We live on Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island and around us we have limited options for gluten-free items. There is one specialty grocery store near us, but we can’t afford to shop there very often, but if there is something specific that I need for a recipe, I would go there first. Over the past six months we have realized that shopping at just one store for groceries isn’t going to cut it, you need to go to at least two…and if you want any form of gluten-free baked good, well you are pretty much out of luck and have to make it yourself. Which I don’t really mind but somedays I want someone else to bake it for me.
About a month or so ago I was searching for a gluten free bakery or anything of the sort around me, thinking that like all my previous searchings I would come up with nothing, or if I did find something it would be about 45 minutes away. To my surprise there was a gluten-free bakery, EvaRuth’s not that far from us!! Yesterday Bryan and I had an afternoon date to the movies and an early dinner but before we headed there we stopped over at the bakery to check it out. It is located on Aquidneck Ave in Middletown, RI, located behind a little shopping center.
EvaRuth’s is owned and operated by Ruth herself. Ruth is a very kind and inviting woman who also has celiac disease. Here is a little information from her website about her and EvaRuth’s:
EvaRuth’s Foods, Inc. is owned and operated by Eva Ruth Flynn, CEO. The mission of EvaRuth’s is to create delicious wheat-free and gluten-free desserts that are convenient to eat and capable of satisfying even the choosiest of customers.
In 1995 Ruth was added to the ever-growing population of people diagnosed with celiac sprue disease. She experienced firsthand the difficulty of finding authentic tasting gluten-free desserts. So combining her love for business with her love for cooking, Ruth dedicated herself to creating true-tasting GF cookies, cakes, muffins, and brownies and the company from which they are sold. Prior to owning and operating EvaRuth’s, Ruth worked as the New England cardiovascular sales representative for GE Medical Systems.
EvaRuth’s is what is called an “old fashion bakery” which simply means, if they don’t have any seats, sell drinks and don’t offer you a fork/knife they don’t have to charge sales tax!! How awesome is that? Well it gets better…They offer a great selection of freshly baked wheat free, gluten-free and many dairy free options: Cupcakes, Muffins, Scones, Cookies, Brownies and yes fresh-baked Bread. They also make cakes and pies that you can order. I was in love. I had the opportunity to taste some of EvaRuth’s Italian Garlic Herb bread, Pumpkin Muffin (dairy free!), Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Scone and I bought a Cranberry Muffin to take home with me.
The Italian Garlic Bread (they also had available yesterday some tomato herb bread and white bread) is very delicious and super moist. Ruth said that all the breads slice well and are good as is for about 3-4 days or you can pre-slice it and freeze it like that. Next up with the pumpkin muffin – fresh out of the oven and perfectly flavored, not too over powering of pumpkin but just perfect, very moist and you could still taste the cinnamon, so good. The Chocolate Chip and Cranberry scone was great too, I really enjoyed the combination of the two flavors.
Along with Ruth yesterday were two students from Johnson & Wales. The bakery was very clean (which is always nice to see!), everything was measured out on scales to make sure that everything would bake evenly. Also one of the staff was making a fresh batch of scones, measuring all around the dough with a ruler! I was impressed to say the least.
I had my cranberry muffin for breakfast this morning, and I can’t believe I actually waited until today to eat it. It looked so pretty and smelled yummy yesterday but I restrained myself. This is probably one of the best gluten-free muffins I have had. Hands down, awesome. Fresh cranberries, moist and delicious. I will definitely be back for more gluten-free goodness and some of that delicious bread.
If you are living around Aquidneck Island and are gluten-free, have a family member who is or are looking for a treat to bring to a friend’s house who is this is the place to go. EvaRuth’s 796 Aquidneck Ave, Unit D, Middletown, RI 02842 (View Larger Map)