Bake Me Happy — Gluten-Free Bakery is Ready to ServeOctober 25, 2013 8:00 am Ayana Wilson
Gluten-free baked goods are rapidly becoming more common in today’s marketplaces. Celiac sufferers and gluten-sensitive consumers used to be the sole target audience for foods without wheat, barley, or rye, but now, they’re all the rage, as the quality of the product has escalated due to demand and creativity.
Bake Me Happy is the newest gluten-free bakery in Columbus, a venture that partners Wendy Miller Pugh and Letha Pugh with ARC Industries, a non-profit organization aligned with the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide employment and training opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
The idea for Bake Me Happy grew out of Wendy’s gluten intolerance and desire to bake goods with familiar tastes that everyone could enjoy. After years of delicious research, which included taste surveys and cooking courses at the Culinary Institute of America, the final product is ready for public consumption.
Bake Me Happy’s cookies, pies, and scones have unique taste and texture combinations that should please any palate. They make Slow Burner PB Cookies with Krema Hot ‘n’ Spicy Peanut Butter, Coconut Scones, and Twinkies. They can also also help with your holiday meal by creating Sweet Potato, Sugar Cream, or Double Crusted Apple Pies, among other flavors.
Orders should be placed at least one week before desired delivery date. Half dozen packages of cookies (no smaller orders accepted) cost $15, while scones are $14 for six. Full orders cost $30 and $25 respectively. Six-inch pies will cost you anywhere from $8-$12; nine-inch sizes range from $18-$28.
Working with ARC has been rewarding for both parties. The Pughs were able to rent a commercial-sized kitchen which had been closed by the County for their baking needs, as well as find a staff of eager future chefs to assist in production. The members of ARC who are participating in this project all have a desire to work in the food industry, and the Pughs are only too happy to teach them culinary skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
“Bake Me Happy is not only about creating gluten-free pastries with great taste,” says Miller Pugh. “It’s also about supporting our community.”
Bake Me Happy’s goods can be purchased at The Hills Market Downtown, Celebrate Local at Easton, The Kitchen in German Village, where their scones are brunch stars on select Sundays, and Spinelli’s Deli in the Short North.
For a longer look at Bake Me Happy’s menu, or to place an order, visit www.bakemehappygf.com.
Photos via Bake Me Happy.