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Monday, April 30, 2007
2007 Gluten-Free Culinary Summit
I wish I lived closer to some of these western US events. The CDF fair on May 19th in California and now this Gluten-Free Culinary Summit in Colorado sound amazing.

From the Gluten-Free Lifestyle:

The Second Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit™ 2007
August 17 – 19, 2007
Denver, Colorado
Welcome to the upper echelon of gluten-free living…


Get ready for the return of the country’s original and leading gluten-free culinary arts event of its kind: The 2007 Gluten-Free Culinary Summit™.

It’s no secret that the gluten-free lifestyle is one of the fastest growing food movements in the United States! And whether you are new to the gluten-free lifestyle or have been living deliciously gluten-free for years, The Gluten-Free Culinary Summit is a one-of-a-kind culinary adventure that takes the art of gluten-free living to the upper echelon of creativity, skill and tasting enjoyment.

Along side top chef-instructors, acclaimed guest chefs, notable cookbook authors and leading industry experts, you will enhance your knowledge, sharpen your skills, stimulate your creativity and most of all…delight your palate with exceptional gluten-free fare! Scrumptiously lose yourself in this power-packed weekend of baking/cooking classes and demonstrations, interactive panel discussions with the chefs, special dining events, a showcase of fantastic gluten-free products, tastings, and much more.

The Summit’s powerhouse culinary cast, schedule information, pricing, and venue details will be unveiled soon. If you would like to be notified once online registration is available, please email info@prchefs.com with a request. We look forward to seeing you this summer in Denver!

For more information: http://www.theglutenfreelifestyle.com/

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Gluten-Free Vendor Fair (Part 1)
David, of Gluten-Free NYC fame, beat me to it with his awesome pictorial posting of the second annual Gluten-Free Vendor Fair from yesterday. It was an amazing event, with over 1400 people attending the fair. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to meet many fellow Celiac bloggers, such as Mike and Laura Eberhart of Suretalent Books, and to eat many gluten-free goodies. Stayed tuned for my pics and posting soon.

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In other news, I got a nice b-day present from David, of Gluten-Free NYC and the Gluten-Free NYC Boutique, last week at our April Meetup. He gave me one of his new magnets. I think the concept of the GF in the alphabet is really fun and even funnier is that it took me a few minutes to figure out that the G and the F were transposed... I blame it on the wine at Bistango. ;-)

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Thursday, April 26, 2007
Gluten-Free Vendor Fair This Sunday
Don't forget the 2nd Annual Gluten-Free Vendor Fair is this Sunday. I will be there wearing a red t-shirt to signify the colors of my NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group. It is going to be a great event and I am very excited to meet many of my fellow bloggers!

2nd Annual Gluten-Free Vendor Fair
Date: Sunday, April 29th, 2007
Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Place : Farmingdale State College
Roosevelt Hall
Route 110
Farmingdale, NY
Guest Speaker: Dr. Peter Green, Director Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
Puff and Pao



I went here for my b-day dinner last week. Nothing says classy like two glasses of Chardonnay and ten mini cheese breads from Puff & Pao



Originally uploaded by Erin.


Tuesday, April 17, 2007
FREE Summer Camp for Celiac Kids at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, California
I am so incredibly jealous of this opportunity. I would have loved to go to a completely gluten-free summer camp back in the day.

Announcing a special offer! FREE Summer Camp (only $25 registration fee) for Celiac Kids at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, California! This special session, from August 20-23 for kids 9-17 years old, is being sponsored by Celiac Disease Foundation, Team GlutenFreeT,Celiac Sprue Research Foundation and Taylor Family Foundation.

All activities, food and snacks are presented in a gluten-free environment!

For more information contact: campceliac@gmail.com for registration package. Include name, gender and age of camper. For more information about the camp visit www.ttff.org

SPACES ARE STILL AVAILABLE. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY!


Celiac Disease Foundation in partnership with Team GlutenFreeT is also pleased to provide a limited number of scholarships to summer camps for celiac kids. A child on a gluten-free diet may have difficulty at a mainstream camp, but shouldn't miss out on the experience. There are several Celiac Camps across the country, offering celiac children everything from boating, canoeing, swimming, arts and crafts, low and high ropes challenge courses, adventure programming, field events, and team work. Most importantly, all meals are GLUTEN-FREE, including campfire treats and
barbecues.

Visit www.celiac.org/kidskorner.php for more information.



Celiac Disease Foundation
13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite 1
Studio City, CA 91604
818/990-2354 phone
818/990-2379 fax
www.celiac.org

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Sunday, April 15, 2007
Gluten-Free Communion Wafers
As I was ordering my bread today, I found Gluten-Free Communion Wafers for sale at Ener-G Foods. I thought this was a wonderful find for those that have been struggling with this at church.



Communion Wafers Demand required a solution to the communion dilemma for individuals with food sensitivities. Ener-G Foods was the first to market and provide a simple wafer that offered not only the bread for breaking in holy communion but also a convenient product for churches and congregations to offer to its members. A light, plain, small round wafer. Its also now soy-free!

Ingredients Filtered Water, Sweet Rice Flour, Potato Flour, Palm Oil, Potato Starch, Methylcellulose, Sunflower Lecithin, Ener-G Baking Powder (sodium pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, potato starch, monocalcium phosphate).

Free of gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, nut, egg, corn, yeast, soy, low protein
Please make a selection

Quantity: 50 wafers; Price: $7.89

http://www.www.ener-g.com/

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Celiac Disease Foundation presents 2007 Annual Education Conference & Food Fair
Annual Educational Conference and Food Fair
May 19, 2007
Good Samaritan Hospital
Los Angeles, California

Celiac Disease Foundation presents their Annual Education Conference & Food
Fair on Saturday, May 19, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles,
California from 8:30am to 4pm.

Speakers include Chaitan Khosla, PhD, Research Scientist and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Stanford University, Andrea Levario, JD, Executive Director, American Celiac Disease Alliance, Ted Malahais, DDS, Researcher, Richard Ottenstein, PhD, Psychologist, and Annette Taylor, MS, PhD, President and CEO, Laboratory Director, Kimball Labs.

This year, CDF has expanded the Food Fair to include special demonstrations
and tastings by Jessica Hale of GlutenFreeda who will present a gluten free
gourmet food demonstration and tasting and Anna Sobaski of Gluten Evolution
who will demonstrate the many uses of her Pie Crust Mix including an
assortment of sweet and savory fillings.

There will also be Extensive Vendor Displays with samples and sales. A
Continental gluten free breakfast and lunch will be provided with
registration. The new gluten free bakery in Los Angeles, The Sensitive
Baker
, will be providing rolls and breadsticks for the lunch buffet.

Registration before April 30th is $90 for members and $115 for non-members.
After April 30th the fee is $130. Walk-ins the day of the conference will
also be $130. Children between ages 5 and 14 are $40. Free parking with
validation is available at the parking structure directly across the street
from the Conference Center.

There will be an all day supervised Children's Program for celiac kids and
their siblings ages 5 and up. Included in the day's activities will be Q&A
with a psychologist and registered dietician, arts & crafts activities and
gluten free snacks.

Lunchtime mini sessions will include discussion groups for people newly
diagnosed, teens and young adults. Author Karen Fine will have her new kids' book "How I Eat Without Wheat" for sale and be available for book signing.


Register by calling Celiac Disease Foundation at 818-990-2354 or online at
their website www.celiac.org.

Celiac Disease Foundation
13251 Ventura Blvd. Suite 1
Studio City, CA 91604
818/990-2354 phone
818/990-2379 fax
www.celiac.org

Visit the Celiac Web Page at http://www.enabling.org/ia/celiac/index.html

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Gluten-Free Cooking Class in NJ
Gluten-free cooking class in a Shop-Rite?!?! How is that for going mainstream!!!

Colalillo Shop-Rite and Hunterdon Medical Center Community Nutrition department will offer a gluten-free cooking class at the Shop-Rite in Clinton from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12.

An additional classes will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 19 at the Shop-Rite in Flemington.

Participants will sample and learn how to make and pancakes with fruit and fun toppings, hot and cold wraps, shrimp and asparagus risotto and other gluten-free treats.

To register, call (908) 788-6130.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007
Be a Celiac Advocate -- Ask your Representative to cosponsor and support H.Con.Res. 70 -- TODAY!
The American Celiac Task Force website (http://www.americanceliac.org/home.htm) has a page where you can directly contact your local Representative to help support H.Con.Res 70 which is to officially make May Celiac Awareness Month. You have the option to either submit via email or print the letter and mail it. The bill was introduced to Congress on Feb. 16, 2007, but has not yet been moved to "scheduled for debate" status. It isn't much, but at least it was introduced.

You can access the "take action" page here: http://capwiz.com/celiac/issues/alert/?alertid=5938561

You can get the full text of the bill here:
GovTrack.us. H. Con. Res. 70--110th Congress (2007): Supporting the goals and ideals of National Celiac Awareness Month, and for other purposes, GovTrack.us (database of federal legislation) http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?tab=main&bill=hc110-70 (accessed Apr 5, 2007)


If you already know who your local Representative is and want to mail the letter yourself, you can use this copy if you would like:

I am writing today to request your cosponsorship of H.Con.Res. 70, recognizing the goals and ideals of National Celiac Awareness Month (May).

Celiac disease is the most common genetic disorder in the world, yet many know very little about it. It affects children, adults, men and women. Individuals with celiac disease are unable to eat foods containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. For them, gluten sets off a reaction which causes damage to the small intestine.

The number of people living with celiac disease in the United States is estimated at 2.2 million, yet only about 90,000 have been accurately diagnosed. Symptoms of celiac disease include: osteoporosis, arthritis, anemia, and infertility. Without treatment, the condition can be life threatening and has been linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, especially intestinal lymphoma.

H.Con.Res. 70, introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey, references recommendations of the NIH Consensus Panel on Celiac Disease which found that consultation with a skilled dietitian and identification and treatment of nutritional deficiencies were key elements in the management of celiac disease. That panel also urged the adoption of a standard definition of a gluten-free diet based on objective evidence such as that being developed by the American Dietetic Association.

I urge you to contact Rep. Lowey, or Jean Doyle in her office, at (202) 225-6506 to co-sponsor H.Con.Res. 70. Please feel free to contact me, or the American Celiac Disease Alliance (info@americanceliac.org) for additional information about celiac disease. Thank you for all of your support!

Sincerely,

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