Fries before guys

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

 

Flashback to Gluten Free Garage in the fall of '14 with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

Flashback to fall 2014 Gluten Free Garage with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

 

This year Gluten Free Garage is hosting an unprecedented number of vegan and vegetarian vendors. But we know that there are many gluten-free carnivores out there who will be asking: “Where’s the beef?”

Enter Hero Certified Burgers.

You know what my beef is with Hero Burgers? Their french fries, which themselves are gluten free, are made in a shared fryer, so there is a risk of cross-contamination. Hence, my daughter, and everyone else with celiac disease, cannot have them. Which is a bummer, because Lil loves fries.

But I appreciate that Hero Burgers is very clear about this in their communications, because it keeps people with celiac and gluten intolerance safe. Also on the plus side, most of their proteins (except for the hot dog) and condiments are gluten free and they have gluten-free buns from O’Doughs that are warmed in a dedicated toaster. And, most recently, they added gluten-free naturally smoked beef bacon to the menu.

Click here for a full list of the gluten-free offerings at Hero Burgers.

Back to the fries. You may wonder why Lily is eating them in the above photos. Is it an act of gluten-free child rebellion? No, she knows how much it sucks to get glutened. It’s because at Gluten Free Garage the Hero Burgers food truck serves up fries—and poutine!—made in a dedicated fryer with fresh, clean oil. So Lily and her fellow celiacs get to order a side of fries with that!

GFG sponsor Hero Burgers / Photo: Lewis Mirrett

Keep on truckin’ / All photos by Lewis Mirrett

 

Hero Certified Burgers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

 

Marni Wasserman keeps it clean

Marni and her new pup Goji

Marni and her adorable new pup Goji

 

5 QUESTIONS for culinary nutritionist Marni Wasserman

What’s your motto?
Everyone can eat more plants!

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Sweet potatoes, almond butter and my dog Goji.

Why gluten free?
It’s so much easier for my gut to digest. Also, when you choose clean, wholesome gluten-free foods they are fun to prepare and build recipes with. The versatility and variety of meals to make is off the charts!

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
Green chia porridge.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I love ’80s music and butterflies.

 

Green Chia Porridge

Get the recipe for this Green Chia Porridge on Marni’s Instagram @marniwasserman

 

Marni will teach you how to “Clean Up Your Gluten-Free Act” at 3 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!

Win this shopping cart from Fiesta Farms!

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This could all be yours (minus the actual shopping cart)!

 

Fiesta Farms Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway!!!

Fiesta Farms, the official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, has loaded up a shopping cart full of our fave gluten-free products, local and imported. Valued at $700, this gluten-free giveaway is packed with pantry staples, snacks, sauces, sweets and more!

Enter to Win
♥︎ Fiesta Farms staff will hand out ballots at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 1st. Make sure to get one!

♥︎ Fill out your ballot and head about 5 blocks south to Fiesta Farms to submit it at the express checkout.

♥︎ The winning ballot will be drawn on May 16th and Fiesta Farms will call the lucky winner.

Bonus: When you hand in your ballot at the store, you’ll get a free Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free instant oatmeal cup, compliments of Fiesta Farms!

 

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Some of the products in the Fiesta Farms Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway:
Earth + City
Giddy Yoyo
Grain-Free JK Gourmet
Italpasta
Jax Coco
Mad Mexican
MadeGood
Neal Brothers
No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce
…and more!

Fiesta Farms is a Gold sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

 

Off the hook

This dish takes fish and chips to the next level!

This recipe takes fish and chips to the next level! (from Goodness: Recipes & Stories)

 

Halibut Crunch
Serves 4

Ingredients
2½ cups potato chips (we like Neal Brothers Srirachup Kettle Chips)
2 heaping tbsp spicy mayo (we like Neal Brothers Sriracha Mayonnaise)
4 halibut fillets, skin-on (4-6 ounces each)
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional)

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place potato chips in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs. (Alternatively, crush them right in the opened bag using a rolling pin.)

Place fish on the prepared baking sheet. Spread mayonnaise evenly overtop. Coat fish in chip crumbs (only the top of the fish), pressing lightly so they stick to the mayo.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until coating is crispy and golden brown and fish is opaque and flakes easily with as fork. Garnish with parsley if using.

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Neal Brothers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

Ashley Wittig, baker boss

Ashley

Ashley literally lets them eat cake (and so much more)!

 

5 QUESTIONS for Bunner’s Ashley Wittig

What’s your motto?
I don’t really subscribe to any hard-and-fast motto. I just try to be mindful and optimistic every day.

3 things you’d bring to the desert island.
Now, if this was a dessert island, I wouldn’t need to bring anything! But for a desert island I would bring my favourite oversized hoodie, my running shoes so I don’t lose my mind, and my imaginary solar-powered Vitamix so I could whip up smoothies with all those tropical fruits lying around.

Why gluten free?
Simply, Bunner’s is gluten free because my business partner Kevin is (along with being vegan). But, broadly, when we opened over five years ago, there wasn’t anything available that was delicious and gluten free in Toronto. We were really set on making vegan and gluten-free baked goods that were traditional and tasted as great—if not better—than their gluten, egg and dairy-ful counterparts.

What’s your go-to gluten-free breakfast?
I love a good old-fashioned smoothie. My favourite of all time is frozen banana, frozen watermelon, vanilla almond milk, a handful of baby spinach, and matcha. It’s so out of control, and especially perfect on summer mornings.

Tell us a little-known fun fact about you.
I can do this thing with my tongue that only one in a thousand people can do, apparently. Come find me at the Gluten Free Garage and I’ll show you!

 

Ashley smoothie

Ashley will show you how “Bunner’s Does It Savoury Style” at 2 pm in The Stop at Gluten Free Garage!