Tuesday, May 21, 2024
A spread at a December farmers market shows the range of gluten-free baking offered by Cambridge-based Violette.

A spread at a December farmers market shows the range of gluten-free baking offered by Cambridge-based Violette.

In April, Cambridge-based gluten-free bakers Violette were in negotiations for a bricks-and-mortar home, but the business enters the summer season with several homes instead – farmers markets in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston – as it sets up a kitchen in a Massachusetts Avenue that hasn’t been made public.

“The team is working tirelessly to get us into the kitchen, but these things always take longer than one would hope,” said owners Leesteffy Jenkins, Larry Slotnick and Penny Dincauze in a Thursday blog update.

Locally, starting next week Violette is in Kendall Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Harvard Square from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Its wares – handmade, the owners say, with natural, organic and locally sourced ingredients such as fresh fruits, edible flowers and seasonal vegetables – are also for sale in Somerville’s Union Square from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. More scheduling information is here.

Do those hours not work for you celiac sufferers or others staying away from wheat, barley, rye and triticale but also yearning for a dessert treat or fresh loaf of bread? You’ll have to take a jaunt to East Arlington, where Something Sweet Without Wheat has a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 169 Massachusetts Ave. – a double grand opening with Anthony’s East Side Deli, at 159 Massachusetts Ave. in Arlington’s Capitol Square neighborhood.

“To be able to grab gluten-free lunch or dinner at Anthony’s and then walk a few doors down to our bakery for dessert is a huge step for allergy sufferers,” says Joe Penney, owner of Something Sweet Without Wheat, in a news release.

After an official ribbon-cutting Sunday, there will be lots of samples, door prizes, face-painting and the unveiling of new products.

At Anthony’s, which offers a wide variety of dishes, you can meet the owners and participate in contests with prizes.

Anthony’s uses Italian meats and cheeses in its sandwiches, pressed panini and deli salads. Its menu includes classic favorites such as ham and cheese, as well as such creations as “the Marauder.”

Both businesses are family-owned and -operated.

See the original Arlington story at YourArlington.com.