Welcome to Brigitte's Bakery! I am so excited that you found me. I am so passionate about living a gluten free life and I want to share my personal story with you.
In May 2004, I became very ill. I was unable to digest food, found myself tired most days, and began to lose weight at a rapid pace. I underwent numerous medical tests, none of which identified the root cause of my problems. My only source of nutrition was Jell-O and saltine crackers. It was all that felt safe to me. Little did I know that those crackers were making my condition worse.
Eventually I found a doctor that was able to diagnose my problem. I had Celiac disease. It was such a relief to know that my condition had a name. But that relief soon turned to fear as I learned that my condition had no cure.
I turned to my new doctor for advice on how to control this disease so that I could live a normal life. Online research also became part of my normal routine. I learned very quickly that I had to change my eating habits in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I began to eat again, but in a new and different way. I started following a strict gluten free diet. I found it challenging and frustrating at first, but soon my body began to respond and I started feeling healthy again. I discovered new foods and new ways to prepare them. Gluten free became my lifestyle.
I had always enjoyed eating out, but that now presented a new challenge. It was very difficult finding local restaurants that offered gluten free options.
While traveling in Europe and British Columbia I realized there were healthy alternatives out there. I found it easy to grab a gluten free meal or a quick snack. During my last visit to Victoria, British Columbia, I stumbled upon The Joint Pizzeria and Deli. Right there on their menu I found gluten free pizza and cookies. What a treat! I stopped by for a cookie every day during my vacation.
Upon returning home I could not stop thinking about the multitude of eating options that had been available to me while on vacation. I decided that I wanted to be able to provide gluten free options to others. I started experimenting with recipes, baking batch after batch of cookies, cupcakes, and muffins. Through this experimentation I realized that I had a passion for baking, and decided to make a career change. I decided to become a gluten free baker.
In 2009, with the support of my family and friends, I opened Brigitte’s Bakery - an all gluten free bake shop. I am very happy to share the results of this journey with you. I hope that you can find something on our menu that makes you smile.