Any gluten-free person living in or traveling through Vancouver Island is strongly advised to turn into gluten-free heaven, just one block off Highway 1!
Kate and Geoff Cram, owners of the highly regarded Old Town (wheat) Bakery in Ladysmith put their sons on a gluten-free diet in an effort to address persistent health issues. The improvement was nothing short of remarkable and a heads up to Kate that gluten was taking it toll on her as well.
Kate refocused her training as an Associate with the Culinary Institute of America (www.ciachef.edu/newyork) and Red Seal Baker in Canada to develop an absolutely scrumptious array of gluten-free baking, and establish a wholly separate business: ‘Wild Poppy Bakery & Bistro, dedicated to gluten and peanut free. Three weeks after it opened, Kate’s health was never better and business was booming. “It is heartwarming to see people coming in knowing that the options are limitless.”
While Geoff continues to oversee Old Town Bakery, Kate and a small army of staff are dedicated to Wild Poppy, creating baguettes, cheese cakes, cookies, fruit tarts, granola, light lunches and soups – all from documented to be gluten-free ingredients. [email protected] • 250.924.8696 • Closed Sunday & Monday