Ian's Pizza Blooming Lotus Bakery Feature

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Ian's Pizza Blooming Lotus Bakery Feature

Vegan and gluten-free customers rejoice! We are teaming up with the local Blooming Lotus Gourmet Bakery to add some tasty new treats to our menu. Blooming Lotus is located right down the street from our North Ave store at 2215 E. North Avenue and they offer a wide variety of grain-free, gluten-free and egg-free treats to choose from.

“Only people who have experienced severe food allergies and dietary restrictions can fully understand the strain that these conditions put on a family. Every meal or snack requires research. Whole aisles of the supermarket are off limits and eating out is no longer a ‘simple pleasure.’ Blooming Lotus Bakery was born out of my family’s life-long struggle with dietary issues and the wish to provide safe, healthy food for everyone.” – Blooming Lotus Bakery

We are starting off by offering their delicious Cashew Indulgence Bars. With a cashew butter cookie base and an indulgent topping of chocolate cashew butter icing, these bars are gluten-free, vegan, and 100% delicious! The Cashew Indulgence Bars are the perfect way to finish off your meal of gluten-free or vegan pizza. The best part is that these bars are available for delivery from both of our Milwaukee locations! Craving a healthy late-night treat? Add a Cashew Indulgence Bar to your order and bask in its scrumptious glory.

Blooming Lotus will also be supplying us with a variety of muffins and scones for our new brunch menu. Brunch is being served at our North Ave. location from 10am-2pm every Saturday and Sunday throughout summer. We will have new muffins and scones each week so be sure to stop in and explore the sumptuous options.

Don’t forget, we offer vegan and gluten-free pizzas seven days a week for pick up or delivery! Choose one of our fantastic speciality pizzas from our menu or build your own with our massive variety of fresh, prepped in-house ingredients.

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MIlwaukee Magazine: 50 Reasons to Love Milwaukee

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MIlwaukee Magazine: 50 Reasons to Love Milwaukee

Blooming Lotus Gourmet Bakery's vegan treats came in at number 20 on Milwaukee Magazine's list of 50 Reasons to Love Milwaukee! The segment states:

Tasted by a certified grain-, egg-, dairy-, gluten- and sugar-loving mouth, the chocolate brownie cupcake from Blooming Lotus Baker (2215 E. North Ave.) - whose kitchen is free from all of the aforementioned - leaves nothing to be desired. Yes, the texture is different - denser and gooier than traditional cupcakes, but by substituting ingredients like coconut palm sugar, quinoa flour and chia seeds (instead of eggs), owner Susan Goulet captures the richness associated with a decadent dessert. Best part is that it won't result in a gut ache. (AC)

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Blooming Lotus, a grain- and dairy-free bakery, opening in June

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Blooming Lotus, a grain- and dairy-free bakery, opening in June

Article by Carol Deptolla of the Journal Sentinel

 

Years of restrictions on her diet led Susan Goulet to experiment in the kitchen, to focus on what she could eat instead of what she couldn't. That's now led to Blooming Lotus, a grain-free and dairy-free bakery due to open this month at 2215 E. North Ave.

While the Milwaukee area has gluten-free bakeries, this appears to be the only one to avoid grains altogether along with dairy, eggs and cane sugar.

Dave Schmidt, CEO of the Wisconsin Bakers Association, said some bakeries are gluten-free or reducing gluten, some are baking with alternative sweeteners, and some avoid dairy and eggs, but he’s not aware of any in Wisconsin that have embraced all those aspects at once.

Blooming Lotus may have found a niche, Schmidt said.

Goulet, who also operates the Milwaukee Yoga Center on N. Oakland Ave. in Shorewood, was always making crepes and souffles for dinner — her then-husband was half French — but that became impossible after her diagnosis of Crohn's disease, a chronic inflammation of the intestines, she said. 

She cut out grains, cane sugar and dairy to ease her symptoms and set about finding dishes that she still could serve at dinner parties, foods that everyone could enjoy.

Goulet had grown up with a sister whose diet was severely restricted because of food allergies. Her father died at 27 of complications from treating Crohn's, before medications to control the intestinal disease were available, and her sister and brother also were diagnosed with the condition.

Making breads and muffins without grains was a particular challenge.

"That became a kind of a quest for me," Goulet said. "How can I make something that has some texture to it, that isn't a brick."

She developed recipes for sweets, made crepes with bean flour. Goulet would bring baked goods to her yoga studo to share.

"People have been saying for a while now, 'Why don't you start a bakery?' " she said.

With about 9% of Americans suffering from diabetes, increased diagnosis in the U.S. of celiac disease and with more people eating fewer carbohydrates for general health reasons, the time was right to open Blooming Lotus, Goulet said.

The space that formerly was Love Handle sandwich shop has been redecorated, with a new tile floor, lighting, wainscoting and paint in a warm yellow.

Goulet said Blooming Lotus will open early for the convenience of employees at nearby Columbia St. Mary's Hospital: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It could open around June 20, if all goes as planned.

Many of the items in the bakery case will be vegan, aside from honey seed cookies and the fresh lemonade. Blooming Lotus uses no dairy, eggs or cane or other processed sugar, making its own chocolate chunks from cocoa, cocoa butter and maple syrup; its flours are derived from nuts and seeds.

Goulet expects to have items such as muffins in pumpkin, banana and blueberry, biscotti such as fig-pistachio, chocolate brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting, scones including apricot and dried cherry, rolls that have the texture of biscuits, focaccia and Irish soda breads, cookies including hazelnut sandies and chocolate chunk cherry, savory cookies it calls cocktail crisps, and truffles made from cocoa and dates. 

Prices will range from $1 for a cookie to $9 for quick-bread loaves; most muffins will be $2.50, rolls $1.75. Blooming Lotus will sell coffee and tea, hot or iced, in addition to lemonade; it will have a few tables for customers.

The bakery's number is 414-212-8010.

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