Today is ABC Wednesday and Z is for Zen Cat Bakery. Zen Cat, is a gluten-free and vegan bakery, located on Grove Street in the heart of the Glenwood neighborhood. To end our ABC Wednesday series, we have chosen Zen Cat Bakery, not just because it starts with Z but for the following reasons:
Owner Angie Kenny started Zen Cat Bakery a few years ago because of a wheat allergy and her need to eat gluten free. Her personal journey led to the creation of a bakery that would accommodate sensitive digestive systems as well as people who have consciously chosen to eliminate wheat and animal products from their diet. According to Angie, she chose the word 'zen' because it signifies what it means to change one's way of eating, be it by choice or need. One strives to be balanced and "zen like" in order to give up the foods once consumed and loved: pasta, breads, pizza, eggs, cheese, etc.
When asked what measures she takes to be environmentally friendly, she offered the following examples. she buys in bulk and works hard to minimize packaging; she uses biodegradable packaging (cellophane); and, perhaps best of all, she walks to work! Some days, she has been known to skip to work. As feasible, Angie buys and sells locally. However, she also has an etsy site. Unfortunately, the Grove Street storefront is not yet open to walk in traffic. That might be in Angie's plans for the future. However, for now, you have to call to order or buy from the local establishments that already stock her goods. Local delivery is available. Hats off to one woman's dream has become a delightful, Greensboro reality.
If you enjoyed this zen ending, please visit A-Y of our Go Green Greensboro series.