Back in the early 2000s, there wasn’t much in the way of gluten-free and plant-based baked goods, so it was out of necessity that Flying Apron was born. Now, almost two decades later, we are serving the greater Seattle area and beyond with locations in Fremont and West Seattle, in addition to a thriving wholesale operations providing our goods to locally-owned businesses and specialty grocery stores.
It’s not hard to bake gluten-free or plant-based, 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 have spent (and continue to spend) countless hours in product development perfecting our recipes so that you never have to feel like you’re living “without.”
We firmly believe at Flying Apron that it’s not about what you can’t eat, and we feel privileged to be able to continue to pave the way for gluten-free and plant-based goodies that everyone craves.
Jeff Silva was born and raised in Rochester, MA and moved to Seattle, WA in 1992, planting roots through music, family, and various business investments (including building a small coffee/baked-goods empire). He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting & Business (and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mathematics), and is the drummer in a local rock band, Hobosexual.
Angela Cough was born and raised in West Seattle, WA. Entrepreneurial from a young age, she had paper route at age 11, babysitting empire by 14, worked managing her brother’s business through college while earning a Bachelor’s degree from the UW Foster School of Business. Post graduation she opened her first cafe in Pike Place Market while managing accounts for a local labor law firm. Through this cafe, new opportunities developed including investment in a local, successful bar on Capital Hill (10th & Pike) as well as securing a position pre-funding in Redfin.com, founded here in Seattle. After 6+ years as Director of Operations of Redfin, Angela left after the birth of her 2nd child to pursue growing Flying Apron, earned a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and is now working on her Pilot’s license.
Other than Flying Apron, the pair own and operate The Shack Coffeehouse and Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, and are investor-owners of a bar on 10th & Pike on Capital Hill as well as Life on Mars. Combined, the couple employ over 50 people in the area. Jeff and Angela are entrenched in (and constantly seeking) new challenges and adventures with the goal of keeping Seattle truly locally owned.