by Liz Onufer | photos by Tyler McElhaney

Eat Well, Feel Good

Scientific research connecting our diets and disease is rapidly growing, particularly when related to the effects of gluten. “As doctors start to understand that many diseases are associated with food allergies, the number of people that seek gluten-free food is increasing,” stated Diana Benedek, Ph.D., the founder and CEO of 2Good2B Bakery & Café in Encinitas. Since 2011, Diana and her team have been satisfying customers with their delicious menu that is gluten, corn, and soy free, with many dairy-free and vegetarian options.

The impetus to open a restaurant began after Diana found out that her fibromyalgia, Hashimoto, migraines, arthritis and drained adrenals were the result of her sensitivity to gluten, corn and soy, 3 foods that are recognized to be inflammatory to many people. Committed to cutting these foods out of her life, she was now faced with different struggles – the fact that most gluten-free foods contain corn and soy, learning how to eat gluten-free items in restaurants without getting sick because of cross contamination or hidden allergens, and finding good food that fit in her new diet. Today, Diana is feeling great and her customers love the outcome – a dedicated café and bakery renowned for their delicious and healthy menu.

“At the end they all leave space for our delicious desserts as no one would guess that we replaced the wheat with brown rice!”

2Good2B has recently unveiled their new, vibrant, open kitchen café concept. Orders are prepared fresh for every customer, while the hot table offers carvings and vegetables ready to be eaten. Known for their pot pies, paninis, chicken salad melt, flatbreads, pesto mac n’ cheese, as well as their delicious cakes, cupcakes, and pies, it’s not only the gluten-free customers who love the café. “As many as 50% of our clients are not gluten free, they just come to enjoy the healthy, pure food that they know contains no preservatives, MSG, corn syrup, or other chemicals that do not belong in food,” acknowledged Diana. “Our clients love our entrées, but at the end they all leave space for our delicious desserts as no one would guess that we replaced the wheat with brown rice!”

Going gluten free requires a commitment to not compromise. All menu items at 2Good2B are of the highest quality and homemade. To avoid hidden allergens, the culinary team grates the cheeses and makes their own spice mixes, sauces, rubs, and dressings to ensure no chemicals and preservatives typical of shelf-ready, processed food are used. This passion has earned the team multiple awards for best gluten-free food in San Diego, as well as the most surprising cake by the Bridal Bazaar.

Pairing Diana’s emphasis on health and her partner Chef Rodney’s attention to taste, 2Good2B Bakery & Café is one of a kind. The team is planning to expand business to offer healthy and delicious gluten, corn, and soy free food across the country.


bakery_2goodlogoAt-A-Glance

Name of Business: 2Good2B Bakery & Café
Founder and CEO: Diana Benedek, Ph.D.
Partner: Chef Rodney Love Jones
Years in Operation: 4 years
Year of Establishment: 2011
Address: 204N El Camino Real, Suite H, Encinitas, CA 92024
Website: www.2good2b.com
Email Contact: diana@2good2b.com
Phone: 760-942-4663
Description of Business: An award-winning fast casual, slow food bakery and café providing delicious gluten, corn, and soy-free bakery savory dishes and desserts. 2Good2B strives to offer delicious, healthy food in a safe environment for people with food allergies but where everyone else can enjoy healthy, pure food. The café is now expanded, offering an ever-revolving menu of handcrafted, high-quality food with an emphasis on health-conscious gluten, corn, and soy-free eating, all prepared in front of each guest as they walk down the line.