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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
New NYC Celiac Disease Meetup events just posted

As many of you know, I am co-organizer of the New York City Celiac Disease Meetup group. We have had a bit of a hiatus due to busy schedules, crazy work life, and some unpleasant banter on our Meetup message board. I am happy to announce I have just posted two new events for June. I cannot guarantee that I can make both or even one event but I hope to do my best to get there. Side note: My sister is expecting twins girls any day now so I will be dropping all of my work stress to go meet my nieces!!

Our upcoming events (of course!) revolve around gluten-free dinner. We have had very successful dinners there in the past I look forward to eating lots of gluten-free food at these upcoming events.

June 5
Dinner at Gourmet Land
1588 2nd Ave
New York , NY 10028

June 27
Backyard Dinner at Peter's Gourmet Diner
1606 1st Ave
New York 10021
Btwn 83rd & 84th St
Phone: 212-734-9600

For more information about either event or to learn more about our Meetup group and other Celiac Disease Meetup groups, please visit:

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Friday, May 25, 2007
Philadelphia Gluten-Free Cooking Spree

Watch top chefs, doctors and news reporters compete to make the best gluten-free meals!

Date: Saturday June 23, 2007

Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing

$100 VIP Admission*: 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$50 General Admission: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$35 Kids under age 12: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


* VIP Admission includes special meet & greet with doctors,
chefs and reporters and an autographed copy of Beyond Rice Cakes.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and CNN Newsroom Anchor Heidi Collins invite you to the Philadelphia Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. The event joins together the medical and lifestyle aspects of celiac disease to educate both doctors and chefs about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

Here’s how it works:
* Top chefs, doctors and reporters will be put on to teams of three. Each team will have one chef, one doctor and one reporter. Together, the doctor, chef and reporter will work to create the best gluten-free meal.

* A three-person panel will judge recipes: A food critic, Dr. Ritu Verma from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and a child with celiac disease will make up the panel.

* Guests will enjoy heavy appetizers donated by the Hyatt Penn's Landing and other area gluten-free vendors, desserts, Redbridge beer and wine.


The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising celiac awareness and funds for research. NFCA is made up of professionals, medical specialists, and volunteers—all dedicated to working with leading researchers around the world to better understand celiac disease and to restore health and reclaim lives.

For More Information

Vanessa Maltin
484-362-2678 x 103

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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Metro NYC Celiac Walk on June 3
The Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group is pleased to announce its participation in the Sixth International Walk for Celiac Disease. Our Walk will be held at Rockland Lake State Park along a 3-mile path in a beautiful wooded area. We invite you to join with us and thousands of other Walkers, in cities across the U.S. in supporting this great event.

Location: Rockland Lake State Park, Congers, N.Y.
The Park is on Route 9W, 3 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge

Date: Sunday June 3, 2007

Time: Registration - 9:00 A.M.
Walk Start - 10:00 A.M.

There will be plenty of gluten-free snacks and beverages. We will have resource information on hand especially helpful for newly-diagnosed Celiacs.

There will be a raffle, with many great prizes. T-shirts commemorating the event will be distributed to all participants.

Registration fees are $15 for adults and $10 for children. For a Registration Form/Pledge Sheet, email Arlene and Cliff Blaker at Also, if you need directions to the Park, let us know and we will help you get there.

Over the last five years, the Westchester Celiac Sprue Support Group's participation in the International Celiac Walks have raised more than $100,000. Those proceeds were donated to fund research at the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research and at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Please join with us June 3 to help make a positive impact for Celiac Disease

Arlene & Cliff Blaker


10 Ways to Raise Awareness during May: Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Originally posted 5/7/07

I found this on the Celiac Disease Foundation website today. I think it is a great way to get involved with Celiac Awareness.

1. Share “Are You The ONE?” color flyer to friends and family who are unaware of celiac disease and its symptoms Download PDF here

2. Write your Congressperson and them ask to co-sponsor/support H. Con. Res 70 as Celiac Disease Awareness Month Click Here

3. Contact the health editor of your local newspaper and ask them if they know about celiac disease. Write them a letter and share your story.

4. Read the latest on the Celiac Diet Series - articles from Practical Gastroenterology GO Print out one of the articles from PG and give it to your doctor, dietician or pharmacist. Include a color flyer – Is Your Patient The ONE? For your doctor Download PDF here

5. Suggest that employees at your company have a “Pay $5 to wear jeans to work on Friday day” to raise awareness and funds for CDF at your office.

6. Request CDF brochures from the national office and ask your doctor and dentist to place them in their reception area. [CDF brochure is also downloadable from CDF website

7. Request CDF brochures and Quick Start Diet Guides and give to teachers and healthcare providers at your child’s school or day care center. Download PDFs Quickstart Diet Guide
CDF Brochure

8. Find out if there is a health fair coming up in your town and offer to set up a table with information on celiac disease and how to get tested.

9. Have a dinner party with your friends – celiacs and non-celiacs – and make a delicious gluten-free meal – complete with dessert! Show them gluten-free is fabulous!

10. When you visit a friend or neighbor in the hospital, take the opportunity to talk to doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and dieticians to help increase their awareness of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet needs of celiac patients during their hospital stay.

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Gluten-Free NYC Boutique

Blogger David Fisher and designer Debbie Glasserman have teamed up to create some cute gluten-free apparel and housewares. Please visit their Cafe Press store and check out their new goods!

Gluten-Free NYC Boutique:

Originally posted on 4/1/07

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Friday, May 18, 2007
Technical Difficulties
Hi Everyone. So apparently when I deleted my old Gmail account, I also deleted my blog site. I can recover the posts but I can't recover all of your great comments. I am sad about that so I might copy and paste them all at the end of the posting. Thanks to you that actually read my blog and noticed it was down and contacting me about it. Keep on reading. I am hoping to recover all posts by the end of the weekend.

Gluten-Free Vendor Fair: Celiac Slideshow
I am so sorry about my delayed posting about the 2007 Suffolk County Gluten-Free Vendor Fair. It was an amazing event that I honestly couldn't believe I was attending. There were more people at this event then we could have ever imagined. It was estimated that over 1500 people attended the gluten-free vendor fair. I think this is a huge success. I am also amazed that so many people in one room were there for the same gluten-free reasons. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 and this was a truly awesome event. Please enjoy my slide show from the day. You can hover over the image to read the caption. If you have any questions about vendors or pictures, please leave me a comment and I will try to get back to you.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Connecticut Celiac Walkathon

Saturday, May 5, 2007
Wharton Brook State Park
North Haven CT

The Walk
The trail loops through scenic Wharton Brook State Park; this path is flat and wide. Jogging strollers can easily manage the trail. Travel the path once for a shorter walk, or do the loop two or three times to reach three miles total.

The Picnic
Catered by B & B Catering and Health in a Hurry, both of Fairfield. We'll have delicious food for all, and its all gluten-free! Get to know one-another, chit-chat, make new friends. Gather 'round and have fun!

The Auction
After the walk, join us for a Basket
Auction. Tickets may be purchased for $1.00 each, or 22 tickets for $20.00. Each prize will have its own basket. One may put however many tickets desired into a prize's basket. For instance, a person can put all the tickets into a basket for one prize, or distribute them amongst some or all of the prizes. Prizes are abundant and from many sponsors. They include gift certificates, theater tickets, gluten-free food baskets and more!

The Activities
Fun for kids and adults! An antique fire engine for exploration and Canine Fence's “Dog” will distribute balloons - what more could the kids ask for? Organized activities and informal games, of course. Bring the whole family. Make a day of it!

For more information, please visit:

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