Friday, October 18, 2013

News & Notes: October 18, 2013

The Avenue's Polenta Cake with Veggie Sausage
(Photo courtesy The Avenue Deli/Facebook)
The menu at Italian-Jewish deli mashup The Avenue in Lansdowne (27 N. Lansdowne Ave., 610-622-3354) lists gluten-free breakfast items like corned beef hash and spiced quinoa porridge and dinner entrees such as mushroom polenta cake. Other items can be adapted.

One of Philadelphia's oldest Indian restaurants, Minar Palace (1304 Walnut St., 215-546-9443), has gluten-free options noted on the menu.

Petrangeli's in Elverson, Chester County (109 Darby Square, 610-286-0099) is now serving personal-size gluten-free pizzas.

In Bordentown, Asian restaurant Jade Island (969 Rt. 206, 609-324-7200) offers protein-and-vegetable dishes made with gluten-free soy sauce.

Nationwide luxe steakhouse chain The Capital Grille, with area locations in Center City Philadelphia (1338-46 Chestnut St., 215-545-9588), King of Prussia (236 Mall Blvd., 610-265-1415) and Cherry Hill (2000 Rt. 38, 856-665-5252), has a gluten-free menu.

Rehoboth Beach is the home of Delaware's newest 100% gluten-free restaurant. New American Debacle (20 Baltimore Ave., 302-212-2050) has pizza, flatbread, shrimp risotto and fish fry, among other choices.

Judges at last week's prestigious Great American Beer Festival crowned three beers as their favorites in the gluten-free beer category, as I wrote in Tuesday's post. Bronze medalist Brown Ale from New Planet Beer Company will soon be available in the Philadelphia area.

The Epic Beer Fest scheduled for the Philadelphia Convention Center on Sat., Nov. 2 has been cancelled due to slow ticket sales. The event was to feature more than 30 gluten-free beers and hard ciders.

Greensgrow Farms in Philadelphia is hosting a gluten-free Thanksgiving workshop on Sat., Nov. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. Chef Laura Hahn will make gluten-free vegetarian sides, go over the basics of gluten-free cooking, and demonstrate with Thanksgiving recipes, including Roasted Apple/Sweet Potato Canap├ęs, Rice Stuffing and Rum Walnut Cake. The workshop will be held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church (2139 E. Cumberland St.). Online registration is available; the cost is $35.

Cook on Rittenhouse Square (253 S. 20th St.) has two gluten-free holiday classes of its own on the calendar. First is Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Sides on Sat., Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. ($85); guests will learn how to prepare sage stuffing, apple and cheddar stuffed delicata squashes with homemade gravy, ginger cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. After Thanksgiving is Gluten-Free Holiday Baking on Sat., Nov, 30 at 2 p.m. ($80), where Genevieve Sherrow will teach attendees how to prepare holiday treats like Jewish apple cake, pumpkin oatmeal spice cookies, and old-fashioned gingerbread with homemade whipped cream.

I'll be at the Gluten-Free Food Festival at the Marlton ShopRite (307 Rt. 70 W., 856-983-7370) tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for free samples from more than 50 vendors.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael
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