Always interesting to hear people’s perspectives on gluten free eating. I just ran into this article highlighting a few local people involved in gluten free food production, including Lee Tobin who is responsible for the gluten free products made for Whole Foods Market (coming soon to Charlotte). Great reading – click here.
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Believe it! I never thought I’d see the day when we could buy a gluten-free anything at a fast food restaurant. For more information, click here. Let’s cross our fingers that the initial testing goes well. I’m not a fan of fast food, but this would give millions of people an option of eating something other than lettuce when they go out. How great would it be, especially for kids, to go out with their friends and not feel “different” and be able to get a sandwich like everyone else?!
Great news for all you fans of Udi’s GF bread products! Our local Trader Joe’s is carrying two kinds of Udi’s bread plus the bagels (yummy!) and they are charging less than I’ve seen at other places. I have no idea if this is nationwide or just a local situation, but for you GF folks in Charlotte, make sure you keep an eye out for Udi’s in the bread department!
Great Harvest Bread Company, here in Charlotte, is now making three different flavors of gluten-free bread! They will be available on Tuesdays, and I believe they accept special orders if you want to make sure you have a loaf waiting for you. Be sure to ask to see the ingredient list to make sure you know what you are eating – they do have some buttermilk, yeast, and other common allergens so always good to double check the ingredients. For more information, check out their website here.
It is so exciting to enter a whole new world of baking using almond flour. I have made a number of baked products (bread, muffins, pizza crust) and have liked all of them, and really love the higher nutrition value of using almond flour in place of grains. Unfortunately, the almond flour that works the best in these recipes isn’t found locally, but it is easily ordered online. I use blanched almond flour from Honeyville Food Products and I highly recommend them. The almond flour is a great product, the shipping is only $4.49, it is a pretty quick delivery and most importantly, they have great customer service! (We love that!) Click here to order your almond flour and start experimenting.
Here in Charlotte, we have (finally!) a number of sources for Gluten-Free products.
Earthfare – probably the largest assortment of Gluten-Free products, both in the grocery aisle and also in the bakery department. They have recently added a line of GF bread made in Asheville that is very good, and they also occasionally have bread crumbs and yummy stuffing mix during the holidays, all from this same bakery.
Trader Joe’s – they carry a number of GF products, and even have a special section of several shelves specifically for GF products in the rear of the store (next to the sample area – at least in the TJ’s on Rea Road)
Lowe’s Foods – have some GF products, especially in the baking aisle
Harris Teeter – have some GF products in the baking aisle and sometimes (depending on the store) they will have a special section. You can also check in the bakery section. I don’t know how regularly they have GF products, but I do see them occasionally.
Natural Marketplace (in the Arboretum shopping center at Providence/Highway 51) – although it is a small store and has a lot of supplements, they do have several shelves with GF products and a lot of baking ingredients.
Barbara De’Ambrosio, The Thoughtful Baker, bakes gluten-free breads and desserts from her certified, licensed kitchen at home here in Charlotte. You can check out her business at www.TheThoughtfulBaker.com.