Beth Bakes Is a Winner!The local cracker company wins the 2021 Rhode Island Food Dealers Association Award.
“I was thrilled about the award,” says Beth Fradin, owner and champion of Beth Bakes, the artisanal and gluten-free cracker company.
The Spirit of Rhode Island Award identifies and acknowledges the contributions of an organization from the greater Rhode Island area that makes a vital contribution to the Rhode Island food industry. Beth Bakes has distinguished itself through its efforts and contributions to clients and industry partners.
Beth Bakes crackers are artisanal, small-batch-made crackers, with high-quality ingredients, accessible for people who can’t eat just anything. The company came about as a way of providing her daughter a tasty and healthy snack. An enthusiastic home baker, Beth dove into gluten-free baking techniques twenty-one years ago at the time of her daughter’s diagnosis with Celiac Disease after quickly realizing that store options for the restricted diet were expensive and often inedible. She landed on recipes using the best ingredients, including olive oil, whole grains, and locally sourced nuts, seeds, and spices to create products that are quite possibly better tasting than their gluten-based counterparts.
Fradin, a Rhode Islander living in Providence, has been working on building her cracker company for five years now. She started as a one-woman show, baking, marketing, and selling her crackers to anyone and everyone open to her new taste experience, willing to listen with an open mind. Beth bakes at Hope & Main, the Warren food incubator that coincidentally won the Spirit of Rhode Island award a few years back. “Any entrepreneur knows it is a lot of work but in the food sector, it’s a supportive community, and especially at Hope & Main. My fellow business members are generous and they share info about what works and what doesn’t work. I’m grateful for that, and I owe part of this award to the whole community of local food entrepreneurs.”