Patrick Robinson
The new ownership of Flying Apron Bakery in Fremont is expanding its wholesale efforts and looking at new recipes for their all-vegan bakery products.

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The Fremont neighborhood has attracted the unusual for a long time, and The Flying Apron Bakery at 3510 Fremont Ave. N. is no exception.

The Flying Apron is Seattle’s only organic, gluten-free and vegan bakery, and this week they held an informal gathering to thank their friends and talk about their future plans.

In January, the business was sold to a group of three investors who share a strong commitment to maintain the bakery's unique status as well as expand it's business.

The new owners are Ethan Hernandez, Erik Chelstad and Jeff Silva. Silva and his wife previously owned a bakery and café in Seattle, and his ongoing management of Crohn’s disease has given him a very real perspective on food and nutrition.

Hernandez is from a family of Seattle-based entrepreneurs, and having a daughter with severe dietary restrictions has strengthened his commitment to helping others that need to be mindful of their eating requirements.

Chelstad, like Ethan, has had a hand in many Seattle-based startup companies and is excited to be working on organic, sustainable food production.

The bakery is a retail outlet, but they are working on expanding their wholesale operations.

Currently, the bakery provides products to only a few stores, but more are planned, and they are working toward making products with a different combination of ingredients.

For example, they now use garbanzo bean flour as a primary ingredient but are looking at other product combinations to create more variety.

The Flying Apron currently offers food for those with dietary restrictions due to medical, health, ethical, religious,or moral reasons, including:

• Veganism/vegetarianism
• Gluten restrictions (Gout, Autism, Celiac disease, etc.)
• Wheat restrictions
• Sugar restrictions (Diabetes, etc.)
• Dairy restrictions (Lactose intolerance, etc.)
• Egg allergies

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egg allergies

I am thrilled to find a bakery that can provide my daughter, who is allergic to eggs, with a cake for her 6th birthday celebration. At last, she can eat cake at a birthday party, as usually she has to abstain. Thanks!