Upstate NY a Gluten-Free Haven Part One: On the Road

With the bevy of farmers markets and abundant veggies and fruits available in the summer FullSizeRendertime, summery travels and gluten-free eating feels a little bit easier.  ( Imagine finding a field of wild blueberries on a hike – free food! free gluten-free food at that.)
Lucky enough to spend a few days in Columbia County, NY, aside from a cool and beautiful respite from the city hustle and bustle, upstate NY, also proved to be a haven for Gluten-Free baked goods, and fresh food finds as well, at many a turn.

Driving along the Taconic Parkway, just before hitting Pawling NY, I was ready for a loo pit stop and a coffee.  A beacon on the road, low and behold, not a McDonald’s rather there was The Todd HillTaste of NY rest stop.  On line for said loo, I was surprised and totally delighted to find baked goods from gluten-free twinkling star Ella’s Bellas.  Hold everything!  Essentially, if I am to eat a chocolate chip cookie, I want it to be from Ella’s Bellas.  Naturally I had to buy a bag ( ok two) of the chocolate salted chocolate chip cookies.  I would have been a fool not to!  En route to visit my sweet niece, (diagnosed just about 3 years ago with Celiac Disease) isn’t that what an auntie is for, to create diversions from their otherwise healthy, homemade eating? (Shhhh).    ellas

Lo and behold, there on the shelves, also, another fave, gluten-free bread and biscotti from near by Chatham Bakery and Cafe.  We make our image1specialty Levine’s General Grilled Cheese sandwiches with this bread, purchased at Union Square farmer’s market, but had never been to the actual cafe. I knew we would be hitting their cafe – so I left that purchase for later.   Other snacks abound, with Certified Gluten-Free labels.  This was not your average rest stop for sure.

A lovely afternoon lunch was had over the weekend at Our Daily Bread, Chatham Gluten-Free Bakery. Finally I could experience the cafe first hand.  Everyone who works at the cafe, is knowledgeable, friendly, and wholly accommodating. My niece had specially made gluten-free waffles with fruit.  I had a classic veggie sandwich on the “rye” caraway bread.  Blissful simplicity.  The only suggestion I would make ( okay, I’m making it) is that I find their bread is better when lightly toasted.  What’s better than a lightly toasted sandwich anyway?  All and all it was just really nice to be out and about, and feel safe with good fresh foods and gluten-free baked goods.

chathamb  Below: Upstate NY Gluten-Free Haven Part Two:  Happy Belly Bakery of Hudson…


Cali Girl Bakes Gluten Free Baking Co. Meet the Maker

Here Comes the Sun:    Meet Cali Girl Bakes – a new gluten-free baking company based in Harlem NY, by way of sunny California.  Co-founder Tatianna Gonzalez is sure to bring (some much needed) sunshine and warming classic baked goods , to the Gluten-Free EatUP! Anniversary market on Sunday March 1st.

10890642_1528022604114713_891134858_nJust months after receiving a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts – it was confirmed that Tatianna had a gluten sensitivity. She then started on her path to learn and master the science and art of gluten-free baking.  Late nights and many experiments later, just less than a year ago, Cali Girl Bakes launched.

Naming Rights Founder Tatianna Gonzalez says: Our name Cali Girl Bakes comes from a nickname I was given by my fiance/business partner and friends when I was the “new girl” around. The nickname stuck around and during my long nights of gluten-free recipe testing my fiance would tell me, “Cali Girl, you can do it!”, it was the perfect name for our company and holds a great sense of meaning for us.

We are excited to welcome Cali Girl Bakes for their GF EatUP! debut.   Saving up our appetite too…

Tickle your tongue and follow the instagram @caligirlbakes_gf  

From festive and classic cakes, to chocolate chip and gingerbread cookies, biscotti, and seasonal pies and tarts.  and

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First Anniversary Gluten-Free EatUP! Celebration

Levine’s General Store

First Anniversary Gluten-Free EatUP!

A celebration of locally crafted, gluten-free, taste-full foods.

Meet the Makers. Mingle. Eat. Be Free.

Where:  Freddy’s Bar & Backroom

627 Fifth Avenue, South Slope Brooklyn, NY

When: Sunday March 1, 2015     1pm to 6pm

Entrance is Free.

Raffles! Tote Bags! GLUTENBERG BEER and Good Vibes at the bar!

The Gluten-Free EatUP! is Turning One!  Join us to celebrate an afternoon of locally crafted, gluten-free, taste-full foods that just might knock your woolen socks off.   You deserve a break from hibernation, so spring on over because New York City’s first and only, all gluten-free pop up market is back in town.

Hosted by Levine’s General Store: Gluten-Free Provisions and housed in the welcoming, local stalwart Freddy’s Bar in South Slope Brooklyn, the First Anniversary market features new and returning merchants, $5 American Pale Ale and tasting from our Sponsor Glutenberg Beer (GF),  A chance to win tickets to The Daily Show and other raffle items, benefiting the *Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, and good vibes all around.

The Innovators Are:
·      Levine’s General StoreSavory Yum Pieempanadas, Grilled KimCheese on  bread from
       The Gluten Free Bakery of Chatham NY, Kickin’Mac-n-Cheesemade with imported Italian pasta from our Pasta Sponsor Taste Up Foods.
·      Kimcheelicious Tangy small batch vegan kimchi – almost as good as a Korean grandma’s.
·      Sans Bakery Donuts and ginger cookies to weep for and other baked goods from this trailblazing bakery.
·      Gone Pie All matter of vegan baked goods, chocolate treats…and, you guessed it, pie!
·      Krumville Bakeshop Focaccia, amaretti cookies and classic baked goods from this Italian influenced baker.
·      Polvilho Bakery Bite into a taste of Brazil withYuPuffs, artisanal, baked and naturally gluten-free snacks. Addictive!
·      Smart Snack Bites Decadent confections and truffles with Indian spiced influences.
·      This Pie is Nuts Individual squares of Certified Paleo and vegan pie with luxurious fillings, key lime to chocolate mousse.
·      Cali Girl Bakes New on the scene, this Harlem based baking company crafting classic treats like biscotti, lemon pound cake, cookies and more.
·      Kulushkat Stepping out from their Brooklyn restaurant to serve up their kosher, and gluten-free Israeli salads and cuisine.

Facebook Invite and RSVP:   (Event is Free)

Whether motivated by Celiac Disease, intolerance, sensitivity, general health or curiosity, more and more people are seeking gluten-free foods. The choices don’t have to be sad and boring.  Come by and meet the makers, sample, eat and shop.   Revel in the culinary delights of vendors offering baked goods, hot savory comfort foods; sweet, salty, crunchy, (naughty), small batch treats, and healthy snacks.  When you are gluten-free, sometimes it feels like you are on the outside. Not at the EatUP!  

In celebration of our First Anniversary, a GF EatUP! Fun Bag will be up for raffle.  Prizes will feature graciously donated yummy treats from our event merchants, and from some of our favorite, far away, yet locally minded partners:  Brŭlee Bakery – Pennsylvania based gluten-free artisan bakery, delicate cookies by the enchanting, Chef Lila (2010 James Beard Scholarship winner) and Kim and Jake’s Gluten-Free Bakery a husband and wife team establishment from Boulder, Colorado offering breads and buns!
Raffle proceeds to benefit the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
Freddy’s Bar
627 5th Avenue
Between 17th and 18th Street
R Train to Prospect Avenue Station
B63 Bus to the bar door!
**Children under 21 must be accompanied by an adult, permitted in the backroom only.

The Gluten-Free EatUP! Takes Manhattan: Out To See Festival

We are pleased to announce that the Gluten-Free EatUP! is taking it over the bridge to participate in

OUT TO SEE at the South Street Seaport.

A neighborhood festival celebrating local businesses and talents in art, music and crafts and food!

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This fabulous celebration takes place the first 4 weekends in November.  Learn more about this great organization, how it was formed and about all the festival goings ons…. 

The Gluten-Free EatUP! sets up shop:  

Saturday and Sunday November 15 and 16.

11am to 5pm

Shine or Rain


The Gluten-Free EatUP! Takes to the Street

That’s right, you heard it.  The Gluten-Free EatUP! is taking to the streets, or the block as it were.

Please join us, as we join Badass Animal Rescue’s Annual Block Party Festival

Sunday September 14, 2014

11am to 5pm

President Street and 3rd Avenue Brooklyn

BadAss EatUPBring your dogs! Bring the family! Bring your appetite and a winning feeling, because this block party fundraiser includes some serious auction and raffle prizes!

Visit  Levine’s General Store pop-up and find your favorite locally crafted gluten-free treats.

Kimcheelicious, Levine’s General Yum Pies, Polivilho Brazilian Snacks, Gone Pie Vegan Baked Goods, Lezzetli Turkish Style Ice Cream and more….

The Badass Fall Festival Is A Large-Scale Street Festival For The Local Brooklyn Community – And Beyond! There Will Be Activities For Adults And Kids – Including A Pitbull Kissing Booth Sponsored By Mr. Bones And Co , An Agility Course With The Doggie Academy, Wonderful Shopping With Local Craft Vendors, Amazing Food, Live Music, As Well As A Badass Raffle, And Much More – Like Badass Pet Tricks With Celebrity MC/Judge!

It Also Serves As An Opportunity To Invite Past Adopters To Come Visit With Their Animals, Reunite With Their Rescuers, And Raise Money And Awareness For Other Animals In Need.
Much More Information On Sponsors, Vendors, Activities And Raffle Donors Soon!!

We Would Like To Thank Our Sponsors For Their Support:
PetPlus, Yelp, Mr. Bones And Co., Bark Box, Canal Bar, And Smuttynose Brewery

RAFFLE DONORS SO FAR INCLUDE: Twig Terrariums, CMJ Music Marathon, Maker Faire NY, Ample Hills Creamery, Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, Brooklyn Boulders, Sync Studio, Gneiss Spice, And More …….


Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all-volunteer, all-breed dog rescue composed of a network of fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high kill, rural shelters in the southern U.S. states and get them adopted into wonderful forever homes.


Sunday June 1st The Gluten Free EatUP! Market is here

Free to Attend!

A marketplace of locally crafted, gluten-free goodies takes bite.
Sunday June 1, 2014   1pm to 6pm
627 Fifth Avenue, South Slope Brooklyn, NY
Between 17th and 18th Street
R Train to Prospect Avenue Station
B63 Bus to the bar door!

Gluten Free Beer.  Eclectic Outdoor Seating Area. A Good Time Afternoon Hang.

Sample. Purchase. Test Skills at Home 

🙂  Tease your Taste Buds Imported Italian GF Pasta from Gee’s Gluten Free Imports paired with fresh small batch sauce from City Saucery.   Purchase said pasta and sauce and make your own creations at home.

🙂  Bring Your Appetite for the finest tastiest GF Grilled Cheese or Grilled Kimcheese around, from by Levine’s & Kimcheelicious kimchee on Chatham Bakery Bread. Served with chips!  Purchase said bread and kimchee and practice your skills at home.

Also on deck…

🙂  Savor This  Levine’s General Store returns with their signature Yum Pies savory the Knishka potato and kale and the Chana chicpea and sweet potato.

🙂 Try a New Favorite  Warm spicy Ssamanja on rice with pepitas from Kimcheelicious. Also available to take home.

🙂 Awesomest of Chocolate Chip Cookies and Baguettes from Ella’s Bellas of Beacon NY, gluten free dedicated bakery and cafe. Mind blowing treats. Cookie mix to take home too!

🙂  Sweet Vegan that’s Good  Gone Pie graces us with her decadent baked goods and sweets and…of course, pie. 

🙂  Brazil is in the House   Polvilho Bakery puffed cassava crunchy satisfying snacks, a favorite of Brazil.  Stock up for your World Cup viewing parties. 

🙂   Stay Together with Nuts and Bolts’ organic, vegan, baked goods, special treats and granola.

🙂   Fortify & Energize newcomer Bija Bhar a vegan, gluten free, 100% organic, seed based snack that eats like a treat while supporting the demands of your day. 


**Children permitted in the backroom only, accompanied by an adult.

See you at The EatUP!


The Gluten Free EatUP! is a Banner Event.


Sunday June 1st – follow the signs to the EatUP!  Just in, our new banner…we kinda really love it.

Event is free, but why not RSVP for vendor updates?:   June EatUP INVITE

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Gluten Free and Vegan Treats Gone Wild – By Gone Pie

On Sunday June 1st at the next Gluten Free EatUP!  Barbara Sitomer of Gone Pie returns with her vegan and gluten free sweets and treats. And yes, pie!

Admission is FREE. As always…


Salted caramel peanut butter cup

A slice of pecan pie…


Meet the Maker: Carley Franklin Hughes of Ella’s Bellas


It was a hot hot summer day, last June.  I was on an architectural salvage day trip with my friend Phyllis of Reclaimed Home  (now a store in Brooklyn, you should go).
Phyllis used to live in Beacon NY, and we stopped by to visit some of her friends, one of them being the owner of Beacon Natural Market, the local grocery.  I was heavily into gluten free product research at the time and Kitty, the owner said “You must go to Ella’s Bellas down the block – all gluten free bakery – it’s delicious.”
That was an understatement.  Greeted by the tastefully rustic, cozy cafe environment, soups, salads, quiches on offer  – I felt like I was standing in the kind of establishment I could only dream of going to in Brooklyn.   It was late in the day, and they were clearly sold out of many items ( not surprisingly! ).  In awe, I just pointed to a few items – that, that, that, that – paid, and we shuffled off back to Brooklyn.   How was I to know I was going to bite into, the most favorite chocolate chip cookie of my life?  Note I did not say the greatest gluten free cookie of my life.   Oh yes, it was gluten free alright, and delicious, not just “delicious for gluten free” as people tend to say.  Gooey, with a crunch, not too sweet, masterfully indulgent, delicious. Period.  Don’t get me started on the cinnamon bun.
ImageAnd thus began my “courting” (stalking?) of the creator of this charming bakery.  Carley Franklin Hughes, is the baker and vision behind Ella’s Bellas, named after her five year old daughter.  Despite numerous attempts we have yet to meet, (clones, we need clones!).  But through emails and phone and another visit to the bakery ( when she wasn’t there) it easy to learn that she is a sparkling powerhouse, a woman on the go, with humor and wit, and a growing amazing cafe, (now with alcohol!).   Our begging has finally pulled off, and Levine’s General Store, is pleased to finally announce that Ella’s Bellas of Beacon will be setting up shop at the June 1st  EatUP!
Carley started her business doing wholesale in 2009 and gradually with the support of her husband and the demand of the citizens of Beacon, expanded to the storefront cafe that now delights residents and visitors of the Hudson Valley.   On June 1st, you don’t want to miss the chocolate chip cookies, baguettes, and other baked surprises.  A year in the making – Beacon is coming to Brooklyn – by way of Ella’s Bellas!    Can you tell we are excited?
Be sure to visit when in the area, or make a day trip!
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Meet the Importer: Gee’s Italian Gluten Free Imports

We are over the Luna to welcome Gilda Penna of Gee’s Gluten Free Imports, LLC   an importer of fine gluten free Italian delights, to the second Gluten-Free EatUP! this Sunday March 9.

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We first met Gilda last fall at The Gluten Free Expo in New Jersey and we were dazzled by her and the beautiful products.  After some time of talking, it was very clear…..that we wanted her job!  When you feast your eyes on these hard to come by imported treats, you will feel as though you meandered through a cobblestone alley into Italian specialty heaven.  (Please take us with you next time Gilda!).

Gee's Italian Gluten Free Imports For those who are gluten free, pasta can be one of the things most missed.  The rice/corn pasta options brought over by Gilda, are sure to make you take your fingers up to your pursed lips and wax poetic in Italian!

This month in addition to selling LaRosa pasta and other surprises, Gee’s Importers provided pasta so that  Nonna of City Saucery could bake some incredible looking dishes with meat and vegetarian sauces – served hot at the EatUP!  This is what happens when good folks come together.

Thank you Gilda for bringing a taste of Italy to the US.

Learn more about Gee’s here:

   Italy is one of the most advanced countries when it comes to testing and providing foods and resources for it’s celiac citizens.  In fact, all Italians are tested for celiac disease at an early age (by 6).  

Gees Chocolates Get this a load of this…

 Each Italian citizen over the age of 10 with celiac disease receives a monthly stipend of 140 euros, which can be spent on specific ]gluten-free foods (regulated by the Ministry of Health). Italians with celiac disease also receive extra vacation time to shop/prepare GF food. The Italian Celiac Association and government have done an excellent job educating restaurants on how to deal with celiac disease. There are even gluten-free meals in schools, hospitals, and all other public eating establishments. (

 What do gluten free tagliatelle, maccheroni & fusilli have in common? They’re all gettin’ baked, tossed & smothered w Nonna’s delicious tomato sauces for a decadent pasticcio. Cooked up & served by Nonna Carolina herself.