OUR STORY

The Flying Apron began its journey in the University District of Seattle in 2002 and moved to the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle in 2007. Our story begins with a small retail location employing nine people in Fremont, serving locals, tourists and the community at large with delicious sweet and savory goods. Feeling ambitious, in mid-2010 we began wholesaling our sweets to local coffee shops, restaurants and specialty markets in an effort to spread gluten-free and vegan goodness across the greater Seattle area. Next, we determined the eastside needed some GF love so we opened an additional retail café near Redmond Town Center in May, 2011.

Today we employ around 30 people, have two retail locations, a commercial kitchen, and wholesale our products to over 150 different locations providing options for people across the greater Seattle region north of Everett, south to Tacoma, east to Issaquah and across the water in Kitsap County. 

Inspired daily by our customers in search of tasty treats and delicious alternatives, we feel this market is still underserved. We don’t want to emphasize living “without” because we feel we’ve created and continue to be motivated by the incredibly delicious and more often superior products we produce daily in comparison to the wheat-dependent world we live in today.

It’s not hard to bake gluten-free or vegan, but the combination can be tricky and requires tenacity, creativity and more often than not, simplicity, to make sure that what you make is wholesome, delicious and delightful to eat. We continue to spend hundreds of man hours annually in product development; we test-flight and get customer feedback for all new offerings before considering them available for sale and regularly review and include feedback in existing product development and quality efforts. 

We’re excited to be here, think we’re doing justice to the gluten-free and vegan population and hope to be here for years to come. We firmly believe at the Flying Apron, that it’s not about what you can’t eat! We’re paving the way for gluten-free and vegan goodies that everyone craves!

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to make gluten-free and vegan goods that everyone can eat, and more importantly, that non-gluten-free or non-restricted-diet individuals crave. We want people to enjoy their new gluten-free, dairy, egg, soy or corn-free lives, without feeling like they’re living “without.” We’re committed to making sweet and savory items that delight you – the customer. At the Flying Apron, it’s not about what you can’t eat!

OWNERSHIP

  Jeff Silva &  Angela Cough Owner/Operators Jeff and Angela manage the day-to-day operations of the Flying Apron. Jeff manages behind the scenes while Angela handles the culture, hiring and works with bakers for new product development and product changes and improvements. As a team they monitor the entire operation, vegan soup to gluten-free nuts. In addition to being the busy parents of two young kids, Jeff is the drummer in the band Hobosexual and Angela practices the art of Tang Soo Do. 

 

Jeff Silva & 
Angela Cough

Owner/Operators

Jeff and Angela manage the day-to-day operations of the Flying Apron. Jeff manages behind the scenes while Angela handles the culture, hiring and works with bakers for new product development and product changes and improvements. As a team they monitor the entire operation, vegan soup to gluten-free nuts. In addition to being the busy parents of two young kids, Jeff is the drummer in the band Hobosexual and Angela practices the art of Tang Soo Do. 

  Erik Chelstad Co-Owner Erik loves the idea of sustainability, and tries to participate in businesses that are sustainable from environmental, human, and economic viewpoints. The Flying Apron can be responsible to customers, staff, and the world around it. In his spare time Erik is reminded of his humility and fragility by spending time going up and down glaciers and cliffs and creating technology that is beautiful in its invisibility and complexity.

 

Erik Chelstad

Co-Owner

Erik loves the idea of sustainability, and tries to participate in businesses that are sustainable from environmental, human, and economic viewpoints. The Flying Apron can be responsible to customers, staff, and the world around it. In his spare time Erik is reminded of his humility and fragility by spending time going up and down glaciers and cliffs and creating technology that is beautiful in its invisibility and complexity.

  Ethan Hernandez Co-Owner Ethan is an accomplished leader in information technology, engineering, operations, strategic marketing and financial planning. Formerly CEO of Aubeta Networks, Ethan's large-scale business vision has been valuable in evaluating channels that the Flying Apron can explore. He enjoys bouldering and hanging out with his daughters and wife in his off-time.

 

Ethan Hernandez

Co-Owner

Ethan is an accomplished leader in information technology, engineering, operations, strategic marketing and financial planning. Formerly CEO of Aubeta Networks, Ethan's large-scale business vision has been valuable in evaluating channels that the Flying Apron can explore. He enjoys bouldering and hanging out with his daughters and wife in his off-time.