Thomas Sergio, owner of Olde World Artisan Bread Co., is a baker of European artisan breads (specifically, original French, German and Italian recipes), which are full of gluten. After receiving many requests from customers for a gluten-free product he created a gluten-free ancient grains bread that has artisan taste, texture and nutrition all wrapped up in a satisfying, versatile loaf.
The bread is made from a certified gluten-free blend of fiberful flours that is yeast fermented and baked fresh each week. Ingredients are stored separately and the dough is made on separate equipment and baked in a dedicated oven to avoid cross-contamination. The ingredients in the bread are: amaranth, millet, quinoa, sorghum, teff, brown rice, tapioca, water, eggs, dry milk, yeast, xanthan gum, cream of tartar, salt and baking powder.
This Examiner received a free loaf to try and tore into it right away. The loaf is quite heavy, which usually means the bread is crumbly and dry, but this is not the case. The bread is soft (right out of the bag with no heating), moist and full of rich flavor. The crust is not too tough. It reminds me of the fresh (gluten) bread we used to get every night at camp. I wouldn’t use it to make a sandwich, rather it would be buttered and served with dinner. It is recommended to store the bread on the counter for up to five days and then refrigerate for up to 14 days.
There currently is no store front for the company, so the gluten-free bread is being sold at local farmer’s markets and through Cuisine on the Run (Monday-Saturday in Marietta). The farmers market price is $9 per 24 oz. loaf and it can be purchased at:
- Tuesday; Norcross Whistlestop
- Thursday: Powder Springs
- Friday: Johns Creek-Brookwood Farmers Market
- Saturday: Marietta Square and Roswell City Hall (formerly Roswell Riverside)
Thomas is working to develop further gluten-free bread products this year, such as pita, focaccia to name a few. Stop by your local farmer’s market and pick up a loaf. It is truly a unique experience as this Examiner has yet to try another artisan gluten-free bread.
Thomas Sergio 404-717-7272 [email protected]