Many New Discoveries at the 2010 GF Vendor Fair
On Saturday, I spent the morning at Atlanta’s Gluten-Free Vendor Fair with my GF buddies, Jen and Anne. I attended last year and was blown away by the number of GF vendors, but this year it felt like even more options and yummy treats to enjoy.
It’s a bit overwhelming to walk into a room with over 75 tables of GF options. Where to start? We decided to begin with savory dishes and end with sweet. Well, we were really good about following our plan initially, but by the end, we were sampling whatever looked good to us. We also took a break after about 45 minutes of tasting, which allowed our tummies to semi-digest what we’d already tried and go back for Round Two. It was really great this year to have all of the vendors in one room, and not allowing strollers inside for the first part of the day, made it much easier to navigate.
There were many favorites this year but some of our top “New Discoveries” were:
P.F. Chang’s: Oh wow. P.F. Chang’s was our first stop on the gluten-free tour and I could have been sufficiently filled up just from what they had to offer. I have to admit, I’ve never actually been to a P.F.Chang’s but I now know where I’ll be going when I’m craving Chinese food or on the road and looking for a place that I know will be gluten-free and yummy. Their chicken lettuce wraps were one of the best savory items I ate all day and their Triple Chocolate Mousse mini-dessert is the perfect bit of GF goodness to finish off a meal. Check out their gluten-free menu online
Figo Pasta: A local favorite of mine, I’d never sampled their delicious GF dessert before, Crespelle, two gluten-free pancakes with Nutella in the middle. So good. Of course I love their pasta too.
American Grafrutti: Known for their vegan and gluten-free cakes, this Marietta based company, introduced me to their caramel crunch this weekend. I love trail mix/granola/sweet and savory combinations and that’s exactly what their caramel crunch was. I could have eaten the entire bowl, and sort of wish I had. You will soon be able to find their caramel crunch in Whole Foods. I’ve mentioned this before but you can get American Grafrutti cupcakes at the Atlanta Braves
Pure Knead: The Pure Knead folks are bringing gluten-free baked goods to the restaurant world. They are the people that bring you the Yeah! Burger buns and now serving Farm Burger in Decatur as well. You can order directly from Pure Knead. Hands down, these are the best buns I’ve ever tasted.
Mrs. Madewell: These sweet, yet savory cookies are gluten, dairy, soy and egg free. I loved their Hummingbird Cookie and Mrs. Madewll also had the best named cookie: “Flaxy Lady Cookie.” I love a good dose of flax any day. Why not slip it into something sweet. Their Amazing Oat Bark was another crunchy, sweet and salty treat.
Peacecake: This company’s baking mixes make incredible gluten-free treats, from brownies to cookies to muffins. When I tasted these bites of deliciousness, I couldn’t believe they came from a pre-packaged mix. I will definitely be ordering some online. You can also order frosting too!
Thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this event happen, especially the Atlanta Metro Celiac Group. I know many hours go into making this a successful event. Thanks to the vendors for all of the yummy free samples!
This is just a ‘taste’ of what we sampled at the Gluten-Free Vendor Fair this weekend. What were your favorites? Please share!