We first started baking our sweets in 1997 in our restaurant and bookstore, Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe located in historic Fort Langley BC. Over the years the demand for our fresh baked wholesome sweets grew bigger then our tiny bakery kitchen could bare, so we packed our mixers and ovens and moved out. Now in our own dedicated specialty bakery we can now bake for Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe as well as for many more restaurants and retail stores.
Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe is still serving our customers fresh food and great organic coffee along with our wholesome sweets. Come visit in us in the beautiful and historic village of Fort Langley BC.
Why Gluten Free?
One day a small boy was crying in front of our pastry case in our cafe and an upset mother tried to comfort him. The little boy was crying because he could not have a cookie. My Mother, Erika, who was our baker, happened to hear the conversation and started talking with the woman. The woman explained that the boy could not eat anything in our case because of a gluten allergy. Well that left my mother speechless, which is very hard to do. A little boy not allowed to eat a cookie in our cafe was not right; this wouldn’t be the situation for long. She set out to make a cookie from the ingredients she could use and didn’t stop trying to she came up with a cookie that tasted great, just like all our other cookies. Turns out the cookie was really good. We didn’t know that much of the gluten free products available didn’t taste like “normal” baked goods. We only had our standard of great tasting; pure ingredient baking as the benchmark to go by and that is the benchmark we still use today.
I like to think that little boy came back and got to have a cookie. I do know lots of others just like him now enjoy our gluten free products.