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Monday, November 26, 2007
Gluten Free Holiday Cooking Class
I got this press release in my mailbox today, so I figured I would pass on the information. I have been so busy lately, but I promise to publish some of my "draft" postings soon!

On Monday, December 3rd from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm, the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University will host a gluten-free cooking for the holidays class at Cooking by the Book, 13 Worth Street, New York City.

People are largely unaware of this autoimmune disorder characterized by intolerance to gluten, which is found in many common foods. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, and other grains and intolerance to it damages the small intestine, causing malabsorption of nutrients, which can lead to serious health consequences including Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, infertility, depression and cancer.

At 6:30 pm, world-renowned celiac disease expert Dr. Peter Green will not only discuss the challenges in obtaining the correct diagnoses and guidelines for testing, but also offer up nutrition strategies for finding enjoyable food alternatives when shopping, cooking, and eating out. During the evening, participants will be treated to the following:

o Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres Reception
o Three-Course Gluten-Free Meal with Seasonal Wines
o Professional One-on-one Cooking Instruction
o Personalized Aprons
o Gluten-Free Recipes

Tickets are at $220 per individual, a percentage of which will go to The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University to further their cutting edge research and patient care. To register for the class, please call Cynthia Beckman at (212) 342-4529 or

About Cooking by the Book
In 1989, Suzen O'Rourke founded Cooking by the Book on the principle that everyone — regardless of their skills or experience — can enjoy the rewards of fine cooking. From that simple concept, we gathered the ingredients for our renowned corporate team building and special events, and are now New York's premier culinary team building authority.

Cooking by the Book offers highly customized hands-on team cooking events for corporate teams and their friends, who value participation in social activities to facilitate learning more about one another, and at the same time, are enjoyable, entertaining and provide a sense of accomplishment.

About Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
The Celiac Disease Center was established within the Department of Medicine at Columbia University in 2001. Its mission: to redefine the future of celiac disease and treatment on an ongoing basis, through continuing advances in research, patient care, and physician and public education. Under the guidance of Peter Green, MD, one of a few recognized experts on celiac disease in the United States, the Center has become world-renowned for its services and programs and is one of the first medical school based centers in the United States dedicated to the treatment and study of celiac disease.

The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is the only center in the United States that provides comprehensive medical care, including nutrition, for adult and pediatric patients with celiac disease. All of the Center’s research is directed toward celiac disease—clinical epidemiology, and mechanisms of disease. Our targets include many of humanity's most feared and elusive illnesses—including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, thyroid disease, infertility and depression—as they relate to celiac disease. In addition, the Center supports patient and physician education.

The Center is diagnosing and treating more than 2400 patients annually from around the world. For more information, please visit

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Thursday, November 8, 2007
Gluten-Free Recipe Contest

The Greatest Gluten-free Recipe Contest is Here!

Preheat the oven and wash out the mixing bowls, it's time to cook!
beautiful white cake

Pamela's Products is excited to host the 2nd Annual Pamela's Products Greatest Gluten-free Recipe Contest. This amazing contest began on October 15th and will run through November 30th. We challenge all home chefs throughout the USA to chop, mix, bake, or sauté their best in gluten-free dining. Send us Pamela's Productsrecipe (and a picture), per their rules of course, and see what happens!

Pamela's Products has three categories of competition: Scrumptious Brunch (a dish or item you might serve at brunch or other casual get together), Delectable Dinner (what delectable savory do you enjoy with friends), and Delicious Dessert (something delicious, decadent and all you). Qualified entrants will be judged on their creativity, successful creation of a delicious dish, and use of one or more Pamela's Products brand item.

Ready... Set... Cook! (click for the entry form)

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Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Gluten-Free Pizza Extravaganza
On Sunday, I had the extreme pleasure of organizing and attending the first NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Gluten-Free Pizza and Pasta Party at Mozzarelli's in Manhattan. Mozzarelli's is a pizza place that has been serving gluten-free pizza for a little over a year. Ronnie, the owner, started serving the pizza because his niece has celiac disease. He said that at first there wasn't much interest in the gluten-free pizza. But as Ronnie experimented with different ingredients for the dough and the word of gluten-free pizza in a "normal" pizza place spread around Manhattan, the popularity of the pizza took off. Mozzarelli's sells gluten-free pizza and some gluten-free desserts on a regular day. But Sunday was no regular day...

When I got to Mozzarelli's shortly after 2pm on Sunday I was greeted warmly by Ronnie and Elana, the owners. I had been emailing with Elana for weeks so it was nice to finally meet her in person. There were tons of signs indicating GLUTEN FREE DAY and there were balloons outside to welcome those looking for some gluten-free pizza. When Elana pointed me to the display case of pizza, she said that everything was gluten-free. When I asked her in disbelief "EVERYTHING???", she said YES! This was when my jaw nearly hit the ground. There must have been at least 10 different pies in the case. Pies with cheeses, sauces, veggies, sausage, pepperoni, eggplant, and even chicken Parmesan. Then, I walked to the last display case only to see around 5 pasta dishes and 2 veggie dishes. Of course I had to ask again if everything was gluten-free, which was the question of the day on Sunday. It really was quite amazing to see so many choices. As many of you know, even one choice in a regular pizza place would be shocking. To have this many pizzas, you just didn't know where to start. Elana and Ronnie were too good to me and stuffed me full of gluten-free greatness on Sunday. I think my favorites were the eggplant topped pizza, the spinach pie/quiche, and the carrot cake. (Yes, I ate even more than that!)

I really cannot thank Mozzarelli's enough for making our day such a humongous gluten-free success. The time and effort they put into making the day safe, free from cross-contamination, and fun for all of us was obvious. The support from friends, families, and strangers off the street was also wonderful. I hope to make this a regular event for all gluten-free diners in the tri-state area. Please do yourself a favor and visit Mozzarelli's if you are in town.

38 E 23rd St,
New York 10010
Btwn Park & Madison Ave

Pictures from above:
1. Mozzarelli's
2. Gluten-Free Dessert Pizza
3. Gluten-Free Pasta Bar
4. Gluten-Free Pizza as far as the eye can see
5. WOOHOO Gluten-Free Day
6. Eggplant and squash gluten-free pizza
7. Ronnie and Elan at Mozzarelli's
8. Gluten-Free Desserts

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