to four days and then putting in the freezer if you want to keep it for a longer time.” [Click here to see where to find the bread in Toronto.]


“And focaccia! They serve the focaccia in the restaurant at the spa. [Editor’s note: I asked for seconds with my lunch.] We also create products for the spa—for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. When the executive chef comes up with an idea and says he’s looking for a new dessert and he saw this cake in Italy and can we do it gluten free, I meet with my team and we develop something. Right now we’re working on a recipe for puff pastry. It’s a huge challenge.”


“The granola is a real part of the Ste. Anne’s experience: a high-quality organic mix of GF-certified seeds and nuts seasoned with Ste. Anne’s honey butter and spices. That’s all we use. We let the ingredients speak for themselves.”


“Our baked goods have a unique taste because we use ingredients that we grow on our own property. A lot of flavours used in the bakery are from our garden, including the extracts—rosemary, rose, lavender. We try to use a farm-to-table practice, and we’re lucky that we have this property and the staff to help us produce a lot of fresh ingredients. The honey used in our bread is also from our property.”


“This is where the magic happens. What we have here is walnut-almond banana bread.”


“This devil sponge cake with chocolate buttercream and vanilla buttercream writing will soon say: Happy 50th Michelle!” [Editor’s note: Lucky lady!]


“Customers come to the bakery from all over the place, it’s not just spa guests. We offer lunch here—quesadilla, panini, empanada, quiche. We like to follow the requests of our guests when it comes to developing new products. Interestingly, a lot of them are not gluten free, they’re just looking for healthy choices.”


Ste. Anne’s Bakery is a Silver sponsor of #GFG17 and a new vendor we’re excited to welcome!
Find them opposite Neal Brothers Foods at the Wychwood (east) side of the Barns on May 28th.

Fill out a ballot at Gluten Free Garage to win an All-Inclusive Day Spa for Two at Ste. Anne’s!
This deliciously relaxing getaway includes (per person):
$120 spa allowance, 3-course lunch, afternoon tea and complete use of the facilities.
Approximate value is $542.40


branding & buzzing

Branding & Buzzing’s gluten-free division knows the stats! This is why we’ve chosen them to be the agency of record for #GFG17. This top Toronto food marketing agency launched Canada’s first-ever gluten-free division in October 2016. How awesome is that?!


Gluten Free Garage selects Branding & Buzzing as Agency of Record for Digital and Social Marketing

TORONTO (April, 2017) – For the 6th annual Gluten Free Garage, Toronto’s original pop-up gluten-free marketplace, we are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Toronto agency Branding & Buzzing.

“When it came to the PR and social media marketing for this year’s Gluten Free Garage, Branding & Buzzing was a no-brainer, especially after they announced the launch of their gluten-free division,” says GFG founder RonniLyn Pustil. “I also knew that Rachael Hunt, the creator of GlutenFreedom Inc., a valuable resource in the gluten-free community, is heading up the GF division and I know that she understands the audience and the gluten-free lifestyle and truly appreciates what Gluten Free Garage is all about.”

Branding & Buzzing, which launched Canada’s first gluten-free marketing division last year, is taking on the festival’s on- and off-site social media plus premium pitches for television and radio coverage. At the helm is agency VP Marian Staresinic and the gluten-free division’s account director Rachael Hunt, both of whom have lived gluten-free lifestyles for many years.

“With our five-plus years of experience working alongside food festivals citywide, our in-depth knowledge and involvement in the GF niche and this being the only gluten-free festival in Ontario, I feel that this was the most perfect fit for both sides and couldn’t be more thrilled with our involvement,” Staresinic says.

Hunt has worked before with Gluten Free Garage through her personal venture GlutenFreedom Inc., an online community dedicated to dining, cooking, traveling and living gluten-free. “I’ve always been a big supporter of Gluten Free Garage and have taken to my channels to promote and share the event highlights with my audience,” she says. “I’m looking forward to working closer on the festival and being involved in the exciting elements that make it such a success.”

The 6th annual Gluten Free Garage (#GFG17) is taking place during Celiac Awareness Month on Sunday May 28 at Artscape Wychwood Barns from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. 



6th annual Gluten Free Garage!

Toronto’s highly anticipated go-to gluten-free event is a prominent playground for gluten-free people looking to discover new brands, try different foods and meet fellow foodies. Carefully curated for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, GLUTEN FREE GARAGE places quality and taste at the forefront, allowing it to be experienced by all food lovers as the perfect, most delicious way to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month.





More than 60 handpicked vendors (mostly local and artisanal) will offer attendees a wide variety of gluten-free options appealing to different tastes. Indulge in freshly baked goods—such as bagels, scones and baguettes—that you never thought could taste so good. Enjoy savoury made-to-order foods—like falafel (pictured here from My Little Chickpea), tacos and dumplings—for lunch. Sample and purchase sweet and savoury snacks, sauces, soups, pizza, pasta, gelato and even skincare! Not just for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, GLUTEN FREE GARAGE offers something for everyone on the gluten-free spectrum—meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. Come hungry for a delicious day of one-stop shopping and taste for yourself how gluten free has come a long way, baby!



Take advantage of the opportunity to eat al fresco from a food truck on the Wychwood Barns grounds. Participating trucks include 50 Pesos and Bar Ape.



Those who are 19+ can partake in Libations in the Courtyard, featuring tastings from various beer, cider and vodka brands. There is still space at the bar for additional beer and cider brands. Send a note to for information on how your brand can participate.



Not all brands are able to exhibit at GLUTEN FREE GARAGE, so there’s an opportunity to offer festival-goers the chance to discover and try new products through sampling. Ask about how your brand can get involved.



Take a break from eating and tune into a talk or live demonstration in The Stop. Past speakers include holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, Bunner’s Bakeshop cofounder Ashley Witting, gluten-free expert Kathy Smart, and celiac advocate Jordan Middlebrook, aka King Gluten Free. This year’s speakers will be announced soon.



The success of GLUTEN FREE GARAGE is made possible with the continued support of our sponsors. This year we welcome back Italpasta, Neal Brothers and Fiesta Farms and are excited to have Ste. Anne’s Bakery on board! Thanks also to the Gluten-Free Certification Program for their ongoing support!