We visited the Meadowlands Expo Center recently for the Gluten & Allergen Free EXPO and came across some note-worthy companies and brands. With over 150 exhibitors, this Expo was designed as a lifestyle show for those with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, auto-immune/inflammatory diseases as well as as athletes and the health conscious community. There was a nut-free section for GF companies that are are dedicated peanut & nut-free facilities. Classes were offered on GF baking, sugar addiction, eating corn-free and dairy-free and converting gluten recipes into gluten-free recipes.
Highlighted below in short video interviews are some of the most interesting companies/tastiest products we found (in no particular order):
SuperSeedz – from Kathie’s Kitchen, this addicting, delicious line of dry roasted shelled gourmet pumpkin seeds come in a variety of flavors like Coco Joe, Sugar & Cinnamon and a surprisingly good Tomato Italian variety. I walked away with a couple pouches of Sea Salt and love the fresh taste of this line.
Everybody Eats – this Brooklyn-based bakery at 294 Third Avenue is owned by Pedro Aroba and Bruce Bassman and produces excellent bread, rolls, bagels, desserts and sweets, even pasta. The bread products are best served warm or gently toasted. Pedro sliced samples handily with a meat cleaver (no kidding and not a statement about the texture of the bread) while Bruce loaded thin slices into a warming oven, admonishing visitors to their table to not eat any samples that hadn’t been toasted first. Once properly heated and spread with Irish butter that they supplied, sales briskly mounted. The products can all be frozen, thawed and re-frozen without losing their integrity. They won’t last that long in my home though. The texture is wheat-like and the flavor robust and satisfying.
Bread Empire Gluten Free Breads – gluten-free breads inspired by the traditional breads of South America, Bread Empire Gluten Free Breads have a crispy exterior and a warm, doughy center. Dominic and Paolo offered a robust sampling of warm dinner rolls infused with just the right amount of olive oil.
King Arthur Flour – a long-time, major player in specialty flours, was serving up samples of GF coffee cake made with their new GF All-Purpose flour blend. This trusted name would be ideal as a go-to product for bakers looking to swap out their AP gluten flours with a quality blend. For those wanting to mix their own blends, check out Silvana Nardone’s cook book and her website Silvana’s Kitchen which has a great recipe using very specific brands and blends of tapioca flour, potato starch, Xanthan gum and other ingredients.
Hail Merry – based out of Dallas, TX Hail Merry offers a variety of desserts, each celebrating a carefully selected raw plant based oil. I came away with with the most delicious macaroons that were promptly enjoyed.
Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Breads – launched in 2012, Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Breads are reminiscent of what bread should be. Their Bold Buckwheat Premium bread is a perfect blend of hand-ground buckwheat meal, pumpkin and chia seeds.
Deya’s Gluten-Free Flour – these flours are tailor-made for specific baking needs. Each flour has a 1-to-1 ratio to wheat flour. Deya’s offers Cake Flour, Bread Flour and Sauce Flour.
Feel Good Foods – ‘don’t worry, eat happy’ is the motto of this gluten-free food company offering the world’s first gluten-free and dairy-free Asian Dumplings and Egg Rolls. The Egg Rolls were great.
Gluten Free Oats – created by a family of Celiacs, Gluten Free Oats have made it their mission to create products that those who eat gluten-free, can trust. Gluten Free Oats offers a wide variety of granolas and rolled oats that are sure to amp up any breakfast.