The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its annual Spring Flours Benefit at the Swissôtel-Chicago at 7pm on May 14, 2010. More than 30 restaurants will showcase gourmet gluten-free tastings to what expects to be a sell-out crowd. The evening will also include a tribute to its founder, Stefano Guandalini, MD, as well as robust Live and Silent Auctions.
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is one of the most internationally acclaimed celiac centers, with its researchers closest to developing a vaccine for celiac disease—the world’s most common genetic autoimmune disease. Currently there is no medication and no cure for celiac disease. It is treated only by strict adherence to a lifelong gluten-free diet. Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Left untreated, Celiac Disease can lead to other autoimmune disorders, infertility, osteoporosis and cancer. At least 3 million Americans have celiac disease, yet 97% of them remain undiagnosed.
“Avoiding gluten when going out to eat is still a great challenge for those with celiac disease; worry of cross-contamination can take the fun out of any social occasion,” said Carol M. Shilson, executive director of The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. “The Spring Flours Benefit offers an evening of true enjoyment and freedom—everything in the room is gluten-free and has been prepared free of cross-contamination. Our Center is certainly focused on research that will cure the disease, but in the meantime, we strive to help those with celiac live well. The monies raised tonight will continue to help us achieve our mission.”
The annual Spring Flours Benefit serves as the principal source of funds for the self-funded Center. Restaurants have been clamoring to serve the growing gluten-free population. Those participating in the Spring Flours 2010 Benefit include: Ben Pao, Bistro 110, Carnivale, Centered Chef Food Studios, City Park Grill, Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant & Winery, Da Luciano’s, Deerfields Bakery, Fogo de Chao, Food Life, Francesca’s Tavola, Kendall College, L & J Popcorn, Maggiano’s Chicago, Marcello’s: A Father & Son Restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi & Café Ba Ba Reeba, Osteria Via Stato, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Pear Tree Catering, Pinstripes, RL, Rose’s Wheat Free Bakery, Roy’s, Shaw’s Crab House, Smokin’ T’s BBQ, Swirlz Cupcakes, Swissôtel, Tavern at the Park, Wildfire, Zapatista Mexican Grill, and ZED 451.
About the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is the first of its kind in the country. It has been dedicated to raising awareness and meeting the needs of those affected by the disease nationwide through education, research and advocacy since 2000. The Celiac Disease Center has fundamentally improved the care, diagnosis and awareness of celiac disease. In addition, it provides the infrastructure and support needed to advance cutting-edge celiac research, including investigations into structure of gluten peptides and the mechanisms by which gluten modifies self molecules. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center is a 501-c3 non-profit organization within The University of Chicago and is completely funded by donor contributions. For more information please visit: www.CeliacDisease.net
Editor’s Note: The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center incorporates Recognizing Celiac Disease into it’s physician preceptor program – the only program of its type in the United States that educates physicians about celiac disease. Physicians receive a copy of Recognizing Celiac Disease when they complete the course.