Friday, March 19, 2010

News & Notes: March 19, 2010

With Spring arriving tomorrow, it's nice that something else is in the air other than rain or snow. This week, I wrote about the new marshmallow-flavored Peeps Italian ice available at all Rita's locations beginning tomorrow through April 4. All customers tomorrow get a free regular-size ice of their choice.

Maoz Vegetarian's falafel will soon be entirely gluten free. The company is adjusting the recipe to exclude flour and will prepare the falafel in a dedicated fryer. Maoz has two Philadelphia locations (248 South Street, 215-625-3500 and 1115 Walnut Street, 215-922-3409), with others in New York City, central New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Shout out goes to Beth.

Like many University of Delaware alums, I have fond memories of eating at Klondike Kate's Restaurant & Saloon in Newark (158 East Main Street, 302-737-6100). The casual American eatery now has gluten-free options that include ribs, stuffed shrimp and grilled boneless wings. Thanks to Eva of the Gluten Free Delaware support group for this info.

Bellevue Tavern in Cape May Court House, which has been on the gluten-free-friendly restaurant list, has posted its gluten-free menu at its website.

Seasons 52 Fresh Grill at the Cherry Hill Mall (and soon to be at the King of Prussia Mall) introduced its Spring 2010 gluten-free menu this week.

Regional pizza chain Seasons Pizza plans to expand the number of stores carrying its gluten-free pizza, although the locations have not yet been determined. Thanks to Karin for the tip.

Rudi’s Organic Bakery announced this week that it would launch Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery. The new line will include an original sandwich bread, multigrain bread and cinnamon raisin bread, and will be available nationally starting on July 1.

Food for Life's new gluten-free English muffins, in brown rice and multiseed varieties, are available now. I spotted them at Whole Foods in Marlton.

Glutino introduced new "New York style" multigrain bagels, made with corn starch, brown rice flour, rolled oats and flaxseed meal. Those too are available at the Marlton Whole Foods.

The end of March brings a couple of celiac awareness events to Philadelphia. The 76ers' Celiac Awareness night is Friday, March 26, with discounted tickets available at the team website using code CELIAC. In addition to having gluten-free fare at the concession stand behind section 122, the Sixers will provide gluten-free food at a special location at the Wachovia Center - in the "Gluten-Free Zone" near Section 113. The food includes pasta bowls, grilled chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, assorted candy, soft drinks, beer and hard cider.

APO Bar+Lounge (102 South 13th Street, 215-735-7500) is hosting a "Cupcakes & Cocktails" celiac awareness fundraiser on Wednesday, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Complimentary gluten-free cupcakes and cookies will be provided by Pamela's Products and local bakeries Sweet Freedom Bakery, Virago Baking Company and A Cupcake Wonderland. All proceeds from a $5 cocktail special will be donated directly to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. A suggested donation of $5 can be made at the door. To register or for more information, e-mail Lauren Shapiro.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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  1. Do you know if the NYC Maoz falafel's will also be gluten-free? I have one down the block from my office but have always avoided it.

    Great site!

  2. The falafel at all Maoz locations is set to be gluten free.

  3. Glad to have shared some gf information back to someone who provides so much to me! Happy spring to you!