Friday, October 14, 2016

News & Notes: October 14, 2016

The latest Philly restaurant from Michael Schulson is Harp & Crown (1525 Sansom St., 215-330-2800), a New American bistro next door to his pan-Asian Sampan in Midtown Village. Most of the menu, which will rotate seasonally, can be made gluten free; items that can't are noted. 1911 hard cider currently is available on draft.

In the Pennsport section of Philadelphia, The Wild Burrito (2015 E. Moyamensing Ave., 215-336-9453) offers most options in a gluten-free format, from chips and avocado fries to quesadillas and tacos (made with corn tortillas). No gluten goes into the fryer. A sister shop is in Wildwood Crest (6300 New Jersey Ave., 609-523-9453).

Souderton family-style restaurant Franconia Heritage (508 Harleysville Pike - Unit A, 215-721-4400) has a extensive gluten-free menu that includes pancakes and crepes for breakfast and chicken parmesan and pasta for lunch and dinner. The kitchen maintains a dedicated fryer.

Hot-dog specialist Tower Dogs in Lawrenceville (4110 Quakerbridge Rd., 609-269-9056) has gluten-free buns.

Allora in Marlton (892 Rt. 73 N., 856-596-6882) offers gluten-free pasta. Call ahead to request that the pasta be prepared in a clean pot and fresh water.

Also in Marlton, ShopRite (307 Rt. 70, 856-983-7370) will be hosting its annual Gluten-Free Festival on Saturday, October 29. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature samples from more than three dozen companies.

Saffron Road has expanded its line of microwaveable gluten-free meals with Asian-themed fish bowls. The four new meals are:
  • Sesame Ginger Salmon with White Rice: Wild-caught salmon filet in a sesame ginger sauce with crunchy vegetables on a bed of rice
  • Lemongrass Basil Fish with Rice Noodles: Wild caught Alaskan pollock paired with a lemongrass and basil sauce atop crunchy veggies and rice noodles
  • Thai Red Curry Fish with Rice Noodles: A medium spiced red curry seasons a pollock filet in a bowl filled with rice noodles and veggies
  • Masala Curry Fish with White Rice: Pollock topped with Masala curry sauce in a bowl with veggies and white rice
Have a great weekend!

- Michael

With the Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,500 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

First Draft: Craft a Brew Gluten-Free Brewing Kit

By Chris Betz

Homebrewing is a rite of passage for any beer lover. Being able to make your own beer from scratch and share it with others is a fulfilling adventure. I had brewed a couple batches of beer before my Celiac Disease diagnosis, so I was eager to jump back in where I left off. Craft a Brew aims to make beer lovers beer brewers by providing kits containing nearly all of the equipment needed to brew a batch a beer, along with quality ingredients and detailed instructions.

Friday, September 30, 2016

News & Notes: September 30, 2016

Revolutions, a rock-and-bowl complex just opened in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia (1009 Canal St., 267-348-0544) offers gluten-free items at its Burger & Beer Joint eatery, as noted on the menu. Options include the Pig in a Bucket appetizer, two salads, and burgers and sandwiches on gluten-free buns. A sister location in Bethlehem (3717 Route 378, 484-935-3001) has a different menu but also has gluten-free choices.

Also in Bethlehem, the dinner menu at Emeril's Chop House at the Sands (77 Sands Blvd., 877-726-3777) lists items that can be prepared gluten free.

In nearby Allentown, the fast-casual Wok Box (818 W. Hamilton St., 484-350-3160) maintains a list of gluten-free ingredients for rice and noodle bowls. Request that gluten-free orders be prepared with separate utensils and cookware. (Thanks Melissa D.)

LaScala's Pronto in Mt. Laurel (4040 Dearborn Circle, 856-234-5400) serves gluten-free pizza prepared with separate ingredients and bakeware.

Irish pub Rí Rá, located at The Quarter at the Tropicana in Atlantic City (2801 Pacific Ave., 609-348-8600) notes gluten-free options on its menu.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Expo East 2016 Recap

What do functional water, cold-brewed coffee and sauerkraut have in common? Those products were among those trending at the annual Expo East natural-foods show in Baltimore last week. The show features new and emerging gourmet, natural and gluten-free products from across North America whose manufacturers are seeking wider distribution in supermarkets and grocery stores.

This year's show was larger than ever, with more than 1,450 exhibiting brands and more than 450 first-time vendors. In no particular order, here's my list of the top five gluten-free products I tried at this year's event (not all items are currently available in area stores), along with information about some other noteworthy items:

New Pop: The Original version of this skinless popcorn, one of three flavors from a New York-based upstart, reminds me of a less cloyingly sweet Sugar Smacks cereal made with corn instead of wheat. The skin on the corn kernels are peeled before being pressure popped, so there's nothing to get stuck between your teeth. A cup serving size is just 32 calories, but you'll want more - it's addicting. Each serving has 4 grams of fiber, zero grams of fat and just 3 grams of sugar. New Pop can be found at a few area markets, but mostly in the New York City area. The company also takes orders online.

Tucson Tamale: This Arizona mini-chain of restaurants has begun to expand distribution of its delicious gluten-free tamales east of the Mississippi River, though they can also be ordered online. They are super easy to make and taste great. There are several vegetarian and vegan varieties, and well as dessert and breakfast versions.

Smashmallow: The creator of Krave jerky is behind this new line of premium snackable marshmallows. The treats are made with organic sugar and all natural ingredients, and range from 70-90 calories per serving. Smashmallow bites come in seven flavors, including Cinnamon Churro, Strawberries & Cream, Espresso Bean, Mint Chocolate Chip, Toasted Coconut Pineapple, Meyer Lemon Chia Seed and Root Beer Float.

The Curious Creamery: Coming this week via Amazon is The Curious Creamery's new make-your-own ice cream - no machine is needed. The gluten-free, neutral base can be used to customize your flavor. All that's needed is a hand mixer or stand mixer, freezer, and liquid (tea, juice or milk) or fruit puree or yogurt of your choice. The prep takes less than five minutes, followed by freezing time. I sampled a yummy pumpkin flavor that's perfect for fall.

Pasta Oggi: This Montreal-based start-up got a mention in this space last year for its gluten-free ravioli, but this year its certified gluten-free pizza took center stage. The hand-tossed, stone-baked frozen pizzas have a crisp, tasty crust. Alas, these are only available in Quebec at the moment but the company is seeking U.S. distribution.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Beyond Celiac's Matching Donation Drive and Samuel Gee Society Reception on October 13

Beyond Celiac, the national celiac advocacy organization based right here in the Philadelphia area, has received an anonymous $20,000 matching grant to complete by the end of October. Contributions from new donors will be matched 2-to-1 and donations from existing donors will be doubled. Consider helping the group obtain the full value of the matching pledge by contributing today through this link.

If you're in the Philadelphia area, consider joining Beyond Celiac on Thursday, October 13 at its 3rd Annual Samuel Gee Society Reception. This year, it's a kid-friendly event that will take place at a lovely private home in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania. Guests will gather for an evening of delightful gluten-free fare, cocktails, music and "ask the dietitian" as the group recognizes six young contributors who are actively working to make their world with celiac disease more livable. Christina Pirello from public television's Christina Cooks! fame will be doing a kid-friendly healthy-cooking demonstration. The main event runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with a VIP pre-event reception beginning at  6 p.m.

Tickets are available online or by contacting Nancy Ginter of Beyond Celiac at 267-419-2101.