Friday, November 6, 2009

News & Notes

This week's posts featured gluten-free products from two local companies. On Monday, I wrote about a coconut-milk frozen dessert from Ardmore, Pennsylvania's KōV Foods, and on Wednesday I profiled mini Italian biscotti from Sorella Bakery in West Deptford, New Jersey.

Reader Daniella is the winner of the new Gluten-Free Italian cookbook, offered in the most recent Goodies Giveaway. Unfortunately, several commenters had inaccessible Blogger profiles so I could not enter their names in the drawing. The cookbook is available for purchase at and other retailers.

I was impressed by the amount of space the Philadelphia Inquirer devoted to an article in yesterday's Food section on the availability of gluten-free items in area stores and restaurants.

Turning to gluten free-friendly restaurants, Simply Fondue in Mays Landing, New Jersey (4215 Black Horse Pike, 609-677-1600) can accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary needs.

Keith Taylor's Holy Smoke will soon be opening outlets in Quakertown, Pennsylvania and Mount Laurel, New Jersey serving gluten-free wings, ribs and other barbequed foods. Chef Taylor also offers gluten free-friendly catering through Zachary's BBQ and Catering and Sami Rose Culinary Productions in Wayne, Pennsylvania. I've been told that the Holy Smoke location in Philadelphia's Roxborough section does not offer gluten-free menu items.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro soon will be adding two new items to its gluten-free menu, including a beef dish, according to a recent Twitter post from the company.

Now through December 31, 2009, for every $100 in gift cards purchased at Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Roy's and Bonefish Grill, you'll receive a complimentary $20 Bonus Card. The gift and Bonus Cards can be used at any of those restaurants, but the Bonus Cards must be redeemed January 1 through February 10, 2010. The gift cards have no expiration date.

Poppy's Seed Bakery at the Chestnut Hill Farmers' Market in Philadelphia (8229 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-4252) sells gluten-free goods from a variety of companies. Owners Ron and Bev Loux offer products from Mr. Ritt's, KōV Foods, Sweet Christine's Bakery, Virago Baking Company and Shabtai Gourmet, among others. The bakery's hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. In a video interview conducted by localite Brian Rudnick, Ron Loux speaks about his move to offer gluten-free foods:

Also look for Shabtai Gourmet's Rainbow Cookies, Mini Black & White Cookies, Lady Fingers, Florentine Lace Cookies, Bread Crumbs and Pecan Meltaway Crumb Cookies at ShopRite supermarkets in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware.

In product news, I spotted Cherrybrook Farms' new gluten-free chocolate chip pancake mix at the Whole Foods Market in Marlton, New Jersey.

D-Lites breakfast bowls from Jimmy Dean are made with gluten-free ingredients. Both varieties include scrambled egg whites, potatoes and reduced fat cheddar cheese, and come with either turkey bacon or turkey sausage.

Two products from Arrowhead Mills are due to hit store shelves. Gluten Free Bake with Me Cupcake Mixes, available in both Vanilla and Chocolate, are made with organic ingredients and are specially fortified for children with iron, zinc and six B vitamins. has its November grocery specials posted and there are a few gluten-free items on sale:
  • 35% off when you purchase thinkThin bars: no code needed
  • Up to 35% off when you purchase Annie Chun's Rice Express Bowls and Sushi Wraps (the soy sauce in the Sushi Wraps packages is not gluten free): save 20% when you enter code ANNIECH6 at checkout and save an additional 15% when you combine the instant rebate with your Subscribe & Save order
  • Up to 40% off when you purchase Oskri bars: save 25% when you enter code OSKRI553 at checkout and save an additional 15% when you combine the instant rebate with your Subscribe & Save order
  • Up to 30% off when you purchase Sahale Snacks (the Sing Buri flavor is not gluten free): save 15% when you enter code SAHNUT64 at checkout and save an additional 15% when you combine the instant rebate with your Subscribe & Save order
The RWJ Hamilton Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, New Jersey is hosting a class on "Understanding Celiac Disease," to be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m. The fee is $10. Call 609-584-7600 for reservations.

Have a great weekend!
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