Friday, February 25, 2011

Juno Nutrition: Reference for the RTP Gluten Free

Zach has reached out to several of us with area Gluten Free and Celiac related businesses to do guest posts.  If you are interested, or have comments for him, please let him know.

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2006, right before the birth of our first child.  Like, Zach, I have DH.  I'd had symptoms for over 15 years by the time I was properly diagnosed (that in itself is a painful story).  In 2009 I first met Zach and we talked about ways to make it easier to find GF foods.  Result #1 is below.

This map is put together from all of the area GF information that Zach has captured over the past several years, as well as data we've gathered from setting up maps at GF events at Whole Foods and Earth Fair.  Click on any of those locations in our system and you'll see the local menu.  You'll see which items are known to be gluten free and which are not, as well as how we sourced the information.

That's just the start.  We also make it easy to add new information, be it on packaged goods (like what you'd find at a grocer) or on prepared foods (like what you'd find at a restaurant) for anyone who is a registered member.  We've been focused on adding locations and products for the greater triangle area.  At this point we've got most of the information from Zach's site imported in, easy to search and posted to maps where relevant.

The site is now free for area users and we would greatly appreciate your feedback.  We took the name Juno Nutrition, for the Roman Goddess Juno, who was defender of the community.  Her epithet (your literary professor's term for slogan) was "Juno warns." 

Fred Lybrand
Founder - Juno Nutrition

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gluten Free Focus Group - UNC CH Study

My name is Kelsey Merlo and I am a student at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  I am working on a class project for my business degree in the Kenan-Flagler Business School, and I was wondering if my team and I could enlist your help. 

We are hoping to complete a focus group to explore people's perceptions of gluten-free foods and the various competitors.  We hope to meet with a group of people (6-10) who have gluten-free lifestyles to discuss the different types of food available to them. 

We would be willing to meet at the Caribou Coffee in Raleigh (3300 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh NC 27612) on Thursday, March 3rd at 6pm. 

As my team and I are a group of students, we are unable to provide monetary reimbursement for participation.  However, we would greatly appreciate anyone who is interested in participating, and they may contact me at the information below for any questions and/or concerns they may have. 

Additionally, if anything  is unclear or you have any questions and/or concerns, please let me know as well.  I greatly appreciate your thoughtful consideration of that matter.

Thank you,
Kelsey Merlo
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kenan-Flagler Business School

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Celiac Disease Research News

Since starting Custom Choice Cereal for a gluten-intolerant friend in 2009 there has rarely been a day where I didn't learn something new about celiac disease.  However, I am again and again amazed by how little is known about the triggers for celiac disease and why exactly it is on the rise, as research by Dr. Alessio Fasano from the University of Maryland's Center for Celiac Research indicates. 
I also like to stress that unlike many other conditions, a strict adherence to a gluten-free diet is an (the only!) effective treatment for the autoimmune disease. While that sounds stressful and can initially be overwhelming we like to look at the bright side of things: absolutely no medication is needed!
Researchers from the University of Chicago's Celiac Disease Center used mice to identify a biochemical interaction that may trigger an autoimmune reaction in the intestines of genetically susceptible people. Specifically, they found that the compound retinoic acid in combination with high levels of the a pro-inflammatory substance known as interleukin-15 was able to break the body's tolerance to gluten.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Want To Contribute To Gluten Free Raleigh?

Are you a reader of Gluten Free Raleigh that has always wanted to contribute a story or blog post?

Did you always wish that the blog would feature a certain topic you are particularly interested in but it never did?

Do you work for or own a local business that caters to Gluten Free consumers and you want to spread the word?

Are you tired of waiting so long for Zach to write about something?

If any of the above describes you, then keep reading.  In the interest of making Gluten Free Raleigh more of a community, I've decided to open up the content creation of this blog.  With this concept, more topics can be covered and the content can stay fresh.

Additionally, if you work for or own a local business that caters to Gluten Free consumers, contributing to Gluten Free Raleigh is the most direct form of marketing.  The blog has an established readership and receives thousands of page views each month.  You can speak directly to your customers!

Please contact me if you are interested by clicking the button below and I'll get you setup as a guest contributor.

Monday, February 14, 2011

New Whole Foods GF Bakehouse Light White Bread

I recently received word from Lee Tobin at the Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse that a brand new product is now available throughout the Southern Region.  The product has been in testing for quite some time (I had originally tasted this back in August 2010) but is now ready for prime time.  See more information below from Lee Tobin.
Our new Light White Sandwich Bread is now for sale in all of our South Region stores! This is a softer, lighter and dairy-free version of our regular sandwich bread. We have performed extensive R&D to formulate this bread with a longer shelf life, and a texture that stays soft at room temp. The slices are larger than our existing breads for making a fuller sandwich, and do not require toasting. We expect our Light White to become our most popular bread.

We are running an 2 week intro price of $3.99 that is $2 off the regular $5.99.
Be sure to stop in at Whole Foods and try this new bread out - especially while it is $2.00 off the regular price!  I'd love to hear your feedback on how you think it stacks up against either Udi's or Rudi's.  In case you didn't know, the Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse is located right here in Morrisville, NC.  It produces all the in house Gluten Free baked goods sold at every Whole Foods store throughout the USA.  Big thanks to Lee Tobin and his team for making such great, safe Gluten Free products.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Support Group Meeting Reminder - Solas

Support group meeting reminder, this Thursday, February 17th, Solas Restaurant Lounge and Rooftop, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, 7:00PM - 9:00PM, for a g-f tasting.  RSVPs by tomorrow, Sunday, February 13th.  

While the hor d'oeuvres are complimentary, we will each be responsible for our individual beverage tabs. 

Thus far, we have 18 RSVPs.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Post Cereals Certified Gluten Free???

Check out this interesting and alarming blog from Jules Shepard.
It appears that Post has been a little misleading in their use of the term "Certified Gluten Free" for their recently reformulated Fruity Pebbles & Cocoa Pebbles.  Doesn't the use of that term infer that a third party is involved in the certifications?
Thanks to Jules for pointing this out.
What are your thoughts?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy Tummy Baking Company Expansion

Just wanted to post a quick update about Raleigh based Happy Tummy Baking Company. I was recently informed by owner Maria Hopper that the company's Gluten Free, allergen free frozen pizza crusts are now available at the Brier Creek Earth Fare in Raleigh.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

New Blogger- Kristen!

Hello! I just wanted to post to introduce myself as one of the new bloggers for Gluten Free Raleigh! My name is Kristen, and I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease this past September. Having always been a foodie and loving to cook and go out to eat, I was at first devastated with my diagnosis. However, I have learned to not let being restricted to gluten free foods stop me. Instead, its become my hobby to find new restaurants that accommodate to gluten free, exploring and testing new gluten free products, and find new ways to make my old favorite foods taste just as good without the gluten (which is surprisingly not that hard, even though I am Italian and my world pretty much revolved around pasta, bread, and breaded things).
As I am new to the whole Celiac thing, my "focus" for the blog will be on converting life to gluten free in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill area- from locating new GF foods at grocery stores, to finding GF health/beauty products you can find around here (how is gluten in almost ALL of my old makeup, styling products, and medicines!?!), to seeking out new restaurants both with a gluten free menu and those with an extensive knowledge of safely preparing gluten free foods.
Additionally, my fiance and I are currently planning our NC wedding- completely gluten free! I will also be sharing our experiences with finding local venues that can accommodate, a gluten free wedding cake, etc.
I look forward to posting!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

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, February 17th at 7pm at Solas Restaurant Lounge and Rooftop, 419 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, for a gluten-free "tasting".  Carrrie Le Chevallier, Marketing Director for Hibernian Restaurants, has arranged this evening to familiarize us with their restaurant's gluten-free items.  (I think we are "tasting" appetizers.)  I do know some of our members have been to Solas, and it is a restaurant to which they return.  Pat will need RSVPs by Sunday, February 13th..
Carrie indicated parking on the street should be available at the time we are planning to be there.  Upon arrival, we are to check in with the hostess, who will direct us to our meeting room/area. 

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 1-20-2011 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 1-20-2011. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.