New Cascadia Traditional® is a dedicated gluten-free bakery, specializing in hand crafted artisan breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies, as well as pizzas and sandwiches. Our retail location is in SE Portland at 1700 SE 6th Avenue Portland, OR 97214-3525. We can also be found at the Portland Farmers Market and local grocery stores, cafés, and coffee shops around the Portland metro area.
Our goal is to bridge the gap between naturally leavened, whole-grain, traditional breads and gluten-free bread baking. We strive to make a baguette that has a true crust and crumb, a bagel that is boiled and can be held to the standards of good taste, no matter that it is made without gluten. The natural starter we use for our bread consists of two ingredients: flour and water. Likewise, our list of ingredients for any given bread is simple and concise.
We use high quality, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients to make the best possible pastries. If your grandmother were to visit our kitchen, she could easily step in and recognize our ingredients and methods: fresh summer berries filling our pastry crust, autumnal stone fruits paired with spices and rolled into flaky envelopes of dough, cakes baked with care and an eye for perfection. Our hand is in everything we make.
Our goal is simple: make the best bread and pastry with the best ingredients.
New Cascadia Traditional® began as an idea in the spring of 2006, when we left the upper Midwest and traveled 10,000 miles across the U.S. toward our final destination: Portland, Oregon. Along the way we visited friends and family, we hiked and camped, and we searched for exceptional gluten-free baked goods. We hoped to find that elusive loaf of gluten-free bread that reminded us of the Italian bread of our youth, with its open crumb and crusty exterior, or that slice of gluten-free pie reminiscent of grandma’s summer blueberry pie.
What we found instead was a lack of delicious gluten-free baked goods, and an opportunity. When arrived in Portland we immediately got to work in the kitchen attempting to make what we could not find on our trip across America. The following spring we set up a stand at the Portland Farmers Market selling what we hoped would meet the expectations of gluten intolerant Portlanders clamoring for something more than frozen bread made in some distant land.
Since then we have grown to be one of Portland’s most unique artisan bakeries. It is no longer just the two of us, but the idea is still the same: to make gluten-free baked goods for those who are true lovers of traditionally made.
Dedicated Gluten Free
We understand the importance of finding a safe source of gluten-free (GF) food that tastes delicious, so we have taken steps at to ensure that our customers can safely enjoy our products without having to worry if what they are eating is going to be contaminated with gluten. We also want everything to taste as good as it possibly can taste.
New Cascadia Traditional® is a dedicated GF bakery. We only produce GF baked goods. We verify and source our ingredients to ensure that they are safe. For example, many of our grains are only milled on dedicated GF equipment. http://www.bobsredmill.com/gluten_free_info.php
The staff at New Cascadia Traditional® is well informed in the issues of safety specific to GF food. In fact some of our staff are gluten intolerant, and all are happy to answer your questions regarding our practices and ingredients.
If you have specific questions regarding allergen information or anything else feel free to contact us.
Chris: I have always been a connoisseur of high quality bread. Before I developed gluten intolerance I would often drive across town to get a baguette from one of the better bakeries. When I developed gluten intolerance it was pretty devastating.
Teresa: For me it was less about bread and more about pastries and cookies. Unsatisfied with what GF baked goods were available to us we embarked on a mission to bake our own. We soon realized that what we were making at home was better than what we could find locally.
Chris: We even made a point of stopping at just about every natural food store on a 10,000 mile cross country trip in 2006 to see what gluten free baked goods were available. This trip confirmed that what we were doing was something special. In 2007 we started selling our baked goods at the Portland Farmers Market and the response from our customers was great.
Our name reflects everything that we are. “Cascadia” reflects the area of the country we live in, which is the Pacific Northwest. We feel really fortunate to live here. The Willamette River Valley is so rich and bountiful in terms of the agriculture and food that is produced here. Portland has come to distinguish itself as a town with both high culinary standards and an openness to different dietary needs.
The “New” reflects our unique perspective in creating artisan gluten free baked goods. Some bread purist might scoff at a gluten free bakery using the term artisan to describe their product, however, many of the grains we use have been used for thousands of years-predating wheat in particularly flatbreads (see injera and bhakri) and even pasta.
“Traditional” reflects how we have utilized many of the baking techniques used in artisan bakeries, using only gluten free ingredients. One of the techniques that we utilize is the way we leaven many of our breads. We use a natural wild yeast starter that we’ve cultivated. These techniques help to bring out the natural flavors of the grains we use.
One important distinction is that our bakery is a dedicated gluten free bakery. Some bakeries have started offering gluten free items made on the same equipment as their wheat products. To many of those who are severely gluten intolerant this is unthinkable given the chance of cross-contamination. We want to be sure that our customers feel totally confident that what they are eating is in fact gluten free.
A way that we’ve distinguished ourselves from other gluten free bakeries is that we use many grains that are neglected in gluten free baking but produce really nice results and pack a nutritional punch. White rice flour and tapioca flour are important components of gluten free baking but there is so much more out there. Grains such as teff, quinoa and amaranth are remarkably nutritious and tasty. We’ve worked hard at incorporating many of these into our breads, pastries and cookies.
We use ivory and dark teff, coconut flour, quinoa, millet, white rice, brown rice, tapioca, potato, sweet rice, and hazelnut meal, to name a few. We don’t use any bean or soy flours, however. It’s also important to note that we source our flours and grains from suppliers who can confirm that what they sell is gluten free.
A question we often get is “Do you use any spelt?” the answer is a resounding NO. Spelt is in fact an ancient form of wheat and is NOT gluten free. Despite popular belief it isn’t even really wheat free. Wheat and spelt both fall under the scientific classification for genus, triticum, which includes various grains that are more or less close relatives.
Our bread is best if consumed within 24- 36 hours of purchase. Store it in a plastic bag on the counter-not the refrigerator.
If it won’t be consumed within 24-36 hours, we recommend freezing the bread in a zip-top plastic bag as soon as possible. We suggest that you slice it before freezing.
Any of our breads can be thawed out on the counter and eaten as-is or toasted.
For our baguettes and boules, you will get the best results if you thaw them on the counter for 30 minutes to an hour and then put them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees. The larger loaves of bread may take 7-10 minutes to get to that “fresh out of the oven” effect.
New Cascadia Traditional is a dedicated gluten-free facility. We take precautions to eliminate cross-contamination with other ingredients that are also present at this facility: eggs, milk, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts.
If you have any questions or comments about any of our products, please feel free to email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org