Whether you are gluten-free, paleo, or just love sweets, Rise Bakery is sure to have something for you!Since November 2014, Rise Bakery has served up sweet treats and freshly baked bread that are all gluten-free. The small shop, located in Adams Morgan, bakes a variety of sweets such as cookies, cupcakes, éclairs, muffins, and cinnamon rolls every morning, along with heartier options like bagels, sandwiches, croissants, and breads. Where: 2409 18th Street Northwest, Washington, D.C., 20009 When: Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. | Saturday–Sunday: 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. [caption id="attachment_9023" align="aligncenter" width="451"] Courtesy of Rise Bakery[/caption] Rise Bakery founder Mike Koritko was inspired to start a bakery here in Washington, D.C., because of his own struggles with Celiac Disease. Koritko says,
"I started the bakery because I wasn't happy with commercially produced, processed gluten-free options. So much of it is mediocre to terrible, and I knew from baking gluten-free at home that gluten-free food could be delicious. I was also worried about cross-contamination. While there are plenty of 'gluten-free' treats out there, having a 100% certified gluten-free space to make the food was important to me and important to other people with Celiac Disease."
Right now, Rise Bakery is one of only two gluten-free bakeries in the country. The bakery accommodates other food allergies and color codes its items so visitors can know which products do not have eggs, dairy, soy, or nuts. [caption id="attachment_9025" align="aligncenter" width="334"] Courtesy of Rise Bakery[/caption] Rise Bakery definitely offers delicious options! Not everyone who eats there has a gluten intolerance. Some people just want some hot cinnamon rolls or a classic "bacon, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel" for breakfast. If you don't live near Adams Morgan you can buy Rise Bakery products at a variety of Washington, D.C., restaurants such as Buzz Bakeshop, Chaia, SeoulSpice, and Bourbon Coffee. A full list of locations can be found here. The shop also ships their products across the country. They do need a $75 minimum for your order, but it is not hard to find great items to stock up on! Rise Bakery hopes to continue to make gluten-free options accessible throughout the District. Koritko states, "At the bakery, we've been continually improving our menu and are working on ramping up our breakfast and lunch sandwich options. I've also found that wholesale has been a really effective tool to get our products out there. Moving forward, I want to make sure our gluten-free bread and pastries are in as many D.C .area restaurants as possible." What do you think? Want to check it out? Already visited? Let us know in the comments!