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Gluten-Free Blogger Opens Café-Épicerie in NDG

It’s serving pastries and selling wheat-free groceries

Gingerbread shapes on a plate and tray. Art de Vivre Sans Gluten/Facebook

Celiacs and the otherwise gluten-averse have a new option catering to them, with Art de Vivre Sans Gluten now open in NDG.

If the name sounds familiar, that’s because Art de Vivre Sans Gluten is also a blog — Montrealer Catherine Valois started it in 2017. Valois has celiac disease, and was diagnosed a decade ago, so she isn’t someone hopping on a “trendy” gluten-free bandwagon — rather, her blog is mostly dedicated to advice and ideas for living with a wheat-free diet.

Over the two years of blogging, she has progressively upsized her business. First came a by-subscription delivery box service, offering an array of gluten-free goods delivered to subscribers in the Greater Montreal area, once monthly. Next was an online store, selling mostly gluten-free pantry staples.

Now, it’s a brick-and-mortar business, located on Beaconsfield Avenue, just north of de Maisonneuve.

On offer are café staples — coffee and pastries (gluten-free, of course), at pretty standard prices. The space also has a commercial kitchen, allowing for cooking workshops (the first batch will focus on gluten-free tourtière and gingerbread baking); Valois also has plans to beef up the food options offered, with sushi as one likely addition in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the épicerie side will sell many of the products that Art de Vivre Sans Gluten offers online (without mailing costs, of course).

STATUS — Art de Vivre Sans Gluten is open at 2220 Beaconsfield Avenue (suite 3) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Art de Vivre Sans Gluten

2220 Avenue Beaconsfield, Montreal, QC H4A 2G8 Visit Website