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Words can not begin to express how excited I am to have been chosen as an Official Blogger for the Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo (GFAF Expo) in Secaucus, NJ on September 7 & 8, but I am going to try anyway.

I was diagnosed five years ago with celiac disease and what a journey it has been. There have been some great moments and some really horrible ones, but it is all a part of it and you have to learn to adapt and move forward. Over these five years I have managed to (more…)


Let me preface this post by noting that Valentine's day is not a holiday I, personally, subscribe to. The cards, the flowers, the mush, the grand gestures, and all the things that some expect of this day...none of that is really my jam. So, last year, after I requested no frills or fancy dinners or grand gestures, my boyfriend, Mike, presented me with a terracotta pot with a yellow lily and some dirt in it. (Read: don't scoff yet...) Upon further inspection, it turned out that the "dirt" was finely crushed chocolate cookie bits covering a blue Solo cup filled with his gluten-free version of cookies and cream ice cream (my absolute favorite) that he had mixed and made himself. This gesture seemed small to some in my life, but to me, the girl who hadn't had cookies and cream ice cream in almost two years, it was the grandest gesture of them all.

Betsy's Bakery in Camp Hill, PA

Betsy's Bakery in Camp Hill, PA

That one grand gesture, when someone went out of his way to make sure that I could eat what I loved and not get sick is why the the candlelight dinner at Betsy's Bakery in Camp Hill, PA is so important. This little bakery is hosting a reservation-only, gluten-free candlelight dinner on Valentine's day this year. Taking your gluten-free sweetie to this dinner may be the gesture they've been looking for if you haven't quite mastered the gluten-free vibe in the kitchen, or if you're tired of going out to eat at the same "safe" restaurants all the time. (more…)

cleveland gluten free cookie

You are invited! The Greater Cleveland Celiac Association Annual Cookie Exchange

Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM

Solon Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library

34125 Portz Parkway Solon, 44139 (off Rt 91 - SOM Center Rd )

Visit www.clevelandceliac.webs.com for details.

Bring the kids! We will have kid's activities at this meeting. (more…)

Trish Deitemeyer

Appetite for Awareness 2012: Gluten-free Chefs Get Creative

October 22nd, 2012 by Trish Deitemeyer

Mouth Watering Marlin Tacos from Alma de Cuba

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 (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

Seashore Celiacs Annual Picnic

Photo Courtesy Linda Pickett

Seashore Celiac Support Group CSA #96 is pleased to announce its 11th annual 100% Gluten Free Picnic in conjunction with Central Jersey Celiac/DH Support Group and Cel-Kids Network CSA#58.

Now bigger and better than ever!!

When: Sunday June 24, 2012 (Rain or Shine), 1 to 5 pm

Where: SharkRiverPark–Neptune,NJ

Directions: http://seashoreceliacs.org/SharkRiver.htm

All family & friends of celiacs welcome!

Please RSVP by June 18 with the gluten–free dish you’ll (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

 

Bards Beer T-shirt Giveaway

Enter to Win a T-shirt on Bard's Facebook Page!

June 20th is the official start of Summer! And what better way to celebrate than with a cool new t-shirt from one of the hottest gluten-free beer makers?

Bard's Beer is counting down the days to summer by giving away a Bard's Beer t-shirt to a random winner every day from June 1 to June 20.

It's easy to enter. Just visit Bard's Beer's Facebook page and click the Giveaway Image or click this direct link to go straight to the giveaway. (more…)

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free products dominated the new products category at Expo West this year, which saw record attendance in both the number of attendees and exhibiting vendors.  Here is my second installment of my favorite picks for gluten-free candy, cookies, and mixes.

 

Candy

  • Justin's - has turned their line of squeezable peanut/nut butters into three candy bars: Milk Chocolate Peanut, Dark Chocolate Peanut, and Milk Chocolate Almond.  They taste like a healthy version of a snickers made with quality ingredients and packed with protein. (more…)

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

gluten intolerance groupThe Gluten Intolerance Group is having their Gluten-Free Health and Wellness Experience at the DoubleTree Hotel in Seattle on June 16th.  The Experience combines expert speakers, gluten-free exhibitors, free health screenings and more to help attendees learn how to live a healthy, balanced gluten-free life.

Registration starts at $15 per person and includes admission to all of the events. Topics for the day cover nutrition and health, lifestyle, cooking and exercise. Cholesterol and bone density can be checked and (more…)

John Libonati Gluten Free Works

March 24, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Florida: John Libonati and Cleo Libonati, co-founders of GlutenFreeWorks.com and publishers of Recognizing Celiac Disease, will be speaking at the Florida West Coast Support Group's Expo - "Gluten-Free for Life."

The first ever Gluten-Free for Life Expo will be held in St Petersburg on March 24, 2012 from 11:am to 4:pm at The Coliseum, 535 Forth Avenue N.  The Gluten Intolerance Support Group of Largo presents this one-of-a-kind expo to provide information on the Gluten-Free lifestyle.  The group’s goal is to increase awareness of Celiac Disease and Gluten–Intolerance and provide education and resources for the Gluten-Free Community.

Cleo Libonati explains the connection between gluten, nutritional deficiencies and health

Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN will be presenting "Identifying and Correcting Nutritional Deficiencies in Celiac Disease." While many people recognize the need to remove gluten from the diet, the other side of getting well - how to identify and correct nutritional deficiencies - is less understood by patients and professionals alike. Cleo has spoken to medical schools, nurse practitioner associations, dietetic associations and gluten free support groups across the country where her presentation consistently receives rave (more…)

Chef James Aptakin serves his delicious Hawaiian short rib sauce. Credits: A. Fothergill

The Fancy Food Show is put on by National Association for the Specialty Food Trade two times per year; a summer show in New York City and a winter show in San Francisco. With over 17,000 attendess and 80,000 products from 1300 vendors, it is a chance for retailers, restaurants and food service professionals to sample some of the best products on the market. For the vendors, it's a way for them to connect with those people, in hopes of future sales. It's also a good way to be "in the know" as new products come out.  Some vendors are already established and some are brand new, hoping to be picked up by small or large grocery stores. Either way, there is always something new.

Last year, there were more new gluten-free products. Whether it's not quite the right venue or there are less new-comers, it was surprising there were not as many. Last year, gluten-free was a top trend. One reason might be in the labeling.

Some manufacturers are hestitant to call their products gluten-free because they worry about giving the right information to the public. One owner of a spice company said he doesn't put gluten in any of his products but he can't (more…)