Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Carolina Hurricanes Treat Food-Allergic Kid To First Live Hockey Game

I've written numerous times about Raleigh's professional sports team - The Carolina Hurricanes - on this blog.  As a season ticket holder for several years, it was important to me to be able to enjoy games like a normal fan.  That means enjoying food and beverages that are safe for those eating Gluten Free.  As you can see from the link above, the Hurricanes and the fine folks at the RBC Center have been extremely accommodating to those of us with special diets.  But what is more important to me is that children with special diets are taken care of and made to feel like other normal kids.

So this story I found in the current issue of Living Without magazine doesn't surprise me in the least.  The story is about a 7-year old boy named Joseph, who gets to attend his first Carolina Hurricanes game live at the RBC Center.  With the help of All star center Eric Staal and his organization called Eric's Entourage, Joseph was able to safely attend a hockey game without the worry of coming into contact with food he is allergic to.  Joseph gets to attend his first game with his dad by his side - what a special treat!

So allow me to offer a special thank you to the Carolina Hurricanes, Eric Staal and the folks at the RBC Center.  We are lucky to have you here in Raleigh.

Article text is below.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tonight's Raleigh Celiac Support Group Meeting Canceled

Just a quick note to let you know that tonight's Raleigh Celiac Support Group Meeting has been canceled due to the wintry weather the Raleigh area is experiencing today.

Raleigh CSA Support Group 11-18-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 11-18-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Z Pizza - Downtown Raleigh Location Now Open

Just a quick note that the brand new Z Pizza location in Downtown Raleigh is finally open.  The prime City Plaza location has been under construction since late May.  I checked in today and have confirmed they are serving Gluten Free pizza.  The location is the 3rd area Z Pizza (all under the same owner).

421 Fayetteville Street
Suite 103
Raleigh NC, 27601
P: (919) 838-0681

LiveGlutenFreely.com Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Mike Hall - the winner of the LiveGlutenFreely.com giveaway!  Mike, you've been emailed, please respond ASAP with your address so you're prize pack can be shipped.

Monday, November 15, 2010

LiveGlutenFreely.com - Product Giveaway


I was recently contacted by MyBlogSpark.com about an opportunity for another Product Giveaway - this time with some awesome General Mills Gluten Free products.  See below for full details.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

16,860

In March 2009, I wrote a blog post entitled 15,900.  The post was an explanation on the estimated number of Triangle residents with Celiac Disease.  See below for my new estimate - almost 2 years later and we've added approximately 1,000 Celiacs to the count.  We're almost to the capacity of the RBC Center.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Raleigh CSA Support Group 10-21-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 10-21-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.

Raleigh CSA Support Group 9-16-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 9-16-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Gluten Free Dining Guides Updated

Most of you have probably visited my Quick Reference Guide (link located at the top of the blog).  It contains information on all the Raleigh area Gluten Free companies as well as Gluten Free dining information for area restaurants.  I've recently reviewed the restaurant guides and made some updates.  See below for more information.

Fast Food Listing (updated)

Sit Down Restaurant Listing (updated)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Greensboro & Winston-Salem Updates

Just wanted to let you all know that activity has recently picked up on our sister blogs Gluten Free Greensboro & Gluten Free Winston-Salem.

A big thanks to Amanda in Greensboro and Deb in Winston-Salem for taking on the important role of sharing their Gluten Free adventures with us.  The concept around all the Gluten Free blogs I have launched hinge on the dedication of volunteer bloggers.  It take time to research and blog about Gluten Free life in a city.  Thanks to all the dedicated folks out there who write about their cities in North Carolina and welcome to our newest members.

If you are interested in blogging for your city, please email me and I'll get you set up.  There can be more than one author per city (in fact it is highly encouraged to help spread the work).  The links to existing blogs around NC can be found at the top of this blog.  If you'd like one created for a city not listed, please let me know.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Gluten Free Halloween 2010

Halloween is just a few days away - see below for a collection of several great Gluten Free sources of information regarding Halloween so you don't end up like the Glutened Pumpkin in the picture to the left.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Celiac Research Benefit Tasting @ Rosie's Plate

Friday, October 29 ~ Celiac Research Benefit Tasting at Rosie's Plate

Come from 6pm to 8pm to mingle and taste the new Fall menu and spooky Halloween treats menu.
25 % donations plus 10% all store sales goes toward the University of Chicago Celiac Research Center.
(Suggested Donation $10.00/person).

Please email Rosie's Plate and let them know you're coming!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Carolina Hurricanes: 2010-2011 Gluten Free Update

I have previously written about Gluten Free options at the RBC Center during Carolina Hurricanes games over the last couple seasons.  See below for the 2010-2011 season update.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gluten Free 101 Class - Saturday 10/23/10

Just wanted to toss out a quick reminder that the next Gluten Free 101 Class will be held this coming Saturday, October 23, 2010 @ 1pm.  The class is normally held at Rosie's Plate but we will be moving venues this time.  The class will be held at the Raleigh Whole Foods Market location in the classroom during the Gluten Free Fair.  Call Rosie's Plate at 833-0505 now to sign-up, there are only a limited number of seats available.  Note: All sign-ups for this class are being handled by Rosie's Plate and not Whole Foods.  Whole Foods was generous to allow us to use their classroom so we could make this class more convenient for those of you who wish to attend the GF Fair and the GF 101 Class - thanks Whole Foods!  They will also allow us to sample some GF goodies during the class that they offer for sale in the store.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Reminder - Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group Meeting

Just a friendly reminder about this month's Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting. The meeting is Thursday, October 21st at 7pm at Rex Hospital (Private Dining Room in rear of Cafeteria). As always, the focus of our meeting will be information and discussion related to the newly diagnosed, which includes those "not so newly diagnosed" who are still struggling with the g-f diet.

This month's meeting will also feature a

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2010 NC FACES/FAAN Raleigh Walk for Food Allergies – Sat 10/23/2010

2010 NC FACES/FAAN Walk for Food Allergies
Sorry for the short notice, but I wanted to share with you an important event coming up this weekend. A local support group for families and children with food allergies – called NC FACES – is holding a fundraising and awareness walk this coming Saturday, October 23, 2010. NC FACES (Food Allergic Children Excelling Safely) is a volunteer support group that provides a social and emotional support network for over 250 families dealing with food allergies in the RTP area of North Carolina. They strive to provide safe, fun environments for our children to excel as well as to educate others about food allergy dangers.

Gluten Free Fair - Raleigh Whole Foods Market - Saturday 10/23/2010

Raleigh Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Fair

Be sure to swing by the Raleigh Whole Foods Market location (Wade Avenue) this coming Saturday, October 23, 2010 from 11am to 2pm.  Check the calendar for more details but Whole Foods will generally do one of these Gluten Free Days or Vendor Fairs twice per year (once in the spring and once in the fall).  If you stop in, you'll get to meet a lot of folks from the Raleigh area Gluten Free community as well as sample many GF treats.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jules Shepard - Gluten Free Thanksgiving Class 10-29-10 @ Raleigh Earth Fare (and more...)

Want to host a perfect Gluten Free Thanksgiving?

Just wanted to let you all know about an upcoming wonderful opportunity - Jules Shepard will return to Raleigh on Friday, October 29th, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm for another Gluten Free cooking class.

much more after the jump...

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bisquick Gluten Free Giveaway Winner

For the past week, I've been hosting a giveaway that includes a Bisquick Gluten Free prize pack.  To win, all you had to do was live in the Triangle area and leave a worthy comment about your favorite Gluten Free product.  We had lots of great comments, but I can only pick one winner.  That winner is

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bisquick Gluten Free - Product Giveaway

Some of you may have already found the new Gluten Free version of Bisquick (thanks for more awesome GF products General Mills) which was released earlier this summer.  If not, I've been able to find it at Raleigh area Kroger, Target and Lowe's Foods.  I'm sure there are more places that are carrying it as well.  The trick is to usually look for it in the flour isle, and not with the pancake mixes.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Local Yogurt – Gluten Free Fro-Yo Heaven


I recently made a trip out to a new dessert spot called Local Yogurt. We visited the North Raleigh location at 6106 Falls of Neuse Road. Local Yogurt got its start in Durham as the city's first independently owned frozen yogurt shop. In addition to being a locally owned business, the shop features toppings from area farms and vendors (more on that in minute) – thus the name Local Yogurt.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Gluten Free 101 Class Rescheduled to October 23rd

Due to scheduling conflicts, the Gluten Free 101 class I was supposed to teach at Rosie's Plate tomorrow (Saturday, September 11th, 2010) has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 23rd, 2010.  Please contact Rosie's Plate to sign up if you would like to learn more about the Gluten Free diet or Celiac Disease in a hands on class.

Rosie's Plate Web site (sign up)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Restaurant Review: Pei Wei Asian Diner


Pei Wei Asian Diner is a fast-casual (guests order from a cashier, and the food is brought out to the table) restaurant offering up around 10 menu items for Gluten Free consumers. The restaurant originally opened in 2000 and is owned by P.F. Chang's. There are now more than 100 locations in the US. Pei Wei offers a modest selection of freshly prepared Asian items influenced by the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand. All of Pei Wei's dishes are made to order and offer customization. We all know how Gluten Free friendly P.F. Chang's can be, so how does the little brother rate?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Gluten Free 101 Class - September 11th 1pm @ Rosie's Plate


~RESCHEDULED TO OCTOBER 23, 2010~

Just wanted to put out a quick reminder to those of you who are recently diagnosed with Celiac Disease or have gone Gluten Free for one reason or the other. I will be teaching a Gluten Free 101 class on Saturday September 11th at Rosie's Plate in downtown Raleigh. Please call Rosie's Plate @ 919-833-0505 today if you are interested in attending. There are a few spots remaining and best efforts will be made to accommodate all who wish to attend. It is important if you are learning how to be Gluten Free that you attend this class or one like it. The class really fills the void between your diagnosis and beginning to get healthy again. A portion of the class fee will be donated to Gluten Free Week at Camp Kanata for 2011 as well. I have taught more than 70 people in this class over the past year or so and raised nearly $400 for Kanata!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fifteen501 Magazine: Celiac Article

Fifteen501 is a quarterly lifestyle magazine dedicated to covering the topics readers care about, from Hometown Stories and community spotlights to fashion, food, home interiors, and travel. The magazine is published by Weiss & Hughes Publishing Inc. of Raleigh, and is available via subscription or at one of several hundred newsstand locations throughout Chatham, Durham, and Orange counties.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Paul Seelig (Fraudulent Gluten Free Baker) Update


Okay, so I've been away for a little while contemplating the next steps for Gluten Free Raleigh (and taking a rest). The fact that summer is pretty much over has led me to begin to shake the cobwebs off. In addition, I've just returned from the Wake County Courthouse with the latest on the case of Paul Seelig (a.k.a. the fraudulent gluten free baker). Hearing the latest on the case has pulled me out of hibernation so look forward to more frequent posting here. Sorry for the absence. I believe the Gluten Free market in Raleigh is thriving with numerous businesses and more and more Celiacs – there is much more to report from my point of view.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Winner - Jules Gluten Free - Cookie Mix Giveaway

Congrats to Holly who posted about her recent trip to Pei Wei in Cary!  She'll be receiving THREE free cookie mixes from Jules Gluten Free.

For the remaining 6 people (bookworm, Kelley, C Claiborne, Wendi, John & Laura) who left a comment and entered the contest... if you would like your $5 off coupon for Jules Gluten Free products, I'll need your email addresses.  Please shoot me an email.  Thanks to everyone that shared their GF restaurant experiences.

Just a quick note - Yes, I am still alive.  Posting here at Gluten Free Raleigh has been a little light lately.  I've been very busy with life and am also attempting to enjoy my summer.  In addition, the last 2 years of blogging nearly 650 posts has worn me out a little I guess.  I do post tweets pretty often though about new products I am trying or dinner I am having out and about in Raleigh.  It's just easier than doing a full blog post.  Click here to follow me on twitter.  Hopefully, the activity on this blog will return soon but who knows.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Jules Gluten Free - Cookie Mix Giveaway

I've previously written about the brand new Gluten Free Cookie Mix now available from Jules Gluten Free.

I'm happy to now offer a product giveaway to one lucky reader.  Actually, there is something in it for everyone who participates - keep reading.  Thanks to Jules Shepard and Jules Gluten Free for sponsoring this giveaway.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Camp Kanata Gluten Free Week Recap

Check out this summary of the 2010 Gluten Free Week @ Camp Kanata from Gluten Free Durham.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rosie's Plate Gluten Free Food Now Available @ Earth Fare

Two local Gluten Free providers have teamed up!

Rosie's Plate is now stocking their Gluten Free food in the frozen food section @ Earth Fare.  Check out the http://www.earthfare.com/OurStores/Raleigh.aspx where you'll find items like Blueberry Buttermilk Scones, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Pita Bread and Sugar Cookies!

Also, be sure to stop by the store this Saturday, July 10th from 9am to 1pm to sample some of these items.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines - Submit Your Comment

Check out the following Web site from the USDA.  They are in the midst of collecting public commentary as they prepare to develop the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

The Dietary Guidelines are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS). They provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases.

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines (which mention nothing about living Gluten Free) remain the current guidance until the 2010 Dietary Guidelines are published.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Harmony Farms/Cafe Harmony - Gluten Free Updates

Attention Harmony Farms fans... be sure to stop into the store during the month of July for their buy one get one free special deal on Country Life Vitamins!  If you are not familiar with Country Life, they are certified Gluten Free by the GFCO.  Buy one get one free is a great deal on these vitamins and this offer is a great time to stock up.

Also, Cafe Harmony will have gluten free beer available to go along with their expanded hours of 8am - 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  This begins July 10th.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rosie's Plate 10% This Week

Be sure to stop into Rosie's Plate in Downtown Raleigh this week and weekend for all your Fourth of July Gluten Free food needs.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Jules Gluten Free - New Cookie Mix Now Available

Just wanted to let everyone know about a newly available treat from Jules Gluten Free. Jules Shepard has been to Raleigh many times for Gluten Free cooking classes and she usually brings along a favorite - cookies. The item was requested so much by her following that a brand new cookie mix based on her frequently used recipe was released.

Monday, June 21, 2010

LG Nutrition

I've written in the past about a local Dietitian named Leslie Gaillard who is very familiar with Celiac Disease (she is a Celiac).  Leslie has formed her own dedicated private practice to help those with Celiac Disease successfully navigate the Gluten Free diet.  See below for more information.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Discount On Celiac Genetic Testing From Prometheus

Please see below for more information on a discount running until September 1st, 2010 for genetic Celiac Disease testing from Prometheus Labs.  This is for their saliva-based product called MyCeliacID.  FYI - the test normally cost $329 so this is a $100 discount!  Read my previous articles about genetic testing here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Reminder - Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group Meeting

Just a friendly reminder about this month's Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting. The meeting is Thursday, June 17th at 7pm at Rex Hospital. The focus of our meeting will be information and discussion related to the newly diagnosed, which includes those "not so newly diagnosed" who are still struggling with the g-f diet.

Reminder: July and August are vacation months. Following this month's meeting, September 16th will be our next meeting.

Please email Pat Berger to request more information about the group or if you are interested in attending this month's meeting.

You can also check out the Support Group's Yahoo Web page here.

Raleigh CSA Support Group 5-20-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 5-20-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.

Raleigh CSA Support Group 4-15-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 4-15-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.
North Raleigh Celiac Support Group
CSA Chapter 108
April 15, 2010 7:00-8:30 PM
Rex Hospital Private Dining Room, Raleigh, North Carolina 
Lisa Noto chaired the meeting in Pat’s absence. Lisa requested that if anyone has materials (books or other items) that belong to the Support Group to please return them at next month’s meeting.
The recent Raleigh Whole Foods Gluten-Free Fair was larger and better supplied that previous events. Thank you to group members Mark LeSaint and Judy Eise for volunteering.
Our special guest was Nancy Long, co-owner of Harmony Farms Natural Foods. She introduced the group to several new G-F products which have been added to their already extensive selection of special items and gluten-free foods. She talked about natural enzymes in raw foods and “Vega” a plant based, protein supplement. Nancy also discussed the opening of Café Harmony. www.cafeHarmony.net. They serve breakfast and lunch daily and are dedicated to the best of organic and locally supported food. Gluten-free options in addition to other diverse dietary needs can be provided.
Zach Becker announced that North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has proclaimed May 2010 as Celiac Awareness Month. Several events including a six course g-f wine dinner and a food drive of non-perishable, gluten-free, foods in support of the North Carolina Food Bank on May 8, 2010, have been planned. Further details are posted on Zach’s blog http://glutenfreeraleigh.blogspot.com/.
In other local news, Custom Choice Cereal’s new website is up and running. The N.C. Dept. of Agriculture has not made any further contact regarding Paul Seelig and the investigation into his former bread company. A new Cameron Village restaurant, Café Caturra, is planning to offer g-f menu items.
A general discussion regarding late onset celiac disease and symptoms was held. Neuropathy is an issue for many as is difficulty sleeping. Several options, including over the counter supplements was discussed. Food safety is another concern. Zach noted that the total group order for EZ Gluten testing kits is 175.
Our next meeting will be held at Rex Hospital on May 20, 2010. Group members Eileen and Marcel Pusey will share information and tasting of a g-f meal replacement.
Submitted by,
Gail Harris

Monday, June 14, 2010

FREE Celiac Disease/Gluten-Free Diet Webinars

Check out a great opportunity to learn about Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet from two experts in the field - Shelley Case & Dr. Daniel Leffler. The FREE webinars are sponsored by riceworks & befreeforme.com.
If you could ask Dr. Leffler and Shelley Case ANY question you wanted about Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet, what would your question be?

Back by popular demand, GlutenFreeSnacksForMe.com and riceworks® presents two of North America’s most acknowledged celiac disease authorities to answer your questions on the gluten-free diet during their upcoming web simulcasts this summer.




Join Shelley Case for two live webinars:
June 15th, 2010 at 8:30pm EST.
June 22nd, 2010 at 8:30pm EST.

Shelley Case is a leading international nutrition expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. A popular speaker and educator, she is a frequent guest on television and radio. Her book, The Gluten-Free Diet is the most comprehensive resource on the market.

Shelley will be covering information on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity in addition to all her tips and facts for managing a gluten-free diet.





Join Dr. Daniel Leffler for a live webinar:
July 13th, 2010 at 8:30pm EST.



Daniel Leffler, MD, MS, Instructor in Medicine, HMS, and Division of Gastroenterology at BIDMC, has just launched his book Real Life with Celiac Disease.

Dr. Daniel Leffler, will cover a wide range of topics from his book Real Life with Celiac Disease including screening and diagnosis, associated conditions, food allergies and intolerances, complications, nongastrointestinal manifestations, and celiac disease vs gluten intolerance.

Click here to register.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Gluten Free Charlotte Blog Update

Great news for those of you living (or visiting) Charlotte, NC - a brand new author has taken over the blog to provide you with Gluten Free information.  Please click here to read the introductory post from - a Charlotte resident living with Gluten Intolerance since childhood.

Welcome aboard nd thanks for blogging Gluten Free about your city and helping others out.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gluten Free Fayetteville Blog Update

Great news for those of you living (or visiting) Fayetteville, NC - a brand new author has taken over the blog to provide you with Gluten Free information.  Please click here to read the introductory post from Michelle Butzgy- a Fayetteville resident living with Celiac Disease since March 2010.

Welcome aboard Michelle and thanks for blogging Gluten Free about your city and helping others out.

Gluten Free Greensboro Blog Update

Great news for those of you living (or visiting) Greensboro, NC - a brand new author has taken over the blog to provide you with Gluten Free information.  Please click here to read the introductory post from Shelby- a Greensboro resident living with Celiac Disease since August 2009.

Welcome aboard Shelby and thanks for blogging Gluten Free about your city and helping others out.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Gluten Free Wilmington Blog Update

Great news for those of you living (or visiting) Wilmington, NC - a brand new author has taken over the blog to provide you with Gluten Free information.  Please click here to read the introductory post from Jennifer - a Wilmington resident who has a child with Gluten sensitivities.

Welcome aboard Jennifer and thanks for blogging Gluten Free about your city and helping others out.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Update: Fraudulent Gluten Free Baker Criminal Case

Earlier today, Paul Seelig had his latest court hearing before Wake County Superior Court in the ongoing criminal case of fraudulently selling Gluten containing bread as Gluten Free.  You can read all the history on this case here.  A quick recap; Durham resident Paul Seelig started a company called Great Specialty Products which sold repackaged regular wheat bread as Gluten Free to dozens of GF consumers in the Triangle.  After numerous complaints, he was investigated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture which shut his business down and brought 9 felony charges of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses.  Testing done by the NCDA found the bread contained > 5,000 PPM Gluten.  A Wake County Grand Jury indicted Seelig on those charges in early April.

It was believed that Seelig would take a plea offered which reduced the 9 felonies to 6 and would halt the bringing of 22 additional felonies against him.  He would also not be ordered to pay restitution to the defendants.  In a shocking development, Seelig in fact turned down the deal and instead pleaded Not Guilty to those 9 counts.  We had been waiting since early May for Seelig to put his affairs together in preparation for pleading guilty but this was apparently just more stalling.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Jason Waller then asked Judge Donald W. Stephens to arraign Seelig on those 9 felony counts.  Judge Stephens encouraged Waller to get to the Grand Jury quickly and then said "Try It... Try It... Try It".  Strong and condemning words from the Wake County Superior Judge indicating this case is going to a trial.  Seelig was immediately placed in the custody of the sheriff deputies and given a $750,000 secured bond.  At this time, Seelig is currently in the Wake County jail awaiting trial.  I guess when you are this crazy, 31 felony counts are better somehow than 6.  Who knows.

Over the next few weeks, the DA will head back to a Grand Jury to indict Seelig on the additional 22 felony counts.  In another shocking development, Waller informed the court that Seelig had offered to supply information about a suspect in an ongoing homicide investigation in exchange for getting his current charges dropped or reduced.  Seelig then turned in a completely innocent man as the suspect in the homicide.  You may have heard of this case - State School Board Member Kathy Taft - who was killed in Raleigh in March.  Of course, another suspect has been arresting in that case.

At this point, nothing should really surprise you about Seelig.  His past, including several federal and state convictions (wire fraud, forfeiture and grand theft property), along with his more recent deceitful actions again the Gluten Free community certainly indicate a long history of poor behavior.

I'll keep you up to date with all the latest as this case proceeds and the additional charges are brought.  You can also read the latest from Andrea Weigl from the News & Observer here.  More from WRAL & NBC17.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Celiac Sprue Association Needs Your Help In North Carolina

This is for CSA members and friends living in North Carolina. You can help all celiacs! Contact your Senator! Your US Senator Richard Burr has yet to support adding barley, rye and common oats as hazards in a “Managers Amendment” to S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act. Allergen designation will only cover WHEAT. This bill is expected to come out of committee for a Senate vote very, very soon. PLEASE contact your Senator on the Health Committee. Urge YOUR Senator to agree to include the food hazards for those with Celiac Disease. It is your turn, we have done what we can on the national level.

Add WORDS TO THE LIST on page 129, line 9 of S. 510 - - -
Hazard Analysis – (A) “gluten as related to celiac disease.” This simple revision would mean food companies would be required to have information from ingredient suppliers on to presence of wheat AND also gluten sources of barley, rye, common oats AND risk of cross contact potential. Knowledge is the lifeblood of the lifelong management of celiac disease.

Please take the time NOW – THIS WEEK to contact your Senator and tell him how much this can help YOU and your family. Email or Fax your letter. Here is the link to the text of the bill posted on the CSA website. S510 Bill.

Webpage of Senator Richard Burr – United States Senator for North Carolina
To phone Senator Burr’s Washington Office: (202) 224-3154 His staff will carry your message.

SAMPLE LETTER BELOW
Scroll down copy and paste and personalize. Please share this with a friend. For more information call the CSA Office for Executive Director Mary Schluckebier. Thank YOU!

[Date]

The Honorable Senator Richard Burr, North Carolina
217 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING
WASHINGTON DC 20510

REF: S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act

Dear Senator Burr,

As your constituent, I am seeking your leadership and support for an amendment to S.510, the FDA Food Safety Management Act to include the hazards affecting the food choices of those with celiac disease.
S. 510, page 129, line 9 Hazard Analysis – (Add the words, such as)
“gluten as related to celiac disease.”

Celiac disease, is an autoimmune disease, thus excluded from the food allergy aspects of the bill. A Manager’s Amendment would recognize this hazard and protect the 1% of the population coping with this autoimmune disease. My family lives with celiac disease. The only treatment for celiac disease is a strict gluten-free diet.

It is not always possible to determine the RISK of a food being free of wheat, barley, rye, common oats, their crosses and their derivatives either directly as an ingredient or through cross contact. Such information is rarely available. The lack of documentation creates a health hazard for those requiring gluten–free foods and an unclear liability for food companies.

Please include our food hazard in this bill. At this time:
*No safe gluten threshold has been established for those with celiac disease.
*The FDA regulation for volunteer gluten-free food labeling is pending.
*The gluten–free segment of the food industry grew 74% between 2004 and 2009 and is projected to continue growing at a rate of 15–25% per year, according to the Nielson Company.

Thank you in advance for your leadership.
Sincerely,[Your Name]

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Celiac Disease Awareness Month Recap - May 2010

Just wanted to send out some updates about Celiac Disease Awareness Month now that May is over.  We had quite a few activities going on this year - thanks to all who helped and/or participated.  You can see my official announcement about these events here.  Overall, I think we had a pretty good month of raising awareness and having good events.  See below for details on each.

Gluten Free Wine Dinner @ Bella Monica Italian Restaurant
This excellent event was held on Sunday, May 16th.  Bella Monica hosted an awesome six course Gluten Free wine dinner exclusively for their Raleigh-area Gluten Free consumers (about 50 people).  The menu featured items from the Bella Monica GF menu along with specially prepared dishes from a new cookbook by Vanessa Maltin.  The cookbook, called The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian and Mexican Recipes, was given to each participant of the dinner which was a nice touch.  We've already used it a few times at home and the recipes are easy to prepare and taste great.

If you follow me on Twitter, I was posting tweats during the meal with pictures and commentary on each course.  See below for some of the pictures I took during the event.

Overall, the event was really well organized and the food and wine were awesome.  Kudos the the folks at Bella Monica, they really know how to run a top notch restaurant and how to safely serve GF patrons.  Let's hope they put on another one of these events!

Gluten Free Food Drive
There was also a Gluten Free Food Drive which benefited the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.  This food bank serves 34 counties in NC and handles 500,000 people daily.  That means they likely see around 5,000 Gluten Free consumers each day as well!  The idea was to stock the Food Bank with some GF food and I think we did pretty good.  There was an all day physical food drive on Saturday, May 8th at the following locations (Bella Monica, Rosie's Plate, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, Harmony Farms, Cafe Harmony, Mellow Mushroom and ZPizza (Raleigh and Cary locations)).  A huge thanks to the participating locations for helping me collect the food and for offering special discounts to you for donating.  You donated 193 pounds of GF food to the food bank - that translates to 162 meals or $690.

In addition, there was a month long virtual food drive as well so that folks could donate money in case they were not able to participate in the May 8th drive.  I had set a goal of $500 and received just shy of 50% of that goal - $235.  In total, we collected nearly $1,000 worth of GF food for the Food Bank!  Pretty good - probably could have done better but it's a start.  If you'd like to donate to the Food Bank, they accept donations all the time at their Raleigh warehouse located on 3808 Tarheel Drive.  You don't need me organizing anything.

Governor's Proclamation
One of the biggest accomplishments was the declaration by Governor Bev Purdue marking May 2010 as North Carolina Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  I believe there were 3 states in total that took this action (New York and Georgia as well).  We are doing our part here in NC of course so that's a good thing.  Thanks to Pat Berger for putting the weight of the CSA North Raleigh Celiac Support Group behind the proposal I made to the Governor.  Hopefully we can do this each year until the US Congress declares May as National Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  Unfortunately, the local and state media did not give this much press.  Locally, NBC 17 did a story that touched on it (thanks to Shirley Min).  Click here for the story.  I'm a little disappointed that more media coverage did not take place which would have raised more awareness.

Food Allergy Poster
A food allergy poster was created to educate kitchen workers at restaurants about the top common food allergens (including Gluten).  The original idea was to involve Wake County officials from the Environmental Health & Safety Department, but this effort has stalled.  I'd love to have this poster in every one of the 2,500 Wake County restaurants at some point - wouldn't it be great if restaurant workers were required to know about food allergies?  Most of you have signed my petition for this.  A start would be for Wake County to have the poster available for download on their site http://www.wakegov.com/food - specifically here.  For now, the poster will be hosted here at Gluten Free Raleigh.  If you'd like to let Wake County officials know of your desire to have this poster in restaurants (or available for download on Wake County's site), you can contact them by calling 919-856-7400.  Let them know there are over 450 signatures on the petition.  You can also print off the poster and take it to your favorite restaurants and ask them to post it in their kitchen as well.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Z Pizza Opening Downtown Raleigh Location

Z Pizza fans rejoice! A third Triangle area location is opening this summer in Downtown Raleigh.  If you have not read about Z Pizza's Gluten Free options, click here.  I have confirmed with the franchise owner that the new location will open in the July/August time frame and will feature outdoor seating for 100, a bar and indoor seating for 60.  The location is at 421 Fayetteville Street, right on the new City Plaza by the Bank of America Building.  Great location!  Z Pizza also currently has a store in Cary and in North Raleigh.

On a side note, from now until June 30th, 2010, order a Gluten Free pizza from Z Pizza and they will donate 30% of the sale to Autism Speaks.

In addition to that, our local franchisee was just awarded the "Franchisee of the Year" award at the corporate Z Pizza conference.  Their efforts in providing Gluten Free products in a safe way no doubt contributed to the award.  They are also looking into expanding their Gluten Free offerings by carrying GF wings and RedBridge.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Rosie's Plate Two Year Anniversary Sale

The last two years have definitely been interesting for me to say the least.  The time has certainly gone by really fast as the Gluten Free Lifestyle (and this blog) dominated my life.  The further you get from your Celiac diagnosis, the easier it becomes and the less dominating it becomes - but your life is truly never the same.  Many of you have heard me say in the past that I have a special connection to Rosie's Plate.  The day my doctor called to give me my Celiac diagnosis, I read an article in the News & Observer about the very opening of Rosie's Plate.  Reading that article gave me a sense of hope that I could find safe places to eat Gluten Free.  Now, two years later as I type my 600th post to this blog, Rosie's Plate is still going strong and always improving.

Rosie's Plate is currently celebrating their two year anniversary!  Not sure exactly how many times I've been to Rosie's Plate over the last two years, but I know I'll be stopping in this week to pick up some great GF food and say a big THANK YOU.  I encourage you all to do the same thing as well!  As an added bonus, for this week only, stop into Rosie's Plate and receive 15% off all in-store purchases (5/24 thru 5/29).  And be sure to pick up a free "thanks for being our customer" cupcake as well!

Thanks Rosie's Plate, Rose Waring and the excellent staff for all you do for the GF community. 
Happy Anniversary!  The Triangle Gluten Free community is extremely lucky to have you!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Gluten Free Luau @ Raleigh Trader Joe's

Be sure to stop into the Raleigh Trader Joe's store this Wednesday (5/26) from 7pm until 9pm for a Gluten Free Luau!  Store representatives let me know that the event will include some of the store's employees discussing the Gluten Free Diet, Gluten Free products for sale at Trader Joe's as well as a product sampling.  No word on if there will be hula dancers, but sounds like fun.

The Raleigh Trader Joe's is located at 3000 Wake Forest Road near I-440.  You can check out their extensive "No Gluten" list here.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gluten Free Food Drive Update

During the month of May, several events have been taking place in honor of Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  One of these events was a Gluten Free Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

I'm happy to report that the physical food drive held here in Raleigh on Saturday, May 8th collected 193 pounds of GF food that went to helping those less fortunate folks who need access to Gluten Free food.  That translates to around 162 meals or $690.  I'd like to say a big thank you to the locations that participated - Bella Monica, Rosie's Plate, Earth Fare, Whole Foods, Harmony Farms, Cafe Harmony, Mellow Mushroom and ZPizza (Raleigh and Cary locations).  The nearly 200 pounds of food collected will go to help serve the estimated 5,000 folks daily who are fed by the food bank that may require a Gluten Free diet (1% of the 500,000 folks they feed daily in 34 NC counties).  Obviously this is nowhere near the demand there but it's a start.  Thanks to all who donated!

If you did not get a chance to partcipate in the physical food drive, there is a month long virtual GF food drive going on as well.  All proceeds from this virtual drive will go towards purchasing Gluten Free food for the food bank.  We've collected $110 so far towards our goal of $500.  Please visit this link or click the picture at the top of this blog to make your donation.  All donations are done securely via the food bank's web site and are tax deductible.  Take a moment to make a donation and have an impact on someone's life who is struggling to get access to Gluten Free foods.  Is $5 (one meal) too much to part with to help someone else need?

Let's get to that $500 goal - click here for the Virtual Gluten Free Food Drive - going on until May 31st.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Happy Tummy Baking Company Expansion

Just a quick update to let you know that Happy Tummy Baking Company pizza crusts can now be found at the Cary, Durham and Chapel Hills Whole Foods Markets as well as Harmony Farms.  The allergen free pizza crusts made their official launch/debut in the Raleigh Whole Foods Market location only one month ago.  Good to see this expansion.  If you've tried a crust (thanks for supporting a local Gluten Free company), feel free to leave a comment.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Reminder - Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group Meeting

Just a friendly reminder about this month's Greater North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting. The meeting is Thursday, May 20th at 7pm at Rex Hospital. On this month's agenda, members Eileen and Marcel Pusey will share information about and have a tasting of a g-f meal replacement.

If anyone has borrowed one of the group's shopping guides or the small "...Ultimate Guide to Gluten-Free Living," from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, please return it on the 20th, or, if you have a book but are unable to attend on Thursday, please email Pat. (There are two Columbia University books out.) Pat has set up a "check-out" system so she can more easily track borrowed books. Thank you for your help with this.

Looking ahead - our June meeting will focus on "basics" for the newly diagnosed. Come "armed" with questions/concerns. We will cover as much ground as possible.

FYI: While July and August are our vacation months, Pat is working with Nancy Long (Harmony Farms) to hold a weekday, late afternoon information session/meeting at Cafe Harmony, for those newly diagnosed, whom may or may not be members of our group. (It is not unusual for the newly diagnosed to be hesitant to take that first step to join a group.) As seating will be limited, she will post a sign-up sheet a few weeks prior to our scheduled meeting. Anyone wanting to attend from our group will need to sign up or contact Nancy to add your name to the list. We have not yet set a date and still need to work out some details. Pat will keep you posted.

Please email Pat Berger to request more information about the group or if you are interested in attending this month's meeting.

You can also check out the Support Group's Yahoo Web page here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Gluten Free Wine Dinner @ Bella Monica This Sunday

Here is a quick reminder from an earlier post about the upcoming Gluten Free Wine Dinner @ Bella Monica this Sunday (May 16th).  I was informed that there are only a few spots remaining and that tickets for the event have been very popular.  If you have been procrastinating for some reason, I'd suggest you call Bella Monica now to get one of those last few tickets.

Click here for more details or call Bella Monica @ 919-881-9778

Udi's Gluten Free Bread Now Available @ Harmony Farms

I've had numerous emails about Gluten Free products from Udi's - especially their bread products (white sandwich bread and whole grain bread).  Up to this point, no one that I know of has carried them in the Raleigh area.  Some people have gotten together to do a big order from an internet site to split the shipping costs.  Good news - Harmony Farms (Creedmoor & Millbrook Rds) is now carrying both of the bread products.  They got in 8 loaves each and they are retailing for around $7 per loaf.  Get 'em while they last.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Raleigh Cel-Kids Support Group Meeting - May 15th

Just wanted to let those of you out there with Celiac children know about the upcoming Raleigh Cel-Kids Support Group meeting on Saturday, May 15th, 2010 from 4pm - 6pm.  The event will be held at Baileywick Park and will feature Mellow Mushroom Gluten Free Pizza and desserts from Moonlight Bakery.  If you have not see the groups blog, click here - lots of good information for parents.

It is getting close to our Raleigh Cel-Kids event on Saturday, May 15, at Baileywick Park from 4-6pm, please let us know if your family will be attending by emailing us @ raleigh.celkids@gmail.com. We are planning on gluten-free pizza donated from Mellow Mushroom and gluten-free desserts donated from Moonlight Bakery. Please RSVP by Monday, May 10th, so we can plan for the amount of food! Thanks! We will be in the shelter area with picnic tables directly by the restrooms and parking area. There is a large playground, fields, and walking trails. Hope you can join us!

Directions can be found here.

Kerr Drug’s Chapel Hill Health Fair - Tuesday

I was notified of the following event taking place tomorrow at the Kerr Drug in Chapel Hill.  There will be someone present to talk about Gluten Free foods offered in the Naturally Kerr section of the store.

Kerr Drug Holds First Community Health Fair in New Chapel Hill Store
Wide range of clinics, screenings being offered highlight advantage of delivering health care at community pharmacy level.

Raleigh. NC- May, 2010- Kerr Drug’s vision of the pharmacy of the future will be on display Tuesday, May 11th when the innovative provider of pharmacy and other health care related services holds its first Health Fair at its new Chapel Hill store. The new store, in the East 54 Plaza, includes a full service pharmacy and complete health care center along with a natural, gluten free and organic food store.

“We designed the Chapel Hill store to provide a broad range of health services because pharmacists are the face and future of neighborhood health care,” says Anthony “Tony” Civello, president and CEO of Kerr Drug. “In addition to dispensing medications, a community pharmacy must deliver services to patients that will provide them with better health outcomes and help them save money.”

Kerr Drug’s Chapel Hill Health Fair
When: Tuesday, May 11 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Kerr Drug, The New East 54 Plaza
1106 Environ Way, Chapel Hill

Health Fair Schedule Includes:
Acupuncture Consultations 11a-3p
Medical Leg Evaluations 10a-2p
Chiropractic/Posture Evaluations 10-2p
Breast Feeding Information 3p-6p
Bone Density/Osteoporosis Scans 10a-2p
Blood Pressure/Blood Sugar/Cholesterol screenings 10a-6p
Hearing Tests 10a-6p
Natural Foods/Vitamins/Supplements Sampling 11a-3p
Medication Reviews/Vaccines/Medication Disposal Station 10a-6p
Medicare/Medicare Part D/Health Insurance Reform Information 11a-3p

Kerr Drug’s Chapel Hill store and the Health Fair continue the company’s history of innovative health care.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Gluten Free Food Drive This Weekend

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is in need of Gluten Free food.

The food bank currently serves more than 500,000 people each day across 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. It is the ninth largest food bank in the USA and the largest in North Carolina. Using established research that estimates the number of Americans with Celiac Disease means that up to 5,000 (or 1%) of those folks should be consuming Gluten Free food. There are many more Americans that suffer from Gluten Intolerance as well.

There is definitely a need for Gluten Free food – will you help?

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and the Gluten Free Raleigh Blog need your help to fill the gap.

Gluten Free Food Drive
On Saturday, May 8th, 2010, as part of Celiac Disease Awareness Month, Gluten Free Raleigh will partner with several valued Gluten Free businesses in the Raleigh, North Carolina area to conduct a physical food drive. Multiple, convenient locations throughout the Triangle will serve as drop-off locations for Gluten Free food donations. Please bring your new, packaged, non-perishable Gluten Free food donation to any of the locations below. See below for information on special discounts being offered at these drop-off locations to folks who make a donation.

The following locations will serve as drop-off locations for Gluten Free food items.

1.Rosie’s Plate
– Special Discount off your order when donating GF items.
701 North Person Street
Raleigh, NC 27604-1215
(919) 833-0505
Open Saturday from 10am - 4pm
rosiesplate.com

2.Bella Monica Italian Restaurant
– Special Discount off your Gluten Free Order when donating GF items.
3121 Edwards Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27612-5369
(919) 881-9778
Open Saturday from 11am - 11pm
bellamonica.com

3.Mellow Mushroom
– Special Discount off your Gluten Free Pizza Order
601 West Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27605-1519
(919) 832-3499
Open Saturday from 11am - 1130pm
mellowmushroom.com

4.ZPizza Raleigh
– Special Discount off your Gluten Free Order
9630 Falls of the Neuse Road #103
Raleigh NC, 27615
(919) 844-0065
Open Saturday from 11am - 10pm
www.zpizzatriangle.com/

5.ZPizza Cary
– Special Discount off your Gluten Free Order
96 Cornerstone Drive
Cary NC, 27519
(919)465-9009
Open Saturday from 11am - 10pm
zpizzatriangle.com/

6.Whole Foods Raleigh
3540 Wade Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27607-4048
(919) 828-5805
Open Saturday from 8am - 9pm
wholefoodsmarket.com

7.Earth Fare Raleigh
10341 Moncreiffe Road
Raleigh, NC 27617
(919) 433-1390
Open Saturday from 9am - 9pm
earthfare.com

8.Harmony Farms
– Special Discount off your Gluten Free Food Purchase
5653 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612-6316
(919) 782-0064
Open Saturday from 10am - 7pm
harmony-farms.net

9.Café Harmony
5645 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 510-6910
Open Saturday from 8am - 3pm
cafeharmony.net/

Thanks in advance for your assistance during this Gluten Free food drive to help those who are less fortunate.  If you cannot participate this Saturday, please help by donating to the Virtual Gluten Free food drive which is going on during the entire month of May.  Click here to donate.

Friday, April 30, 2010

North Carolina Governor Declares May Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Media Release

North Carolina Governor Declares May Celiac Disease Awareness Month

• Triangle residents can participate in a gluten-free food drive at various locations or make a monetary donation to help stock the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
• Bella Monica Italian Restaurant is hosting a six-course gluten-free dinner prepared by Vanessa Maltin, food and lifestyle editor for Delight Gluten-free Magazine
• A top food allergens poster is available for restaurants to download to educate their staff about these items, including gluten

Raleigh, N.C., USA, April 30, 2010 – The Gluten Free Raleigh Blog has announced Governor Beverly Perdue has declared May 2010 “Celiac Disease Awareness Month” in North Carolina. The Gluten Free Raleigh Blog and Pat Berger, leader of the North Raleigh Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) Support Group brought the petition to the Governor’s office regarding the awareness month.

Celiac Disease is a genetic autoimmune disease that affects one in 133 people in the United States. It interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food and can cause gastrointestinal and neurological issues, infertility, skin rashes and cancer. The only treatment for Celiac Disease is lifelong, strict adherence to a gluten-free diet.

“The Governor’s proclamation paves the way to further educate the community on Celiac Disease and helps to create a positive impact on the quality of life for people living with this condition,” said Zach Becker, creator of the Gluten Free Raleigh Blog. “It’s my goal to help raise awareness so those living with this disease can safely eat out at restaurants and have easier access to gluten-free food.”

In an effort to educate, raise awareness and give back to the community, there are a number of gluten-free events scheduled during the month of May.

• A gluten-free food drive will be held on Saturday, May 8 to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Special discounts at the drop off locations may be available in exchange for your donation. Bins are set up in each of these locations to accept the packaged gluten-free non-perishable food items:
o Rosie’s Plate – N. Person St., Raleigh
o Bella Monica Italian Restaurant – Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh
o ZPizza – Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh and Cornerstone Dr., Cary
o Mellow Mushroom – W. Peace St., Raleigh
o Whole Foods Market, Raleigh – Wade Ave., Raleigh
o Earth Fare – Moncreiffe Rd., Raleigh
o Harmony Farms/Café Harmony – Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh

• A virtual Gluten Free food drive will be held all month to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina with gluten-free food. The link to donate can be located at the top of the Gluten Free Raleigh Blog.

• On Sunday, May 16, beginning at 5 p.m., Bella Monica Italian Restaurant will host a six-course gluten-free dinner prepared by Vanessa Maltin, food and lifestyle editor for Delight Gluten-free Magazine and Corbett Monica, head chef at Bella Monica Italian Restaurant. They will be preparing dishes from Maltin’s gluten-free cookbook entitled The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian and Mexican Recipes. Copies of the cookbook will also be included. Tickets are required for this dining event and can be purchased by calling Bella Monica Italian Restaurant at 919-881-9778.

• The Gluten Free Raleigh Blog worked with Sofia Noble of the design firm This Is Beautiful to create a poster featuring all of the top food allergens, including gluten. This poster is now available for download in English and Spanish at the Gluten Free Raleigh Blog. Wake County restaurant owners may use it to educate their staffs about these foods.

“Research indicates there are approximately three million people living with Celiac Disease in the United States and of those, only about 120,000 have been diagnosed,” said Alice Bast, founder and president of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). “It’s great to see North Carolina working to raise awareness about this disease so perhaps others can be accurately diagnosed by their doctors. Zach Becker and the entire North Carolina Celiac Disease community should be commended for their leadership and successful advocacy efforts.”


About Gluten Free Raleigh Blog
Zach Becker was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in May 2008. He founded the Gluten Free Raleigh Blog in August 2008 and has created similar blogs across the state. He has recruited writers for these blogs so gluten-free information in those communities can be shared. The blogs contain restaurant and grocery store reviews, summaries of national news as well as highlight local companies that cater to the gluten-free community. Becker is an advocate for those living with Celiac Disease in the Triangle and donates his time to educate the newly diagnosed, local restaurants and government leaders on this condition.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jules Shepard Updates

Just wanted to mention a few updates from a Gluten Free Raleigh favorite - Jules Shepard.
  1. Jules released a new free CookiE-book a few days ago (which has now expired).  However, for Gluten Free Raleigh readers, the offer has been extended through May 5th.  Click this link and enter the coupon code "cookie8" to get your free 18 page e-book featuring 11 Gluten Free cookie recipes.  The e-book normally runs $10.
  2. Jules is taking part in a Celiac Disease fund raiser this weekend called "Making Tracks for Celiacs" which benefits the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research.  During this run/walk, Jules is attempting to raise $3000 and is already halfway to her goal.  It's not likely that most of you will be in Baltimore this weekend but you can still donate online to help Jules reach her goal.  If any of you have ever had the pleasure to experience a Gluten Free cooking class taught by Jules here in Raleigh, you know she is a great person and is a huge advocate/activist for Celiacs.  Now is our turn to repay her for making five trips to Raleigh for cooking classes over the last year or so.  Donate online to Jules' team here.  This event is in it's 9th year and has raised nearly $2 million towards increasing awareness and supporting research.  Definitely a great cause.
  3. Jules is also currently working on finishing up her third book entitled Free for All Cooking.  This new recipe book (Jules' third book) will contain 125 recipes that are Gluten Free and can easily be made Allergen-Free.  It also features a really extensive substitution guide for common ingredients that you or someone in your family may be allergic too - pretty cool!  The book can be pre-ordered right now on Amazon.com and should be available in early October.

Rosie's Plate - Upcoming Gluten Free Cooking Classes

There are two upcoming Gluten Free cooking classes at Rosie's Plate - one this weekend and another next weekend.  See below for details.
Gather around our prep table for an interactive cooking demonstration on preparing gluten free meals made with fresh, all natural ingredients.
In each of these classes, Emily will teach you how preparing deliciously healthy meals
really can be quick and easy.
You'll come away with everything you need to do it yourself!

May 1st - Easy GF Meals for Restricted Diets: 2pm - 4pm $50

May 8th - Easy GF Meals Kids Will Just Love: 2pm - 4pm $50

Call Rosie's Plate for more details @ 833-0505.  FYI - There are only 10 seats available for each class.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Downtown Raleigh Farmers Market - Gluten Free Options

Today begins the season for the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market (formally Moore Square Farmers Market).  The market has been relocated to the new City Plaza on Fayetteville Street near the new convention center and Mariott hotel.  The market runs from today until October 27th and is held each Wednesday from 10am - 2pm.

While looking through the vendor list, I noticed three that stuck out...
Annelore's German Bakery
Morrisville, NC
(919) 294-8040
-Premier German Bakery specializing in authentic German baked goods.

Pasta Wench
Boone, NC
828.262.1040
www.PastaWench.com
-Supporting local food is my goal, as well as creating delicious memorable fillings for my gourmet ravioli's, specialty pastas and sauces. I am part of the Goodness Grows in NC, and also ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program) Pasta Wench currently is setting up local NC growers for next year, and I believe that supporting our local growers and economy is paramount for having a sustainable, local business within the community. I live on a small farm, and we are currently in the process of organic certification for our fresh herbs that are used for sauces, and ravioli fillings. This spring we have expanded our line to include Gluten-Free, Organic and Vegan ravioli's and pasta. 

Sweet T, a cakery
Cary, NC
919-259-0141
www.sweettcakes.weebly.com
-Sweet T, a cakery offers gourmet, artisan cupcakes, cakes and baked goods made from scratch using only the finest fresh, local and organic ingredients. We offer an amazing selection of gluten-free and vegan treats. Our creations are not only moist and delicious but beautiful and creative.
The first I discovered at the recent Gluten Free Vendor Fair @ Whole Foods Market in Raleigh.  The second two I am not familiar with (yet) but they specifically list Gluten Free options.  I'll do some digging and see what I can find out.  If you are familiar with any of these vendors offering GF items, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Custom Choice Cereal Updates

Since Hajo was nice enough to write about Gluten Free Raleigh today, I'll return the favor.  Below are some updates from our GF friends over at Custom Choice Cereal.
  • CustomChoiceCereal.com recently underwent some minor surgery and now has simplified and enhanced the ordering process and user experience.  Some new ingredients (including USDA Organic choices) were also added and they now boast that you can make over 1.25 Billion combinations of custom Gluten Free cereal.  Awesome!  New and bigger pictures of the ingredients are also now online.
  • You can also now find Custom Choice Cereal at the Hillsborough Farmers Market each Saturday from 830a - 1230p at the Hillsborough Home Depot Parking Lot, Hampton Point Shopping Center. NC 86 & I-85 @ Exit 165.  Mark on your online order that you are picking up your order there to save on shipping.
  • Create your favorite mix and share with your friends.  Give them your mix id and if five friends order your mix, you get it free!  Pretty cool.
  • As always, each month on the first Wednesday, Custom Choice Cereal's Blog will feature a Q&A session with Dr. Wagnen.  The next one is coming up on May 5th.  Ask your question about Celiac or Gluten Free Living right there on the blog and the Doc answers.
  • Order your Custom Choice Cereal mix by Cinco de Mayo to get 10% your order for Gluten Free Raleigh readers.  Use the coupon code "gfraleigh".

Monday, April 26, 2010

More Gluten Free Products from General Mills

General Mills is at it again... They hit the Gluten Free market in full force last summer with the debut of several varieties of Chex cereals in addition to the release of four varieties of Betty Crocker GF baking mixes.  Since last summer they have rolled out a new Web site called Live Gluten Freely which now currently details over 250 General Mills products that are labeled Gluten Free.  Those 250 products include Betty Crocker frosting, yoplait yogurt, Progresso soup, fruit by the foot, gushers, fruit roll-ups, Betty Crocker potato buds, Green Giant vegetables, and LaraBars.

This summer, General Mills will again make a splash with new product offerings.  This time, it will be a Gluten Free version of it's famous Bisquick product along with three varieties of Hamburger Helper dinner mixes.  See the details over at Celiac-Disease.com.  The products will first be unveiled at the annual Celiac Disease Foundation conference in Los Angeles on May 15th.  The products will be rolled out nationwide later in the summer.

FYI - if you or someone you know are new to the Gluten Free diet, you can visit the Live Gluten Freely Web site to order a gift box of a variety of GF items from General Mills.  Click here for details.  There are also a ton of recipes as well.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Durham Bulls - New Gluten Free Options

Just wanted to share some exciting news from the Durham Bulls.  They are very interested in offering Gluten Free options at the ballpark.  In fact, they have already started to offer a few items.  This past weekend, I enjoyed a few RedBridge at the game.





How to find the Gluten Free items
There is nothing on the Web site yet and not really any signs around the stadium, so I'll do my best to direct you to the GF cart.  On the main concourse on the third base side (enter the ballpark and take the stairs up to the main concourse then head left), there is a new healthy options cart (see picture) which is now offering the following Gluten Free items.
  • RedBridge Gluten Free Beer
  • Baked Goods from Moonlight Bakery; Peanut Butter Cookies, Reese Cake Cups & Brownie Bites
Please keep in mind that the entire cart is not Gluten Free.  There are other Gluten containing items on the cart (like wraps).  So far, they are using precautions like only selling packaged items to prevent cross contact.  For example, Moonlight Bakery's items are nicely packaged and are not opened or handled after delivery from Moonlight Bakery to the ballpark.

The Bulls would like to expand the offerings and are looking for input from Gluten Free consumers like you!  Please vote in the poll below and/or leave a comment with the food item you'd like to see them offer.  I will be passing along this information to the folks in charge (Thanks Tammy!) and if the items requested are reasonable and can be safely sold, they will do their best to expand.

FYI - the hot dogs sold at the ballpark are Sabrett which are Gluten Free.  They might be able to easily add Gluten Free hot dog buns.  Another idea is to bring in packaged food from Rosie's Plate.  I purposely do not have Gluten Free Pizza listed in the poll below because they are currently contracted to purchase pizza from a single vendor who is not producing GF pizza.