The Totally Gluten Free Bakery (TGF Bakery) is dedicated to making delicious and solely gluten-free food daily at their Colombo Street premises, which can be bought over the counter or be delivered anywhere in the city. In fact, TGF Bakery has become so trusted a name within the Coeliac and GF community that they pretty much deliver to cities nationwide.
Despite a couple of moves and the disruption of the earthquakes, TGF Bakery, which began back in 2006, has maintained strong and longstanding loyalty from its customers because they appreciate the wraparound service from owners Wendy and Lori. It’s something they both take very seriously.
“From the outset, our business was all about serving those with Coeliac disease and GF requirements. We’ve met so many amazing people and continue to do so. We love the face-to-face interaction with customers, getting to know them and understanding their needs is very important to us,” Lori says.
With their move to Sydenham, TGF Bakery now enjoys a prime location nestled amidst a smart shopping precinct with very convenient parking for customers to pop in for whatever they need, including GF flours and other baking ingredients, or just relax with friends over a coffee.
In many ways, TGF is more than a bakery – it’s a hub… the hub of its community.
Find Totally Gluten Free Bakery at 290b Colombo Street, phone 03 341 1172. Open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm and Saturdays 8am-4pm (closed public holidays).
Wendy Smith, a traditional baker, says the only thing going for Coeliac Disease and associated gut disorders is that it unites people from across the cultural and class divide.
“I remember when Totally Gluten Free was located at our original Worcester Street premises, seeing this elderly Merivale lady chatting away to this biker looking guy with full face tattoos; they were comparing notes on the various breads – talk about surreal!”
The Totally Gluten Free Bakery, now located at 290b Colombo Street, is a bright, airy space with funky retro décor and lovely staff who’ve been with Wendy for years. Everything is made onsite.
It was in 2006 that due to rising demand, Wendy approached the Coeliac Society and pitched her idea for a bakery producing solely gluten free products. The Coeliac Society came on board and Wendy opened Totally Gluten Free that same year.
Wendy estimates one in five Cantabrians are now gluten intolerant, “because it’s present in so much more of our food nowadays – soy and pasta sauces, dressings, sausages… even ice cream”.
Totally Gluten Free makes breads, buns, biscuits, muffins, pies, savouries and sausage rolls, plus vegan loaves and biscuits.
Customers can relax and enjoy a coffee while watching the bakers work their magic in the kitchen. “Our customers are awesome! People have cried because they’re so relieved to have finally found a bakery committed to their needs. I love baking; I love people; I love my job!”