How GFYYC Began…


Tessa May Marr – Founder
Traveling addict, Lover of 90’s music, Wine enthusiast (she’s been to over 150 vineyards), Amateur speaker of Spanish, and a fan of dining out!
Favorite GF food: Wine

When I think back to our humble beginnings in late 2012, it’s hard to believe all that’s happened. From Twitter(@gfyyc), to events, to our GFYYC Goodie Bags, our community has grown to engage over 30,000 people entirely. I believe, hope (and know from some of your beautiful Facebook comments) that we’ve made an impact – helping to support anyone living gluten-free, primarily in Calgary, but even beyond. We continue to see more and more products out there made with us in mind, and more and more local restaurants are putting efforts in place to create food safe (and delicious) for us to enjoy. I’m extremely grateful to see these trends and am proud that we have been a part of the movement.

Where we are now…


Jillian MacDonald – Owner/Operator
Foodie, Traveler, Wife (of the most supportive husband EVER), FurMOM (to the sweetest pups), Wine enthusiast (Tessa May and I were meant to be besties)!
Favorite GF food: Pasta

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in August 2008. It was not an awesome time. Legit, the first words out of my mouth (in between sobs) were “I can’t eat pizza or drink beer!” I was lucky to have been handed a diagnosis when the industry was starting to be more inclusive. I struggled eating out and navigating my way for a few years. However, it’s finally getting better. I had been following GFYYC for a couple of years and when I saw that Tessa was considering closing the doors I had this overwhelming feeling. This is what I am meant to do. I can’t sit back and watch this disappear. So here I am the new owner of GFYYC! It’s been a whirlwind getting this up and going and I can’t wait to see how much we can grown!

The GFYYC Team

Meet the entire team here at GFYYC!

Rae Lemke Sprung

GFYYC Ambassador

I wear a lot of hats, and one of the most important ones is ``gluten-free advocate.`` I love seeking out and sharing the best ways those of us living a gluten-free lifestyle can find safe and delicious options. In my spare time, I love to hang out with my husband and nieces and sing in my awesome choir.

Markus Lemke

GFYYC Blogger

Amateur foodie, omnivore, and Grampy. Not celiac - but I get to cook for three celiacs in my house, including my wife, the love of my life. Life's too short to eat bad food, so my passion is to make gluten free taste as good as anything the rest of the world eats. (Doesn't always work, but I have a dream...)

Jenna Twerdun

GFYYC Blogger

Diagnosed with celiac disease in Sept 2013, I initially didn’t know where to turn! After getting over the shock that I’d never enjoy a pint of Guinness again, I reached out to the Calgary community via social media to find this site and a few others; but there's not a lot of info out there and sometimes it's confusing info to sift through. As someone who is always out on the town, trying new restaurants and travelling, I couldn’t be happier to be involved to help fellow celiac and GF people understand that life is not over – in fact, I’ve hardly skipped a beat. I now just pour my red wine into a pint glass to feel normal (kidding! Well, kind of….)

Kenna Gray

GFYYC Blogger

21, residing by the water and hills of #yyc. Mama to a very special little girl and engaged to a very special man.
When I'm not adventuring with my family I'm learning all I can about food and nutrition.

We’re proud to be GF in YYC!
Thank you for your support!