With the explosion in popularity of the gluten free diet, the market has responded with many gluten free products. Gluten free aisles in grocery stores seemed to have popped-up overnight and many restaurants are including gluten free option on their menu. Making gluten free accommodations is easy when your product never had gluten or had minimal gluten in it, but when it comes to the availability of baked goods and particularly those that are edible that is another story.
In answer to the Styrofoam tasting gluten free breads, too crumbly muffins and many other failed gluten free baked goods, independent gluten free bakeries have been popping up across the country. These gluten free pioneers are testing new recipes and boldly going where no bakers have gone before. This is the story behind The PeaceBaker in Metairie, Louisiana (a suburb of New Orleans).
The PeaceBaker caters to its gluten sensitive community by serving up fresh baked and phenomenal cupcakes, cake balls, cakes, sammies, rolls, scones, biscuits and beyond.
The owner, Kelly Boffone a former executive pastry chef for Emeril’s restaurant, is baking up products that excite not only the gluten sensitive but those with taste. And this is not an empty claim. Even local and gluten indulger, Joe Ashley, says, “The cupcakes are awesome. I can’t tell the difference between The PeaceBaker gluten free cupcakes and gluten cupcakes”.
Upon entering the Bakery, you are welcome by an air of quaintness married with New Orleans trademark cool. The bakery includes a few tables and chairs for customers to immediately indulge in their purchases, a cacophony of fresh baked pastries that are as visually appealing as delicious. To the right stand shelves of prepackaged gluten free products, a fridge full of gluten free meals to go, and a freezer with the top of the line gluten free breads.
Sarah, the attendant behind the glass filled with perfect pastries, will give you the down low on all the products. She explains that all the baked goods are fresh and all the prepackaged products have been hand-picked by Boffone as the best tasting of many products at gluten free conferences.
In a city were food is king, The PeaceBaker doesn’t forget about local delicacies that are traditionally gluten laden. Stop by on Saturday and find the gluten free answer to beignets. During Mardi Gras season and beyond The PeaceBaker affords the gluten sensitive a chance to indulge in King Cake. And on any given night take home the to go meals that range from Chicken & Sausage Gumbo to Jambalaya to satisfy your local craving.
Whether you are visiting New Orleans or you live in the area; and whether you are gluten sensitive or not so sensitive, The PeaceBaker at 6601 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie is worth a visit.