Originally from Canada, Grace Sepe moved to Monmouth County eleven years ago with her children. As the incredible owner of the Gluten-on-the Go service, Cafe La De Da, Grace is no stranger to hard work. After overcoming painstaking challenges and adversity just a decade ago, Grace has built a wonderful business in our community, providing gluten-free items to those who need it most. Learn more about this beautiful mama’s life here in Monmouth County in our interview below, including some of her favorite places to dine on her days off, her incredibly admirable mom goals, and more about where you can grab some delicious gluten-free items on the go!
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I am originally from Toronto Ontario, Canada I have lived in Monmouth county for approximately 9 years.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I was homeless over a decade ago with no job skills or formal business education, only the love and passion for cooking and baking.
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
I live in the USA alone with no extended family or roots here, so I guess I need to thank myself for being a survivor and not quitting when the going got tough.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
I loved cooking with my children and teaching them to make things from scratch. Today they share those same recipes with their own families.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I’m the owner of Cafe La De Da, a Gluten Free On the Go business, which is an innovation in gluten-free food service with a focus on the wholesale space. Gluten Free on the Go aims to help those with food sensitivities live a whole and happy life as well as show the world a new side of gluten free options. I’m excited to be opening a gourmet gluten-free market the first week of November this year. Customers can come inside our North Middletown location for baked goods, prepared meals, gourmet sauces and oils, specialty breads and pastas. We will also be carrying gluten-free vegan and gluten-free keto items!
I am also a proud supporter of Domestic Violence Parental Alienation and the LGBT Community
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I want to thank all the customers that have been supporting me. Especially the Gluten-Free Community that is always telling me how grateful they are that they can now finally eat a cannoli, cinnamon bun, a loaf of Italian ciabatta bread or fresh pasta lasagna. They can now eat foods prepared in a designated facility without the risks of cross contamination, this is especially important to the celiac community.
What is your favorite restaurant in Monmouth County?
My favorite restaurant is tough because I have a few favorites. I love Patricia’s of Holmdel amazing Italian food, I love Over Easy kitchen for breakfast, and I so love Nicholas, especially when celebrating a special occasion
What is your favorite activity to do with your children in Monmouth County?
I loved to take them to the beach in Highlands NJ, I feel like I found paradise there.
What are your Mom Goals?
October is Domestic Violence Month and my goal is to help empower women, especially young girls. Unfortunately Gabby (Petito) has been made an example of, but if we can teach our children from a young age to love themselves even if they aren’t the prettiest, tallest, richest, or skinniest, but rather go inward and honor themselves for who they are. Find that little child within and treat her with the outmost respect and kindness.
Sponsored by: Cafe La De Da