Gluten Intolerant Chef Launches Weezie's Gluten-Free Bakery in Fort Lauderdale
|Dutton doing what she does best: gluten-free baking.|
Confident in the absence of gluten, Dutton's shop is a safe zone for the gluten-intolerant. She explains that she wants to start slow, which is why she isn't having a grand opening. Juggling restaurant and bakery wholesale orders while serving customers at the shop, it's a full time job that keeps Dutton working from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday so far.
"A lot of times I get new customers just diagnosed with celiac disease and I send them links," Dutton sighs. "I remember when that was me, I was so lost. You just have to educate yourself and read your labels."
Since she has opened shop Dutton admits despite her hectic hours she actually has more free time now than when she worked from home. She uses it to experiment with more recipes. Her recent project has been finding ways to make her treats vegan as well.
"The vegans give me a lot of trouble," Dutton says raising an eyebrow. "They're the first to call and ask 'Can you make it vegan?' And since I'm a person that has a hard time saying no to people, I try to accommodate. But with the vegans, it's nearly impossible. But I'll tell you what, they did make my bread better. I was beating myself up about taking out the eggs, I mean it already doesn't have wheat, but then I figured it out and all my breads -- excepting the banana [bread] -- are vegan."
Not your typical eatery, Weezie's offer lunch specials, soups, and pizza in addition to an array of baked goods, from rich chocolate cake to blueberry tarts and miniature pastries. Her breads and cheeses are not to be missed either. Come in hungry, and like Dutton said, she'll feed you.