Friday, February 26, 2010

News & Notes: February 26, 2010

The past seven days brought lots of exciting gluten-free news. Last Friday, I posted P.F. Chang China Bistro's expanded gluten-free menu, which debuts nationwide on March 8. Included are five new beef entrees, including the tasty Mongolian Beef, and the addition of Dali Chicken.

While the uproar over Whole Foods' decision to end distribution of its 365 Brand gluten-free mixes continues, King Arthur Flour this week announced that it is producing its own line of gluten-free bread, pizza, pancake and dessert mixes.

Closer to home, I wrote on Monday about gluten-free pizza available at Seasons Pizza's locations in Cherry Hill and Stratford.

Many readers already have made reservations for the gluten-free dining event at Casona in Collingswood on March 11, less than two weeks away. Don't miss what is sure to be a great dinner!

All Ninety Nine restaurants, including those in Audubon, Philadelphia, Trevose, Warrington and Deptford, now offer gluten-free hamburger rolls from Gillian's Foods at no extra charge.

Carlino's Specialty Foods in Ardmore (2616 East County Line Road, 610-649-4046) and West Chester (128 West Market Street, 610-696-3788) sells varieties of Conte's gluten-free pasta. (Thanks to reader Carol for the info.) Conte's gluten-free efforts were the subject of a profile this week in the Vineland Daily Journal.

Annie's Homegrown's new gluten-free Bunny Cookies and Deluxe Rice Pasta and Cheddar - with cheese sauce you can squeeze in - are now available in stores. The products also can be ordered through Annie's online market.

Adding to its line of over 30 gluten-free items, Pamela's Products has introduced single-serve packs of Chocolate Brownie Mix and Pancake Mix. The brownie recipe calls for the addition of water and oil to the mix, which is then microwaved for about one minute. For the pancakes, add water, oil and an egg to the mix and cook on an oiled griddle or pan.

Just a reminder that's special offers on two popular gluten-free product lines expire on Sunday. First, you can save up to 30 percent off on Betty Crocker gluten-free baking mixes: save 15 percent using code BETTYCGF at checkout and an additional 15 percent (with free shipping) when combining with a Subscribe & Save order. Save up to 40 percent off most Mrs. Leeper's gluten-free pasta products: save 25 percent using code LEEPER25 at checkout and an additional 15 percent (with free shipping) when combining with a Subscribe & Save order.

Among the vendors for the March 21 Celiac Education Day at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are CASA Foods, the makers of Popikins gluten-free and casein-free popcorn chicken nuggets, Food-Tek, Everybody Eats and Mr. Ritt's. Advance-order forms are available here. Call 267-426-6822 to register for the event.

The Princeton HealthCare System's Community Education & Outreach program is sponsoring a gluten-free cooking class and tasting session on March 22. The event will be held at the Hamilton Area YMCA from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Details and registration information are available here.

Have a wonderful weekend!
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