Friday, June 11, 2010

News & Notes: June 11, 2010

Congratulations to the Flyers for a wonderful playoff run, which ended Wednesday night at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. Admittedly, the better team won the Stanley Cup, but the Orange-and-Black battled all the way.

This week, I wrote about two new gluten-free chowders being produced under the label of Philadelphia's Old Original Bookbinder's, in its prime the city's most famous restaurant. These and other new soups from the brand's distributor will be available this summer.

Two Philadelphia BYOB restaurants within a stone's throw of each other in Northern Liberties have gluten-free menu choices. Italian Modo Mio (161 West Girard Avenue, 215-203-8707) has gluten-free pasta, while contemporary American Sonata (1030 North American Street, 215-238-1240) has a gluten-free menu that includes lobster mac-and-cheese.

Cafe Clave, a coffeehouse in the city's University City section (4305 Locust Street, 215-386-3436) carries gluten-free bread and sweets from Amaranth.

I'm not sure what's different about it, but I noticed that Outback Steakhouse has an updated gluten-free menu (dated April 2010) posted at its website.

From now through June 20, you can receive a $10 gift card from Carrabba's with either a $50 gift card purchase or a carry out order over $100.

Rillings Bakery in Warminster (868 East Street Road, 215-357-3860) carries products from local gluten-free baker The Grain Exchange, which I featured in April.

Lansdale's Virago Bakery just launched a revamped website and posted its gluten-free product list there. The bakery will close its Broad Street location on June 17 and reopen July 1 on Main Street.

Yours truly will be speaking at the next meeting of the New Castle County, Delaware celiac support group on Sunday, June 27. The meeting will be held at Christiana Hospital in Newark (Room 1000) beginning at 3 p.m. I'll be talking about online celiac support resources and sharing information on gluten-free friendly restaurants and markets in the area. There will also be product samples from Mixes From The Heartland and Aleia's available. RSVP at this link.

Kimberton Whole Foods in Douglassville is presenting two classes on recognizing celiac disease on Saturday, June 26. Mary McSurdy of the store's marketing staff will be teaching classes for customers at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will be available from 11:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. for personal consultations and questions.

Have a great weekend!
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