Friday, March 12, 2010

News & Notes: March 12, 2010

Thanks to everyone who turned out at Casona in Collingswood last night for a special gluten-free dinner. I hope those of you who attended enjoyed it as much as we did. If you have suggestions for a future get-together - perhaps in Pennsylvania next time out - drop me a line.

On Tuesday, I mentioned that the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has announced this year's Celiac Awareness night at the Phillies. It will be held on July 7, with discounted tickets available. I've learned that Woodchuck Cider will be available for the first time at all home games, and it's possible that additional gluten-free items will be coming this season.

Super Suppers in Voorhees (910 Haddonfield Berlin Road, 856-784-4550) now offers ready-made gluten-free entrees and sides, including Chicken Satay, Mojo Marinated Flank Steak and Tomato & Zucchini Polenta Bake. The store will be hosting a tasting event on April 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call the store to reserve a spot or sign up online ($10 charge). Thanks go to reader Ramona for this info.

Redbridge beer is available at The Pour House in Westmont (124 Haddon Avenue, 856-869-4600).

Miel Patisserie in Philadelphia (204 South 17th Street, 215-731-9191) makes macaroons and flourless cakes that have no gluten-containing ingredients. Note that these items are not made in an area separate from the bakery's other products. Hat tip to reader Gina.

From the Department of Bad News: Natural Goodness, the natural-foods store at 20th & Market in Philadelphia that carried a number of gluten-free items, has closed. Philly's Sweetie's Pie Diner, which offered several gluten-free dinner pies in its menu rotation, closes on Sunday, according to Meal Ticket.

There are a few weeks left in the ski season, so you can still get up to Shawnee Mountain in the Poconos and grab some gluten-free food there. The resort carries hot dog buns, hamburger rolls and sandwich bread from The Grainless Baker. The all-beef hot dogs and hamburgers and the grilled chicken can be cooked using separate pans and utensils. A dedicated french-fryer is located in the Hope Lodge Cafeteria. Also gluten free are tossed salads, puddings, cheese nachos, popcorn, hot chocolate and cereal bars. A shout-out goes to reader Winnie for sending me this information.

After launching Seafood Bites appetizers in 2009, Blue Horizon has introduced two more gluten-free fish products. The company's Crab Cakes are made with Atlantic blue claw crab, while the Fish Sticks are made with Alaskan pollock.

This week I tried Paskesz's Chocolate Pinstripe cookies, which are a gluten-free version of Keebler's Fudge Stripe cookies, and was impressed. If you can't find them in the Passover section of your local market, you can order them online at

Buffalo Nickel Wingers potato snacks are now available at the Christmas Tree Shops.

The Sinking Spring/Reading, Pennsylvania chapter of R.O.C.K. will hold its next meeting on Saturday, March 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the West Lawn United Methodist Church, located at 15 Woodside Avenue in West Lawn. Parents and children are welcome. Samples from Gillian's Foods and Dad's Gluten-Free Pizza Crust will be available.

On a personal note, Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Gluten Free Philly's launch. I want to extend my gratitude to the growing number of blog readers. You have made my endeavor a gratifying one.

Have a great weekend!
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  1. Congrats on 1 year of great blogging! I used to love Keebler fudge stripe cookies - can't wait to try the gf Passover version.

  2. Thanks Michael & Kudos on ONE YEAR of dedication to this extremely informative BLOG of all things gluten free! I hope you have some idea of how appreciative those with Celiac (or young Celiac's moms) are to have a simple go-to place for Gluten free information! THANKS AGAIN! Please keep it going

  3. We were visiting the area earlier this week with our ten year old celiac daughter. I am so glad we found Casona. What a great meal. Yummy guacamole! Nice that they have a dedicated fryer. Not a cheap lunch, but definitely worth it.
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