Friday, September 4, 2009

News & Notes

If you're a parent of a child with celiac disease, I encourage you to attend the duPont Celiac Conference in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, September 26. We went a couple years ago and found the medical presentation extremely informative. The best part, though, was being able to sample lots of different gluten-free foods from area restaurants and bakeries.

I also wrote this week about S'Better Farms' gluten-free beef corn dogs, part of a product line that includes some delicious chicken entrees.

I've added a "Coffeehouses" category to the GF-friendly restaurant list that includes caf├ęs that serve gluten-free snacks.

On the restaurant trail, Austin's Restaurant & Bar, a sister eatery of J.B. Dawson's located in Reading, Pennsylvania, offers a gluten-free menu.

Roman Delight's Southampton, Pennsylvania location at 492 Second Street Pike will soon be carrying Still Riding gluten-free pizza.

All three Palermo's locations in Mercer County, New Jersey - Bordentown, Ewing and Roebling - serve gluten-free pizza, Trenton-style tomato pies and pasta.

Stefano's Ristorante Italiano in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey has expanded its gluten-free menu to include their own-make pizza.

Two other Garden State restaurants are serving gluten-free Bard's Beer: Carolina Blue Restaurant in Pitman and The Taproom & Grill in Westmont. The latter also serves Original Sin Cider.

Devil's Den in South Philadelphia has Original Sin in bottles as well as New Grist gluten-free beer from Lakefront Brewery.

Woodchuck Draft Cider has unveiled its seasonal Fall Cider, with cinnamon and nutmeg spices and a hint of white oak. All of Woodchuck's hard ciders are gluten free.

Center City Philadelphia's Swiss Haus Bakery has added gluten-free peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies to its offerings, at four for $2.

There's more sweet news from Glutino. The company has three new gluten-free cookies on the market: chocolate chip, chocolate vanilla creme and vanilla creme. All three are available for online purchase at has posted its grocery items on sale throughout September and there's a few gluten-free food deals worth mentioning:
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For a limited time, you can receive $.99 Standard Shipping (3-5 days) on all grocery products fulfilled by (Normally $4.59 + $.59 per item.) Add as many qualified grocery items to your cart as you want for the same flat $.99 shipping charge. To take advantage of this shipping offer, just add products to cart and check out as normal. The $.99 shipping cost will be noted in the final checkout page. Orders of $25 or more ship free with Super Saver Shipping on eligible products.

Kids With Food Allergies is sponsoring a Family Fun Event & Expo on Sunday, September 13 at Whole Foods in North Wales, Pennsylvania. The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and is free for all attendees. There will be a children's dance-a-thon and other activities for kids along with allergy-friendly (and gluten-free) food samples and vendor information.

A couple weeks ago in this space, my older son wrote about his wonderful experience at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island this summer. As soon as I picked him up, he told me that he was excited to go back next year. So we were startled to learn this week that the organizer of the camp since its inception 10 years ago has several family-related health issues that preclude her from continuing her work on the camp going forward and, as a result, there will be no more Camp Celiac programs there.

We met many parents whose children returned year after year and told us that the camp was the highlight of their children's summers. While our son only went once, he was fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet and play with other kids with celiac disease and not have to worry about food for nearly a week. We wish Tanis and her family all the best and thank her for all of her hard work.

Enjoy the long weekend!
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