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  • Henning’s Market

    Henning's Market

    We are so excited to announce that many of our products are now available at Henning's Market in Harleysville, PA. Stop by to save from Nov. 8th - 21st.

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  • Artist of the Month for November : A. E. Carney

    Artist of the Month for November : A. E. Carney

    Our Artist of the Month for November is A. E. Carney. Amanda has a beautiful and unique style,  stop by and check it out! Check out her website and like her on Facebook

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  • Winter Hours

    Winter Hours

    Winter Hours Virago will be open Fridays 9 AM - 8 PM Saturdays  8 AM - 5 PM Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM We will resume our regular hours beginning March 26th 2013 We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. We are available by appointment. Thank you

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  • Happy Mother’s Day

    Happy Mother's Day

    We will be CLOSED May 12th for Mother's Day Please order your Mother's Day treats early! Happy Mother's Day

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  • Real Food Works

    Real Food Works

    Real Food Works Virago is happy to announce that we are a Chef partner with Real Food Works; a program of  healthy restaurant made meals delivered to your home. We are developing some new exciting additions to our Gluten Free Menu that are low sodium and low fat options. We are offering ...

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  • First Fridays are Back

    First Fridays are Back

    First Fridays are Back At Virago that means open mic night with Mark Haas of A Stranger Hybrid. So start practicing for May 3rd.  Time 6PM - 9PM Bring your family and friends and share your talent!

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  • Artist of the Month : Shannon Vogel

    Artist of the Month : Shannon Vogel

    Artist of the Month Shannon Vogel Shannon Vogel is a freelance photographer specializing in casual portraiture and nature photography. She lives in Lansdale, PA but is originally from South Jersey. Shannon enjoys taking trips to the Philadelphia Zoo to capture the exotic animals and spend time with her husband and two kids. Shannon ...

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  • Book Review: Living Gluten and Dairy Free with French Food by Chef Alain Braux

    Book Review: Living Gluten and Dairy Free with French Food by Chef Alain Braux

      Wow! Chef Alain Braux’s new book “Living Gluten and Dairy Free with French Gourmet Food” is so much more than a cookbook. Anyone trying to navigate their way through this dramatic lifestyle change will find a plethora of information within these pages. You don’t even get to the recipes until ...

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  • The Vegan Cupcake Wars: We Won!!

    The Vegan Cupcake Wars: We Won!!

    This is the winner!!! Yeah!! our Chocolate Chili Cupcake won the Vegan Cupcake Wars Contest that was held this past weekend in Phoenixville, PA. We hope it helped the Peace Advocacy Network raise lots of money for their anti-bullying awareness event. Our dark chocolate cupcake was infused with a mixture of home ...

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  • Open Mic Night

    Open Mic Night

    Friday July 20th 7:30 - 10 PM Hosted by Mark Haas, A Stranger Hybrid Share your talent or enjoy some good music!

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  • Artist of the Month – Katie Pesce

    Artist of the Month - Katie Pesce

    Katie is a juried nature and travel photographer, who has had her work published in books, including a photo cover. Her photography has been shown in Northern Virginia and through the Philadelphia area.  Katie was trained at Elon University in North Carolina and at the Maine Photographic Summer Workshops in ...

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  • Vegan Cupcake Wars

    Vegan Cupcake Wars

    Peace Fest 2012 will feature its own version of Cupcake Wars with all vegan cupcakes. Select professional bakers have been invited to compete in this competition. Virago Baking Company participated entering a Gluten Free Vegan  chocolate chili cupcake. The theme for this year's Peace Fest is anti-bullying. Help us raise awareness ...

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  • Jazz Jam with Tim Leslie

    Jazz Jam with Tim Leslie

    Jazz Jam with Tim Leslie Friday July 13th 7:30 -10 PM Also Stephanie Ruth S. Rosenblum our artist of the month will be available for a meet and greet!

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  • Artist of the Month:                    Stephanie Ruth S. Rosenblum

    Artist of the Month: Stephanie Ruth S. Rosenblum

    Artist of the Month Stephanie Ruth S. Rosenblum - The Wild Poppy Come see Stephanie's beautiful art work this month. She will be at the bakery on Friday July 6th & July 13th at 7:30 PM. Stephanie Ruth S. Rosenblum The Wild Poppy Unlimited color palettes, varied textures, and bold marks combined with traditional and ...

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  • Jazz Night with Tim Leslie

    Jazz Night with Tim Leslie and Friends Virago is happy to announce that we will be having Jazz night once a month so check the calendar for update. Check out the great music!

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  • Artist of the Month – Stacy Frank

    Artist of the Month - Stacy Frank

    Stacy Frank Artist of the Month of May

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  • Artist of The Month – Nutmeg Designs

    Artist of The Month - Nutmeg Designs

     Nutmeg Designs Artist of the Month!                                                     We are so excited to have Margaret and Wayne back with their beautiful art! Stop by the month of June to check it out! They are also showing across the street at The Water Gallery so go check it out there as well! Nutmeg Designs: ...

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Virago takes on New York: G-Free NYC

Posted in News & Events by Virago

Virago Baking Company is branching out to The Big Apple, that’s right New York City! You can now get your Gluten-free Vegan goods in various PA locations & our first NYC wholesale account at G-Free NYC, located on W. 85th street between Columbus & Central Park West.

Virago delivers every Wednesday; you can find our GFV focaccia (sandwich squares), GFV pizza shells, cheese danishes, & other deliciousness here. You can also order online at G-Free NYC simply go to there website and shop online.

If you live in the New York area and are craving the most satisfying gluten-free foods go to G-Free NYC and look for the Virago label.

For more information on G-Free NYC check out there Facebook Page HERE or their website HERE.

Henning’s Market

Posted in Community & Featured & News & Events & Press & Awards by Virago

We are so excited to announce that many of our products are now available at Henning’s Market in Harleysville, PA.

Stop by to save from Nov. 8th – 21st.

Artist of the Month for November : A. E. Carney

Posted in Community & Featured by Virago

Our Artist of the Month for November is A. E. Carney.

Amanda has a beautiful and unique style,  stop by and check it out!

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Check out her website and like her on Facebook

Xanthan Gum and Guar Gum in Gluten-Free Baking

Posted in Featured & News & Events & Press & Awards by Virago

By Regina Petruzziello Mason

What are these two interestingly named ingredients and why do you need them in gluten-free baking?

Let’s start with xanthan gum; it is made from a type of bacteria (Xanthomonas campestris). It also is seen as the black rot that attacks various vegetables. In a controlled environment, it is introduced to, most often, corn sugar. This solution is kept at 30 degrees for several days until fermentation has taken place. The solution is then heated to stop the fermentation process. It is dried, ground and sieved into the fine powder that we purchase at the store. Xanthan gum is used as a stabilizer and also to thicken products that have high moisture content such as salad dressings. People with corn and soy allergies may need to avoid this product.

Guar gum is extracted from the guar seed (Cyanosis tetragonoloba), which comes primarily from India and Pakistan. It has excellent binding properties as well as being a plasticizer and emulsifier. Guar gum is also a water soluble fiber. It has been used for weight management and it can also have a laxative effect when taken in large quantities.

Xanthan and guar gum are both considered natural substances. Both gums dissolve in water and seem to create a more elastic consistency in gluten-free bread recipes. This helps trap the gases that are produced by the yeast, which in turn makes bread rise. When mixing these ingredients together it is best to blend all the dry ingredients first then add the liquid. The batter should be mixed well to ensure complete hydration of the gums. Most of the grains, legumes and starches used in gluten-free baking require a great deal of moisture. So, when adding the gums to these blends, you may find that your recipes require additional liquids. Otherwise, the end result will be dry. The gums are interchangeable in recipes and, as a general rule of thumb; ½ tsp is used per cup of gluten-free flour blend ( I prefer guar gum as it is a plant based gum).

All-Purpose Flour Blend
Yield: 4 cups
1 cup brown rice flour
1¼ cup white rice flour
3/4 cup potato starch
1 cup tapioca starch
2 teaspoons xanthan gum or guar gum

About Regina Petruzziello Mason
www.viragobakingcompany.com

Regina is the President and founder of Virago Baking Company, located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, northwest of Philadelphia.

Regina is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has been baking for more than 35 years. Some of her experience includes working for Yann Machard of Symphony Pastries located in New Jersey. She has also owned and operated several bakery businesses in Napa, CA.

Regina has always been an artisan style pastry chef, crafting all her baked goods from natural and organic ingredients. In 2007 Regina decided once again that it was time to operate her own bakery; but this time set out to do something different and more challenging. Originally, Virago was to be just an all natural bakery with some vegan desserts but, soon after opening, people continually asked for gluten-free baked goods and the numbers were too big to ignore. She was very familiar with celiac disease as her mother in-law had been diagnosed several years prior. Armed with her knowledge of ingredients and vast recipe file, Regina quickly began converting her recipes into gluten-free recipes. She continues to add more products to Virago’s gluten-free menu, including many that are vegan and gluten-free. The newest line of products, VIP (Virago Inspired Pleasures) cupcakes, are extra special cupcakes that are filled with (and some are dipped in) ganache. Many are vegan too.
Regina enjoys creating new recipes and is always willing to help those with special needs. After all, everyone should be able to have a birthday cake!

Artist of the Month for July and August: Rusty Miller

Posted in Community by Virago

Artist of the Month: Rusty Miller

Rusty has shown is work here before and we loved it so much we invited him back!

Stop by and check out his work!

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