Have Some ‘Fun’ with Your Food

Have Some ‘Fun’ with Your Food

20:13 29 January in GreenMarket

Vendor Spotlight: Diane Z., Fun with FoodBooth pictures 068

Whoever says you shouldn’t play with food hasn’t met Diane Z. from Fun with Food. This unique GreenMarket vendor is an artisan bakery, specializing in high end gluten-free, paleo-gluten free, dairy free, gluten free-dairy free and grain free organic baked goods. That’s a lot of frees!

For three years, Diane has been grinding her own nut flours and mixing her own gluten free flours to ensure top quality in all her products. Diane shared, “My biggest joy is preparing products my clients will love and devour,” says Diane. “When I have a client that needs something extra ‘special’ I’m on a mission to conquer!”

How did your business come about?

I started my company teaching children how to cook and eat in a healthy way.. The Sun-Sentinel came to one of my cooking classes and loved my concept. The food editor interviewed me and asked if I would consider writing a column in their paper, which I had for two years. I’ve also been syndicated in other publications across the United States.

I began to hold cooking classes for adults as well, and realized how many people have food allergies. Hence, I developed my healthful and decadent, gluten free products. My mission was to develop these gluten free products, which tasted great! And, best of all, anyone with or without gluten issues can enjoy them.

Top three words to describe your products.

Quality, organic, and delish!

Why is shopping local so important and valuable?

I personally feel it’s important to buy locally to support our economy and get the freshest goodies one can buy.

What three items could we always find in your refrigerator or pantry?

Assorted nuts, organic coconut oil and raw organic cocoa.

Where was the best destination you have traveled to?

One of my favorite places in the world is San Francisco, I love the restaurants, the vineyards, (Napa & Sonoma) the wharf, the charm and ambiance of the city. And, riding on the cable cars!

If you could host a dinner party with anyone, who would you invite?

The guest list would include: Barbara Streisand, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Buffet, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Kerry Washington, Meryl Streep, Will Ferrell, Angeline Jolie, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Adam Sandler, and Dustin Hoffman. Needless to say, it would be a musical, rock ‘n roll party with great humor, good conversation and of course fabulous food!

What is your favorite product that you sell?

Two of my favorites are granola protein bars, which come in three varieties: gluten-free, gluten-grain free, soy free; and organic protein bars. My signature cookie is the macaroon.

What is your favorite restaurant on the Ave.?

Definitely, Sazio’s! Love their salads and pasta!

Share something with us that your customers may not know.

Childhood obesity and diabetes is very close to my heart. 5% of all my proceeds goes to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, (JDRF). One day soon, hopefully Type 1 Diabetes will be TYPE NONE!

Visit Fun with Food online at Dianesfunwithfood.com.