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Gluten Free Chef: Erica Fair

Gluten Free Chef: Erica Fair

Having been diagnosed with Celiac Disease just over a year ago, I already knew all of the amazing, tasty, finger-licking good foods that I was now going to miss out on. At the time, I also ran a CAFE! A delicious cafe that was filled with pastries and sandwiches and bagels... so many delicious bagels. They stared me in the face every morning, begging to be tasted, but it was not to be.

Then, one beautiful day, the cafe got delivered a box filled with bagels, brownies, pastries and biscotti from Sans Bakery, a gluten free bakery in Brooklyn. I approached the box with great pessimism, imagining that the contents would be over-priced and/or taste, well, gluten free. Boy was I wrong! There is little else better than biting into a delicious bagel once you have been denied for so long. I think I might have even teared up a bit. Everything was fantastically yummy! My faith was restored, I could live a life filled with deliciousness once again!

There was one person to thank for this, Erica Fair.

Twelve years ago, Erica Fair was diagnosed with a wheat intolerance. Being a lover of all things delicious, she quickly became frustrated with the limited selection of dense and over priced gluten free options in the New York City area.  She spent 2009 travelling with her husband across the world to Japan and New Zealand. While living in New Zealand, she began working part-time at a gluten free bakery. She instantly fell in love!  

"I had been an avid home baker for years but never thought I could make it a career. I carried my new found enthusiasm back to New York and recruited SherryAnn, my old roller derby teammate, to help launch Sans Bakery. After a year of website-building, social-networking, and brownie baking, the business was up and running. SherryAnn returned to her love of roller derby and I remain elbow deep in dough!"

It was decided. Erica would leave her  job in the fashion industry and dedicate all efforts to creating the most delicious gluten free baked goods New York had ever tasted.

Tell us about one decision you made that had a big impact on your life.

It was more of a big decision at the time, but quitting my job in fashion.  Looking back it's crazy to think I worked such long crazy hours for someone else making clothes.  Now I work long crazy hours making food but it just feels better knowing I may be making someones life more enjoyable through food!

What do you like most about yourself?

I love my sense of humor and the fact that I laugh all the time.

Besides a parent, was there anyone in your life that left a big impression on you?

Right out of college I used to work for Norma Kamali.  I interned there for the summer of my junior year in college.  She offered me a job after I graduated.  It was a huge honor to have been selected to work for her amidst all the other interns. I worked my ass off while I was there and to this day attribute part of my work ethic and communication skills with working there. She taught me that doing what you believed in was worth everything.

What is the best vacation you have ever been on?

My husband and I traveled to New Zealand for a crazy year off.  It is the most beautiful place I have ever been.  It looks like man has never touched nature.  I tell everyone to go even though it's so far away!

What is your dirty little secret?

I sneak eat! I try to be a “healthy” eater but I can’t resist potato chips. If I eat them on the way home from the grocery store I feel sneaky because I’m not sharing them with anyone!

Do you have a favorite article of clothing?

I love a good pair of jeans. I also have a pair of Doc Martens I got years ago that I can't give up. They are my go to shoes for any outfit.

What is your favorite time of day?

Nap time! For obvious reasons.

One habit that you would like to quit is...

Worrying. I made it my New Year’s resolution this year. I keep telling myself that everything in my life is good and that I will succeed every day.

Who is your Girl Crush?

I love Tina Fey.  She is so funny and so smart! I would break the New York City code of not approaching celebrities to tell her!

What makes your heart beat fast?

This sounds cheesy and cliché but it's my husband!  Even though we have been together for 13 years I still get excited to see him!

What is the best part about doing what you do?

I get to make people happy by baking treats that they can eat. One of the best compliments I ever got was that I made someone feel like a kid again. They got to eat cookies like they did when they were younger. Giving someone that level of comfort and happiness really made me smile.

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Gluten Free Cookie Recipe from Sans Bakery for Moomah >>

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