Last week I attended the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in Raleigh. This was a great opportunity for folks to see what is new and exciting in the gluten free world. The best part for me – all the North Carolina Based Exhibitors.
Don’t get me wrong, there were some great presenters and exhibitors that I enjoyed meeting, but trying to live local as much as possible – I was pleasantly surprised with the NC showing!
(Selfie with my best and yet littlest helper)
These are the companies we went to and are happy to share info on them!
Almost Heaven – This new Cary-based bakery is a dedicated gluten free bakery. The bread was a favorite for my little helper! I think we found a new excuse to visit Cary. (that and Whisk!)
Bang Bang Banh Mi – We love this food truck. How often have you seen an entirely gluten free food truck! One little tip – if you like spice – order the sandwich as is… If not, ask them to hold the peppers! (Here is a link to a previous blog dedicated to Bang Bang Banh Mi)
Bella Monica – Both a Raleigh restaurant and maker of the often found in the frozen section pizza! Yum!
Betty’s Better Bread – Betty is a great person to know! She can whip up some incredible tasting brownies and angel food cake! (The brownies were announced at the event and they were good!) Go Betty!
(Chef Noreen with one of her biggest fans)
Celiac Cakery – We LOVE the Celiac Cakery. Noreen is a wonderful person. Not only is she a great baker – she is a great instructor. Soon after my daughters were diagnosed with Celiac Disease turned to me and said, “Oh great, there goes my dream of opening a bakery and being a famous chef!” I did a little research and found the Celiac Cakery. Noreen gives amazing cooking class for kids (and adults). And thanks to Noreen – Chef is back on the career option for my little one…
DaisyCakes For those in Durham – you must stop by the store! Lunch is awesome (I have the tofu scramble everytime). the desserts – well – WOW. And you can purchase their gf flour in local stores.
Harmony Farms Natural Foods Store – I admit it being from the other side of the triangle – I did not know about Harmony Farms Natural Food Store. However, I do now, and what a great service to the community. They have the largest selection of gf foods in the triangle!
Primal Food & Spirits – This new 100% GF restaurant opened in July in Durham. They are showing us the love – we need to show them the love and support them! They just announced they will be offering brunch! Woot!
REW’s Kitchen – After a taste of her waffles – I said one word, “FOODTRUCK!” (Actually, I said two words, I added, “Please!!!”)
Raleigh Raw– Looking for a great and refreshing drink? Loved Raleigh Raw. The bottles of juice tasted like they just came out of the juicer. (And they deliver all the way to Chapel Hill!!)
Royal Cheesecake Varieties– If you like Cheesecake – this is the place to go to! The cheesecake was too good for words. They are a great husband and wife team and should be on your radar.
Saf Organics – Loved meeting the folks at Saf Organics. I picked up lip balm for each of my daughters. I choose the flavor that matched their personality. They are the top as they are: ethically-sourced, gluten free, organic, vegan, cruelty free and plant-based! Hello Saf Organics!
In addition, there were several NC people of note that are worth following:
Remember: Shop Local North Carolina Based Gluten Free Companies!