Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Revolution Calling

If Jax Peters Lowell's Against the Grain and The Gluten-Free Bible are the gluten-free community's Old Testament, then The Gluten-Free Revolution (Holt Paperbacks) completes the canon. Lowell, herself a Philadelphian, has tapped into the city's vast gluten-free resources in Revolution, the newest version of her handbook that's being readied for national release.

Friday, October 17, 2014

News & Notes: October 17, 2014

Grub Burger Bar has opened its first Philadelphia-area location this week in Willow Grove (159 York Rd., 215-800-0699). Gluten-free burgers are served on buns from Local Oven, and the sweet potato fries are prepped in a dedicated fryer.

Many of the menu items at Blue Bell's El Sarape (1380 Skippack Pike, 610-239-9466) are gluten-free-friendly or can be prepared accordingly.

An all-gluten-free "juice" truck is coming to Philly courtesy of The Juice. For now, owner Katie Rodger will deliver her superfood smoothies and desserts throughout the area, while juices are available for pick-up at various locations on the Main Line. Email her for ordering information.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Festival of Bites

Ravitz Family Markets is hosting its semi-annual Gluten-Free Festival at ShopRite of Marlton (307 W. Route 70) this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be over 60 different products available for sampling, including items from local businesses like Sweet Megan's Bakery and The Little Bakery of Blue Bell (sweets), Sweet Note Bakery (bagels), Tonya's Gluten-Free Kitchen (soft pretzels), Caesar's Pasta, Bill’s Best BBQ Sauce, Snyder’s of Hanover and Brad’s Raw Foods and national brands such as Chex, Dole Soups, Kikkoman, Udi's, Dannon, Cabot Creamery, Dr. Praeger's, Pamela's, Absolutely Gluten Free and Kinnikinnick.

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, the Southern New Jersey chapter of the Celiac Support Association, the South Jersey Health & Wellness Center and ShopRite's Registered Dietitian Ashley Cully will also be on hand with gluten-free and wellness information.

Friday, October 3, 2014

News & Notes: October 3, 2014

Forage American Brasserie is a relative newcomer to the Shops at Main Street in Exton (120 Woodcutter St., 610-524-3334). The menu at this suburban BYOB features many gluten-free and vegan plates. Executive Chef Ralph Fernandez has chosen to showcase gluten-free cooking because his wife has Celiac Disease.

(Photo credit: Rat's Restaurant/Facebook)
French-influenced Rat's Restaurant in Hamilton (16 Fairgrounds Rd., 609-584-7800) - located near the famous Grounds For Sculpture - lists gluten-free choices like lobster crepe, pan-roasted black bass and Scottish salmon on its current dinner menu.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pasta Pops Up in Philly This Week

Pasta Flyer, the fast-casual gluten-free pasta concept that's touring the Northeast U.S. this fall, stops in Philadelphia this Thursday and Friday. Pasta Flyer will serve Bene Boxes, or "good” boxes - like a Japanese bento box but for Italian food. Guests will get a portion of gluten-free pasta, salad, protein and a snack of the day for about $10, delivered in less than three minutes. Here's the schedule:
  • Thursday, Oct. 2: Pop-Up Lunch at High Street on Market (308 Market St., 215-625-0988)
    From 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Chef Mark Ladner of New York City's Del Posto (co-owned by celebrity chef Mario Batali) will offer one of his Pasta Flyer dishes alongside High Street’s lunch menu, serving gluten-free pasta with one of his signature sauces and toppings. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 2: Gluten-Free Dinner with Mark Ladner and Chef Eli Kulp at Fork (306 Market St., 215-625-9425)
    Chef Mark Ladner will join Chef Eli Kulp for a collaborative dinner. For $150 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests will enjoy five courses of gluten-free fare, including pastas, with seasonally inspired, locally sourced ingredients and wine pairings with each course. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m. Call the restaurant for reservations.
  • Friday, Oct. 3: Demo/Talk and Pop-Up Lunch at Drexel University (101 N. 33rd St. - 6th Floor, 215-895-2975)
    Following his demo and talk at the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Center, Chef Ladner will serve Pasta Flyer's lunch menu at the Academic Bistro. This event is open to the public. The demo/talk will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served until 2:30 p.m.