Friday, November 30, 2018

News & Notes: November 30, 2018

Conagra's Evol Foods brand recently launched two new lines, each of which includes meals made without gluten-containing ingredients. The made-without-gluten options in the Modern Nutrition Bowl lineup are the Warrior Bowl and the Balance Bowl. None of the Morning Bowls - Breakfast Sausage & Uncured Bacon, Spicy Chipotle Chorizo, Smoked Uncured Ham Benedict and Creamy Basil Veggie - are made with any ingredients that contain gluten.

Katz Gluten Free has four new Twinkie-like creme-filled cakes: Caramel Apple, Pumpkin, Peppermint and Gingerbread. By purchasing through this affiliate link, you'll be supporting Gluten Free Philly.

Thanks to loyal reader Jaime L., I can report that the just-opened Tank and Libby's in Drexel Hill's Pilgrim Gardens Shopping Center (1011 Pontiac Rd., 484-455-7527) is serving sandwiches on gluten-free bread. The owners of this breakfast and lunch spot are well versed in gluten-free food preparation.

Another longtime reader, Jessica N., let me know that Coyote Crossing in Conshohocken (800 Spring Mill Ave., 610-825-3000) has a dedicated fryer and lists gluten-free items on a menu that includes tortilla chips, quesadillas, enchiladas and flautas. The owner, Carlos, is often on hand to answer any questions about the gluten-free options.

Through December 30, Puyero Venezuelan Flavor in Society Hill (524 S. 4th St., 267-928-4584) is offering hallacas - traditional Venezuelan tamales wrapped in plantain leaves - in three varieties. Each one is made from corn dough and stuffed with a stew made from a meat of choice. The fat from the stew is also used to add extra flavor to the corn dough. It is then wrapped in plantain leaves, tied with strings, and boiled. Puyero's holiday menu additions include hallacas made with chicken, chicken and pork, and veggies. There's also a special Andes-style hot chocolate for the holidays, made with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. If you'd like to trying making them yourself, Puyero is hosting a holiday-edition cooking class on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.; ticket information is here.

In Moorestown, Maurizio's Bistro (33 E. Main St., 856-793-9884) offers separately prepared gluten-free pizza, pasta and entrees. Gluten-free items are noted on the menu.

It's not often I write about options in Salem County, New Jersey, but Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery in Pilesgrove (117 Sharptown-Auburn Rd., 609-769-9463) can accommodate gluten-free guests. At lunch at Enoteca wine bar, gluten-free crackers are available with the cheese plate, among other options. Gluten-free pizza is available on Thursday nights and weekends at Ravello, and gluten-free pasta is served for "What's For Dinner" Fridays, a five-course meal and wine tasting experience.

Maple Shade Indian restaurant Palace of Asia (480 Rt. 38 E., 856-773-1200) prepares many dishes naturally gluten free.

Almost all of the ice cream flavors at Big Gay Ice Cream (1351 South St., 267-886-8024) are gluten free and gluten-free cones are available. Special flavors containing gluten will be labeled accordingly on the menu board. The kitchen washes and sanitizes all equipment when changing flavors, regardless of ingredients.

Garden of Health, an allergen-friendly food bank in Souderton (361 High St., 267-664-4397) is now supporting 21 food pantries in Bucks and Montgomery counties with special dietary foods and produce. The organization will be at Montgomery Mall in North Wales next weekend, Dec. 8-9, for the Montgomery County Health & Wellness Expo in the Macy's Court. Donations of gluten-free foods and foods free of one or more of the top eight allergens will be accepted.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is hosting a gluten-free cookie exchange at its next support group meeting in Voorhees tomorrow. The event will be held at the Specialty Care Center (1012 Laurel Oak Rd.) from noon to 2 p.m. RSVP via email with the number of people attending and the ages of children.

Have a great weekend!

- Michael

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