Since Romeo’s Gluten Free Bakery & Café opened just over a year ago, I have had my eye on it for an event location. What more could the gluten free community want than oodles of gluten free bread, cakes and pastry free from any risk of cross contamination? Seems I was on the right track with this one…
It was a sell out event. Our exclusive GF Gathering took over the café space for the bright spring evening and as ever a friendly, passionate and hungry bunch of gluten free people came to try Romeo’s out, some for the first time.
Welcomed with fizz on arrival, the convivial atmosphere was set from the outset as people made name badges, met Twitter friends in person and had a good nose at the cakes. I then promptly got everyone to sit down to let the talks and eating commence; the serious bit!
Romeo’s founding partner Lara talked about their growing business and raved passionately about their bread, how hard they are working to get it right. Then Rosie of Miss Nutritionist and creator of Dynabites then talked through the gluten free diet and gave her 3 top tips for improving gluten free living, with the help of supplements.
Starters arrived – said famous bread – along with homemade dips and were promptly devoured. Simple, freshly baked bread made with clean ingredients wowed our guests. It is light, springy and as everyone commented “like normal bread”.
In the carb fuelled lull between starters and main course, Helen Wood, Event Manager at the Allergy & Free From Show talked about the show, how to get involved also generously donated an Udi’s Hamper as the prize. Mains were served – Pies, quiches and chicken escalope served with piles of beautiful salads. But then there was pudding.
One of my “things” at these events is to get people out of their seats, and everyone can be enticed with cake and prizes. So we had an old school competition, and a help yourself approach to pudding. Red velvet cake, carrot cake, cheesecake, brownies, Danish pastries, scone and more… And the portions were generous! And as people met new people, mingled over cake and coffee, the atmosphere then recharged.
As the evening drew to a close, people went on their way with kind gifts of bread and brownies from Romeo’s and little goodie bags from GF Gathering. This time they featured sauces from Thornleys, macaroons from Pinch of This and Dynabites from Miss Nutritionist. Many of the macaroons I hear never made it home… even after all that cake!
Photos: by Sean McGowan (@f_stopper / http://smc-photography.co.uk/)