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Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Celiac Disease Awareness Night at Citifield
On Tuesday, May 25th the NY Mets hosted their first, and hopefully annual, Celiac Disease Awareness Night at Citifield. The NY Mets gave their spirit award to Kozy Shack and Randi Albertelli of ROCK-Long Island.

Kozy Shack recently announced that their puddings, flan, and gels are all gluten-free. Before the game, they were even giving out free samples of their gluten-free chocolate and rice pudding in the parking lot. I ate two before I even got in the park. I don't eat pudding a lot, but the chocolate pudding was good. It was also great to see right in front of the Kozy Shack sign the poster announcing Celiac Disease Awareness night and the spirit award recipients, including Kozy Shack.

Raising Our Celiac Kids is a free support group for parents, families and friends of kids on the gluten-free diet for any reason including celiac disease, gluten intolerance, autism, ADD/ADHD, allergies, dermatitis herpetiformis, or personal preference. Their meetings are held in Plainview, NY. Randi had coordinated with Citifield so that a portion of the proceeds from our group sales tickets would go towards the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. The NYC Celiac Disease Meetup Group sold 74 tickets for this event! This was our largest meetup event ever!

Although the fundraiser and the first annual Celiac Disease Awareness night was more than exciting, it was the gluten-free concession stand that made everyone quite excited. One of our group members had called ahead to tell the stadium that to prepare for a large demand of gluten-free food, but they were really unprepared. The lines for the gluten-free food were longer than other concession stands in the area. Everyone was so excited at the opportunity to eat "normal" food at the ballpark.

I waited until about the 4th inning to go down and enjoy some gluten-free food when I knew the lines wouldn't be so long. I am a rare gluten-free beer drinker, but I bought two Redbridge beers just because I could! For dinner, I got sausage and peppers on a gluten-free hero roll. I was super excited!! The concession stand also sold hotddogs and hamburgers on gluten-free buns. The bread products all come from The Grainless Baker. My friend Dean and I always go to games and I usually end up eating peanuts and Carvel, but this time he laughed as I gorged myself on gluten-free carbs. I was a happy lady.

I love going to Mets games and think Citifield is amazing. This gluten-free concession stand only reinforces my NY Mets fan status. I am going to another game on June 24th and can't wait to enjoy another great night of gluten-free food in the park.

Enjoy the pictures of the first annual Celiac Disease Awareness night at Citifield with the NY Mets below.

Celiac Disease Awareness Night at Citifield

1. Rotunda, 2. Celiac Disease Awareness Day at Citifield, 3. Gluten-Free Sponsor: Kozy Shack, 4. Gluten-Free Concession Stand, 5. Gluten-Free Menu, 6. Redbridge Beer, 7. Dinner, 8. Take me out to the ballgame

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How absolutely marvelous ... getting, enjoying food like everyone else does at an outing. May it become mainstream for all GFers in the not distant future. Although the ball park wasn't near as prepared as they should have been (after all, it was a Celiac awareness night) for the demanding numbers of GFers, perhaps this drives the ball out of the park, so to speak, that there are many GFers, just wanting to have fun. Now, just maybe, more good, tasty, GF food will be in the ball park, that is to say, more mainstream.

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