It was a love of desserts and the joy of cooking that led John Edward McGee and Demetrius James down the path to baking. From junior bakers assisting their moms and grandparents with pies and cakes in their native Mobile kitchens to adults living in San Francisco with all of its amazing bakeries, the two found the road was not free from bumps.
In 2007, McGee experienced a series of life-threatening reactions, later diagnosed as wheat-dependent, exercise-induced anaphylaxis (WDEIA). Of course, about the only thing free from wheat/gluten in a bakery is a macaron. This set our two heroes’ sights on perfecting gluten-free desserts that taste as good or better than the real thing. Out of that, Guncles Gluten Free was born.
Operating out of the former Fitzpen Place commercial kitchen on Highway 31 in Spanish Fort, McGee and James have been shelling out sweets, first to local farmers markets before growing to providing more than a dozen other retail partners across two states with their delicious products.
Now the game has changed. Guncles recently acquired a storefront! Located at 1252 Government St., the new Mobile location is next to Griffith Service Station. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed Sunday. This is your chance to experience Mobile’s only dedicated gluten-free bakery.
Texas de Brazil hosts fundraiser for Mobile first responders
The Shoppes of Bel Air’s international restaurant Texas de Brazil is asking you to “support those who answer your call.” It’s a fundraiser for all of Mobile’s first responders from police and firefighters to EMS technicians. All you have to do is dine at the restaurant Sunday, Aug. 18, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
If you’re unfamiliar with the restaurant, get ready for a treat. There are over 50 hot and cold foods, self serve, at this “churrascaria.” Swords of flame-grilled meat are carved right at your table. There are 15 different meats prepared in the “gaucho” way including lamb, beef, chicken, pork and Brazilian sausage. Trust that they will keep cutting until you say stop.
Show a little restraint, at first! To counteract all of this meat, I would recommend you stop by the extravagant salad bar prior to the proteins. If they are serving lobster bisque, be sure to get that, too.
Charities that benefit from this event include the Firefighters Support Foundation, the Mobile Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (in support of the Mobile Police Department) and the Families of the Fallen Foundation whose mission is to assist families of law enforcement officers injured or killed in the line of duty.
Reservations are required. Wear your Sunday best, or cocktail-casual attire. Seating is limited. Tickets are $50 and $75 (with adult beverages). Call Texas de Brazil to reserve your spot at 251-444-0777 or John at 251-401-7246 and enjoy a wonderful meal form a worthy cause.
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