VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE & TRADITIONAL
Bunner's Bakeshop was started by Ashley Wittig and Kevin MacAllister - two entrepreneurs who saw the need in Toronto for a bakery that caters to those with food sensitivities and allergies AND tastes just like traditional baked goods. No compromises.
After a summer of testing Ash's creations at a local farmer's market and watching their fan base grow by the week, they started looking for a bricks and mortar location. With a shoe-string budget, some first class haggling over rent and equipment, and a whole lot of moxy and elbow grease they opened their first retail location on Dec. 11 2010.
Once it got out that you could buy piping hot GF & V bread, cinnamon buns and muffins baked fresh daily, customers took it upon themselves to spread the word and Bunner's grew from a few friends to a big family.
Bunner's currently has two retail locations, a cook book published by Harper Collins in Canada and the USA, and employs a staff of more then 20 of the most awesome bakers and customer service reps you'll ever meet!
This can be a loaded question for many, but for us the question makes perfect sense. Most people have been raised in a culture that never gave a second thought to animal products in their diet. They said ‘It’s been like that for generations now, so why all the fuss? Isn’t it hard to go vegan? I hear it’s nutritionally depriving?’
In reality, these notions couldn’t be further from the truth. Veganism is an expression of harmony with your body and with the world around you. A plant-based diet delivers to your body high quality nutrients that keep you fit, light and performing at your best. Not only is a plant-based diet easier on digestion (and therefore less energy consuming), but it also eliminates the intake of toxins (antibiotics, hormones, dangerous bacteria) associated with today’s modern animal farming practices.
There’s also the environmental impact to consider. Animal production is well known to be one of the world’s leading environmental culprits. By comparison, plant based food production is but a drop in the bucket with regard to environmental impact and resource consumption.
Lastly, we love animals so much that we couldn’t imagine harming them, especially when there is such an abundance of beautiful food that is available otherwise. Mass production of animals for food has been chasing ever-increasing profit margins for so long that they have abandoned any semblance of care or welfare for the animals they produce. The days of the classic farmer, red barn and green pasture have long since been replaced by crushing corporate interests.
When you make the decision to buy and eat vegan you take a stand FOR so many positive things. If you have any questions feel free to write us and we’ll do our best to answer. firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY GLUTEN FREE?
When we first started our business it was pretty small scale - and by that we mean really small scale. Baking was done with a regular kitchen oven and we reached our first customers under a small tent at a local farmer’s market in Toronto. We would show up at the crack of dawn after baking through the wee hours and set up our little table.
People loved the products from the first day we went public, however we always noticed that the few gluten-free products we sold were of particular interest to a certain crowd.
Celiacs and those with gluten sensitivities would spot our humble sign and rush over excitedly to ask what products were gluten-free. They were truly delighted and often times grateful to stumble across our little stand and develop a relationship with our growing business.
The phone started ringing more frequently with requests and advance orders and we realized how underserviced this demographic had been in Toronto.
Many of our new customers had been forced to compromise with below par gluten-free alternatives and would gush over our moist, scrumptious cupcakes, our decadent cookies and our light fluffy muffins. It was at this point that the path forward became all too clear. With a little tenacity and persistence, we felt it was possible to make most if not any product gluten-free AND delicious - so delicious in fact that those who had never tasted a gluten-free treat would have no idea what they were missing.
Our bakery is for everyone and our goal is to satisfy our amazing customers with treats they can be proud to share with family and friends.