It’s ten days before Christmas. Okay, by the time you are reading this, it will be nine days before Christmas. And I bet it’s accurate to say that some of you still have not finished your Christmas shopping. (If you celebrate this holiday, of course.)
We haven’t finished yet.
I have to say, right away, that I’m not a big believer in the over-consumption that seems to drive these holidays. My favorite parts of these weeks? The messy process of making cookies with our daughter. Lighting candles as the darkness draws near in late afternoon. Singing fragments of carols with Lucy, who belts them out, unaware she has the words all wrong. And sitting down at the table with my family on Christmas Eve.
Nowhere in my experience anymore are trips to the mall, frantic shopping trips on the 24th to buy one more stocking stuffer, or a car laden with gifts I bought because I felt I should. What is the point?
But a few thoughtful gifts? Yes. Those I do.
G-Free Foodie is run by the wonderfully enthusiastic and kind K.C. Pomering. I’ve known K.C. a bit through the blog world, and I’ve always been impressed by her presence. (Her strength and vulnerability in this piece, We are All Made of Scars, moved me deeply.) She has a genuine interest in helping those of us who have to be gluten-free.
She is especially interested in making sure that gluten-free folks still eat some of the best food around. This is why she created her Foodie Box Club. For only $29 a month, you receive 5 gluten-free food items that K.C. sources herself. We’ve received two of them, in the process of working out whether or not we wanted to work with the Foodie Box Club as sponsors. (If you don’t know this already, we turn down at least 80% of the companies that approach us.) Both times, those boxes were empty fast.
Think about it. What would you rather give this Christmas to your friend or loved one who has to be gluten-free? A last-minute gift from the pharmacy or bookstore? Or a box that arrives on her doorstep, filled with good food she can eat?
We’ll let K.C. tell you about the service and what she does.
Why do you focus on gluten-free foods?
I’m a life-long foodie. I was born into a farming family and have spent my career in food and wine. I was diagnosed with celiac disease after years of unexplained illness, and figured there must be others like me; who needed to know which restaurants they could eat at, which brownie mix was the best, and whether or not they could drink wine. So I started G-Free Foodie. It has only been a few years, and now we’re sharing recipes and ideas from more than 20 writers and helping people in ways I never imagined.
Why run a subscription service full of gluten-free foods? What kind of experience are you hoping to provide?
I’m lucky enough to have a career in the food and wine industry, so I’m always running across amazing products — some of which have been formulated for the gluten-free consumer, and lots of others that happen to be completely GF but aren’t necessarily marketed that way. At G-Free Foodie, we send 5 full-size, Foodie-grade products that we think are incredible, like Smoked Oaxacan Mole Sauce, Pomegranate Syrup, Roasted Coconut Chips, and Bacon Jam, that we know are delicious and completely safe, hoping our customers will find something new to love and the companies we work with will continue to produce the highest-quality foods with us in mind. I want anyone who gets the G-Free Foodie Box to be thrilled when it arrives, and even happier when they taste each item.
Can you tell us about your sources?
Sure! I personally curate each shipment, working with large companies and small artisan producers to make sure every item we ship is delicious and 100% safe. There might be some names you’d recognize, like KIND Snacks or Bakery on Main, mixed in with small brands you’ve never heard of, like SOSU Sauces and Sonoma Syrups. Either way, we’re sending the best of the best, and I’m always excited to send something deliciously new, like Cupcake Wars-winning mixes from Kyra’s Bake Shop or the newest creation from INNA Jam.
Can you share some stories of customers happy with your foods?
“I got the September box as my introduction into the G-Free Foodie world. I was so impressed with this box, the thought and care that goes into it was what struck me first. The sweet potato chips and peach salsa didn’t even really make it out of the box because they went straight into my stomach! Lol! I loved the dried fruit, Id never tried a persimmon before, and the mango pieces were AWESOME! The oatmeal has been super quick and easy, I love adding blueberries and honey to the top. I didnt think I would love everything about this club as far as quality/service/contents go, but so far I am beyond impressed! My October box is fantastic too. If you are reading this and are on the fence about joining, seriously .GO FOR IT! You wont be sorry. I havent seen some of these products in stores, and I truly believe you get the value for your money.” — Sara
“I look forward to getting my box each month because I know there will be something brand new for me inside. Its rare for people with food allergies to get to try something new without hesitation, but GF Foodie comes and I know its safe. And always delicious! Thank you for doing what you do and curating boxes of tasty awesomeness each month!” — Amanda O
Why is the work you do important to you?
I’m one of those (possibly insane) people who thinks the best deals in life are the ones where everyone benefits. When I can say: “if you’ll keep making delicious products that are safe for us, I’ll help you get them into the hands of people that want them” — that’s about as close to win-win-win as is gets for me. And when someone is newly diagnosed with Celiac or another type of gluten intolerance send me an email because our Get Started Guide or our articles helped them, I remember why I started doing this in the first place.
K.C. at G-Free Foodie would like to offer a three-month subscription to Foodie Box Club to one lucky reader and a one-time box to two lucky readers! Please leave a comment on this post about why this intrigues you.
Update: the winners have been chosen and informed. Thank you for your interest.
Additionally, readers of Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef can get significant discounts right now at Foodie Box Club by using the code GFGirl13 when checking out at the website. (Enter the code in the comments/notes/gift message box.)
This discount code will get you