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.

Friday, September 9, 2016

News & Notes: September 9, 2016

Kettle Brand Potato Chips' two new gluten-free flavors tap into the popularity of trendy bar menus. Moscow Mule features a zesty lime juice and ginger punch, while Korean Barbeque has smoky and roasty-sweet hoisin and garlic notes.

Paladar's 21-Day Dry Aged Skirt Steak Churrasco
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar opens its first area location at the new King of Prussia Town Center (250 Main St., 484-965-9779) on September 30. The Spanish-influenced mini-chain offers a gluten-free menu. In the same complex, b.good, which offers gluten-free burgers, fries and shakes, opened last month (150 Main St., Suite 160, 484-322-2110).

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Goodies Giveaway: Tate's Bake Shop Gluten-Free Sampler Basket

I've been a big fan of Tate's Bake Shop's gluten-free chocolate chip cookies since discovering them a few years ago; they're thin and crunchy with large chocolate morsels studded throughout each and every one. I can say - without hyperbole - that they are the best packaged gluten-free chocolate chip cookies on the market.

Tate’s produces its gluten-free baked goods in a dedicated gluten free facility. The cookies are made using rice flour and the brownies and blondies are made with almond flour. Additionally, products are tested both internally and by an outside accredited laboratory. The gluten-free products test at 5 ppm (gluten) or lower. Tate's is also recognized by the Celiac Support Association.

To celebrate the arrival of fall, Tate's Bake Shop is offering readers free shipping site-wide at Tate' with promo code GFPHILLY. The offer is valid through October 31. (You can also find Tate's on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.)

What's more, Tate's is offering one lucky blog reader a Gluten-Free Sampler Basket ($50 value) that includes:

  • Two 8 oz. bag gluten-free chocolate chip cookies (approx. 14 cookies per bag)
  • One 8 oz. bag gluten-free double chocolate chip cookies (approx. 14 cookies per bag)
  • One 8 oz. bag gluten-free ginger zinger cookies (approx. 14 cookies per bag)
  • One 4 oz. gluten-free blondie
  • One 4 oz. gluten-free brownie
  • One Harney & Sons tea tin (30 sachets per tin)
  • Natural wood tray
To enter up to four different ways, follow the instructions below. Entries are being accepted through 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, September 11. The winner will need to respond to a notification email and provide a U.S. mailing address within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway. Good luck!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

News & Notes: August 19, 2016

After operating a food truck in the area for better part of a year, the Mark Wahlberg-backed Wahlburgers burger chain has finally opened its brick-and-mortar location in Northern Liberties (1033 N. 2d St., 215-278-8989). Gluten-free options include burger buns, fries, tater tots and even salad croutons.

Paesano's Philly Style has opened an on-campus location at Temple University (2012 N. Broad St., 267-639-3159), offering gluten-free bread for sandwiches. The Paesano's in Northern Liberties is temporarily closed pending a move down the block to 148 W. Girard Ave,

Sweetgreen will open another Philly-area location, this one in King of Prussia (350 Mall Blvd. - Suite 3035, 610-265-5727), next Friday. The farm-to-table restaurant is part of the King of Prussia Mall's new Savor dining area.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill locations throughout the country are switching to a new gluten-free crust (from California's Venice Bakery) that has a deep-dish style thick crust.

Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Exton, Malvern, Northeast Philadelphia and Willingboro, New Jersey have closed, four of 95 nationally that are being shut down by corporate due to under-performance.

The relocated Whole Foods market in Wynnewood (15 E. Wynnewood Ave., 610-896-3737) opens on September 14, while the relocated Philadelphia location in Fairmount (500 N. 21st St., 215-557-0015) opens on October 14. In addition, a new Whole Foods is opening in Allentown (750 N. Krocks Rd.) on September 28.

Angry Orchard has debuted Easy Apple, a less sweet session cider. The unfiltered cider will be introduced in six-packs in select states beginning this month and will also be available nationwide in the Angry Orchard Fall Orchard Sampler Variety Pack. Easy Apple (4.2% ABV) is crafted with a blend of culinary apples including Braeburn, Fuji, Gala and Granny Smith, and bittersweet apples like Bisquet, Dabinett, Frequin Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey.

Pepperidge Farm has discontinued its gluten-free Goldfish Puffs cheese-flavored snacks. The first varieties were introduced back in 2013.

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, August 16, 2016

Shopping Spree

With many imitators out there, Chipotle isn't content sticking to fast-casual Mexican cuisine. From quick-fired pizza (Pizzeria Locale) to burgers (Tasty Made), the company has slowly expanded into other concepts. The largest is ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, with locations in Southern California, Illinois and metro Washington, D.C. - they even had the chutzpah to open an outpost in the capital's Chinatown section! The best part about ShopHouse is that it's extremely gluten-free-friendly.

It took a couple years for us to get to ShopHouse, but we had an opportunity last weekend on the way to D.C. when we stopped at the Columbia, Maryland location for lunch. Similar to Chipotle, guests can build a bowl with various ingredients, all of which are gluten and dairy free. (ShopHouse recently added non-gluten-free spring rolls, but they are prepared and handled separately.) Base options include jasmine rice, brown rice, chilled rice noodles or a salad topped with grilled chicken satay, pork & chicken meatballs, grilled steak laab or organic tofu, From there, diners may customize their bowls with a choice of vegetables, sauces of varying spice levels (my favorite was the peanut sauce, but our younger son's red curry was tasty too), garnishes and toppings such as fresh chilies and toasted rice.

The friendly staff prepared our orders quickly and even gave us a two coconut rice & mango parfaits on the house.

Our younger son, who's as big a fan of Chipotle as anyone, thought that ShopHouse was even better. I have to agree, especially since Asian cuisine is my favorite. I'm not suggesting that you plan a trip around ShopHouse, but if you just so happen to be in one of the aforementioned areas, I urge you to try to dine at one. In the meantime, I'll be waiting with fingers crossed, hoping that ShopHouse is one day nearly as ubiquitous as Chipotle.