Where do you work?:
Chef/ Co-Owner of Flour Craft Bakery & Cafe
What are some of your favorite Pacific Gourmet products?:
Nielsen Massey Vanilla Paste, Fiddyment Farms Pistachios, Republica de Cacao 70% Ecuador/Peru blend chocolate, Agrimontana preserves and candied fruit, Guittard Cacao Rouge & Cacao Noir, Valrhona Ivoire Feves
Why do you enjoy working with Pacific Gourmet?:
Pacific Gourmet offers a diverse assortment of high quality specialty items that are difficult to find from many vendors.That, combined with great service from account reps (Milo!), helpful office staff and friendly drivers, make working with Pacific Gourmet a genuine pleasure.
Heather Hardcastle eliminated gluten from her diet nearly 20 years ago. When she found it difficult to purchase the sweet treats she craved, she decided to make them herself! She later went on to study baking & pastry arts at The Culinary Institute of America and through much trial and error, she mastered the art of creating gluten-free recipes that had incredible taste, quality and texture.
Heather started Flour Craft Bakery in 2010, working out of a nearby commercial kitchen and sold her gluten-free wares at local farmers markets. Together with her husband & business partner, Rick Perko, they opened Flour Craft’s first retail location in San Anselmo in 2013. They quickly became the areas finest gluten-free bakery, satisfying those with dietary restrictions and surprising those without.
With a second Bay Area location at the MiIl Valley Lumber Yard, opened in 2018, Flour Craft creates their seasonal menu from local ingredients in a dedicated gluten-free facility. With bread, baked goods, healthy breakfast & lunch options, their cafe is a welcome addition to the North Bay community.