Friday, September 11, 2009

News & Notes

The weather in the Delaware Valley during this first full week of September made it feel like it was time for trick-or-treating. I blogged on Tuesday about a few gluten-free treats from French Meadow Bakery. Their new tortillas and breads were a hit in my house.

I finally got around to finishing the map of gluten-free-friendly restaurants and markets in southern New Jersey. The links to the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania maps can be found on the top of every page on the Gluten Free Philly site.

Reader Andy wrote to tell me that he had an enjoyable gluten-free meal at Christopher's in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The American restaurant does not have a gluten-free menu but had either items that already were gluten-free or that could be modified.

Arpeggio, a Mediterrean BYOB in Spring House, Pennsylvania that's one of the initial eateries posted to the Gluten Free Philly restaurant list, has listed its gluten-free menu items on the "News" page of its website.

The Water to Go outpost in Pennsauken, New Jersey has sold gluten-free breads, pizzas and sweets, among other items, for some time. Now the store's owner, Jane, has formalized the food side of her business by creating Gluten Free Dynasty, located in the same spot at 3501 Haddonfield Road. She's expanding the business by offering customized gluten-free food baskets.

Naturally Savvy reports that Glutino has introduced yet another new product: gluten-free breadcrumbs. Many Glutino products - including the sandwich creme cookies I mentioned last week - are available for purchase at, the company's online store. You can save $5 on an order of Glutino products totaling $25 or more by entering code BEFREE at checkout. The offer ends October 31, 2009.

The list of participating restaurants at the Appetite for Awareness event on September 30 in Philadelphia keeps growing. The event will feature gluten-free cooking from the likes of Bar Ferdinand, Beneluxx Tasting Room, Bindi, Café Estelle, Casona, Chifa, Cochon, Devil's Den, Distrito, Fish, K. Taylor Holy Smoke, L'Oca, Little Fish, Lolita, Melograno, Mirabella Cafe, Noble American Cookery, Osteria, Sauté, Slate and Vetri. Among the sponsors and vendors are Bard's Beer, Bell & Evans, Blue Diamond Growers, Boar's Head, Caesar's Pasta Specialties, Conte's Pasta, French Meadow Bakery, Good Eatz, Kettle Cuisine, Pamela's Products, Schar, Shabtai Gourmet, Thai Kitchen and Wegmans. Tickets for the VIP reception and general admission are available from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

I wanted to mention a couple of other fundraising efforts related to celiac awareness. Donna Bell's daughter, Evey, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease three years ago when she was 3. Each October, "Team Celiac" - started by the Bell Family - takes part in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's Walk to Cure Diabetes at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, New Jersey to raise money to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. The event usually draws over 5,000 walkers. Over the past two years, "Team Celiac" raised over $35,000 for the JDRF. The team's other goal is to raise awareness for celiac disease.

This year, the Walk will be held on October 18. Donna expects between 250 and 300 participants walking for "Team Celiac." In addition, the team will be renting a booth at the vendor area and handing out celiac information packets along with gluten-free food samples. To join the team or make a donation, you can visit this site.

Also, Westbrook Lanes in Brooklawn, New Jersey will host a "Lazer-Glo" bowling fundraiser on October 4 to support the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. The event, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., costs $20 per person or $75 per lane (up to six bowlers). Gluten-free snacks will be served. The fundraiser will also feature a Chinese auction and 50/50 drawings. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Patricia Lokitis at (215) 882-0407 or email her at plokitis[at]incresearch[dot]com.

For those of you in the Jersey Shore area, the Children's Celiac Support Group (for parents and children) will meet on Sunday, September 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Pediatric & Adolescent Specialty Care Center in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Attendees should bring their favorite gluten-free food to swap. RSVP by September 16 by emailing celiaccenter[at]email[dot]chop[dot]edu or by calling (267) 426-6822.

Looks like it will warm up a bit this weekend - enjoy!
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  1. Hi... I mentioned to you about Calabria Italian Pizza & Grill in Absecon, NJ has GF Pizza, well he has had quite a few people come in since that went out, that he now has GF Cheese Ravioli and Spinach and Cheese Raviolis. He wanted me to pass this on. Frank is the owner and says Thank You!!! Tami

  2. Sedona's, Patsy's and The Parkway in Bethany Beach are very gluten free friendly.