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Abby Helman Kelly

I moved to Connecticut as a newlywed in 1999.  Twelve years and four kids later, in a desperate attempt to combat severe eczema without steroids, I grudgingly avoided gluten for 2 weeks. It worked. My skin began to clear, I felt much less bloated, but I was devastated. An avid baker and purveyor of fine desserts, a lifetime without wheat felt more like a life sentence. Regardless, my skin was continuing to improve and I felt so much better. I’ve always loved a challenge, and at that point, I knew that I had to take on this one.

I figured I wasn’t alone, so when my little ones finally started school, I decided to take my commitment to a healthy gluten-free lifestyle one step further. I created Gluten-Free Connecticut in 2016 and two years later, in August 2018, I expanded into the rest of New England with a completely rebuilt website and a brand-new domain – www.wickedglutenfree.com.

It’s my hope that this effort helps to connect gluten-free folks with the region’s ever-growing array of safe and gluten-friendly restaurants, bakeries, artisans and businesses that are working so hard to accommodate them. I especially love providing exposure for start-ups and small businesses, as some of my favorite GF products are made right here in New England.  Along the way, I’d also like to provide a safe place for our community to contribute and share ideas, restaurants, recipes, events, and more.

So, if you have a suggestion, question, or correction, please let me know. I answer all emails and I absolutely want to hear from you. Together, we are wicked gluten free!

Yours in delicious dining,