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Gluten-free Austin: Wild Wood Bakehouse, Gluten Intolerance Group

Addie Broyles

Danny Martinez’s search for a gluten-free chicken fried steak is over.

In Sunday’s story about his family’s transition to a gluten-free diet, Martinez lamented that though some local restaurants like Mighty Fine, Galaxy Cafe and Austin’s Pizza have good gluten-free options, he still couldn’t find a gluten-free version of one of his favorite Texas staples.

It turns out that Wild Wood Bakehouse, a pioneering gluten-free business in Austin that is now located at 3016 Guadalupe, serves a gluten-free chicken fried steak that a handful of readers recommended via email and the story comments. One reader specifically recommended the Sunday brunch and mentioned that the breads are also available at People’s Pharmacy.

Speaking of People’s Pharmacy, their in-house nutritherapist, Alain Braux, has written a number of gluten-free books and keeps up an active Facebook group.

Frances Kelley of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Central and South Texas, which also has this Facebook group, reached out to tell me about the organization’s Gluten-Free 101 classes and mentoring services. They also have quarterly meetings with speakers, which in the past have included medical professionals, dietitians and chefs, and they also organize group trips to gluten-free-friendly restaurants and an annual Got Guts 5K Run Walk and Gluten-Free Food Fair, which this year is taking place on Sept. 29. To cap it all off, the group hosts an annual holiday cookie exchange.

You’ll find plenty of GIGCST members at an event Friday at Frank, 407 Colorado St., with April Peveteaux, author of “Gluten is my Bitch.” Peveteaux will be there from 4 to 6 p.m., and gluten-free hot dogs on Udi’s buns and Omission beer will be available.

Looking for gluten-free mixes? The Austin-based Blackbird Bakery sells a variet of them, and Walden Good Foods, which is based in the Houston area, sells a number of mixes locally at Wheatsville Co-op.

And finally, if you are sending your kids off to summer camp — or maybe just a birthday party — and need to alert the counselors or host of specific allergies or food needs, you might check out Safety Tat, a temporary tattoo on which you can write notes about what foods your child can’t eat.