Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thrive Allergy and Gluten Free Expo

Last week I attended the Thrive Allergy and Gluten Free Expo in Chicago. Thrive was a two day event (April 18-19) which show cased a number of gluten free vendors. The event, which was held at Chicago's convention center, McCormick Place, provided a large forum for a number of gluten free specialist to share information. The event consisted of a number of speakers, cooking demonstrations as well as booths displaying gluten free products for taste testing and purchasing. The Expo also had booths for people with asthma, skin allergies, and nut allergies.

Most of the booths carrying gluten free foods were local Chicago retailers who specialize in gluten free and allergy free specialties. About 90% of the vendors were displaying baked goods, which I expected. I spent the day taste testing and talking with all the vendors supplying GF products.

My Favorite Products
- Meister’s Angel Food Cake:
- Deerfield Bakery’s Baguette:
- Toro’s Chocolate Chip Cookies:
- 123 Gluten Free’s Spice Cake:
- Sunbutter’s Original Sunbutter (sun flower seed butter, no nuts):
- Lil’s Dietary Specialty Shop’s Powdered Donuts:
- Van’s Gluten Free Waffles:
- Pamela’s Butter Shortbread Cookies:

My Favorite Demonstrations/Speakers
- Kim Koeller,
Kim is publishing her second book later this year empowering individuals with the knowledge to safely eat outside the home, while managing celiac disease, food allergies & special diets

- Jennifer Cafferty,
Jen made outstanding Gluten Free Coconut Chicken Tenders with Mango Chutney and Tuscan Quinoa Salad

- Jules Shepard,
Jules made an amazing Gluten and Dairy Free Pizza

The event showcased a number of companies that provide an online shopping outlet for a number of gluten free products. Some of the sites I have ordered from are:

Overall this was a great event, I was able to meet a number of knowledgeable gluten free experts in the Chicago area. I am planning to back to Chicago August 15-16 for the Gluten Free Cooking Expo.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Kosher for Passover Wines

Below are the pictures of the Kosher for Passover Wines we drank over the past week. Incase the pictures are not clear I have provided a list as well. My list is ranked 1 being the best 5 being the worst...let me know what you think about my ranking system!
  1. Alfasi Malbec/Syrah
  2. Alfasi Chardonnay
  3. Altoona Hills Shiraz
  4. Altoona Hills Chardonnay
  5. Manischewitz (GROSS! But classic!)

Passover 2009

This past week was Passover, the greatest holiday for gluten free people. Living in NYC (or any area with a large Jewish population) grocery stores stock up on Kosher for Passover foods, many of which are gluten free. The one Passover food that we, as gluten free eaters, need to watch out for is Matzo. Although we have to avoid matzo, matzo meal, and matzo byproducts there are so many goodies available around the Passover season which I buy an store to eat all year round.

My top 5 favorite GF Passover foods available are:

  1. Ossem Pound Cake
  2. Gefen Wine Noodles
  3. Streit's Soup Croutons
  4. Jennies Coconut Macaroons
  5. Shabtai Cakes, Cookies, and Baked Goods (I am eating the Chocolate Chiffon Cake right now!)

Being that I am the only person with Celiac in my family I have everyone come over to my apartment for holidays. This way I know what is being made and I know that there is no possibility for cross contamination. This year we had a smaller group that normal. Passover fell on a weekday and my cousins from Ohio decided not to come in. We had 2 Seders and the menus consisted of the following:


  • Home Made Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
  • Purple Cabbage Salad
  • Cucumber-Dill Salad
  • Roasted Garlic Chicken Stuffed with Dried Fruits and Nuts
  • Cranberry Chicken
  • Primavera Chicken
  • Two-Tone Potatoes with Pesto Sauce
  • Roasted Garlic Asparagus/String Beans
  • Unbelievable Brownies with frosting
  • Sorbet Ruffles

I will post all of the recipes shortly along with a Kosher for Passover wine list. Over the past few years the wine for Passover has significantly improved!