On Twitter the other day I caught a tweet from @GopherStudyBlue “@FoodNetwork needs a show on a quickly growing niche: gluten-free and alternative baking/cooking. #foodie #foodnetwork #glutenfree”
In non-Twitter speak, this translates to “The Food Network should capitalize on the quickly growing, and becoming more popular, gluten free community that would love to see a show dedicated to gluten free baking and cooking.”
I re-tweeted that comment and sent it back out into the Twitter world.
My friend Amanda at Gluten Free Maui was then very kind, and sent me the email which she had already forwarded along to the folks at the Food Network.
Here’s the Deal:
I’m giving the template below that was so kindly provided by Amanda, as well as what I submitted. You can use one of those, and tweak it to your liking, or come up with your own. Then, click here to go to the Food Network contact page and fill in your information, and the message.
“In this time when we know that 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, and even
more have gluten intolerance, it is important to acknowledge a need for cooking
shows focused on gluten free cooking and baking. Many people are lost and
confused after receiving a diagnosis of celiac disease. They don’t know what
they’re going to eat, and they are scared and lonely. While there are many blogs
on this subject, Food Network is a culinary force in our society. Many people
look to Food Network for ideas when they are first learning to cook, when they
want to eat healthier, and when they want to impress others with their culinary
Please support those who supported Food Network for so long before beginning the
gluten free diet, by providing at least one cooking or baking show focusing on
the gluten free diet.
And here’s what I wrote:
As the “one” in the 1 in 130 individuals with Celiac Disease, I write in hope that we will see a new, gluten free focused cooking show on your network.
Beyond the over 3 million Americans with Celiac Disease, there are countless others with gluten intolerance and other conditions that cause them to choose a gluten free lifestyle. Awareness of celiac disease and gluten intolerance is rising exponentially. The gluten free food and beverage market is estimated to be growing an average of 28% annually since 2004.
Living gluten free, whether for serious health reasons such as celiac disease, or by choice, is a challenge at the best of times. The Food Network has become a household staple and is a huge force in the food and cooking industry. You would be helping home cooks learn to cook gluten free, and also increasing awareness into the restaurant and manufacturing sectors as well.
I hope to see a gluten free cooking show in the near future. The gluten free community is very vocal and active, and would welcome and promote any attention you can give to this matter. I know a gluten free show would be extremely well received.
I thank you for your time, and wish you good health and good food.
Feel free to use those as ideas. Please forward this post along-tweet it, facebook it, link to it…whatever. Let’s work together as a community and get our voices heard.
Not nearly as cool as being on the Food Network, but the Gluten Free and Fit 101 page has been updated with a new free “5 Tips” report.
Now go send those emails! And use those cute little icons at the bottom of the post to Tweet/Facebook/email this around.
Let’s see what happens…fingers and toes crossed!
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