Friday, February 18, 2011

News & Notes: February 18, 2011

With Spring Training underway, tickets are going fast for Phillies tickets this season. Single-game tickets went on sale yesterday and the entire season is likely to sell out soon. With that caveat, if you've been thinking about attending Celiac Awareness Night on July 8, I encourage you not to wait much longer to make your purchase.

My post earlier this week featured The Little Bakery, a new gluten-free bakery operating out of Blue Bell.

This week's additions to the restaurant list all came from recent comments posted at the Gluten Free Philly Facebook page. Reader Michelle F. mentioned that Brothers Pizza in Cinnaminson (1105 Route 130, 856-829-0712) now has gluten-free pizza, while Whitney J. wrote that she had a safe meal at Baby Blues BBQ in University City (3402 Sansom St., 215-222-4444). The ribs, meats, chicken and barbeque sauce are gluten free and Redbridge beer is available. An gluten/allergy listing is available upon request.

In West Chester, Mas Mexicali Cantina (102 E. Market Street, 610-918-6280) has gluten-free options (thanks, Heather D.). Joanne R. posted that takeout-friendly Panda Chinese Restaurant, in Philadelphia's Mayfair section (7105 Frankford Ave., 215-543-9088) has gluten-free General Tso's chicken, chicken with broccoli, sweet-and-sour chicken, chicken with garlic sauce and moo goo gai pan, all served with white or brown rice.

Red Mango, serving certified gluten-free frozen yogurt, is now open at the Cherry Hill Mall (2000 Route 38, 856-662-8198). 

Jell-O has a new line of Temptations desserts that are gluten free, which come in the following flavors: Strawberry Cheesecake, French Silk Pie, Double Chocolate Pie, Apple Custard Pie, Lemon Meringue Pie and Raspberry Cheesecake.

Since there are many Udi's fans out there, I thought I'd share the news that the company now makes three varieties of soft-baked gluten-free cookies: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodle. (Hat tip to For the moment, though, the cookies are only being sold at the Kroger family of supermarkets, located outside the northeast United States.

Reader Maureen O. emailed me about a local Meetup group that focuses on gluten-free potluck dinners. You can visit the group's Meetup page for more information.

On Saturday, February 26, the Whole Foods Market in Princeton is hosting a free, one-hour gluten-free store tour at 9 a.m., followed by an interactive gluten-free cooking class with Moonlight Bakers at 10 a.m. ($25 fee). Participants will prepare after-school snacks such as brownies, cupcakes and fruit bars. 10 percent of the class' income will be donated to Dress for Success Mercer County.

The Chester County chapter of the Gluten Intolerance Group is hosting its own gluten-free/dairy-free cooking class on Sunday, February 27 at the Fern Hill Wellness Resource Center in West Chester. The 2 p.m. class ($30) includes a small meal; a vendor fair will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Have a great weekend!
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