Going gluten-free in Brookhaven

10:15 AM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Courtney Lee is on a mission to make life sweet without a key ingredient.

"Instead of using regular wheat flour or white flour, we use white rice flour," she said.

Last year, Lee started a gluten-free baking business called Southern Table Provisions. There is already so much demand for her products that she made a deal with the Georgia Dome to open three kiosks.

"A lot of people, even if they don't have celiac disease or an intolerance, they just look at it as a healthier way to live, and so a lot of people do it to lose weight or be healthier," she said of the decision to eliminate wheat from one's diet.

Lee and her husband don't have a choice. A few years ago, they discovered that they're both allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat. Cutting wheat from their diets made all the difference.

"I didn't have stomach pains anymore, so it was clear to me, this is what we need to do," Lee said.

As she experimented with family recipes, friends encouraged Lee to bake full-time. She applied for a business license shortly after Brookhaven became a city.

"I walked in, everyone was so helpful, it took 15 minutes and I received my license the next week, so it was really great," she said.

And her gluten-free business has been growing ever since.

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