Gluten Free Lifestyle: Sweet Ali’s Spotlight
Affectionately called Lil’ Morgan, Morgan Fitzgerald walks the GF walk and talks the GF talk. Diagnosed with celiac disease in seventh grade, Morgan came to Sweet Ali’s first as a customer, and she now helps our gluten free customers who walk in the Sweet Ali’s door. A senior at Hinsdale Central High School, she is a dedicated honors student and volunteer, serving as the event coordinator for the Hinsdale Community House Junior Board and an Operation Snowball leader. Lil’ Morgan packs energy and enthusiasm into every day at Sweet Ali’s.
What is your job at Sweet Ali’s?
I mainly work up front – as a cashier or as the Princess of Shrink-Wrapping (I have to manage my kingdom up front). I’m also known as the “Super Stocker,” constantly using what muscles I have to lug things up from the basement to refill the front for the next day.
What brought you to Sweet Ali’s? How did you get here?
I was a HUGE customer. I was diagnosed with celiac disease when I was in seventh grade, and I hadn’t had a sweet treat since then (besides the ones my mom tried to make) until I found Sweet Ali’s my freshman year. I was so excited! I came every single Friday, and eventually Sue (Sweet Ali’s Retail Manager) asked me when I’d be old enough to get my worker’s permit … and the rest is history!
What’s your favorite thing about working at Sweet Ali’s?
My favorite is, as cliché as it is, the people — especially the one’s that haven’t had a gluten free treat in a while (or ever!). I used to be the little girl that walked into Sweet Ali’s with wide open eyes in shock at all the stuff I could eat, and it’s amusing for me to see the same thing happen to all these other people as well. It’s crazy how happy people can get about something as seemingly small as a cupcake, yet I understand because I was there too!
What’s your favorite place to visit?
I love the outdoors. Anything near an ocean, covered in trees or grass, surrounded by moss is automatically fantastic. If not outdoors, anywhere with food is equally as awesome.
What’s your favorite food?
Oooh … that’s a tough one. I’ll say sushi. It’s my go-to food.
What is your favorite Sweet Ali’s item?
MOCHA FUDGE CUPCAKE. I LOVE IT. Which is super sad because I can’t eat it anymore due to my newly developed dairy allergy, but it’s still written down in my memory as the best cupcake in existence.
What’s your one indulgence?
Food wise? I could sit and eat dairy free, gluten free pita bread all day. Or Skinny Pop. Yum yum yum!
What your favorite Sweet Ali’s music mix?
I’m infamously known for blasting the show tunes music!! If I’m working in the back (or even in the front sometimes), you’ll find me belting to music from Chicago and Hairspray and Grease the entire time.
What’s one thing about you people would be surprised to know?
I lived in Poland for a year when I was a baby? That always catches people off-guard. I’m part Hungarian, despite how Irish I look. I make jewelry and have won a few awards for some of my pieces (but I don’t really like to talk about that … I feel like I’m bragging).