Friday, March 11, 2011

News & Notes: March 11, 2011

This coming Tuesday is a milestone date for me. On March 15, 2009, I became a "blogger," posting my first words at Gluten Free Philly. I laugh when I read that post now, all of two sentences, because I certainly have had a lot to say over the past two years. With the help of dedicated readers like you, the site has grown enormously in size and in stature. Many thanks to everyone who has come along for the ride, including my family, who has supported this effort from the start. I hope you benefit from the site as much as I enjoying working on it.

Earlier this week, I posted my review of the new Elevation Burger at the Moorestown Mall. The growing fast-casual chain also has locations in Collegeville and Wynnewood.

Mamma Mia Trattoria in Langhorne (584 Middletown Rd., 215-750-3663), part of the Carlucci's restaurant portfolio, has pizza, along with rigatoni pasta dishes and entrees, on its gluten-free menu.

Also in Bucks County, New Hope's Havana (105 S. Main St., 215-862-9897) offers a gluten-free penne and chicken entree with a side of classic rock. Thanks to reader Rachel G. for the tip.

After I mentioned two weeks ago that Hop Angel Brauhaus in Fox Chase serves Redbridge, reader Moira let me know that the restaurant also has a German-influenced gluten-free menu.

Iron Hill Brewery, which offers an extensive gluten-free menu, will be opening a location later this year in Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill nabe (8400 Germantown Ave.), its first in the city.

DeLiteful Foods in Lawrenceville lost its lease and is closing on March 31. All products are now on sale, at least 10 percent off.

Pamela's Products' new, all-natural Whenever Bars come in four flavors: Blueberry Lemon, Cranberry Almond, Chocolate Chip Coconut with Hazelnuts, and Raisin Walnut Spice. In addition to being gluten-free, the snack bars are also non-dairy, low sodium and sweetened with agave and coconut sugar.

Good news for Udi's fans. The company will be adding hot dog rolls and hamburger buns to its gluten-free product line. Not to be left behind, rival Rudi's also is coming out with gluten-free multigrain buns and rolls along with pizza crusts.

The Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness (3100 Quakerbridge Rd., 609-586-7900) will host a two-session cooking class on Tuesday, March 15 and March 22. In week 1, Dietitian Wendi Silver will discuss "dos and don'ts" of the gluten-free diet; in week 2, participants will get hands-on to create gluten-free dishes. Fee is $30 for the two sessions; the classes run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the Greater Philadelphia Celiac Support Group will be held on Friday, March 18 at Abington Memorial Hospital (1200 Old York Rd.) in the Lenfest Auditorium. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. for a vendor fair, with the meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. Those interested in joining the group can contact Karen Dalrymple at 215-757-1233.

Chef Pasquale Masters of Pasta Pomodoro in Voorhees will be participating in a free gluten-free and kosher cooking demonstration in Cherry Hill on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event at the Katz Jewish Community Center (1301 Springdale Rd.) will also include a presentation from gastroenterologist Howard S. Kroop, M.D. of Jefferson University Physicians. To register, call 1-800-JEFF-NOW.

Have a great weekend!
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  1. So excited to hear that Iron Hill is opening up in Chestnut Hill...more excited to learn that they offer many gluten free options.

  2. Iron Hill is a fantastic restaurant - I hope they carry their awareness of gluten intolerance and cross contamination issues to this new place! Their food is very tasty and it's the only place I can go with friends for beer and wings (gluten free!)