Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dempsey Bakery

While on vacation I had the wonderful treat of making a pilgrimage to the Dempsey Bakery in Little Rock, AR. I say pilgrimage because it is simply the best gluten free bakery you will find anywhere. When you walk in the door it is set to look like a 1950s diner. It has red and white flooring and the walls are lined with black and white pictures of the gluten free family members of Mrs. Dempsey. They are inspiration behind the magic.

I can honestly say I have eaten many desserts there, breads, pizza crust, and so on and have never tasted anything less than the best gluten free food I have every had. My favorite bread from them is the Hearty Italian Bread. My husband and I bought a pizza crust, put our favorite toppings on it, and baked it... let me tell you it was the best gluten free pizza! I thought I had died and gone to heaven!

What I love most about the Dempsey Bakery is that they want to work with everyone's diet. They have a completely soy and nut free facility. It is the only place I can buy a cake for my mother that it gluten free, soy free, egg free, dairy free, and yeast free. You can walk into their bakery and say I need something that doesn't have ---- and they will find something to fit your requirements!

We had the joy of talking to Mrs. Dempsey while we were there and she was telling us that she is trying to work out a program with the hospitals where she provides meals that are gluten free, egg free, and so on! That would be amazing! When I was in the hospital giving birth I put on my forms my meal had to be gluten free they assumed gluten was the same of sugar so they sent me only sugar free items. Needless to say my husband wound up bringing all my food to the hospital. It would be wonderful if a place such as Dempsey could solve that problem for the gluten free community.

Dempsey Bakery has only been open for about a year but it is already making a huge impact on the gluten free community in Arkansas and I hope they grow bigger and stronger and I hope they become more widely available soon!

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