Gluten-free Food That’s Almost Too Good to be True
Mike Barbanti loves food, so when Celiac disease severely limited his diet, he was devastated. Not one to stomach lemons, Mike decided to make lemonade – or, more specifically, a gluten-free lemon cake that bowled over his gluten-intolerant and wheat-loving friends alike.
Mike’s creations were so well-received that he opened an online bakery in 2009 and now, with business partner, Diana Benedek, he sells their delicacies in person at the 2Good2B Bakery and Café on El Camino Real. “We do not know of another 100% gluten, corn, and soy free café and bakery in the world,” noted Mike. And perhaps most unique, this one sells something gluten-free dieters miss most: bread!
“We combined forces by uniting our vision: an allergen-free, safe haven for people that have food allergies, but where the food is delicious enough that non-allergic clients would also come,” explained Diana. “We realized we achieved this goal when we calculated that 50% of our clients are not gluten-free, they just love that we are also corn-syrup free and only use pure, high quality ingredients.”
That is the 2GOOD2B motto: “food for everyone,” and was Mike’s primary focus in crafting his recipes and what he says sets them apart from the usual gluten-free fare. “All this is achieved seamlessly so that everything is delicious by foodie standards,” added Mike, “and why over half of our clientele choose us on taste alone!”
Trained in microbiology and immunology and with a Ph.D. in civil engineering, Diana is uniquely qualified to help people with food allergies not only because she understands the science, but because she has conquered her own. “I am passionate about spreading the word on the many diseases associated with gluten intolerance,” she explained, “but also making people aware that corn and soy are also potential culprits that are not well known in the food allergy world.”
But she needn’t shout from the rooftops; the food speaks for itself. 2Good2B serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites to an ever-growing group of loyal customers. “Our biggest sellers are our cupcakes, sandwiches, paninis, and pizzas,” offered Diana.
You’ll find Mike and Diana at the Gluten-Free Food Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on November 17, but don’t wait till then. See their amazing specialty cakes on their website at www.2good2b.com, or grab a bite by stopping by or having it delivered. No wheat, corn, or soy? No problem.[box title=”At A Glance” color=”#333333″]
Name of Business: 2Good2B Bakery and Cafe
Co-Owners: Diana Mourato Benedek and Mike Barbanti
Years in Position: 1 year and 2 months
Year of Establishment: June 2011
Address: 204N El Camino Real, Suite H, Encinitas, 92024
Email contact: Diana@benedek-inc.com
Phone: (760) 942 4663
Description of business: Gluten, corn, and soy-Free bakery and café[/box]