Gluten Free News and a Charitable Request

First up-for everyone who is in my neck of the woods in South Florida:

Press Release:

The Celiac Disease Foundation South Florida Chapter presents the 2010 Annual Gluten Free Food Expo Saturday, February 27th from 12 noon to 4PM at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL.

In an effort to increase the awareness and diagnosis of Celiac Disease, and therefore the demand and availability of gluten-free foods, the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) presents our 3rd annual Gluten Free Food Expo on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the South County Civic Center 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL from 12 noon to 4PM. Admission is FREE…with plenty of FREE parking.
Phyllis Kessler, President of CDF expects this to be the major event of the year….there is nothing like it in the entire state of Florida.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet manufactures, distributors and retailers and hear them speak on the latest issues regarding Celiac Disease and the gluten-free lifestyle.

Our major sponsors are: Enjoy Life Brands* Pamela’s Products* Cabot Creamery* Pam’s Gluten Free Kitchen *Lisanatti Foods and *Schar. Additionally, there will be over 60 other Gluten Free exhibitors displaying, offering sampling and selling their products too.

Facilitation of this event is once again being handled by Carole and Bradley Kantor and our President Phyllis Kessler.

The focus of the CDF 2010 Annual Expo is to develop a greater awareness of Celiac Disease, associated conditions and dietary compliance.

Celiac Disease is a little known digestive disorder that results in damage to the small intestine by interfering with the absorption of nutrients. Celiac Disease is unique in that a specific component, gluten, has been identified as the cause. Gluten can be found in any food products that contain wheat, rye or barley by-products. The good news is that once gluten is removed from the diet, a person can recover and stay healthy. Once thought to be rare, studies now show that 1 out of 133 people have Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is now more common than ulcerative colitis, cystic fibrosis and Crohn’s Disease combined. For every 1 person that is diagnosed, 89 go undiagnosed. Celiac Disease is a multi-system/multi-symptom disorder and can manifest not only in the gastrointestinal tract, but also in the neurologic, endocrine, orthopedic, reproductive and hematologic systems. Because the symptoms of Celiac Disease can be so varied, it can be a difficult diagnosis to make. It is important to see a physician for testing and proper diagnosis.

For more information on Celiac Disease, call the foundation at 561-637-0396 or visit their website at

-I will be there-if you are going to attend let me know so we can meet “in real life!”

Secondly, a wonderful undertaking by a member of our online celiac community has been completed in great style.

A Hand for Haiti

A Hand for Haiti

Lauren at Celiac Teen has compiled a collection of recipes into an ebook. The book is called “A Hand for Haiti” and includes 87 recipes contributed by 71 different individuals. (Myself included.) The recipes are divided into categories. Most importantly, all proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. (Lauren is in Canada.) Also, and this is important, the Canadian Government will match all donations received by February 12th that are marked for Haiti Relief. The ebook can be purchased for a suggested donation of $10, and of course if you are able, please donate more. Don’t hesitate-please go and pick up your copy today so we can maximize our matched donations. Click here to purchase your ebook and support a great cause.

Thanks in advance all-every book, every dollar will help.

Make it a great week-and in a day or two I’ll be reporting on the Superbowl food success and sharing some almost recipes!

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  1. my dad suffered from colitis a couple of years ago, this disease is quite painful,:,

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