We’d like to introduce our latest sponsor to you: Bridge City Baking.
We were pretty blown away by the quality of the baked goods Bridge City Baking sent us. Danny was so crazy about their rugelach that he started sneaking some of them out of the freezer and eating them frozen. (They’re even better when baked, however.) We thoroughly enjoyed the coffee cakes, pocket pies, and biscotti. But what we liked best about the Bridge City Baking foods, aside from the vivid flavors and flaky crusts, is the fact they arrived in our home frozen. This is a great idea. Rather than buying a packaged baked good that might have been sitting on the shelves for weeks, buying a Bridge City Baking baked goods allows you to have warm, home-baked goods, easily.
We like our sponsors to share their story with you, in their own words. Here’s Stacie Schechter from Bridge City Baking.
Why did you start a gluten-free bakery?
Food brought Lou and I together many years ago while working in the same restaurant kitchen. After many years of restaurant/bakery experience, our skills, foresight and love of food have become the foundation of our working partnership. Our certified gluten-free products were conceived to meet both consumer demand for wonderful tasting products while addressing the rapidly increasing concern for gluten intolerance. As the gluten-free market niche continues to expand to every department of the grocery store, Lou and I felt there was still plenty of room for better tasting gluten-free baked goods that would satisfy the cravings of consumers longing for indulgent classic desserts. It was only after Bridge City Baking was up and running that my own health concerns were confirmed that I too, am gluten intolerant! It didn’t come as a surprise but deepened our commitment to a movement that was here to stay!
What do you hope people feel about your food?
Our biggest hope, and I say without hesitation, is that you do not have to be gluten-free to enjoy any one of Bridge City Baking products! The most common response we hear at our demos is “Is this really gluten-free?” Baking gluten-free is a complex science, requiring time, knowledge and a strong culinary sensibility. Breaking the assumption that gluten-free baked products are dry and lousy tasting has been the bigger challenge. We would like our customers to know that it is our mission to develop great-tasting, innovative and safe-to-eat products with uncompromising quality and gluten-free standards and expectations.
What is your favorite baked good to make right now?
The BISCUITS!! Our gluten-free bake-at-home biscuits are the first-of-its-kind to hit the market! They are not only little treasures that are lovingly prepared but bring to mind the most wonderful, candid responses from our tasters that have been biscuit deprived and restricted until now! It is our first non-dessert item in our product line.
Can you share a story about a customer trying your food?
At one of our demos last year while we were sampling our pocket pies, I spent some time chatting with an older woman who has been gluten-free for years. We had an instant connection detecting each other’s NY/NJ accents. With elation she spoke of how many more food options there are now compared to when she was first diagnosed. She told me that she couldn’t remember the last time she had a good piece of pie and was hopeful that she would not be disappointed. She tasted our Poached Pear with Caramel Sauce and her eyes bugged out of her head! A dream come true! By the time she had left my table she not only had sampled every single flavor but bashfully hinted that she would love to nibble on a couple of pocket pies in her afternoon movie. Knowing the lack of alternative sweets at the movies, how could I refuse? So off she went in her trench coat and hat with two Bridge City Baking Pocket Pies to complete her outfit to the movies!
What would you like our readers to know about your business?
Besides being passionate about creating great products, we conduct our business with the highest degree of integrity and have taken the extra steps to make sure our kitchen is gluten-Free certified. Even though there are many established “gluten-free” companies, they are not all carrying the important seal of recognition from the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) of NA. This certification has become the industry standard for safe eating for those suffering from gluten intolerance, and for these consumers, has become the added assurance they’re looking for.
We hope you’ll take a look at Bridge City Baking and buy some of their baked goods. We think you’ll like them too.
Update: Bridge City Baking would like to offer a giveaway for Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef readers. They’re offering a box of biscuits, pocket pies, and coffee cakes to 3 readers! Simply leave a comment about why good gluten-free baked goods are important to you and we’ll choose the winners at random on Friday, April 5th. (Be sure to enter your email address or we can’t contact you!)