One thing I’ve talked about in the past is the importance of supporting your local gluten free bakeries and restaurants. That’s why when I recently learned about Gluten Free Things in Arvada, Colorado, and the owner offered to send me some free samples to try, I jumped at the chance to give them a shoutout on my blog.
John Irvin founded the bakery in 2009, part out of a love of food and part out of necessity.
John fondly recalls experimenting with food as a child. He says he remembers watching his mother make Mediterranean foods (she is of Syrian descent) and remembers his dad encouraging him to experiment with baking, cooking and grilling. As he grew older, his love of making and eating food continued to grow.
After spending 30 years as a mechanical engineer and now finding himself out of work, John wasn’t sure what his future would look like. He says he knew he could find another engineering job, or he could do something different. He’d always dreamed of owning his own business.
The universe was listening to John. Around the same time John was at a crossroads in his career, he, learned he was gluten intolerant.
It is said that necessity is the mother of all invention… and John not only needed some good gluten free food but also he needed a new career.
That’s when John decided to hit the kitchen and began experimenting with gluten free ingredients – baking breads, pies, muffins and cookies. You name it, he figured out how to make it gluten free. Using sheer tenacity and a passion for food, John opened Gluten Free Things in Arvada. Gluten Free Things is a dedicated gluten free bakery. This means everything in the joint is gluten free and Celiac safe. (Everything is vegan too, except for the chocolate chips.)
When John asked me if I’d try a few goodies from his gluten free bakery, I jumped at the chance. He sent me a lot of fun stuff to try, including the pita flat breads, croissants, english muffins, hoagie roll sandwich breads, graham crackers and cookies. I was lucky to get to sample quite a gluten free loot – check it out!
I really enjoyed the cookies and graham crackers, but that might just be my sweet tooth talking! While I’m not much of a bread person, the hoagie feels and tastes like a hoagie. The pita flat bread has a fantastic texture and taste – my favorite of the breads. I recommend warming the items a bit for maximum taste experience. A bit of heat makes gluten free bread come to life.
Overall, if you’re in need of some gluten free breads, cookies or crackers, you better hurry and scoot yourself over to Gluten Free Things and see what John and his team have in store for you. John is always tinkering in the kitchen, so you just may find yourself sampling his latest creation upon your visit! (Sampling Saturday events starting March 26th and on the last Saturday of each month through October.)
Gluten Free Things is located at 11651 W. 64th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004 and open 7am – 7pm Monday-Friday and from 8am until noon on Saturdays. Gluten Free Things provided me with sample products to try. All opinions are my own and I received no compensation for this post.
UPDATE: Gluten Free Things is offering Good For You Gluten Free readers 20% off their next purchase with the coupon code GFYGF20. (The Fine Print: $25 minimum spend to apply the coupon code, can be used on ALL Gluten Free Things branded products on the website or in the bakery. The coupon code is valid to be used with our Value Pack and Super Value Pack savings, but not combined with other coupons. The Super Value Pack is based on our wholesale pricing, so there is a huge discount people can obtain for great savings if they purchase the quantity indicated with each product, along with a 20% discount. Our products freeze well so extras can be placed in the freezer upon arriving home, for anytime gluten-free convenient meals. This coupon code does not expire until 12/31/2016 and can be used once per customer.)