Friday, May 14, 2010

News & Notes: May 14, 2010

If you haven't yet attended a local gluten-free awareness dinner sponsored by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, I encourage you to go on June 7. That's when Susanna Foo in Radnor will host a three-course Asian-themed meal for adults and kids. The event was the subject of a post on Tuesday.

As part of its new farm-to-table menu, Silver Diner in Cherry Hill (2131 Route 38, 856-910-1240) has introduced gluten-free selections that include shrimp scampi with penne, Van's waffles, and a mini brownie sundae. The restaurant has a dedicated toaster just for the waffles, while the brownies are made off-premises. A list of all gluten-free items is posted at the company's website.

Gluten-free pizza is now available at Mannino's in Morrisville (312 West Trenton Avenue, 215-736-2457). Thanks to reader John for the mention.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries is now in Exton (76 Exton Square Mall, 484-875-0755).

Continuing the burger war, Elevation Burger plans to open two more area locations this summer/fall: in Collegeville at the Providence Town Center and in Moorestown at the Moorestown Mall. The chain offers organic burgers free of fillers and fries cooked in 100 percent olive oil.

Amaranth Gluten Free Bakery's bread and rolls are available for sandwiches at sister cafes Benna's and B2 in South Philadelphia.

Jasper in Downingtown, which a reader recommended last year, has closed, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Uno Chicago Grill will host a national Dough Rai$er from May 24 through May 30 in support of Celiac Awareness Month. Customers interested in participating in the May Dough Rai$er can secure a voucher, which they can then bring to their local Uno location. Twenty percent of sales generated from those who participate will support the American Celiac Disease Alliance.

There are several contests of note tied to Celiac Awareness Month. Mambo Sprouts, a marketing firm based in Collingswood that specializes in organic and gluten-free products, is sponsoring a giveaway to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month. Winners will receive gluten-free products from Glutino, Pamela's and Crunchmaster, among others. Just post a review of one of the featured products to enter through May 31.

Barbara's Bakery, the maker of Puffins and other gluten-free cereals, is changing its product packaging and has announced a "makeover" contest to promotion the redesign. The grand prize is a trip to Napa Valley.

French Meadow Bakery offers two grand prizes of a one-year supply of its gluten-free products and a $250 grocery gift card to the winners of a recipe contest. All entrants receive a one-time-use promotional code for $5 off any online purchase from the bakery.

Water to Go/Gluten Free Dynasty in Pennsauken now carries Udi's gluten-free bagels at $5.99 a package.

Have a great weekend!
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