One Stop Beer Shop in Greenpoint goes out of its way to make GF folks feel at home, with GF beers, ciders, and eats. In fact, they contacted me about hosting the Brooklyn Gluten-Free Meetup for a gluten-free event back in November. The first event went so well, we're doing it again. Join us on Wednesday March 5th for burgers and beers! Details are over at the Meetup.
Please note: One Stop Beer Shop does not have a 100% gluten-free kitchen. Please see the Meetup event page for more info.
In case you haven't heard: Brooklyn (finally) has its own gluten-free pop-up, the Gluten-Free EatUP! The market debuted in February and is back on Sunday March 9th at the fab Freddy's Bar in South Slope, from 2-6pm. Members of the Brooklyn Gluten-Free Meetup are invited to a special Early Bird Hour, from 1-2pm. Not a member yet? Join us!
Oh, Valentine's Day. Such an odd little holiday. Packed restaurants, tacky tchotchkes, and banal cards. Most years, I ignore it. Some years I rebel against it. See: The year I wore head-to-toe black. (Yes, I was 16.) But every few years - like this one - I embrace the fun of it: the chance to wear red and hearts with abandon, to eat chocolate for lunch (and dinner), and send some love notes to my people. Celebrating too? Here is my favorite gift idea for your honey or homies, GF or otherwise:
Candy grams from Babycakes NYC! Remember candy grams from your school days? This is the grown-up GF version. Order by February 11th and Babycakes NYC will deliver their GF/vegan "Mounds" candy along with a message from you on Valentine's Day. Go look at how lovely they are!
There are a lot of businesses offering meal kit delivery these days, like Plated, Blue Apron, and Hello Fresh. You choose recipes from their website and they ship the measured out ingredients to your door. (Most have a number of gluten-free options.) The idea is that you'll cook more often at home, expand your repertoire, and waste less food, since everything will be measured out precisely - all good things. I just take issue with the waste created by the shipping process - the plastic used to wrap those individual ingredients - single garlic cloves, teaspoons of spice, etc; ice packs to keep things cold; and all those cardboard boxes. Fret not! A solution to this problem exists: The Walk-In Cookbook.
Located on 7th Ave in Park Slope, the Walk-In Cookbook is a storefront biz offering the same sort of service as online - you choose recipes you'd like to make and they provide the portioned out ingredients. They source high quality ingredients, local and organic when possible. Many of the items are kept loose and packaging, when used, is minimal. By shopping in-store you can also decline any ingredients you already have at home.
Gluten-free recipes are clearly marked (orange ribbon at lower right):
It's also just a lovely space to shop in.
In addition to the meal kits they also offer individual grocery items like olive oil, ice creams, and gluten-free baking mixes:
Pick-up, local delivery, and subscription options are available - check them all out here. The shop also hosts special events like product demos and cooking classes.
Good Eggs delivers food from your favorite local producers right to your door. You can order grocery staples like meat, eggs, grains, and dairy, as well as prepared meals and baked goods, many of which are gluten-free. Vendors and products are updated daily; I am currently most excited to see 100% gluten-free Krumville, Free Bread, and Provenance Meals listed.
Unlike many food delivery businesses, Good Eggs doesn't have a minimum order amount, so you can purchase just what you need. They also offer discounts if you set up a subscription (i.e. standing order) for individual items. Perhaps a delivery of Krumville's amazing gluten-free focaccia every week or two?
Good Eggs currently operates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and - yes - dear old Brooklyn. Products offered are strictly local to each area. (If your'e in LA, be sure to buy some gluten-free cookies from my sister, aka The Inspired Baker! The Midnight Mocha is my favorite.)
There are lots of delivery and pick-up options, and you needn't be home to receive your order. Home delivery starts at $1.99, but this week Good Eggs is offering free delivery for orders placed through Sunday January 26th!
And after a long holiday break, back to business over here at GFbird. Here to share the first great gluten-free news of 2014: A gluten-free pop-up is debuting on February 9th in South Slope, over at Freddy's Bar! Hosted by newcomer Levine's General Store, the event will feature such local favorites as Krumville Bakeshop and Brooklyn Porridge Company, as well as savory offerings from Levine's. (See current list of vendors here; more to be added before event.)
After my sad first visit to the Williamsburg Smorgasburg last year, I was wary of making the trip again. SO glad I got on that G train again this fall.
Not too shabby, eh?
My main reason for the trip was to sample all (and I mean ALL) of the savory treats from gluten-free Krumville Bake Shop. Galettes, tarts, focaccia - gluten-free things that are hard to do well AND hard to find.
Carby, cheesy goodness
Krumville also has a wide selection of sweets, but I took a pass that day in order to focus on the carbs and cheese!
This right here, their potato galette, is really the item I schlepped to Williamsburg for. I'd heard from other GF friends that it was spectacular - they weren't exaggerating.
I took a bite and had that "this CAN'T be gluten-free" feeling. The crust was just so flaky, tender, and flavorful. I was with a gluten-eating, semi-pro baker friend and offered her a bite. Again, totally stunned by how good it was. We ate the whole thing before even finding a place to sit down.
Having been blown away by my first savory treat, I couldn't resist trying the zucchini cheese tart I'd purchased for "tomorrow" (HAH). Again, amazing texture and flavor - polished that baby right off.
I know Krumville's owner, Antonella, from gluten-free events we've both attended. She was kind enough to send me off with one of her loaves of focaccia on the house. Thing is: I don't really like GF bread - and never liked focaccia, even when I could eat the gluten-filled version. So that stayed in my bag all day. I figured I'd pop it in the freezer, save it for a day when my cupboards were bare.
I spent the rest of the day out and about and, many hours later, found myself with great friends and nothing to eat. Not wanting to leave the party, I tucked into the focaccia, hoping a few bites would tide me over. But (sigh) ate the whole damn thing. Didn't offer anyone a bite this time. It was amazing. Truly. Best focaccia I've ever had, gluten-free or not. Buy it.
While, as of now at least, you can only get the galettes and savory tarts at Smorg, you can purchase the rest of Antonella's wares - including that amazing focaccia - at various NYC sites, on her website, and via Good Eggs.
For all my talk of Krumville, there were other gluten-free vendors at the Smorg! Among them, one of my other favorites, Danny Macaroons. Last I checked, only the Black Chocolate Stout flavor contains gluten.
I'm not familiar with Kerala Soul Cuisine, but looks like all their items are gluten-free.
Alchemy Creamery makes vegan ice cream and treats, like ice cream sandwiches and push up pops. (I am rather fond of their chocolate chai ice cream.) Just so happens their cookies are also gluten-free!
Did I miss anyone? Definitely not these guys, though I appreciate them saving me from asking my usual "Do you have any gluten-free options?" (read bottom of sign :)
I do hear that the wonderful CakeBites will be back at the Smorg this weekend. They make wonderful, addicting vegan, gluten-free chocolate covered cake truffles that you MUST try if you're there!
Smorgasburg has two locations: Williamsburg on Saturdays, and DUMBO on Sundays, through November 24th. Vendor lists for the coming weekend are posted every Friday.
I was always an avid home cook and restaurant-goer. From my teens on, my idea of "going out" generally involved some form of social eating. I grew up with a huge extended family that regularly dined together and I was in the kitchen helping my grandmother from an early age.
I often joke that I come from deli royalty, as my family owned one in Brooklyn for almost 30 years - so there was always a ton of good food around. Seemed only natural when I started working in restaurants in my early teens, though an accident with a dull knife and my left index finger ended my back of the house aspirations along the way. I've had pretty much every front of the house position at all types of venues, including a few years at Moosewood Restaurant. In my mid-20's, I started to work in healthcare, and have always maintained a love of food and eating well. In 2010, I melded my passions for health and food by completing a master's in public health nutrition.
After being diagnosed with celiac and DH back in 2003, I didn't go out to eat for three years! I don't even remember how long it was before I felt competent enough in the kitchen again to be a gf hostest with the mostest. But that was 10 years ago; I've changed along with the gf product/knowledge landscape. Back in NYC after many years in upstate NY, I'm committed to having a social eating life again, dishing up good eats at home and enjoying what gf vittles NYC has to offer. As any gf person can appreciate, this involves a fair amount of research and planning. Seems a shame to keep all that I've learned to myself; hence this blog.