Friday, February 6, 2009

Becoming a NFCA GREAT Guide

I wrote earlier about the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) GREAT Program. The Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training (GREAT) program is a comprehensive tool offered by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) to educate chefs, dietitians, cafeteria workers and other hospitality industry professionals about Celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

Yours truly has been invited to become a GREAT Guide and will be going through the official process and training over the next few weeks. From what I understand there are only a dozen or so GREAT Guides in the entire nation so I am proud to become part of this small but effective group. After completing this process, I will be able to better assist restaurants, chefs, dietitians, hospitals, nursing homes, etc.. in the area in safely providing meals and services for Gluten Free consumers. You, as the GF consumer, will be better served and feel more confident about living Gluten Free in Raleigh.

Stay tuned for more information. I have a few places already lined up to go through the certification process and hope to get more in the coming months. The goal is that eventually Raleigh will become one of the most Gluten Free aware cities in the nation. Please email me if you know of any places you'd like to go through the process or if you own a business that is interested in becoming certified by the NFCA.


C. Kupper said...

with your interest in restaurants and food service, I would like to ask you to help spread word about an awareness program called "Chef to Plate". This national awareness program is about spreading awareness of gluten intolerances in cooperation with restaurants that offer GF menus items. All the national organizations (NFCA, CDF, CSA, ACDA) have been invited to join this effort. We believe that a national grassroots effort like this can make a huge difference. I hope that you agree.For more information visit

Curious Art said...

Congratulations & thank you again! Raleigh is lucky to have you!

Trevor Chambers said...

Great job Zach!!!!! We look forward to u working with team Bella Monica.

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