reprinted from Berkeleyside : Nosh : Bites
By Tracey Taylor
The wares of Odd Bagels (“Because everyone likes the odd bagel”), a local company that launched last year offering gluten-free bagels, are popping up in more and more places. You can buy the New York style bagels at Saul’s Deli in Berkeley, at Berkeley Bowl West, Farley’s in Oakland, and online service Good Eggs is also offering them as part of their repertoire. The bagels have received rave reviews from the East Bay Express and J-Weekly among others. Founder Brent Woodard, 43, launched Odd Bagels after he discovered he was gluten intolerant. For someone whose idea of perfection was starting his day with a bagel and cream cheese with a cup of coffee this was an issue. He found the gluten-free bagels on offer to be “severely lacking,” and set out to make something that people would feel “joyful” about eating.