Sunday, October 12, 2008

Gluten Free PSA # 3 - Planning Your Fall Celiac Activities: Information from the Gluten Free Taste Fair

Holy Moly

If you've ever wondered why you had to be the one with celiac, then you've certainly never been to a gluten free event. Yes, I got handouts, yes I got great information, and yes I got great food - but what I really got out of the Mustard Seed's Gluten Free Taste Fair was the realization that there are SO MANY people with celiac disease just in my little corner of Ohio. 

Community is an awesome thing. 

This was the third annual Gluten Free Taste Fair, and if you missed it, they've been such a success I was told they will almost certainly be another next year. It might even become a bi-annual event. 

In brief, here's what I learned about the Ohio - Celiac going ons of the next few weeks...

- "Learn what you can eat on a Gluten - Free Diet: Discussion & Store Tour" will be held at the Solon Mustard Seed Market on Saturday, November 15th from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. There's no charge for the tour. Call 440-519-3663 to register. And while you're there, be sure to stop at the Mustard Seed Market's Cafe, as it now provides gluten free menu upon request with lots of options, vegan and vegetarian gluten free offerings, too. 

 - Loretta Paganini, long time favorite Cleveland chef and proprietor of the Loretta Paganini School of Cooking  is having a Gluten Free Dinner at Sapore Restaurant . The dinner / class lasts 2 hours and is $45 a person. The next one is this Thursday, October 16th, but on the website, they're already advertising the next dinner on Thursday, January 15th, 2009. Click the links above to register. 

- Both the North East Ohio Celiac Support Group and the Greater Cleveland Celiac Association have upcoming meetings.  The GCCA meets alternately on the east side (in Solon) and the west side (in Parma). They're next meeting is this  Saturday, October 18th at 2pm at Parma Community Hospital.  The NEOCSG meets in Independence, Ohio at the Independence Public Library and will be having a holiday cookie exchange in late November. Please click on the links for more information. 

- The Celiac Conference will be held at the Columbus Children's Hospital Saturday, November 8th. Registration is required. 

- Families with Food Allergies is having its Spooky Ooky 2008 party on Sunday, October 19th from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Wickliffe, Ohio. It's a Halloween party with allergy safe foods and activities (and some guest speakers) that's great for kids, teens, and their parents, too. Please click on the link for RSVP information. 

If that doesn't keep your gluten free calender as well stocked as your gluten free pantry, I don't know what will.


jacobithegreat said...

I am amazed at all of the gf events in your neck of the woods.

and pickled plums? kudos to you for having the guts to try it!

I'm just glad I didn't have to try the fermented cabbage, using the "possible soy sauce" excuse.

Maureen "Hold The Gluten" said...

Holy moly. I'm moving to Ohio!

H.Peter said...

It just shows that there are many more sufferers out there than one would suspect.

Sounds like you got a busy schedule and material for loads of posts.


Anonymous said...

Lots going on up north. Glad you mentioned the conference down here in our part of Ohio.

Dana Wax said...

jennifer - i think you were right to avoid fermented cabbage. yeee-uck.

maureen - c'mon down! apparently cleveland IS big enough for the both of us and about 200 hundred other gluten freers!

h.peter -when you think that many people showed up to an event in a far east suburb of cleveland..AND that the same event was going on simultaneously in Akron, Ohio about 50 miles away...AND THEN take into account that only 3% of people with celiac disease know they have it...imagine how many people in my area ACTUALLY have celiac disease. And that's just my area.

Wendy - thanks for reading! I'm glad to mention an gluten free ohio events so if you know of any in your neck of the woods, please do let me know!

Nick said...

It is truly amazing to see how big the GF community has become. Is gluten intolerance a recent phenomenon in our society or was it just not noticed for ages? I feel like it's an epidemic nowadays. Very cool fair.

And yes, you must let me know about the ice cream! I love hearing input and any changes people make. Mi-del gingersnaps is a good idea. I don't think I've had them before but how do they compare to regular ones (if you ever had those at one point)?

Dana Wax said...

nick - I have to wonder if it was one of those things that got passed of as someone having a "nervous disposition". Also, stomach cancer was once known as one of the most deadly, most unsuspecting types of cancer. ...but we know better now, yes? So it was either that or celiacs just died off early. eep.

Annnyway. I left this answer on your blog, but I wanted to say for the record the cinnamon snaps are great - I'm told they taste like the real thing. (And the pumpkin ice cream wasn't half bad either, hehe)

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