Friday, March 5, 2010

News & Notes: March 5, 2010

We're less than a week away from the gluten-free dining event at Casona in Collingswood. At last check, there were 36 reservations made by readers for the evening of Thursday, March 11. There's still room for more, though, so make plans to come out. Our gang will be there for dinner at 6 p.m.

The news on more gluten-free baking mixes just keeps on coming. This week I wrote about Simply Organic's new brownie and pancake/waffle mixes. I also posted my roundup of interesting gluten-free Passover products available at local supermarkets. If you subscribe to my blog updates by e-mail and haven't seen the product slideshow I put together, check it out on the website.

This week Whole Foods posted a comment to last month's news about the demise of the market's 365 Brand gluten-free baking mixes. According to Whole Foods, it is "transitioning back to the Gluten Free Pantry mixes that were moved out to make room for the 365 versions."

Although Ruth's Chris Steak House - with four area locations in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Princeton and Atlantic City - does not have a gluten-free menu, the restaurant maintains a list of foods to avoid. The off-limits items include the breaded and fried foods, pasta, au gratin sides, stuffed mushrooms, lobster bisque, gumbo, onion soup, crab cakes, calamari, bleu cheese crust, blue cheese dressing, au poivre sauce, Oscar-style condiment, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach and corn pudding. Berries and cream, ice cream and sorbet are the safe desserts.

Last week, I mentioned that Ninety Nine Restaurants now have gluten-free hamburger buns. Reader Mark e-mailed me a picture of the All Star Steakburger and fries he ordered at the Deptford location:

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill's new location at the King of Prussia Mall opens on March 29. The chain's gluten-free menu changes every three months.

Gluten-free bakery Sweet Freedom now offers local delivery in the Philadelphia zip codes: 19103, 19106, 19107, 19102, 19147, 19146, 19123, 19130, and 19104. Delivery costs $12 and the minimum order amount is $20.

The Princeton location of Whole Foods Market is sponsoring two gluten-free store tours this month, on March 11 and March 25 at 2:30 p.m. Links to register for the free tours are posted at the store's event's page or call the store at 609-799-2919.

The gluten-free wellness talk and tour at the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods originally planned for February 25 has been rescheduled for April 1 at 6 p.m. Call the store at 610-832-0010 to register or stop by the Customer Service Booth.

This month's specials at include savings up to 20 percent off on Erewhon gluten-free cereals: save 5 percent using code USMILLSI at checkout and save an additional 15 percent (with free shipping) when combining with a Subscribe & Save order. You can also save up to 25 percent off on Annie's gluten-free macaroni & cheese, fruit snacks, dressings and condiments: save 10 percent using code ANNIEHM5 at checkout and save an additional 15 percent (with free shipping) when combining with a Subscribe & Save order.

Enjoy the weekend!
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