Happy Pride Week! Our special guest is Roanna Canete, owner of The Gluten Free Baking Company in North Park. Roanna founded the company in 2015 when her son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy and she started cooking for him, which led him to officially study cooking and baking and start the business. The storefront opened on 30th Street in Spring 2020 and offers gluten-free donuts, brownies, bagels and pastries; they can also make wedding cakes and gingerbread houses. In honor of Pride Week, Roanna created a special Pride cupcake and rainbow cake menu, and she donates 20% of sales to the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization. focused on empowering the black LGBTQ + community. We chat with Roanna about the importance of the alliance and how business owners can get involved in social justice issues and help make a difference, even in small ways.
In Hot Plates, the founding chef of Dija Mara opens a new Southeast Asian restaurant in North Park. Buona Forchetta has opened another pizzeria, his eighth restaurant in the county, in San Marcos. Warning Excellent chef Fans! Animae and Unplate are hosting a charity dinner on August 1 with four chefs from the most recent season, filmed in Portland, Ore., And proceeds will go to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen.
For two, $ 50, Roanna’s choice is Mandarin Chicken at Plumeria Vegetarian Restaurant, and she’s also a fan of Meráki Café in University Heights. Troy recommends the Moroccan Spiced Lamb at the newly opened Verbena Kitchen in North Park. David tried the bone-in rib eye at Rare Society, and I visited White Elephant (a new Thai restaurant in Hillcrest) for the crispy duck salad.
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