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GLUTEN FREE & ALLERGEN FREE (GFAF) EXPO // JULY 22-23 in WORCHESTER, MA // TICKETS GIVEAWAY

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I will be attending the Gluten Free & Allergen Free (GFAF) Expo as an Official Blogger on July 22nd & 23rd! The expo is being held in Worcester, MA and covers all things gluten free and allergy free. It’s actually the largest expo of its kind in the US and I can’t wait! 

I attended the 2015 GFAF Expo in Secacus, NJ and I had a blast meeting new vendors and trying dozens of gluten free products. This year there are already 75 exhibitors lined up! 

Not only get to attend the blog, meet my favorite brands and try delicious food all day long, but I also get to giveaway 5 FREE PASSES so you can join in on the fun too! During the show I will tweet and instagram all my favorite gluten free finds and provide you with inside scoop on the latest gluten free news and new products. Post show, I will write a post blog post recaping my day and share with you all the new gluten free products I try and where you can find them! 

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Don’t want to wait until the giveaway ends? You can purchase tickets online now. Click on this link to purchase tickets and save 30% off  with code EARLYBIRD (thru 6/21) or
20% off with code ADVANCE (6/22 thru 7/21).

The Expo hours are Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. A single day pass will work for either day of the event. 

The GFAF Expos are the greatest events on earth for those living a gluten-free or allergen-friendly lifestyle. Attendees can sample hundreds of products, meet with local & national brands, receive coupons, and attend informative presentations by top-notch speakers. The Expos are a fun, family-friendly, educational & safe place made just for you!

What do you get with your Expo Ticket?

  • Entry into the vendor fair with 100+ exhibiting brands
  • Coupons from the best gluten-free & allergen-friendly brands
  • FREE samples from exhibitors- baked goods, pizza, healthy options & more
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Informative classes related to the gluten-free & allergen-friendly lifestyle
  • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
  • The chance to meet your favorite brands, restaurants, authors & bloggers

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The show is meant to meet the needs of people with a diverse array of health conditions. All products are gluten free however, many booths do contain other allergens. The show is not 100% free from any potential allergen, as it is hosted in a multi-use venue. All visitors must be aware of their health situation, take appropriate precautions and carry necessary medication.

The GIVEAWAY

TO enter follow these simple rules:

This giveaway will end on June 14th at 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 or older. Good luck!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the event in exchange for writing a blog post.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I was not paid to write this review.

It’s a Cider Revolution at the Hyper Local Brewfest // June 9 & 10

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On June 9th and 10th The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will be hosting it’s 6th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Briefest. With craft beer hitting maximum saturation, hard cider is really taking off. This is being called a ‘cider revolution’. And the Brewfest will have plenty of cider to sample from Cider companies all around New England. 

This years’ Cider vendors include: 

Prospect Ciderworks was founded in 2015 as Harvard Cider Company, located out in Harvard, Massachusetts. One of the founders, Mark Finnegan, grew up in the area which has a plethora of orchards–fairly common for Central Mass. The idea at the start was to do something different and to push the boundaries of craft cider while still using and showcasing local apples, and in the first full year of business they launched three flagship ciders as well as a summer seasonal. The drive of their ciders is to experiment with new flavor profiles that haven’t typically been used in traditional cider-making.  

Last fall, Prospect Ciderworks moved to a 6,500 sqft facility just south of the South End in Newmarket Square. With the move they decided to change the name to respect the fresh start: Prospect Ciderworks is an homage both to Prospect Hill in Harvard, which has a beautiful view of the Nashua River Valley, and to the street that the three founders first lived on in high school. Prospect Ciderworks will be on shelves come the end of May-early June.

Stowe Cider is handcrafted and made in small batches from local apples in Stowe, VT.

Artifact Cider is a brewery based in Everett, MA that crafts ciders of distinction from the superb apples of New England. Unfortunately they don’t have a tasting room but you can find their ciders at various locations in and around Boston!

Lookout Farm Cider is a true craft cidery. They use modern fermentation and traditional aging techniques to produce a uniquely refreshing hard cider since 1651. Lookout Farm is located in South Natick, MA, and is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the U.S.

Bantam Cider is a modern, craft cider made locally in Massachusetts from fresh pressed apples and all natural ingredients. The brewery is located in Somerville, MA.

There are a whopping three unlimited sampling sessions over two days. To purchase tickets, click here

Time & Dates:

  • Session 1 – Friday, June 9th  (6:30 – 9:30 PM) 
  • Session 2 – Saturday, June 10th  (3:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Session 3 – Saturday, June 10th  (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

The event will be held at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. Tickets are $48.00  for general admission and $89.00 for a pair. The Brewfest will gather nearly one thousand local craft brew fans to celebrate together with dozens of vendors over two days, and three sessions, of unlimited drink samples, food, and fun!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for my review and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Cider & Artisan Beverages offered at the Hyper Local Brewfest

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On June 9th and 10th The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts will be hosting it’s 6th Annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest. So you are probably thinking, “I can’t drink beer!”. I know!! The Briefest is not only about beer. Over the years it has grown to include a number of cider and artisan beverage companies and this year there are quite a few gluten free beverages available at the Fest for you to try!
 
This year there will be an abundance of cider at the festival, which just so happens to be one of my favorite drinks. From cider to cold brew, there is plenty for the non-gluten drinkers to sample. 
 
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Green Bee hand crafted beverages are made with real ingredients, real flavor and the natural sweetness of honey.  Green Bee beverages harness the power of local bees to offer a healthier alternative to mass produced beverages (this soda but healthier). 

Say Hello To The Green Bee Way:

  • Only use fresh squeezed juices and real ingredients.
  • Ingredient lists are short and clean.
  • You will never find refined sugars. Just pure honey.
  • Made without chemicals and preservatives.

I love that I can drink soda that tastes real and doesn’t make me feel bad after drinking it. The flavors are strong – in a good way – and so fresh tasting! Green Bee Craft Beverages can be found in natural food stores, fine restaurants, leading supermarkets, gourmet shops and fine pubs, including Boston-area Whole Foods, Cambridge Naturals, Allandale Farm, and Luke’s Lobster restaurants. Green Bee Craft Beverages is handcrafted and bottled in Brunswick, Maine.

Prospect Ciderworks was founded in 2015 as Harvard Cider Company, located out in Harvard, Massachusetts. One of the founders, Mark Finnegan, grew up in the area which has a plethora of orchards–fairly common for Central Mass. The idea at the start was to do something different and to push the boundaries of craft cider while still using and showcasing local apples, and in the first full year of business they launched three flagship ciders as well as a summer seasonal. The drive of their ciders is to experiment with new flavor profiles that haven’t typically been used in traditional cider-making.  

Last fall, Prospect Ciderworks moved to a 6,500 sqft facility just south of the South End in Newmarket Square. With the move they decided to change the name to respect the fresh start: Prospect Ciderworks is an homage both to Prospect Hill in Harvard, which has a beautiful view of the Nashua River Valley, and to the street that the three founders first lived on in high school. Prospect Ciderworks will be on shelves come the end of May-early June.

DrinkMaple was founded by two dedicated triathletes in May 2014, DRINKmaple Organic Maple Water is a premium, plant-based hydration beverage containing one single ingredient: maple sap. Boasting 46 naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, antioxidants and prebiotics, the functional beverage is naturally low in calories and sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, organic, Kosher and non-GMO, as well as being naturally subtly sweet and refreshing with a hint of maple. DrinkMaple is available all over Boston including, Whole Foods, CVS, Wegmans, Stop & Shop.

Other gluten free beverages to look out for at the festival:

Commonwealth Coffee Co.‘s craft cold brew coffee is micro-roasted, micro-brewed, and fairly traded specialty coffee from the best coffee farmers in the world.

ParTea Infuse the Booze is made in Somerville, MA. Their infusers are made up of of dried fruits, herbs, and spices packed into paper tea bags. Add any spirit of 80 proof or higher and get delicious results. Each kit comes with flavor-specific recommendations, and you can have fun experimenting!

Stowe Cider is handcrafted and made in small batches from local apples in Stowe, VT.

Artifact Cider is a brewery based in Everett, MA that crafts ciders of distinction from the superb apples of New England. Unfortunately they don’t have a tasting room but you can find their ciders at various locations in and around Boston!

Lookout Farm Cider is a true craft cidery. They use modern fermentation and traditional aging techniques to produce a uniquely refreshing hard cider since 1651. Lookout Farm is located in South Natick, MA, and is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the U.S.

Bantam Cider is a modern, craft cider made locally in Massachusetts from fresh pressed apples and all natural ingredients. The brewery is located in Somerville, MA.

A handful of beer vendors also have gluten-free beer, but I am currently not 100% sure as to what flavors will make an appearance at the festival.

There are a whopping three unlimited sampling sessions over two days. To purchase tickets, click here

Time & Dates:

  • Session 1 – Friday, June 9th  (6:30 – 9:30 PM) 
  • Session 2 – Saturday, June 10th  (3:00 – 6:00 PM)
  • Session 3 – Saturday, June 10th  (7:00 – 10:00 PM)

The event will be held at The Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA. Tickets are $48.00  for general admission and $89.00 for a pair. The Brewfest will gather nearly one thousand local craft brew fans to celebrate together with dozens of vendors over two days, and three sessions, of unlimited drink samples, food, and fun!

Disclaimer: I was not paid for my review and all my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Summer Fancy Food Show Gluten Free Finds

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A few weeks ago I attended the Summer Fancy Food Show (SFFS); the largest specialty food trade event in North America and the leading showcase of industry innovation, bringing specialty food’s top manufacturers, buyers, and thought leaders together under one roof for three days of delectable discovery. Over 2,000 vendors from more than 80 countries around the world converged upon New York City to showcase nearly 200,000 products at the 2016 Summer Fancy Food Show. From pumpkin salsa, agave sweetened ice creams, and gluten free brownies to martini mixes, truffle oil and everything in between, there was no shortage of products on display this past weekend, and I was there to sample the gluten free goods and chat with some of the creators and manufacturers behind them. 

I was so impressed with the number of gluten free items at the show. So many brands are coming out with new gluten free products or breaking into the gluten free industry for the first time. It’s nice to have so many more options! Below is a recap of some of my favorites!

Hoboken Farms  is a NJ/NY tri-state farmer’s market staple and purveyors of the coolest line of all-natural, locally made BIG PASTA SAUCES. At the SFFS, I had the chance to meet the owner and creator, Brad Finkel. 
 
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Hoboken Farms pasta sauces are SO GOOD. They are so good, that I was eating it straight from the jar with a spoon! All 3 pasta sauces – Big Basil, Big Red Marinara, Big Boss Vodka – are gluten free and taste freshly made! Once you try Hoboken Farms, it will be impossible to go back to any other pasta sauce. You can purchase all three sauces online.
 
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Slawsa breaks the mold of modern condiments, boldly creating a whole new category of food, and standing alone in its realm of flavor. Gone are the days when traditional ketchup, mustard, mayo or relish will impress anyone! Cool and crisp, Slawsa is, in essence, a cabbage based-relish with a salsa twist. While it contains other vegetables, mustard and vinegar, the mustard and vinegar are not overwhelming, allowing it to be used in various ways.  It begins on the palate as sweet and transfers heat undertones that make it addictive atop grilling fare such as hotdogs. 
Slaws is proudly a 100% bootstrapped and woman-owned business and on a mission to change people’s perceptions of how they view the traditional relish.  It can be healthier, more versatile and far more flavorful.  Maybe one day, cabbage will earn some respect.
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Cafe Britt was originally founded in 1985 to export Costa Rican coffee, but has diversified to now produce fine chocolates, including dark chocolate covered coffee beans and guava jelly.

The Dark Chocolate covered guava is an exotic treat with rich, traditional Costa Rican flavors.  Costa Rican guava is known for its strong, sweet fragrances, and flavors reminiscent of strawberry and pear. Cafe Britt’s Dark Chocolate Covered Guava is made with 100% all natural guava grown in Costa Rica, and covered in premium dark chocolate, and just delicious! Nutterly-by-Nature-cookies

Nutterly By Nature cookie snaps are packed full of nuts – nature’s rich source of protein, fiber and healthy fats. These uncomplicated cookies are made with complex flavors and a clean label – meaning they only use real foods. Letting go of traditional flour-based recipes, Nutterly treats are anything but cookie cutter. Each snap is primarily made of one of nature’s finest ingredients; nuts, harvested from growers in California and Oregon. Nutterly snaps are available in 3 flavors: Almond, Hazelnut and Pistachio.

The Hazelnut cookie snap has a rich flavor and pairs perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. 

Traina Foods’ Sun Dried Tomato Ketchups are redefining ketchup—one bite at a time. From its family ranch in California’s Central Valley, Traina Foods grows, sun dries and packs premium dried fruit products for industrial food ingredient and foodservice customers around the world, and for their own line of retail products including the only sun dried tomato ketchups on the market today!

The SunDried Tomato Ketchup is savory, rich, and has a gourmet taste of sun-dried tomatoes. I love this unique twist on classic ketchup!

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Califia Farms is already well known for its delicious and innovative Almondmilks and creamers and its award-winning iconic, curvy bottle. The company has led the charge in premiumizing alternate dairy and was named “Brand of the Year” by BevNet in 2015, while CEO and beverage visionary, Greg Steltenpohl, received a Specialty Foods Leadership Award for his social, economic and environmental impact through innovation. 

I enjoy Califia Farms  ready-to-drinks (RTD) more than any Starbucks cold drink I’ve purchased.  The functionally-enhanced RTDs, include Full Shot cold brew, a vegan protein and MCT-oil bolstered, clean energy drink, and the no-sugar Black & White!

La Tourangelle is an authentic and traditional producer of specialty oils, handcrafting a wide range of delicious artisan nut oils both in California and France. La Tourangelle nut oils sold in North America are made in an artisan mill located in Woodland, CA following the 150-year-old methods of its French sister oil mill. La Tourangelle is the proud recipient of a time-honored tradition with origins in the Loire Valley of France.

Driven by  passion for the best nut oils, La Tourangelle has established partnership with handpicked selection of like-minded high quality oil producers, chosen to bring you the best artisan oils from around the world. Whether it’s pumpkinseed oil from Austria, sesame oil from Japan or Fairtrade virgin coconut oil from the Philippines, La Tourangelle only works with oil makers who share its belief in respecting nature, fruits and the people handling them. La Tourangelle is multifaceted: local and global, organic and Fairtrade, Californian and French – but always driven by passion to bring you the best possible artisan oils from around the world. 

La Tourangelle recently added two new oils to its line:

  • Amazonian Nutriblend oil  with sacha inchi oil (soon to be a new super oil due to its health properties), high in vitamin E and omega 3s
  • Sweet Almond oil, one of the best oils for both high-heat cooking and skin nourishment. The oil is all natural and expeller-pressed in California. This oil has a neutral scent and mild taste. 

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Leonardo’s Pizza Sauces are one of the first flavored pizza sauce lines on the shelves and are available in Original, Asiago, Garlic and Chipotle flavors, each in 16-ounce jars. So unique! I’ve seen some of these flavors before. The sauce recipes are based off of recipes used at Leonardo’s Pizza, a 25-year-old successful retail delivery and carryout pizza company in Burlington, Vermont and Portland, Maine. Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce was developed for the ‘foodie’ home chef, who will enjoy the sophisticated tastes, and the everyday shopper who simply wants variety and a high quality product.

Pizza is fun food. And the better the ingredients are, the more fun it is. Leonardo uses delicious vine-ripened tomatoes, the finest cheese, extra virgin olive oil and selected spices to produce  intense flavors, setting a strong foundation for your homemade pie. You can purchase Leonardo’s Pizza sauce online here.

 

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Lawless Jerky is made from 100% grass-fed beef and hormone-free, antibiotic-free pork free. The brand features 7 world-inspired flavors including Sweet Sriracha, Pho, Japanese Curry, Honey Chipotle, Mango Habanero, and BBQ Spare Rib. And with the exception of Pho, all Lawless Jerky flavors are gluten-free. You won’t find any shiny, sugary coating or strange chewiness; the meat tastes like carefully flavored meat. No added nitrates/nitrites. No added MSG. No corn syrup. Yes, handcrafted goodness and quality ingredients in every bite.

Lawless was founded my Matt Tolnick who left his career as a lawyer to pursue his passion for making meat snacks and the brand has found success as “America’s Craft Jerky,” proudly made in Arizona. Unlike almost all major beef jerky brands, Matt still creates every flavor from scratch, made by hand in microbatches. Lawless Jerky can be bought in stores throughout the tristate area, as well as nationwide at Fairway, Rite Aid, Wegman’s and Walmart, to name a few, and of course, online. Click here to find a store location nearest you. 

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Viki’s Granola, the fastest growing granola brand in the U.S., is made with real ingredients. It is Gluten Free, Non-GMO Verified, Cholesterol Free, Trans Fats Free, Sodium free, and Dairy Free. Flavors include, Original, Blueberry Almond (my favorite), Maple Cranberry, Banana Walnut and Apple Cinnamon. Enjoy it right out of the bag, sprinkle it over yogurt, or add into oatmeal for an extra burst of natural, fruity goodness! 

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88 Acres is a Boston-based company crafting healthy and delicious bars that are free of most common food allergens; gluten-free, nut-free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, and non-GMO 88 Acres snacks are created with simple and wholesome ingredients that can be enjoyed by everyone, including those with nut or gluten allergies. The bars come in three delicious flavors: Apple & Ginger, Chocolate & Sea Salt, and Triple Berry.

88 Acres carefully sources ingredients from the best farms and suppliers, and in many cases, are traced all the way back to the point of production.Knowing exactly where their ingredients come from is what makes 88 Acres unique and allows them to ensure that each bar is fresh and delicious! You can taste the freshness in each bar! 

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May is Celiac Awareness Month

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May is Celiac Awareness Month! It is a very special month for those of us with celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gluten-intolerance or another reaction gluten to help spread awareness so others can fully understand that gluten free is not just a fad for us!

Many manufacturers offer special deals on gluten free products each year during May (check their websites to find out exactly what those deals will entail), and celiac associations often promote awareness with public relations campaigns urging people at risk to get tested. All month long I will be featuring some of my favorite brands – some you know and some new brands you might not be aware of yet – bloggers, and tips with lots of giveaways, discounts, and fun!

Here’s a list of some of the brands that will be featured this month:

ABBA Paleo Bars

American Gluten Free

Ardenne Farms

HalfPops

Milton’s Baking

Raw Spice Bar

That’s it. Fruit Bars

Veggie Fries

 

Make sure to come back and check Gluten-Free N-Y-C each day (and/or visit my social media on Twitter,Facebook, and Instagram) to see what products are being featured and for the chance to win some awesome prizes!

If you would like your brand or products to be a featured, please email me at jessica.glutenfreenyc at gmail dot com. 

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GREEN LIVING EXPO RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY // APRIL 15-17

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Green Festival®, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, will return to the Javits Convention Center April 15-17 to celebrate Earth Day weekend. Marking its fifth year in New York City, Green Festival has become an annual celebration of green living for New Yorkers and the local green community, serving as the city’s most prominent yearly showcase for green brands and sustainable lifestyles.

In addition, for the first time, Green Festival will kick-off a series of screenings across the nation of the acclaimed documentary, Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret, to raise awareness of the harmful effects of one of the planet’s most destructive industries, animal agriculture. In partnership with A.U.M. Films, Green Festival will host screenings of Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn’s film at all five 2016 expos in the U.S. The documentary film is streaming exclusively on Netflix, and this version was produced by Oscar-winning environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson and Appian Way Productions.

This year’s Green Festival will continue to lead the way into a more sustainable future by offering meatless products as well as an all vegan/vegetarian food court. VegFund, which empowers vegan activists worldwide, is working closely with the festival by co-sponsoring the Cowspiracy screening series and sponsoring the Green Festival Expo’s Social Media Lounge. 

“The 2016 Green Festival Expo will emphasize ways in which consumers can help to mitigate climate change, and will bring together an array of new brands, partners, and speakers to feature the latest in sustainability across the country,” said Dr. Corinna Basler, president of Green Festivals, Inc. “We are especially pleased to be back in New York City and thrilled to welcome our 2016 attendees to the LEED-certified Javits Convention Center.”

Attendees at the Green Festival Expo can discover and buy thousands of new sustainable products and services from fashion, body care and wellness, home and garden to transportation and renewable energy. For example, all weekend long, attendees have an opportunity to test ride Stromer’s e-bikes to preview the future in biking technology. Also, New Yorkers that love Kombucha will have an opportunity to try samples from Kombucha Brewers International-Kombucha Village all three days of the Expo.

They will also be able to enjoy organic foods, hands-on demos, educational activities and learn from inspirational speakers. The expo features pavilions and green-theme stages, such as the Grace Play Connect Family Fun Pavilion with interactive educational activities and entertainment for kids; the Sonic Yoga Pavilion, featuring free yoga instruction and classes sponsored by Sonic Yoga; and the Green Festival Stage and Lifestyle Pavilion highlighting green business entrepreneurs, community leaders and environmental experts.

To kick-off 2016, Green Festival launched an enhanced website, adding more interactive features to improve information sharing and engagement for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. In addition to a more consumer friendly design, the website features the Green Festival online store offering products exhibited at Green Festival as well as an open call for applications for the Green Festival’s popular Community Award and voting for theBrand Award. This year, Green Festival will once again host the Green Festival Brand and Community Awards. The public are now invited to vote online at Greenfestivals.org for their favorite brands and nonprofit organization!

Green Festival Expo will team up with the Humane Society of New York for the Green Festival-Saves-Lives Campaign. Green Festival attendees have the opportunity to save lives by adopting homeless cats and dogs onsite throughout the weekend.

Some of the pioneering, expert presenters speaking at the New York Green Festival Expo include:

  • Charles Chen, Founder of Charles Chen TV and a Food Network’s Chopped competitor
  • Jason Wachob, CEO of MindBodyGreen
  • Gordon Former, Chief of Section – Department of Management, United Nations Headquarters & Founder and Chairman of the NGO, Give Them a Hand Foundation
  • Christophe Jospe, Chief Strategist, Center for Negative Carbon Emissions
  • Jon Bruno, Executive Director, the International Ecotourism Society
  • Kathy Stevens, Founder and Director of the Catskill Animal Sanctuary
  • Jeff Garner, Fashion Designer, Artist and Founder, Prophetik Clothing
  • Sylvie Rokab, Director of Love Thy Nature, will be available to discuss the making of her film.

The 2016 Green Festival Expo will be held in the North Hall of the Javits Center, located at West 34th Street and the West Side Highway, adjacent to the northern end of one of the city’s most sustainable landmarks, New York City’s High Line. Doors open on Friday, April 15, and the Show will run through Sunday. The best subway stop is the newly added 34th St, Hudson Yards station, located right next to the Javits Center. Tickets can be purchased online at www.greenfestivals.org and are available for purchase at the show. Cyclists who use the Green Festival Bike Valet, sponsored by Stromer, and youth aged 16 and under are granted free admission. Discounts are offered for students, seniors and veterans. All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, workshops, speakers and films.

 

 

 

Davio’s Manhattan Hosts Gluten Free Wine Dinner

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Davios Manhattan Hosts Gluten Free Wine Dinner

On Friday, April 8th, 2016, Davio’s Manhattan will host a four-course prix fixe gluten free dinner to celebrate bestselling author of The Gluten Free Revolution, Jax Peters Lowell. In addition to highlighting Davio’s signature gluten free menu items, the dinner will feature dishes from renowned chefs Thomas Keller and Bobby Flay. Menu specialties will include Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi, Organic Mushrooms, Basil, White Truffle Oil and Bobby Flay’s Saffron Risotto Cakes. Don’t miss this one night only event; all guests will leave with a signed copy of The Gluten Free Revolution. Reservations are required, please call 212.661.4810.

Gluten Free Dinner Menu

To Begin:

Thomas Keller’s Brioche, Lightly Toasted

Whipped Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Fresh Thyme, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vin Cotto, Maldon

Umani Ronchi, Verdicchio Classico Superiore, Marche

Bobby Flay’s Saffron Risotto Cakes

Shrimp, Red Chili Oil, Chive Oil

Chappellet, Chenin Blanc, Napa Valley

First Course:

Davio’s Hand-Rolled Potato Gnocchi

Organic Mushrooms, Basil, White Truffle Oil

Nino Negri, Nebbiolo, “Sassella”, Valtellina

Second Course:

(Choose One)

Braised Beef Short Rib, Umbrian Lentils, Vegetable Sugo

Ridge, “East Bench”, Zinfandel, Sonoma County

or

Seared Atlantic Salmon, Spring Vegetables, Black Garlic Vinaigrette

Emeritus, Russian River Valley

Dessert

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta, Seasonal Berries

Maculan, Dindarello Moscato, Veneto

(All Items Gluten Free)

 

 

WHERE:    Davio’s Manhattan | 447 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017 | 212-661-4810 | www.davios.com/nyc

WHEN:       Friday, April 8th 2016 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

COST:          $95 per guest, includes food, beverage pairings and copy of The Gluten Free Revolution (excluding tax and gratuity)

 

About Davio’s:

The concept behind Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse is simple, regional Italian food with a focus on the grill. Davio’s offers everything from prime aged steaks, fresh seafood and salads as well as handmade pasta creations. Davio’s takes great pride in serving guests with an expert kitchen and attentive staff in the dining room, offering an exceptional dining experience unlike any other with a focus on hospitality. Chef-Restaurateur, Steve DiFillippo recently published his first business and hospitality book, It’s All About the Guest: Exceeding Expectations in Business and in Life the Davio’s Way. For more information visit www.davios.com or www.stevedifillippo.com.

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The Celiac Disease Genomic, Environmental, Microbiome and Metabolomic (CDGEMM) Study for infants 0-6 months

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I was recently contacted by the Center for Celiac Research at Mass General Hospital for Children about their recently launched research study known as the Celiac Disease Genomic, Environmental, Microbiome and Metabolomic (CDGEMM) Study.  The study enrolls newborn children (aged 0-6 months) who have a first degree relative diagnosed with celiac disease and is aimed at understanding the genetic, microbial and environmental processes that trigger the onset of celiac disease. 

This research study could revolutionize the way celiac disease is identified and diagnosed, with prevention of disease onset as the ultimate goal. Children can participate from all over the country, since samples collected for study purposes can be collected at the child’s pediatrician and sent through the mail. If you are a parent or sibling of an infant under the age of 6 months, or know someone who is, please read the following info! 

The Celiac Disease Genomic, Environmental, Microbiome and Metabolomic (CDGEMM) Study affectionately refers to its participants as “gems” and is aimed at identifying how certain factors contribute to the development of celiac disease (CD). The CDGEMM team considers a child’s genetic makeup, environmental conditions, gut microbiome (bacteria that normally live in the intestine) and more with the goal of identifying how these factors contribute to disease development; doing so may allow researchers to predict who will develop celiac disease before it happens. This prospective, observational, multi-center study is being conducted in the United States and Italy by Dr. Alessio Fasano and his team at the Center for Celiac Research at Mass General Hospital for Children (MGHfC) in collaboration with the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School. Infants under 6 months of age who have a first-degree relative (mother, father or sibling) diagnosed with celiac disease are eligible to participate.

Enrolled children participate in the study until they reach five years of age. During this time, participants are closely monitored for signs of CD using blood antibody testing. Blood samples are also used to test for the genes related to CD and other related genetic or immune markers. Periodic collection of stool samples allows the researchers to look at the microbial composition of the gut, and how certain patterns of gut microbes or their byproducts might be predictive or preventative of later developing CD. The idea that changing patterns of gut microbes might predict the onset of autoimmunity comes from a similar pilot study in 2011 by Dr. Fasano and his team.

With this study, Dr. Fasano identified specific changes in the gut microbiota that directly preceded the onset of autoimmune disease. Researchers hope that CDGEMM will both recreate and expand on these findings and help to develop a specific predictive model of who will develop autoimmunity. Additionally, researchers hope to identify a microbial pattern that is protective against developing CD; this would provide novel opportunities to therapeutically administer the protective gut microbes to at-risk children and ultimately prevent the onset of CD.

You can learn more about CDGEMM at www.CDGEMM.org or emailing CDGEMM@mgh.harvard.edu.

Keep up with CDGEMM! Email the CDGEMM Team if you’d like to receive periodic newsletters with updates on study progress. Join the conversation on Twitter using #CDGEMM or connect with @CeliacDoc and @CeliacResearch.

 

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Gluten Free October Fest // Saturday, November 7, 2015 (discount code)

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The Gluten-Free Oktoberfest in New York City is the first gluten-free event of its kind on the East Coast. GF Oktoberfest was created so that people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease could safely come together and mingle while enjoying a selection of over 45 gluten-free ciders and beers and an unlimited amount of gluten free food. To add to the fun, meet some of the cider makers and brand ambassadors! Feast on a full gluten-free Oktoberfest menu with traditionally mouthwatering sausages, meatballs, pizza, pretzels, desserts, and much more.There will be vegetarian options too!

 GF Oktoberfest was founded by Jeffrey Reiss, founder and owner of Pie by the Pound, a New York City restaurant that specializes in the gluten ­free pizza. In 2004, Jeffrey discovered his own gluten intolerance and adopted a gluten ­free lifestyle. At his restaurant, Reiss prepares gluten ­free pizza, sandwiches, desserts and sells a wide variety of gluten ­free beer and cider, making Pie a food haven for the gluten­ free community. Reiss says he strives “to maintain one of the biggest menus of gluten free beer and cider on the East Coast with a rotating list of favorites.” 

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This years’ GF Oktoberfest is being held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 124 4th Ave. (between 12th and 13th Street). There are two sessions: 1-4pm or 5:15-8:15pm. 

You can purchase tickets to the event here. To receive a 10% discount, use promo code VipDiscount at checkout.  A portion of the proceeds with be donated to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. 

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GF&AF Expo Recap

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On Saturday I attended the Gluten Free & Allergen Free (GFAF) Expo in Secacus, NJ as an Official Blogger and such a good time! The GFAF Expo covers all things gluten free and allergy free, and it’s actually the largest expo of its kind in the US! This my first time attending the expo and I can’t wait to share with you all the new products, and new brands, I tried. 

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I started the day off meeting other bloggers and meeting one sponsor of the expo, Massel.  Massel makes gluten free stocks and bouillon cubes that are full of flavor, healthy, easy to use, and great value for money. When the Massel team started making bouillon back in the 1980s, they were committed to making instant bouillon as healthy as possible. So all Massel products have been gluten free from the very beginning. And you would never guess that the Beef Style bouillon and Chicken Style bouillon are VEGAN too, made using only top quality vegetable ingredients. 

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I love expos because I usually see some of my favorite brands sampling NEW products and it’s also a great place to discover and try new, and sometimes local, companies. IMG_2689

Here are some of the highlights from the show:

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Two of Freedom Foods newest cereals

Freedom Foods, an Australian company, makes allergen-free (free from gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts, soy, sesame and GMO’s) cereals and granola bars. Freedom Foods’ core line of breakfast cereals and oat bars are available in a wide range of flavors that offer not only allergen-free safety, but, better nutrition and taste. More importantly, they use clean and recognizable ingredients so you won’t feel guilty eating as you nosh. Freedom Foods is launching new cereals this fall; Fruity Rainbow Rocks, All Around gOodness, and All Around gOodness maple flavored.

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Gluten Free Territory, a family run dedicated gluten free and nut free bakery that specialize in delicious brownies and cookies, wins my vote for best new cookie. The coconut macaroon with dulce de leche and vegan brownie were beyond delicious and I really hope to see this brand in stores soon. The cookies are much better than many leading name brands we see all over the shelves. 

Nona lim produces naturally detoxifying soups, broths and noodles. An exotic combination of fresh vegetables, herbs, and spices make up Nona Lim’s fresh broth line. Each broth is simmered for hours, creating the perfect base for your bowl of noodles. Made with only the purest ingredients and nothing more – no additives like hydrolyzed yeast or flavor enhancers, no preservatives, and nothing inflammatory. Broths can be used alone, or paired with any of the Nona Lim noodles for a taste of Asia right at home. At the show they were giving out samples of flavorful pho. 

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Enlightened was sampling it’s new line of crunchy and savory snacks –Roasted Broad Beans. Made from roasted broad beans, a true superfood, ENLIGHTENED Crisps are a fantastic anytime snack. Whether you’re craving sweet, salty, or both, ENLIGHTENED’s got you covered. 

Aleias offers 10 different types of cookies!
Aleias offers 10 different types of cookies!

Next month is Thanksgiving and I’ve got a great, certified gluten free stuffing for you to try from Aleia’s. Alexa’s also makes cookies, bread crumbs, panko, croutons, and breads.

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My Dads Cookies

My Dad’s Cookies was started for children, who have Celiac and gives them options to eat there favorite cookies as there friends. The cookies look and taste as the ones that they miss eating. The best cookie I tried from them was the Black and White cookie, not an easy gluten free find, ever. This Sponge-cake like cookie is covered with half vanilla half chocolate icing and you won’t even miss the gluten. 

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Mike’s Hard products have been crafter to remove gluten free years. All Mike’s products in the United States now carry a Crafted to Remove Gluten seal on their packaging, a way to distinguish and communicate about their beverages. Their process removes gluten to less than 5 ppm. So, while mike’s is crafted to remove gluten, they cannot say it is 100% gluten free. 

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Canyon Bakehouse is one of the top rated national gluten-free bread companies. They are helping people Love Bread Again by offer a diverse line of gluten free and vegan bread products, including breads, bagels, brownie bites, focaccia, hamburger bums and hotdog buns. The new Everything Bagels is a unique combination of soft, chewy texture with undeniably delicious flavor, any way you slice it. Made with a savory blend of garlic, onion, poppy and sunflower seeds, Canyon Bakehouse won my vote for best gluten free bagel at the expo. 

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Brownies made with beans?! Now that is Pure Genius! These amazing gluten free, vegan brownies and blondies are packed with protein and fiber, and contain under 200 rich, satisfying calories.  Made in an allergen free facility, Pure Genius products are nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and soon-to-be kosher-certified. You can’t even tell that the brownies are made from black beans and the blondies are made from chickpeas. I suggest you try this Brooklyn-based product asap!  

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Living Now’s newest products include quinoa and quinoa-based pastas

Living Now is a brand of great-tasting, allergy-friendly foods. Their products are  produced in a dedicated, certified gluten-free, allergy-friendly, Kosher facility. In addition to their baking mixes, Living Now now offers a range of quinoa products. 

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ProTings is a healthy protein-packed snack catering to health-conscious individuals looking to rethink the way they snack! Each serving of these pea protein-based baked crisps contains 15 grams of protein. The flavors are strong and the crunch is satisfying. 

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There were so many great products at the Expo (over 150 brands in all!) and I highly recommend anyone with a food allergy or intolerance to attend the expo. The GF&AF Expo travels to 7 different cities in US throughout the year, so even if you don’t live in the New York/New Jersey area, there might be an expo near you