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{"id":889815826479,"title":"Gluten-free Pastry Chef, Daria Astorino in Pennsylvania","handle":"gluten-free-pastry-chef-daria-astorino-in-pennsylvania","description":"\u003ch2\u003eby Lori Miller\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/battergf\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eGluten-free Pastry Chef Daria\u003c\/a\u003e Astorino says that baking is in her blood. She loved to bake with both of her Grandmothers while growing up and excitedly shared the story with me about one grandma who entered local baking contests around her hometown, proudly claiming awards for her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariablondie_jpg_large.jpeg?v=1530654992\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEven after Daria and her mother were both diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002, Daria didn't let her love of baking die. After a high school trip to the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, Daria expressed her dream; to attend the Culinary Institute of America. She and her parents made this happen. Daria earned her Associates Degree in Baking \u0026amp; Pastry Arts in 2007.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariafoccacia_jpg_ef724914-652b-4d24-bb5d-a15e00d297fc_large.jpeg?v=1530654901\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter graduation from the CIA, she worked as an Executive Pastry Chef in Hersey, Pennsylvania for a few years before she decided to open Batter, her line of 100% gluten-free baked good and dry pancake\/waffle mix. While working at her previous job, she met the owner of \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/calicuttsspiceco\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eCalicutts Spice Company\u003c\/a\u003e (also based in Hershey), a very helpful entrepreneur who assisted her in building her business by hosting Daria's first launch on Small Business Saturday in 2015.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariacookie_jpg_large.jpeg?v=1530654927\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToday, Batter products can be found at Ric's Bread stand at the Lancaster Central Market on the weekends, one of the oldest farmers markets in the USA from the 1700's. On Sundays, her products are at the Headhouse Farmers in Philadelphia. She also has other wholesale accounts with Calicutts Spice Company and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/bcbcoffee\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBrew\u003c\/a\u003e Crumberlands Best.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariamuffin_large.jpg?v=1530654956\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHer best-selling products are Focaccia, Honey Oat bread loaf, White Chocolate Blondies, a Cookie assortment, and Muffins. Darian mentioned it is essential for her to focus on offering both sweet and savory options since not everyone likes sweet all the time. When I asked Daria which of her products were her favorite to eat, she quickly replied it is her Chai Cookie Sandwich with a Dark Chocolate Ganache in the center. Daria is a determined entrepreneur! As she develops her brand, focusing on growing her wholesale sales, she also works as a part-time baking instructor at YTI (Your Technical Institute) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Dariabio_large.png?v=1530655025\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSome words from Daria herself\u003c\/strong\u003e:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMy life as a celiac began nearly 16 years ago when I was a teenager. Not being able to eat what I baked in my high school baking class and go out to eat with my friends and be carefree, really made me determined to learn to make my favorite foods, gluten-free, of course! I dreamed of owning a gluten-free business and decided that I needed to formulate a plan….\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne evening, I announced at the dinner table that I was going to the CIA!  My parents looked shocked! “No, not the CIA in Washington, you know… the CIA… to bake!”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAfter high school graduation, I entered \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Culinary Institute of America\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and earned my Associate Degree in Baking \u0026amp; Pastry Arts.  Studying under some very talented chefs as well as working with some of the best in the industry has helped me refine my pastry skills. 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She loved to bake with both of her Grandmothers while growing up and excitedly shared the story with me about one grandma who entered local baking contests around her hometown, proudly claiming awards for her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariablondie_jpg_large.jpeg?v=1530654992\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eEven after Daria and her mother were both diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002, Daria didn't let her love of baking die. After a high school trip to the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, Daria expressed her dream; to attend the Culinary Institute of America. She and her parents made this happen. Daria earned her Associates Degree in Baking \u0026amp; Pastry Arts in 2007.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariafoccacia_jpg_ef724914-652b-4d24-bb5d-a15e00d297fc_large.jpeg?v=1530654901\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAfter graduation from the CIA, she worked as an Executive Pastry Chef in Hersey, Pennsylvania for a few years before she decided to open Batter, her line of 100% gluten-free baked good and dry pancake\/waffle mix. While working at her previous job, she met the owner of \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/calicuttsspiceco\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eCalicutts Spice Company\u003c\/a\u003e (also based in Hershey), a very helpful entrepreneur who assisted her in building her business by hosting Daria's first launch on Small Business Saturday in 2015.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariacookie_jpg_large.jpeg?v=1530654927\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eToday, Batter products can be found at Ric's Bread stand at the Lancaster Central Market on the weekends, one of the oldest farmers markets in the USA from the 1700's. On Sundays, her products are at the Headhouse Farmers in Philadelphia. She also has other wholesale accounts with Calicutts Spice Company and \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/bcbcoffee\/\" target=\"_blank\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003eBrew\u003c\/a\u003e Crumberlands Best.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/dariamuffin_large.jpg?v=1530654956\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHer best-selling products are Focaccia, Honey Oat bread loaf, White Chocolate Blondies, a Cookie assortment, and Muffins. Darian mentioned it is essential for her to focus on offering both sweet and savory options since not everyone likes sweet all the time. When I asked Daria which of her products were her favorite to eat, she quickly replied it is her Chai Cookie Sandwich with a Dark Chocolate Ganache in the center. Daria is a determined entrepreneur! As she develops her brand, focusing on growing her wholesale sales, she also works as a part-time baking instructor at YTI (Your Technical Institute) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0027\/9796\/1263\/files\/Dariabio_large.png?v=1530655025\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSome words from Daria herself\u003c\/strong\u003e:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMy life as a celiac began nearly 16 years ago when I was a teenager. Not being able to eat what I baked in my high school baking class and go out to eat with my friends and be carefree, really made me determined to learn to make my favorite foods, gluten-free, of course! I dreamed of owning a gluten-free business and decided that I needed to formulate a plan….\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne evening, I announced at the dinner table that I was going to the CIA!  My parents looked shocked! “No, not the CIA in Washington, you know… the CIA… to bake!”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAfter high school graduation, I entered \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe Culinary Institute of America\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and earned my Associate Degree in Baking \u0026amp; Pastry Arts.  Studying under some very talented chefs as well as working with some of the best in the industry has helped me refine my pastry skills. These are the skills I presently pass on to \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e students as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eI\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e now teach Baking \u0026amp; Pastry Arts. I’ve been given so much, I want to pass it forward!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs you can see, my gluten-free business, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBatter\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, has been a dream of mine for a long time! It’s where my heart lies and where I want to share my gluten-free creations! \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThanks for stopping by!\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eXOXO, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDaria \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e© Copyright 2018 GlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine\u003cbr\u003eAll rights reserved. \u003cbr\u003e \u003cbr\u003eGlutenfreeGlobalicious Magazine is part of The Pure Fresh Daily Group \u003cbr\u003e© Copyright 2018, Pure Fresh Daily Publications Corporation \u003cbr\u003eAll Rights Reserved.  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e"}

Gluten-free Pastry Chef, Daria Astorino in Pennsylvania

by Lori Miller

Gluten-free Pastry Chef Daria Astorino says that baking is in her blood. She loved to bake with both of her Grandmothers while growing up and excitedly shared the story with me about one grandma who entered local baking contests around her hometown, proudly claiming awards for her Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake.

Even after Daria and her mother were both diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002, Daria didn't let her love of baking die. After a high school trip to the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, Daria expressed her dream; to attend the Culinary Institute of America. She and her parents made this happen. Daria earned her Associates Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts in 2007.

After graduation from the CIA, she worked as an Executive Pastry Chef in Hersey, Pennsylvania for a few years before she decided to open Batter, her line of 100% gluten-free baked good and dry pancake/waffle mix. While working at her previous job, she met the owner of Calicutts Spice Company (also based in Hershey), a very helpful entrepreneur who assisted her in building her business by hosting Daria's first launch on Small Business Saturday in 2015.

Today, Batter products can be found at Ric's Bread stand at the Lancaster Central Market on the weekends, one of the oldest farmers markets in the USA from the 1700's. On Sundays, her products are at the Headhouse Farmers in Philadelphia. She also has other wholesale accounts with Calicutts Spice Company and Brew Crumberlands Best.

Her best-selling products are Focaccia, Honey Oat bread loaf, White Chocolate Blondies, a Cookie assortment, and Muffins. Darian mentioned it is essential for her to focus on offering both sweet and savory options since not everyone likes sweet all the time. When I asked Daria which of her products were her favorite to eat, she quickly replied it is her Chai Cookie Sandwich with a Dark Chocolate Ganache in the center. Daria is a determined entrepreneur! As she develops her brand, focusing on growing her wholesale sales, she also works as a part-time baking instructor at YTI (Your Technical Institute) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Some words from Daria herself:

My life as a celiac began nearly 16 years ago when I was a teenager. Not being able to eat what I baked in my high school baking class and go out to eat with my friends and be carefree, really made me determined to learn to make my favorite foods, gluten-free, of course! I dreamed of owning a gluten-free business and decided that I needed to formulate a plan….

One evening, I announced at the dinner table that I was going to the CIA!  My parents looked shocked! “No, not the CIA in Washington, you know… the CIA… to bake!”

After high school graduation, I entered The Culinary Institute of America and earned my Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts.  Studying under some very talented chefs as well as working with some of the best in the industry has helped me refine my pastry skills. These are the skills I presently pass on to my students as I now teach Baking & Pastry Arts. I’ve been given so much, I want to pass it forward!

As you can see, my gluten-free business, Batter, has been a dream of mine for a long time! It’s where my heart lies and where I want to share my gluten-free creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO, Daria

 

 

 

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