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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Gluten-Free Fun Hits 200!!
I realized the other day that I recently wrote my 200th posting on Gluten-Free Fun. This blog started as a New Year’s Resolution in January 2007 and really has taken off quite well since then. I have loyal readers that I have met both in person and via email; I have received many samples which I try to blog about as soon as I get them; and I have seen the weekly traffic to my site grow tremendously over the past year and a half. It still excites me every time someone leaves a comment because it means I have real, live readers!

As many of you know, I started this blog to share my knowledge of Celiac Disease and living a gluten-free lifestyle. I was diagnosed at the age of 3 in 1981. My parents had extremely limited resources and relied on doctor’s suggestions and the narrow bit of information they could find at the public library. There was no internet which to me today is simply unfathomable. Although being diagnosed with Celiac Disease at any age during any era is a life-changing experience, being diagnosed today is almost a blessing compared to 27 years ago. My parents sent away to Ener-G Foods for my food, putting a new freezer in our basement to store it all. We bought cases of cereal when we actually found something I could eat in a small health food store. My mom and I nearly cried when we finally found a support group that could provide me with a gluten-free pizza part around 1990. In retrospect, they did the best they could with the knowledge and resources they had at the time. Today, there is so much more available that you are almost lucky to be diagnosed today rather than 27 years ago.

I really wish I could blog more and spend more time dedicating myself to Celiac Disease awareness, but I have to pay rent and make a living doing a “real” job. This blog is fun (hence the name) and I have met a lot of great people through this blog. Thank you to all of my readers who have helped me reach post 200!! (Actually, this is #202!)

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Gluten-Free Culinary Summit
FOURTH ANNUAL GLUTEN-FREE CULINARY SUMMIT TAKES THE STAGE AT TOP CULINARY COLLEGES IN 2009

Denver, CO – June 19, 2009 – It’s no secret that the gluten-free diet continues to be the fastest growing food movement in the United States. And for those interested in learning about the unique art and science of gluten-free baking and cooking, The Gluten-Free Culinary Summit is the country's leading annual conference on gluten-free culinary education for the public and trade. Conducted by powerhouse casts of top culinary institute professors and chef-instructors, award-winning restaurant chefs, acclaimed cookbook authors, and industry experts, The Fourth Annual Gluten-Free Culinary Summit will be presented in an expanded East and West edition format at two top culinary colleges. The Summit’s East Edition will be hosted by The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York on September 12 – 13, 2009 and the Summit’s West Edition will be hosted by Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado on October 3 - 4, 2009.

Food and nutrition lovers of all inclinations, whether gluten-intolerant or not, are invited to partake in these weekend symposiums featuring cutting-edge menus of gluten-free baking and cooking demonstrations, recipe tastings, seminars, interactive panel discussions with the chefs, and the Summit's new Gluten-Free Baking Today Variety Show. The Summit will continue its tradition in presenting a comprehensive array of intriguing recipes, ingredients, methods, and tips for creating delicious gluten-free alternatives to traditional wheat-based recipes.

Celebrating both the sweet and the savory that utilize a treasury of gluten-free artisanal ingredients, two Summit presentation casts will teach a diverse range of hot topics with innovative recipes that reveal the latest developments in gluten-free culinary and baking know-how. Some of the Summit’s East and West edition presenters include: Professor Richard Coppedge of The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde Park, NY) and author of Gluten-Free Baking with The Culinary Institute of America; Professors David Kamen and David Barry of The Culinary Institute of America (Hyde park, NY); Professors Eric Stein and Marcia Kramer of Johnson & Wales University (Denver, CO); Corporate Executive Chef Scott Uehlein of Canyon Ranch® Resort (Tucson, AZ); Lori Sobelson of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. (Milwaukie, OR); Chef Robert Landolphi, Director of Culinary Operations of The University of Connecticut and author of Gluten-Free Everyday Cookbook; Chefs Joel and Mary Schaefer of Allergy Chefs, Inc. and the American Culinary Federation (Winter Garden, FL); Certified Master Baker Chadwick White of Udi’s Bakery (Denver, CO); Kara Berrini of The Whole Grains Council/Oldways (Boston, MA); Carol Fenster of Savory Palate, Inc. and author of the new 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes (Centennial, CO); Jacqueline Mallorca, author of The Wheat-Free Cook and the forthcoming Gluten-Free Italian – Over 150 Recipes Without Wheat (San Francisco, CA); Renee Zonka, Associate Dean, Kendall College (Chicago, IL); Margaret Dickenson of Cable 22/Rogers TV and author of Margaret’s Table: Easy Cooking & Inspiring Entertaining (Ottawa, Canada); George Chookazian of Foods By George (Mahwah, NJ); Executive Chef Elise Wiggins of Panzano Restaurant (Denver, CO); Executive Pastry Chef James Gallo of The Brown Palace Hotel (Denver, CO), Chef Walter Potenza of Walter's Cooking School (Providence, RI); Editor and Publisher Ann Whelan of Gluten-Free Living Magazine (Hastings-On-Hudson, NY); and much more.

New this year, the Summit will also incorporate its sister event, the 2009 GF Baking Invitational into each edition, featuring baking & pastry arts students from both colleges competing for coveted titles and cash prizes in several baked good categories. Each Summit Edition will also feature a gluten-free afternoon tea and dinner gala featuring menus designed by presenting chefs and culinary students.

For Gluten-Free Culinary Summit Edition class schedules, group lodging information and registration please visit www.theglutenfreelifestyle.com or call 303-368-9990.

The Gluten-Free Culinary Summit is produced and presented by GF Culinary Productions, Inc. and is sponsored in part by Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc. (Primary Sponsor), Expandex® Modified Tapioca Starch by Corn Products International, Pamela’s Products, Inc., and The Birkett Mills.

About GF Culinary Productions, Inc.
GF Culinary Productions, Inc. based in Denver, Colorado, is devoted to promoting the advancement of top level gluten-free culinary education for the public and trade via special culinary conferences featuring casts of culinary institute professors and chef instructors, acclaimed chefs, notable cookbook authors, and industry experts. Gluten-Free Culinary Summit/GF Baking Invitational creator and executive producer Suzanne Bowland has been living the gluten-free lifestyle for over eight years and is author of The Living Gluten-Free Answer Book: Practical Answers to 275 of Your Most Pressing Questions (Sourcebooks, 2008).

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Celiac Disease on Gawker
Gawker just published an interesting blog posting about Elisabeth Hasselbeck's book possibly being plagiarized. I am less interested in the posting itself and more interested in the ignorant comments people are leaving about Celiac Disease. Clearly we are all "upper crust", "self diagnosed", "attention seekers" who want a trendy disease. So frustrating!

http://gawker.com/5301238/elisabeth-hasselbeck-book-thief

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Monday, June 22, 2009
S'MAC Birthday Party with GF Mac and Cheese

$2 GF ALL-AMERICAN S'MAC ALL DAY!!!

Happy Birthday! That's right, S'MAC is almost three years old! And an eventful three years it has been :-). In celebration of their 3rd birthday, on Wednesday June 24th they will be offering the All-American nosh for $1.00 (gluten-free for $2.00), at our 12th street location only. So come get your mac fix for a Washington.

* Limit one All-American nosh per person.
* Valid for dine-in and takeout only, not for deliveries.
* Must eat/pickup in person at the restaurant.
* Not valid in combination with other offers.
* Not available with multi-grain pasta.
* Not available at our Upper West Side location.

Hope to see you at the birthday bash!!!

Hours of Operation
Wednesday, June 24th: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Subway
The closest subway stop to us is on the L train at 14th Street and 1st Avenue. We are also a short walk from the 6 train at Astor Place, and any of the trains that stop at Union Square.

http://www.smacnyc.com/

$2 GF ALL-AMERICAN S'MAC ALL DAY!!!

Join the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group at S'Mac on Wednesday!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Newly Diagnosed Celiacs Needed for Study in Chicago
Article originally published on Celiac.com. I felt this was interesting information to share with my readers. Although I don't agree with quote from Dr. Sohi about the gluten-free diet being "so difficult to adhere to", I do think this is an interesting study that Chicagoans should participate in if they live in the area.

Rush University Medical Center is currently recruiting patients with celiac disease for a study on the impact of Mind/Body medicine on adherence to a gluten-free diet.

"The gluten-free diet is so difficult to adhere to, and it is the only treatment for celiac disease; with our study we are hoping that the mind/body medicine course will assist people with newly-diagnosed celiac disease stick to the diet," states Dr. Sunana Sohi, a Fellow in Gastroenterology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

According to Dr. Sohi, the study is looking for people recently diagnosed with Celiac disease in the Chicago area (within the past 4 weeks) or those who have only been on a Gluten free diet for 2 weeks or less. "If the person meets our enrollment criteria, they will be enrolled in one of two 8 week Mind/Body medicine courses, free of charge."

Dr. Sohi is optimistic that this study will have a positive impact on Mind/Body medicine and represent a new tool in the treatment of patients with celiac disease.

For more information about the study, please contact Rush University Medical Center at 312-942-1551

About the author Jen Cafferty:
As the Founder of the Gluten Free Cooking Expo, Jen Cafferty works daily with people dealing with gluten intolerances. Jen is gluten-free and her two children and husband are also gluten-free. Providing classes and consulting to gluten-free clients in the Chicago area, Jen is an excellent resource for your gluten-free questions and concerns.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Gluten-Free on Twitter
I don't use Twitter but I know many of my readers and friends are active on Twitter. Are they know as Tweeters? Are they Twits? ;-) I really don't know and really want to avoid Twitter since I am already involved in enough online networking communities. Anyway, I recently met a fellow NYC Celiac Disease Meetup member named Ingrid who is active on Twitter. Thanks to Ingrid, we have a great list of gluten-free Tweeters! This list is enough to make me almost consider getting involved with the Twitter phenomenon but for now I will just provide this list to my readers.

Feel free to add your Twitter URLs to the comments section of my blog.

Ingrid's Gluten-Free Tweets

http://twitter.com/CeliacsTips
http://twitter.com/glutenfreedt
http://twitter.com/GlutenMutant
http://twitter.com/GlutenFreeNews
http://twitter.com/CeliacChick
http://twitter.com/CeliacResearch
http://twitter.com/GlutenGossip
http://twitter.com/GuaranteedGF
http://twitter.com/csaceliacs
http://twitter.com/GlutenfreeRN
http://twitter.com/gfplanet
http://twitter.com/GlutenFreeBklyn
http://twitter.com/gfreeme
http://twitter.com/celiactravel
http://twitter.com/GF_AdventureGrl
http://twitter.com/GlutenFreeRD
http://twitter.com/GFillustrator
http://twitter.com/celiacbites
http://twitter.com/TheCeliacScene
http://twitter.com/glutenfreesoul
http://twitter.com/glutastic
http://twitter.com/glutenfreefox
http://twitter.com/glutenfreegirl
http://twitter.com/gfjungle
http://twitter.com/HoldTheGluten
http://twitter.com/GlutenFreeNash
http://twitter.com/Switch2GF
http://twitter.com/allergicgirl
http://twitter.com/GFRoadWarrior
http://twitter.com/GlutenFreeDiets
http://twitter.com/WeAreCeliac
http://twitter.com/BetsyClaude
http://twitter.com/GlutenFreeDude
http://twitter.com/MinnieBerger

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
So much love for Gluten-Free Fun
I was pleasantly surprised this morning when my Google reader (my new obsession) had my name all over it. David, of Gluten-Free NYC, gave me not one but FOUR shout outs to me and my blog Gluten-Free Fun. If you aren't reading Gluten-Free NYC in addition to this blog, you are missing out!

Thanks David for your continuing support of Gluten-Free Fun!

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Monday, June 8, 2009
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Dessert Mixes

As you may have read in the gluten-free news and blog world, Betty Crocker is coming out with gluten-free dessert mixes in June. Oh wait, it's June now!!! Although I haven't seen the mixes yet, you can look online to see if the gluten-free mixes are at a store near you. Unfortunately, they are not availability within a 50 mile radius of my apartment or my sister's house in CT. I guess I will have to wait a little bit longer.

I contacted Betty Crocker to see when the mixes might be available and here was their response:

Dear Miss Smith:

Thank you for contacting General Mills regarding the availability of Betty Crocker gluten free mixes. These mixes were released to the market at the beginning of June so it may take a couple weeks for them to appear in grocery stores and on the product locator. However, you could ask a manager at your store if they have ordered or plan on ordering these products.

We would like to see all our products on shelves in every store. However, as the number of items on the market increases, grocers face the dilemma of finding sufficient shelf space to display products. Retailers stock the products and brand choices they feel best meet the majority of their customers′ needs.

We do offer an online product locator, which you may find helpful in finding this product in your area. Please visit our corporate web site at www.generalmills.com and select “Brands”, then “Product Locator” on the left side of the screen to utilize this feature. Or if you prefer, you can call us at 1-800-249-0562, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Central Standard Time. One of our Consumer Services Representatives will be happy to initiate the product search for you.

We also offer a ′Hard to Find Products′ web site, http://generalmills.elsstore.com/ which may contain the item(s) you are looking for. Additionally, while we don′t have any involvement with the fulfillment of groceries through Amazon.com, they do have some of our products available for direct purchase and shipment (including APO′s).

We appreciate your loyalty to our products. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.



Betty Crocker, owned by General Mills maker of the gluten-free Chex line of cereal, is a proud supporter of the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) and Celiac Sprue Association (CSA).

Celiac Disease Foundation
Betty Crocker® is a proud sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation, a national organization dedicated to promoting awareness and building a supportive community for celiac disease patients, families and health care professionals. CDF is actively involved in advocating for patient concerns and networking with other national and international organizations. For more information, check out celiac.org or call (818) 990-2354.

Celiac Sprue Association
General Mills is a proud CSA Benefactor Member of the Celiac Sprue Association. Celiac Sprue Association with members and chapters nation-wide assist those with celiac disease. Celiac Sprue Association provides lifestyle information to all people on a gluten-free diet. For more information, check out csaceliacs.org or call 1-877-CSA-4-CSA.

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Friday, June 5, 2009
Long Island Talk on Celiac Disease
A talk/discussion on Celiac Disease, managing your diet and health.

Speaker - Michael Thorn, RN

June 9th, 7-8pm

Location - Wild by Nature, 369 West Main Street, Huntington

Please call to reserve space - 631-424-6480

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Monday, June 1, 2009
Hundreds Walk To Raise Awareness Of Celiac Disease
Congratulations to the 3rd Annual L. Lodico Walk for Celiac Disease. It was a big hit with hundreds of participants and lots of vendors. The final numbers aren't in yet, but you can still donate if you are interested. Please visit www.glutenfreeforever.com for donation information

Hundreds Walk To Raise Awareness Of Celiac Disease
By: NY1 News
Click link for video
http://www.ny1.com//Default.aspx?ArID=100020

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