Baking is in Debra Baretta’s genes. Her father was an Italian baker from age 14 in Torino,
Italy and in San Francisco. Debra’s aspirationsled her first to the skies; she attained her private pilot’s license at age 17 and then became a Delta flight attendant.
After settling down with her family many years later, her Italian baking roots came full circle.
For Debra, being Italian is about gathering around the table, sharing great food. It was devastating when her middle son Cory suffered from horrible allergies that inhibited him from enjoying the delights of her heritage. Cory is allergic to gluten, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, lentils, green peas and garlic. Without causing dangers to his health, he was unable to eat at friends’ houses, restaurants, birthday parties or school. No longer able to watch her son feel isolated and different, Debra began experimenting in the kitchen to create delicious food Cory could eat. She first perfected sandwich bread, then moving on to other baked goods. With much skill and some luck, which she attributes to her genes, her baked goods soon became favorites amongst family and friends.
Around this same time, a series of unfortunate events enters Debra’s life. Debra must care for her father after he is diagnosed with stage four cancer. Financial difficulties ensued. A year and a half battle with cancer culminated in a traumatic death. The family was devastated and floundered for eighteen months. Then Debra's inspiration to begin a baking comapny began to brew and she informally began selling her gluten-free, vegan breads, pastries and cookies. And so began the saga of Mama Baretta.
Unfortunately, the ill-fated chain of events were not quite over. Just as Debra begins to sell commercially, she falls ill with mono for several months. In this devastating state, she is forced to temporarily close down her business for six months.
Once back on track, Debra re-establishes her commercial accounts. Her products have recieved awards and her business has grown in ways unimaginable to a woman whose business was put on hold in 2011. Debra’s son Cory may have spit out the first store bought gluten-free, vegan bread, but now Mama Baretta’s baked goods are alongside the giants.
Biscotti al Anice
Biscotti al Ciocco...
- After looking up your ingredients...I am truly amazed and inspired by all the wonderful ingredients you use in your baked goods! You are an inspiration...the companies you have sourced for your ingredients are amazing in the philosophies they follow as well as the products they supply you! Another reason why everything you make is so delicious!! Kudos to you!
--Heather B, Novato, CA
- "Mama Baretta has the most incredible gluten free cookies and breads. Deb is a wonderful person whom is deserving of having her small business wish granted. For me, as a gluten free person for medical reasons, Deb was a life
saver! Her cookies are to die for, and that is no exaggeration!! They are like a little bite of Heaven here on Earth. In fact, I want one now"
- OMG those Italian Snowballs are the just like my grandmother used to make!!!
>--Timothy Howard, Atlanta, GA
- Hi Debbie,
The corn bread is so rich and full, a welcome change from most other gluten-free breads which are airy, weak on nutritious ingredients, and lacking in flavor. We would be glad to continue having your bread in our home, and look forward to finding a way to do that!
Congratulations on creating a product that has integrity and great flavor!
- "The Pezzi (Bites) are the best treats I have ever tasted. They are so delicious and it is so nice to know that they are made with such healthy ingredients. I WANT MORE!"
--Julie G., San Mateo, CA
- "I always advise my patients to search out healthy alternatives and PEZZI is a good nutritious sweet treat!"
--Dr. Rogers DC, Novato, CA www.marinchiro.com
- "These bites are the best! You wouldn't even know they are good for you. The chocolate is my favorite, although the other two are just as good. Just try them, you'll be happy you did! "
--Linda, Salt Lake City, UT
LOVE OUR LOCAL BUSINESS
Mama Mia! Intuit Grants a Healthy Wish to ‘Mama Baretta’
Intuit's Small Business' Big Wishes Program
BEST OF SHOW COOKIE, DOUBLE GOLD WINNER
SALTED CARAMEL NUT LACE COOKIE
GOLD MEDAL - ALTERNATIVE FOOD PRODUCTS
CORN BREAD JALAPENO
SILVER MEDAL BROWNIE
GOLD MEDAL MUFFINS
MORNING GLORY MUFFINS
SILVER MEDAL GLUTEN FREE BREAD
MULTI-SEED SANDWICH BREAD
Gluten-free cookie wins Best of Show The Sonoma County Harvest Fair's Professional Food Dessert Competition had quite a surprise this year in the cookie category. Taking home Best of Show was Mama Baretta's Salted Caramel Nut Lace Cookie - a gourmet, gluten-free confection that competed against non-gluten-free entries. The cookie also won double-gold in the Gluten-Free cookie category. To read the full article. Click here
AWARD-WINNING COOKIE SET TO GO COUNTTYWIDE
The Community Voice, January 4, 2013
PENNGROVE WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Penngrove Proud Magazine, Penngrove, CA Winter/Holiday 2012
NEW FACES WIN HARVEST FAIR FOOD COMPETITION
Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA October 3, 2012
GLUTEN-FREE COOKIE WINS BEST OF SHOW
Healdsburg Patch, Healdsburg, CA October 3, 2012
BILL TO SELL HOMEMADE FOOD MAY BECOME LAW
San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA September 14, 2012
BILL WOULD ALLOW SALE OF HOMEMADE FOODS
LA Times, Los Angeles, CA August 28, 2012
GLUTEN-FREE DIET A WINNER FOR MAMA BARETTA
The Communtiy Voice, Rohnert Park, CA June 23, 2011
INTRODUCING PENNGROVE-BASED MAMA BARETTA'S DELICIOUS GLUTEN FREE ITALIAN BREEDS AND BAKED GOOD
Southern Sonoma County Life Newsletter, September 2, 2010
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