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Gluten Free Bakehouse

Take a look behind the scenes at Whole Foods Market’s Gluten Free Bakehouse.  In 1996, Lee Tobin was diagnosed with celiac disease, and, as a baker in our Chapel Hill, North Carolina, store, this presented a real challenge.  But Lee took it on! He began experimenting with gluten free baking on his own time, developing recipes that rivaled conventional goods in flavor and texture.  Over the years, Lee’s gluten free breads and baked goods flew off the shelves faster and faster.  By October 2004, he was proud to fire up the gluten free ovens in the new, completely separate, dedicated facility: the Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Bakehouse.

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says …

Hey Lou, Our Gluten-Free Bakehouse products are sold as frozen items in most all of our stores. Sorry to hear that you encountered a Team Member that was not well versed on gluten-free dietary needs. Your best bet is to check in with Customer Service next time you're in the store and they can help direct you to all of our gluten-free options in your local store in South Carolina. Thanks!

Linda says …

I concur with Michelle's message about discontinuing the 365 baking mixes, specifically the muffin mix. In the past I used the Gluten Free Pantry brand and they discontinued the cranberry orange muffin mix I enjoyed. I was extremely excited that I found the 365 brand muffin mix which I have been enjoying for the last year. In the response from whole foods is that the Gluten Free Pantry products will replaced the 365. I hope that it is truly just a name change and that the recipe used by 365 is what Gluten Free pantry will be using. Can you please verify if this is the case, otherwise the original Gluten Free Pantry products can be purchased almost anywhere. 365 was unique to Whole Foods and offered a variety of choices which were preferred to what GFP has been offering. Thank you for your attention

Mirel says …

why is whole foods not carrying Katz gluten free? they have the biggest variety of food breads, rolls, cakes, muffins,

Samual says …

I am totally with you Mirel i can’t understand why whole foods doesn’t carry Katz Gluten free their products is dairy free and nut free and kosher I hope they will start carrying it soon

tom says …

I am disappointed with gluten free whole foods brand products. They contain no gluten but other BAD ingredients. Also most gluten free if not all do not contain other allergens such as soy, dairy or corn Im surprised the product sells at all. whenever i pass the section it reeks as if its gone bad

Jennifer O'Neil says …

Two of our five daughters have Celiac and Whole Food gluten-free baked goods have been a Godsend! They're so good the girls without Celiac want to eat them too!

Claudia says …

I was just curious when Wholefoods gluten free bake house will be coming to St. Louis? WholeFoods is doing a great job of stocking loads of gluten free products, but I do miss the freshly baked bread :( I have been diagnosed gluten intolerant about a year ago, but thanks to WholeFoods it made everyday life a bit easier.

Gail says …

The GF Bakehouse is awesome, and Chef Lee Tobin is not only a fantastic chef, but gracious and humble about all of the accomplishments of the Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse. Thank you ALL for the great food you provide.

gertrude gompers says …

please, please, please be aware that many gluten free products are manufactured in plants that are not nut-free and that the smallest trace of these can cause an immense reaction to those many folks who are also allergic to nuts.

Barb Brugler says …

Do you have gluten free bakery products that also do not have eggs or soy as I am allergic to all three?

Barbara W. McIntyre says …

There are no Whole Food Markets in our area. I wish we could order these gluten-free baked goods by e-mail. We could really use a Whole Food Market in the Stroudsburg, PA area. Thank You

Robin says …

I love shopping at whole foods. My whole family spends a lot of time there. A lot of time we end up eating dinner there but I struggle being wheat, corn and dairy free to get something hot to eat. The deli should make sandwiches with gluten free bread or the pizza oven should offer wheat free pizza. Please let me know if there is something besides salads that I can get.

Emily says …

This is just fantastic! I was just diagnosed with a Gluten Allergy and I figured food and grocery shopping would become a minefield! A friend recommended Whole Foods and I was delighted to find that there is one just 25 miles from my house! Thank you for all of your work on Gluten Free product!

Rosanna says …

My daughter is turning one soon. Do you have cakes that contain no egg & no dairy products?? Thanks

Gayle Kirma says …

I've had Celiac Disease over 15 years and the 365 Whole Food brand is the only product that even close to tasting like a full gluten food. I've tried the Gluten Free Pantry products and although they are "good" they do not come close to the greatness of the 365 brands. Kudos to Leo for his artistry, dedication and helpful contributions!

Wm Richard Gray says …

Do you have Soy Butter too? Thanks!

DebBailey says …

I love these baked goods and have to go to another city to go to Whole Foods to get them. Can't wait til you are in Des Moines. Wish it didn't take a year!!!!!!

Dani says …

My husband purchased the chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting for my birthday, but threw away the label. Do they contain tree nuts? I have gluten and nut allergies. Thanks.

Bepkom says …

@Dani: Our stores get bakery items from regional bakehouses. Please contact your local store to find out ingredients for the cupcakes you purchased. Thanks!

earl dereski says …

we live in northern ontario. and cannot access your very good. products. my wife just loves your bakehouse pie shells. they taste just like a sweet shortbread cookie. we are wondering if this product is sold in the Toronto Ontario stores. we first had them when on vaction in naple fl. My wife and daughter have celiacs and live gluten free, but it is hard to find good gluten free products in a small community. thank you for yours. it would be nice if these pie shells could be shipped to us. thank you.

says …

@Earl We're so glad your family can find a GF product that they love! Since each of our Whole Foods Markets does things a little differently and stocks the shelves with an array of different products, the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the availability of the bakehouse pie shells is to reach out to your Toronto store directly. The link below will take you right to their contact information and a Team Member will be happy to chat with you about availability and possibly shipping. Thank you for your support! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/toronto/

Maryana says …

I think it is so awesome that you guys have a gluten free bakehouse!! I love whole foods but now I love it all the more! I was searching for gluten free pastries and such and now I think I found the place! Thank you!!!!!!

leiloni says …

This is really wonderful, it all started from one little recipe! It is amazing how big the demand for gluten free products is getting and it still continues to grow!

Robert LaRue says …

I have celiac disease. Yesterday, I tried a WF G-F Bakehouse 9" pizza crusts, with some vegetable toppings. The pizza tasted pretty good for G-F pizza, but a few hours later I was gripped by the most severe bout of unstoppable flatulence I have ever experienced in my entire life! My wife, who is not celiac and has a cast iron stomach, was equally affected. In looking at the ingredients, I see you use "white bean flour." Doubtless the bean this flour is made from is the cause of the gas pains. You really should find some thing to make this product with that is easier to digest than this particular bean flour product. FWIW, we eat a lot of bean dishes, make with different kinds of beans in our family--chili, baked beans, refritos, and so on--and this reaction has never been a problem. Come on you other celiacs out there! Report your experiences to WF and let them know what we want!

says …

@Robert Thank you for reaching out. I'm terribly sorry for your unpleasant experience. I've passed your frustration along to customer questions and they will be in touch with your store soon. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to improve our products for all our customers.

Charlie Woodard says …

Since being diagnosed with celiac disease I have tried a lot of different kinds of GF bread. Whole Foods so far has the best flavor of any that I tried.

Dale Marie Mikes says …

Do you have a list of things you carry that I could order and get shipped to my house? I live in Alliance and don't have a Whole Foods Store near us.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DALE - We offer shipping on certain items through our Concierge desk at our downtown Austin location. You can reach them at 512.542.2243 and they can go over their shipping guidelines. They should also be able to provide you with a list of what they offer at the Lamar location.

Melissa says …

hey! i write for a blog called health spot and keep up with it via facebook to help the gluten free vegan community. i am visiting DC in a few weeks and stumbled upon this link when searching for gluten free and vegan. so of course i wanted to share it on my fb page! but i have to ask so i know what to tell others ... do you have any gluten free vegan options? thanks so much for your time!

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MELISSA - Thanks for your question. I am guessing by your comment that you are looking specifically for gluten free and vegan options in the D.C. area? If so, you will need to reach out to the store you will be visiting as or products vary between regions and store locations. You can find their contact information at http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list. Have fun!

Natalie Schwartz says …

I love your gluten-free pecan pie. However, most of the time, the Whole Food store in Richmond VA does not carry it. Can I order it directly from the bakery?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@NATALIE - Unfortunately, our Bakehouses are not set up as retail facilities. It might be that the pecan pie is more of a holiday/seasonal product. If you haven't already, I would suggest reaching out to the Bakery Team Leader at your local store to see the availability of when the pie is available for order and to express your interest in the product. I'm sure they will be happy to work with you to order the product if possible!

angela says …

Hi there! This is so exciting! I LOVE Wholefoods and live in the DC area now. I usually go to the Clarendon store but I don't believe they have GF Bakery goods there...do they?! Would be so convenient to get more GF baked goods at this location!!!

Frank says …

To whom it may concern, I was looking to purchase your Gluten-Free Pizza Crusts and haven't seen them at Whole Foods in a while and wanted to know if you still make them. If not, will you re- continue??

Terry N. Cobb says …

Whole foods San Jose Jacksonville does not have a backery that bake gluten free bread I drove a long way to buy this however I found it there gluten free products cost more than what I can buy it 4 in Winn Dixie to say they have a gluten free bakery is deceptive. I will not shop there again

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@FRANK - I was able to check with our Private Label team and have no fear, they are out of stock right now but we have no plans to discontinue them. Keep an eye out over the next month for them to be back in your store!

kathleenfellows says …

I'm looking for a gluten free bread that is also corn free ,do you make something like that? If so need info.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KATHLEEN - Our products vary between stores. Check with your local store to see if they have anything without gluten or corn.

doris kriegsman says …

I find that your own baked products are far superior to any of the other brands that you stock. Therefore I'm very disappointed that in the past several weeks they seem to be unavailable. Have you discontinued baking them? An unhappy customer. Doris Kriegsman, NYC

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DORIS - So sorry your local store has been out of stock. To my knowledge, we have not discontinued our gluten free breads. Were you able to ask your local store why they were out? If not, let me know which location and I can look in to it for you!

Mary Traweek says …

This is so awesome!! I have Celiac's Disease too. Is this Bakery at the Whole Foods market in Jackson, MS.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARY - Our gluten-free bakehouse makes items for our various stores. The new store in Jackson should have some items that are made in the gluten free bakehouse. Reach out to them directly to find out what they have in stock!

patricia mattson says …

was looking for a gluten free hamburger bun to recreate the pretzel burger at wendys etc. I found a mix from dutch country but wondering if you have any premade. thanks, patty

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@PATRICIA - Our exact GF options differ between stores. Check with your local store to see if they carry anything like this. We don't have dedicated GF kitchens in our stores so they might offer something that is frozen.

Susan Taylor says …

I am a RD student finishing my internship. I have to give a case study report at the end of my clinical and the pt is a celiac patient. I would love to observe your bakery some time and get an idea of the different products there are out there for celiac patients to cook with. And that the food taste good. Thanks Susan

mindy says …

Thank you, Lee Tobin, for your hard work. I am sorry you have Celiac disease - but you did the classic "make lemonade when you are handed lemons" and you are helping SO many others with gluten issues. Thank you for sharing what you learned!

Shana Hawes says …

My daughter who is 6 was just diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Do all whole foods have gluten free ovens?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@SHANA - This blog post is specifically about our gluten free bakehouse that is an offsite facility. We do not currently have dedicated gluten free kitchens in our stores so nothing that we make in store can be certified as gluten free due to possible cross contamination. We should still have tons of options available for you for packaged items. You can even find a gluten free store specific list for your local store on their web page. You can find your local store here and the list should be along the right hand side. Hope that helps! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list

Martyn says …

Do sell gluten free soda bread at your store?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@MARTYN - Our exact product options differ between stores. Check with your local store to see what types of Gluten Free bread they have in stock.

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