Tuesday, October 2, 2012

RioVida Bakery - OPEN

17515-100 Avenue - just off Stony Plain Road - inbound (100 avenue) - behind the New Asian Village ... Open just over a week in her new store front, so her signage is not up yet but her store front is right on the corner of the little strip mall behind the New Asian Village - Kevin and I had the pleasure to go in and talk with Najah - from RioVida Bakery and also to sample some of her wonderful products.

RioVia Bakery - Najah Shtay - who had opened a gluten free bakery and catering side by side with Ed's Gluten Free - has an established and Gluten Free Certified business, with Ed's closing she decided to re-open in her own store front and has done so on the West End of Edmonton.

We enjoyed meeting Najah and speaking to her about her story and the bakery.  She was a co-owner and a chef at the Valentino's Restaurant for many years, she was diagnosed with gluten intolerance and sensitivity and changed her path to wanting to supply delicious gluten free, allergy sensitive products ~ and so RioVida was developed.  I was so moved by her honest, sincere passion and love for what she does.  We were fortunate to try some of her amazing products ~ she will have baking on-site for walk in customers but she would also love to promote the option of customers being able to pre-order their customized order - because she adapts to dairy free (lactose), egg free and diabetic alternatives, and pick up fresh baked products they can freeze.   

All her baked goods are prepared from scratch, no preservatives and specializes in allergy request baking.   She has dried mixes so you can take home and bake up your own version of goodness.
If you need flour in bulk, she offers for sale.  There were so many wonderful products on the go when we went in, she is working on a Pita Bread - and we were able to sample this - the taste was wonderful, the density perfect.  She plans to add nutritional components more and more to her baking.

There will be a small brunch bar in the store ~ where she in planning to offer lunch alternatives, soups and sandwiches.  And she is also working on a website ... part of the future plans.

Coconut raisin cookie
Specializes in dry mix baking, pizzas and entrees - but she has a growing product list.  We tried her coconut and chocolate cookies, and a chocolate muffin - so yummy and moist.  She stressed how she uses all fresh and quality ingredients ~ and that she enjoys the challenge of different allergy request and how to adapt her recipes to fill them.  We were fortunate that she just was taking a batch of Onion bread cakes out of the oven - we had that along with our supper later and it was so delicious - I honestly don't think I have had a bread product that was so pleasing, the taste and texture were amazing.  She makes pizzas to order, different sizes including mini's for lunch and snack ~ again you can order these dairy (lactose) free as well.
Green Onion Cake

Go in and take a peek - let her tell you about her vision and feel the passion and love she has for what she does, it certainly shows in her baking ~ or you can email her (rio-vida@hotmail.com) for her product list - which are all prepared with their own dry mixes from scratch ~ or contact her at (780) 902-7593.

Congratulations Najah and Rio Vida Bakery for your new store front ~ I am positive your existing customers will be overjoyed and for sure count US as part of the growing list of new customers you are sure to have!

Go and check out the new store front ~
Rio Vida Bakery 
17515-100 Avenue
Edmonton, AB
contact Najah - (780) 902-7593
email - rio-vida@hotmail.com  



  1. Wow! I loved this place, and love Najah too. Anything you want, anything you miss since learning you have food allergies, and this wonderful lady has already made it for you or will figure out how. Having suffered so many of the tasteless, dry and overpriced products out there, (and some rather horrid concoctions I made myself) I've been raving about her wonderful cooking abilities to any who will listen. I have to drive an hour and a half to get there - well worth it!

    1. Maisie
      i really appreciate your wonderful comment
      it is really a pleasure and satisfaction to know
      that i can make you happy by cooking and baking with passion and to be able to create alternative gluten free products that can make you and my other clients happy and coming back for more .
      Thank you for your support and hope to see you soon
      sincerely , Najah

  2. Wonderful place!
    I bought vegan flat bread and perogies. So good! So exciting to have a bunch of wheat free vegan options. The customer service is amazing such a pleasant energy. The warmth of Najah is felt as soon as you walk in and are greeted at the door.
    Najah is so helpful and sincere.
    Please take the time to stop in and support this gem of a place.

  3. This is an amazing place!
    I'm so happy I have found somewhere that is all gluten free that has delicious foods. Najah was extremely helpful and welcoming. I'm excited to tell so many people about this wonderful place!
    Thanks so much. Your work is very appreciated :)

  4. I can not wait to check your place out!!

  5. I'll be there soon! What a joy to know there is GF baking out there that doesn't taste like powdered cardboard!

  6. by far the best gluten free bakery in edmonton