Besides the pasta, there were all kinds of interesting and delicious gluten-free foods at Appetite for Awareness. Caffe Gelato Restaurant and Catering, out of Newark, DE, was offering perfect crabcake morsels full of crabmeat while Rittenhouse Square's Alma de Cuba was serving up mini marlin tacos. Chef Eric Paraskevas of Terra was plating up beautiful samples of his gluten-free pulled pork tostados and El Rey presented hungry attendees with mouth-watering chicken quesadillas.
Nothing goes better with inventive gluten-free food than refreshing gluten-free beer. Anheuser-Busch was there, serving up glasses of its classic Redbridge sorghum beer, one of the first GF beers on the market. All varieties of gluten-free Woodchuck Hard Cider were offered, like Granny Smith, Amber and Raspberry. A relative newcomer to the GF scene was New Planet Beer. They were there with Off-Grid Pale Ale, a deep amber brew with a spicy hop flavor; 3R Raspberry Ale, fruity but not too sweet; and Tread Lightly Ale (my personal favorite), a light-bodied, refreshing ale with no bitter aftertaste.
At first it felt strange, just picking up food and drinks and consuming them; people who must eat GF are used to always asking, "Is this gluten-free?" and "Do you know if this has gluten in it?" It was incredible to be able to eat and drink with no worries. Thanks, NFCA!
----------------------- Author Information: Trish Deitemeyer www.kindarealglutenfreefood.blogspot.com http://www.examiner.com/x-14494-Philadelphia-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner Twitter:kindareal