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Monday, June 7, 2010
Heidi's Gluten-Free Greatness
On June 2, the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group had a summer happy hour at Heather's Bar, one of our favorite locations. The owner Heather stays away from all gluten and carries a few gluten-free beers at her bar as well as potato vodkas. She also has a dedicated tap and line for gluten-free hard cider. This week I had both Bard's Tale and Redbridge during the happy hour.

As an added bonus, nutritionist and baker Heidi Dean and her fiance Phil from Heidi's Gluten-Free Goodness, joined us for happy hour with some samples. Heidi and Phil brought gluten-free brownies, sandwich bread, and pizza. All three were absolutely delicious. "Heidi creates healthy, delicious, fresh-baked gluten-free products using the freshest organic, local ingredients available. She won’t use artificial flavors or preservatives. As a nutritionist, she takes great care to ensure her breads are the healthiest you can buy. As a baker, all of her products are moist, natural and most importantly, they taste great!"

Heidi started baking for her fiance Phil when he was diagnosed with Celiac. Heidi and Phil were disappointed with the quality of gluten-free products on the market, so when Heidi found successful gluten-free recipes she started selling her products. Their products can be found at a few stores in the Hudson Valley and at the Westerly Market in NYC.

Gluten-Free Pizza with garden fresh veggies

Heidi's Sandwich Bread

Mmmm, brownies

I brought a few friends with me to happy hour, including a friend that used to have a professional cake business. She thought Heidi's products were delicious and "didn't have that weird gluten-free texture or taste." I had to agree. Heidi's Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread was moist and didn't crumble like most gluten-free breads tend to do. The brownie were also moist and had just the right amount of chocolate. By far, my favorite was their sun-dried tomato topped pizza. I think Heidi's use of fresh vegetables and edible flowers helped, but the pizza was delicious. The pizza was intentionally served at room temperature/cold, but I think that actually helped enhance its flavor.

I have yet to go to the Westerly Market, but I will be sure to make a trip there on Tuesday or Saturday when Heidi's products are delivered fresh.

The Westerly Natural Market
54th St at 8th
New York City
(212)586-5262

Thank you to Heidi and Phil for joining the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup event. They were great company during our happy hour and I wish them the best of luck.

Heidi's Gluten-Free Greatness
http://heidisglutenfree.com

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1 Comments:

Blogger jdhs223 said...

Just went to Westetley's for the first time and got some of Heidi's GF bread as well as a small pastry. There's a whole vertical rack display dedicated to her products.

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