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Green Festival Portland Dec 9-11

Green Festival, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event returns to Portland December 9-11 at the Oregon Convention Center. Green Festival is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace with the purpose of bringing together consumers, local businesses, environmental advocates, community leaders and sustainability experts, all under one roof to help create ways for people to discover new products and sustainable businesses that are making a difference for the future. Discover the latest green living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan/vegetarian food, experience children’s activities in the Family Fun Pavilion and enjoy film screenings and presentations from environmental experts. Find unique gifts and stocking stuffers from a wide variety of local, sustainable products that are good for the planet.

upload-3Show hours open to the public are: FRI. 12/9 12noon-6pm, SAT. 12/10 10am-6pm and SUN. 12/12 10am-5pm at the OCC (Hall B) located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. FREE EVENT to Shop! Taste! Enjoy! www.greenfestivals.org. Contact info@greenfestivals.org or call 828-236-0324 ext 300 for more information.

2016 Indianapolis Presentation Schedule

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Dr. Ellen Antoine – Not Every Leak Needs a Plumber: Gluten and Leaky Gut
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
12:30-01:20 pm – Amy Macklin – Clearing the Confusion: Gluten-Free Demystified
01:30-02:20 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
02:30-03:20 pm – Tami Pyles – Celebrating Safely: How to Navigate the Holidays with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tiffany Hinton – Gluten Free Donuts
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Gluten-Free Pizza Party
12:30-01:20 pm – Melissa Hehmann with Meijer – Gluten Free Mason Jar Meals
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Sue Hardesty – Apple Nachos

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Dr. Ellen Antoine – Not Every Leak Needs a Plumber: Gluten and Leaky Gut
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
12:30-01:20 pm – Amy Macklin – Clearing the Confusion: Gluten-Free Demystified
01:30-02:20 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tiffany Hinton – Gluten Free Donuts
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Gluten-Free Pizza Party
12:30-01:20 pm – Melissa Hehmann with Meijer – Gluten Free Mason Jar Meals
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Sue Hardesty – Apple Nachos

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)


Lecture Descriptions

Dr. Ellen Antoine
Topic: Not Every Leak Needs a Plumber: Gluten and Leaky Gut
Location: Lecture Stage
Dr. Ellen Antoine is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. She will be discussing intestinal permeability (‘leaky gut’), gluten’s role in contributing to an unhealthy GI tract, and how to go about ‘fixing’ (healing) this vital digestive organ system.

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Lecture Stage

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is nowhere else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

Amy Macklin

Topic: Clearing the Confusion: Gluten-Free Demystified
Location: Lecture Stage

This session is setup as an “Ask the Expert” Q&A. Get up close and personal with a gluten-free nutrition expert. Receive answers to your pressing questions. No topic is off limits. Past interests have included, what key nutrients may be lacking in the gluten-free diet; the 6 “gluten” words to look for in the ingredients list; quick and easy meal planning ideas and strategies; tips for sending your gluten-free child to school, sleepovers, and birthday parties, and the secret to the most delicious gluten-free stuffing ever!

Jen Cuevas

Topic: Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
Location: Lecture Stage

Have you considered trying a grain-free or Paleo dietary lifestyle to resolve health issues? Join Jen Cuevas, founder of The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, as she takes you through a journey beyond gluten-free.  Jen is a certified gluten-free coach with a surprising health story of her own, and she now coaches and trains individuals and groups to experience this new approach to eating.  Jen will share her personal journey, along with some tips and ideas that have helped her clients experience some amazing results.

Tami Pyles

Topic: Celebrating Safely: How to Navigate the Holidays with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease
Location: Lecture Stage

Holidays can be stressful, but add in food allergies or Celiac Disease and that stress is compounded. It is possible to stay safe and have fun during the holidays, but there is a great deal of planning and preparation required. The presentation will address major holidays (Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Years) and things that those with food allergies and Celiac Disease need to consider, plan for, and do in order to stay safe and enjoy the holiday. Special emphasis will be placed on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and New Years given the timing of the conference.

 


Demo Descriptions

Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Scrumptious Gluten-Free Donuts
Location: Exhibit Hall

With a few ingredients and the perfect recipe you can create a scrumptious gluten free donut that your whole family will love in less than 30 minutes.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Pizza Party
Location: Exhibit Hall

Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how one simple gluten-free recipe can make everything from delicious deep dish pizza to calzones, pizza rolls and even baguettes! Real pizza is within reach again, and it’s actually super easy to make, even if you don’t have a mixer or have never made a homemade pizza.

Melissa Hehmann with Meijer

Topic: Time for Dessert
Location: Exhibit Hall

Mason jars aren’t just for canning anymore!  They are the perfect on-the-go breakfast and lunch solution for busy families.  We will demonstrate Gluten-Free Mason Jar Meals to not only increase nutrition at meals but also to satisfy your taste buds.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
Location: Exhibit Hall

Overnight oats are one of the latest recipe sensations, but do you know how to make them truly gluten-free? Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how to make gluten-free overnight oats for breakfast or for dessert (with Coconut Bliss Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream) and learn how to find the right oats for your diet and why the “overnight” process actually makes oats easier to digest.

Sue Hardesty

Topic: Apple Nachos
Location: Exhibit Hall

Sue will show you how to create a quick, healthy and easy dessert using only a handful of household staples. Yum.

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)

2016 Portland Presentation Schedule

 

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:10 am – Erin Smith – Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
11:20-12:00 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
12:10-12:50 pm – Dr. Samantha Brody – Maximizing your Energy on a Gluten-free Diet
01:00-01:40 pm – Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN – The Gut, Brain & Skin Connection
01:50-02:30 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
02:40-03:20 pm – Mary Herrington – How to Save Thousands Eating a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Kimberly Ficklin – Quick & Easy Triple your Energy Protein Bars!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Pizza Party
12:30-01:20 pm – Julie Hasson – Time for Dessert
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino – Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:10 am – Erin Smith – Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
11:20-12:00 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
12:10-12:50 pm – Dr. Samantha Brody – Maximizing your Energy on a Gluten-free Diet
01:00-01:40 pm – Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN – The Gut, Brain & Skin Connection
01:50-02:30 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
02:40-03:20 pm – Mary Herrington – How to Save Thousands Eating a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Kimberly Ficklin – Quick & Easy Triple your Energy Protein Bars!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Pizza Party
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino – Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products

 

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)


Lecture Descriptions

Erin Smith
Topic: Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
Location: Lecture Stage
Planning a gluten-free vacation and eating far from home can be a daunting experience. During this session with Erin Smith, founder of Gluten-Free Globetrotter™, she will share gluten-free travel tips, suggest planning resources for your gluten-free vacation, explore gluten-free friendly travel destinations, and give you ideas for gluten-free snacks for on-the-go. There will also be a brief Q&A to answer all of your gluten-free travel questions at the end of the session.

Jen Cuevas

Topic: Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
Location: Lecture Stage

Have you considered trying a grain-free or Paleo dietary lifestyle to resolve health issues? Join Jen Cuevas, founder of The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, as she takes you through a journey beyond gluten-free.  Jen is a certified gluten-free coach with a surprising health story of her own, and she now coaches and trains individuals and groups to experience this new approach to eating.  Jen will share her personal journey, along with some tips and ideas that have helped her clients experience some amazing results.

Dr. Samantha Brody

Topic: Maximizing your Energy on a Gluten-free Diet
Location: Lecture Stage

In this session, Dr Samantha will explore the reasons you may still feel tired even on a gluten-free diet. From medical conditions to the foods you’re choosing, there is always a reason. Dr Samantha will expertly guide you in assessing which things you do and don’t have control over that may be making you tired, and teach you how to address them so you feel the best you possibly can every single day.

Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN

Topic: The Gut, Brain & Skin Connection
Location: Lecture Stage

Learn how gluten & other foods cause damage in the intestines, the brain and the skin along with every other organ in your body. A fascinating and comprehensive look at how the food we eat can harm the body or heal the body. Learn how to eat to heal damage that has already happened and prevent future problems.

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Lecture Stage

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is nowhere else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

 

Mary Herrington
Topic: How to Save Thousands Eating a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle
Location: Lecture StageDiscription to come.


Demo Descriptions

Kimberly Ficklin

Topic: Quick & Easy Triple your Energy Protein Bars!
Location: Exhibit Hall

Replace those bars that you buy from the store with these quick and easy energy bars.
The perfect gluten and nut-free little bite these are packed with energy- and brain-boosting ingredients.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Pizza Party
Location: Exhibit Hall

Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how one simple gluten-free recipe can make everything from delicious deep dish pizza to calzones, pizza rolls and even baguettes! Real pizza is within reach again, and it’s actually super easy to make, even if you don’t have a mixer or have never made a homemade pizza.

Julie Hasson

Topic: Time for Dessert
Location: Exhibit Hall

Julie will show us how to make a delicious dessert using Julie’s Original Gluten-Free Baking Mixes.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
Location: Exhibit Hall

Overnight oats are one of the latest recipe sensations, but do you know how to make them truly gluten-free? Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how to make gluten-free overnight oats for breakfast or for dessert (with Coconut Bliss Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream) and learn how to find the right oats for your diet and why the “overnight” process actually makes oats easier to digest.

Glutino

Topic: Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products
Location: Exhibit Hall

Glutinos products are delicious right out of the bag, but you can also use them to turn ordinary dishes into something special. In this demo, you’ll get some creative cooking ideas and tips using Glutino products.

 

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)

Visit Indianapolis!

By Suzanne Rampton

With Small-Town Charm and Big-City Options, Indianapolis Has Something for Everyone

 

Whether you like outdoorsy activities or you’re a “shop ‘til you drop” day-tripper or you enjoy learning about art, history, flora and fauna – there is something special in Indy for you. We’ve outlined several Indy-style experiences with fun and worthwhile sites to see, as well as places to eat.

 

The Cultural Experience

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The New York Times named Indianapolis among its 52 Places to Go in 2014, citing the new $63 million Indianapolis Cultural Trail, consisting of an eight-mile walkable and bike-friendly pathway that connects five downtown historical neighborhoods. You can pedal through town by taking advantage of Indy’s Bike Share program, which launched in May. Additionally, Indy offers an abundance of world-class museums, sports venues, parks, hotels, restaurants and nightlife. You can even travel back in time with an elegant horse-drawn carriage tour of picturesque downtown Indy.

Tops on any list when in Indy, no matter your age, is the world-class Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, which is visited by more than a million guests each year. Acclaimed aquarium and dolphin shows are held daily. The zoo plays a major role in worldwide conservation. Animals are grouped in biomes that closely resemble their native habitats. There’s always something in bloom at the 3.3 acre White River Gardens, included with regular zoo admission. The Indianapolis Zoo has partnered with Riley Children’s Hospital to develop healthy food options and posts some allergens and menu ingredients on the zoo website.

Indianapolis is also home to some wonderful museums for children, historians, sports buffs and connoisseurs of the fine arts.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest of its kind in the world, with nearly 475,000 square feet. Five floors of exhibits are designed to be interactive, allowing children to participate and explore. In the popular Dinosphere, kids discover the clues that helped scientists learn about dinosaurs, along with special fossil specimens. This museum recently earned the top spot in the Best Museum for Families category in a readers’ choice poll conducted by USA Today and 10best.com. Its food court focuses on sustainable foods and includes allergy-friendly options.

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Photo Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The Indianapolis Museum of Art, founded in 1883, is among the ten largest and oldest general art museums in the nation, housing more than 54,000 works spanning 5,000 years. On the IMA grounds are also a year-round historic greenhouse and the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, 100 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The IMA Cafe offers a number of gluten-free, allergy-friendly options.

The unique Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art houses an extensive collection of Western American and Native American art, paintings and sculptures. The museum’s Mihtohseenionki gallery explores Indiana’s indigenous peoples—the Delaware, Miami and Potawatomi—through preserved rare objects, historical photos and interactive displays. Although the museum cafe does not offer allergy-friendly options, many other dining options are available close by.

The Indiana State Museum tracks the history of Indiana from dinosaurs up to the Civil War, World War II and the present. In a beautiful, modern setting along the picturesque Whitewater Canal, the museum also has a sculpture walk dedicated to the 92 counties of Indiana, an IMAX theater and a gift shop with unique Indiana-related souvenirs and memorabilia. The Farmer’s Market Cafe at the ISM features foods from the heartland and has several allergy-friendly options.

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Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Besides these gems, there are more museums in and around the Indy metro area to suit just about every interest.

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

NCAA Hall of Champions

 

Where to Eat Nearby

Adobo Grill uses traditional cooking methods and ingredients, such as jicama and cactus, showcasing the regional cuisines of Mexico. The menu, which changes with the seasons, always includes inspiring gluten-free choices. Expect creative, contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine, not Americanized Mexican dishes.

BARcelona Tapas re-creates a tapas bar that you might find in Madrid, Barcelona or Seville. When weather permits, dine al fresco and enjoy the breeze, along with traditional tapas (small plates to share), a list of gluten-free options and the best sangria around.

California Pizza Kitchen goes the extra mile to safely prepare gluten-free pizzas with four classic pizzas now available in gluten-free versions. Other menu offerings include salads, grilled meats and seafood with full allergen listings available.

Fogo de Chão is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse where gaucho chefs expertly grill 16 cuts of meats and serve them tableside—all you can eat. There is no gluten-free menu needed here because all but a handful of items are naturally gluten-free (check with the manager to know what to avoid). Don’t miss the extensive salad bar and piping hot gluten-free Brazilian cheese rolls served fresh to your table.

Cafe Patachou, owned by Martha Hoover, has garnered local, regional, and national accolades, including having been named one of the “Top Ten Places for Breakfast in the Country” by Bon Appetit Magazine. There are now five Cafe Patachou locations serving made-to-order omelettes, salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts, spreading the love to Indianapolis residents and visitors alike. Patachou started offering gluten-free options long before the rest of the restaurant world. Another excellent dining choice owned by Martha is Napolese Pizzeria.

Greek Islands Restaurant offers authentic, homemade Greek food—and belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night. All guests (including those who are allergy-sensitive) are treated like family. Greek Islands was one of the first local Indy restaurants to create a gluten-free menu. If you tolerate dairy, call ahead to request a gluten-free version of the famous Greek flaming cheese, saganaki. They offer full gluten-free lunch and dinner menus and accommodate other allergy requests. There’s plenty of free parking behind the restaurant.

Harry & Izzy’s, an upscale American grill in the heart of downtown, is classy and sophisticated with a lively bar. Harry & Izzy’s is the sister restaurant of Indy’s St. Elmo Steak House. It offers some of St. E’s classic dishes (don’t miss the spicy shrimp cocktail, if seafood is tolerated) but with more variety, including gluten-free, allergy-friendly offerings.

PF Chang’s, a stylish restaurant serving contemporary Chinese cuisine, is always ahead of the curve with many gluten-free and allergy-friendly Chinese options. They offer a huge menu, everything cooked fresh to order in a pleasant and relaxed environment.

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Scotty’s Brewhouse is truly a local favorite, the ultimate sports bar in a city that loves its sports teams. Scotty’s has worked with local gluten-free groups to provide a broad menu of gluten-free offerings that includes appetizers, salads and the most creative burgers on the planet (complete with gluten-free buns on request). On a summer evening, sit outdoors in the heart of
the city.

Weber Grill Restaurant, owned by the company that set the standards for outdoor cooking, prepares its food on authentic Weber charcoal kettles. The restaurant offers broad gluten-free offerings (including gluten-free buns) and also customizes for other allergies.

Yats delivers spicy, no-holds-barred Cajun and Creole dining that’s straight from New Orleans, with daily special menus.
(Be sure to call in advance to see what gluten-free, allergy-friendly dishes are offered that day.) A recent New York Times review wrote that Yats is “a celebration of neo-psychedelic paintings, great music and excellent food.” The reasonable prices can’t be beat.

 

 

New Urban Experience

If poking around quaint, fashionable and unique shops is your thing, get up to the Northside of Indy and take in the historic towns of Carmel and Noblesville and visit Clay Terrace, an open-air shopping center.

Carmel Arts & Design District has unique boutiques, specialty retail stores and eight galleries featuring painting, sculpture, photography, art glass and more from local and international artists working in contemporary styles from impressionism to neo-realism. Don’t be fooled by the amazingly lifelike sculptures sprinkled throughout the district’s sidewalks, created by renowned artist J. Seward Johnson, Jr. Within the district is Carmel Old Town Antique Mall, with 62 shops featuring antique goods from jewelry to home goods and clothing.

Noblesville has a charming historic downtown. Shop for antiques and other treasures at the Noblesville Emporium and Antique Mall, composed of 225 shops. Don’t miss the Hamilton County Museum of History at the notorious Courthouse Square Jail, where a teenage Charles Manson did time for petty theft, and the unique Indiana Transportation Museum, showcasing authentic railway cars, from locomotives to cabooses.

Clay Terrace is a people-friendly open-air style mall with more than 80 shops lining a large public walkway. Antique lighting and pleasant landscaping help create a town square feel. Happily, Clay Terrace is also home to many restaurants that are allergy-friendly.

 

 

Where to Eat Nearby

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano starts with a bang, bringing delicious gluten-free Italian flatbread to the table upon request while you await your meal. This casual Italian spot sports a very extensive gluten-free menu of delicious choices.

Divvy has highly creative and unique menu items, with gluten-free and allergen-free options noted. Divvy up some dishes to share the dining experience with friends.

Kona Grill serves up modern American grill favorites and sushi and takes great pride in offering full gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan menus.

Mitchell’s Fish Market, whose claim “fish any fresher would still be in the ocean,” stands up to its promise. Fish is delivered daily, with an impressive gluten-free menu that changes to match the catches of the day.

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth offers an extensive gluten-free menu with gluten-free options for pizza (with plenty of creative toppings) and pasta, along with appetizers, salads and low-carb Italian chicken dishes.

 

 

The Nature Buff Experience

Two exceptional back-to-nature experiences await you on the north-western side of the city, less than a half hour’s drive from downtown Indy.

Eagle Creek Park boasts nearly 4,000 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water. Park activities include sailing and boat rentals, hiking trails, swimming and tons of beautiful areas for picnicking. For the adventurous, be sure to visit Go Ape, a treetop adventure course with zip lines, Tarzan swings and log balancing. At the unique Earth Discovery Center, you’ll find exhibits and natural history information about native wildlife, insects and plants, as well as a beautiful deck with a view of Eagle Creek Reservoir. You might want to stop first at Georgetown Market, where you’ll find plenty of gluten-free and allergy-friendly foods and snacks for a picnic.

Traders Point Creamery in Zionsville is a picturesque family-owned organic dairy farm and artisan creamery. Check out the Friday night farmers’ market or take a self-guided tour through the beautiful pastures where you’ll likely spot deer, hawks, blue herons and even an occasional bald eagle. Cow milking takes place daily around 4 pm and is open to the public. Traders Point offers a great learning experience for the kids and a beautiful pastoral respite for folks of all ages. Be sure to plan a meal at the creamery’s Loft Restaurant.

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Where to Eat Nearby

Abuelo’s has a Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere with all dishes made from scratch. The gluten-free menu includes tamales, fajitas, soft tacos and a variety of meats and fish.

Donatos, Brownsburg location, has an extensive gluten-free pizza menu, including gluten-free crusts on a variety of pizzas. Donatos has excellent allergen-prep systems in place.

Outback Steakhouse, Carmel location, developed its gluten-free menu in cooperation with the Gluten Intolerance Group. This Australian-themed steakhouse includes a large selection of gluten-free steaks, seafood, chicken and salads.

Red Robin, Michigan Road location, is one of the kid-friendliest restaurants anywhere, serving burgers on gluten-free buns, salads and even gluten-free fries.

Ted’s Montana Grill brings Ted Turner’s Western flair to the Midwest, offering a variety of burgers (beef or bison), seafood and salads. The gluten-free menu includes classic salads, cedar plank salmon and lettuce-wrapped burgers.

The Loft Restaurant, at Traders Point Creamery, is a farm-to-table restaurant with emphasis on local organic sources, including many creative gluten-free and allergy-friendly options.

 

A 16-year resident of the Indianapolis area, Suzanne Rampton is a board member of GlutenFreeIndy (glutenfreeindy.com) and has lived gluten-free for nearly ten years due to severe gluten sensitivity.

 

Travel Tips

Here are a few suggestions to make your trip to the Indianapolis area as enjoyable as possible.

 

Transportation

Except for the very walkable downtown area, you’ll get more out of your visit to Indy if you have a car. There’s plenty of parking all around the city (parkindy.net). Be aware that the bus system is not tourist-focused nor does it travel outside the Indianapolis city limits. Cab services are available but typically only by advance arrangement (Yellow Cab, Indy Airport Taxi, Uber).

Weather

There’s an old Hoosier saying about Indiana weather: “If you don’t like it, just wait a few minutes and it will change.” This is especially true in summer, where a morning can start as a gorgeous sunny day and end with a drenching thunderstorm. For summer, pack clothing suitable for blissfully warm (or even hot) weather, as well as rain, and consider making contingency recreational plans if your intended activities are primarily outdoors. It’s wise to check a good weather app on your smartphone for the latest conditions.

Go GF

Travelers on a special diet should look for restaurants with gluten-free menus. If an eatery happily accommodates gluten-free customers, chances are the staff and chef are educated about and sensitive to other dietary needs.

Be Clear

Each restaurant handles food prep differently. Inquire every time about ingredients used and cross-contamination. Emphasize that you have celiac disease or a food allergy, so that staff take your questions and concerns seriously.

Use Technology

Your smartphone and the Internet will enhance your travel experience. Download apps on your mobile device to find restaurants with high ratings from diners who have food allergies and sensitivities. Log onto restaurant websites for menus. Use opentable.com to make reservations and alert staff to your dietary needs.

Visit Portland!

By Samantha Brody, ND

This Friendly, Progressive Oregon Town is a Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Foodie Fest

 

Portland, Oregon: Birkenstock-wearing, fleece-clad, vegan hikers. Bespeckled hipster architects. Politically correct, naked bike-riding protesters. This caricature of Portland—evidenced on the hit show Portlandia—is lovingly embraced by this free-thinking town.

Over the past decade, Portland has also gained a well deserved reputation of being a hangout for the most conscientious foodies—vegans, locavores, farm-to-table, sustainable, gluten-free, food-allergic…you name it.

A large percentage of restaurants in Portland denote gluten-free items on the menu. And for those that don’t, the wait staff is almost always educated about which items are gluten-free. Most are also happy to accommodate customers with food allergies. There are even a number of restaurants that are entirely, or almost entirely, gluten-free.

So when you visit Portland, you’ll simply be over the moon with the options—not only what to do but also where to eat. And you’ll never, ever get stuck trying to find safe snacks at a convenience store just to make sure you don’t get lightheaded on your day out.

Here are some of Portland’s attractions and some favorite places to eat. Of course, with the exception of restaurants that are entirely gluten-free, always make sure you double-check with the wait staff that your meal is safe. There’s little danger you’ll get a confused look or an exasperated sigh in response.

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Hawthorne District

The Hawthorne District in SE Portland is a classic Portland scene with a mix of cute local stores, including an oil and lotion shop where you can choose your own blend of scents, several gently used clothing places, gift shops and even The Bagdad Theater and Pub (mcmenamins.com/219-bagdad-theater-pub-home), a movie theater that can deliver gluten-free beer and a burger on a gluten-free bun to your balcony seat. If you want something other than a burger, you’re in luck. Hawthorne is one of the best places in town to find top-notch gluten-free food.

 

Good Eats

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The food cart scene in Portland is remarkable. There are typically more than 500 carts at any given time in the city, with a number of exclusively gluten-free carts. A favorite is Cultured Caveman*, featuring Paleo food that’s free of gluten, dairy and soy. All of the ingredients are ethically and locally sourced.

Harlow* is a low-key restaurant where you order your food at the counter and the staff brings it to you when it’s ready. Highlights at this gluten-free, vegetarian restaurant include oatmeal banana walnut pancakes and huevos rancheros, as well as fresh juice, smoothies, gluten-free beer and mixed drinks.

A neighborhood fixture, the Sapphire Hotel+ isn’t actually a hotel. It’s a romantic bar and restaurant. Originally, it was a turn-of-the-century, seedy hotel inhabited by sailors, travelers and ladies of the night. Warm and intimate, Sapphire Hotel has a cozy atmosphere, creative cocktails and tasty food, almost all of which can be made gluten-free.

A mainstay of the gluten-free scene in Portland, Hawthorne Fish House* serves gluten-free fish and chips, breaded in brown rice flour and cooked in dedicated fryers. It also has several gluten-free beer options, with one gluten-free beer on tap.

A recent addition to the Hawthorne scene, Teote* serves authentic arepas, homemade Venezuelan-style corn cakes stuffed with everything from brisket to pork shoulder. Teote does not use any gluten-containing products (although there is a cross-contact caution for the masa). A bar upstairs opens nightly at 5 pm and in summer, a large outdoor space features a dedicated gluten-free beer tap and gluten-free cider tap.

A short hop from Hawthorne is the Division Street area. This street is exploding with restaurants. Two favorites are Pok Pok+ , a popular Vietnamese street food restaurant—be prepared for a long wait—that identifies gluten-free food on its menu and Nuestra Cocina‡, a mid-range gourmet Mexican restaurant with many gluten-free and dairy-free options.

 

Sellwood, Brooklyn and Industrial Southeast Districts

Known for its myriad antique shops, the Sellwood area also has many other fun things to do. Drop in for a class at Sellwood Yoga and then grab a pair of funky socks or tights at Sock Dreams. Also near Sellwood is Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, famous for its majestic blue herons and marshland trails. The area is also home to Oaks Park Amusement Park and Roller Rink to entertain younger ones.

Industrial Southeast is home to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. With a variety of interactive exhibits, OMSI is a must if you’re coming to town with kids. Its newly remodeled cafeteria has many gluten-free options noted on the menu. OMSI also houses the U.S. Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback, open for tours year-round.

At OMSI, water lovers can pick up a jet boat ride from Willamette Jetboat Excursions that takes you up and down the Willamette River, where you can check out the sights from the water.

The Eastbank Esplanade, accessible for pedestrians and cyclists, runs 1.5 miles along the east bank of the Willamette River and includes a 1,200-foot floating walkway. If you’re on foot, keep an eye out for cyclists, skateboarders and in-line skaters—they come up quickly!

 

Good Eats

Jade Teahouse and Patisserie+ features a delicious combination of Southeast Asian cuisine and French baking. The entrées and assorted pastries are mostly gluten-free. The staff understands cross-contamination and keeps the wheat pastries in a separate display from the gluten-free goodies.

Brooklyn House Restaurant*, which features healthy, European-style comfort food, deliberately doesn’t mention gluten-free on its menu, even though the entire restaurant is gluten-free. The staff wants people to come for what’s in the food, not what’s not in it. Start with a hot basket of gluten-free bread and garlic butter (or oil). Most of the food is made to order so make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy your meal.

Portland takes its beer seriously and gluten-free beer is no exception. Harvester Gastropub* is the gluten-free dining and drinking establishment attached to Portland’s first dedicated gluten-free brewery. The pub has delicious food made by chef Neil Davidson and a bevy of gluten-free beer on tap.

 

The Pearl District

Twenty years ago, the Pearl District was almost exclusively industrial. Now it’s the place to go for shopping, arts and touristy meanderings. On the first Thursday of the month, galleries open to the public and in decent weather, local artists sell their wares on the street.

Jamison Square has a large tiered fountain where kids cool off on hot summer days and a grassy area that’s perfect for picnicking. You can pick up some gluten-free goodies from nearby Whole Foods Market.

If you’re a yoga type, drop in for a community class at Yoga Pearl, a beautiful space in the heart of the district.

On the edge of the Pearl is one of Portland’s best-known attractions, Powell’s City of Books, housing more than 1 million new and used books. If you love books, Powell’s is a must.

 

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Good Eats

Prasad*, located inside Yoga Pearl, is a vegan café that’s 100 percent gluten-free. It’s a great place to stop for a quick lunch when you’re out and about.

Kick back at Deschutes Brewery+. They have a gluten-free-friendly menu with a dedicated fryer for gluten-free fries. Bonus: One of their gluten-free beers is on tap.

The authentic Peruvian restaurant Andina+ was one of the first eateries in Portland to cater to the gluten-free community. The staff will bring you steaming-hot yuca to the table instead of bread and happily adjust many of the dishes to meet your dietary needs.

Oba+ is a longtime Portland fixture, which says quite a bit in a town that can have a high restaurant turnover. Oba serves nuevo Latino cuisine and has more than 30 options on its gluten-free menu. With a festive atmosphere, it’s a great place to go for special occasions or a night on the town.

Another favorite in the Pearl is Seres Restaurant and Xiao Chi Bar+. This modern, sustainable Chinese restaurant offers gluten-free options (the sesame beef is particularly delicious) and a popular happy hour, as well as a Xiao Chi or small bites menu.

At Verde Cocina+, a farm-to-fork establishment that uses no gluten-containing ingredients, the vegetables are fresh and abundant and the corn tortillas are hand-made to order. One delicious option is the buenos dias breakfast, which includes tortillas, veggies, beans and “bacon candy,” slow-roasted chunks of sweet bacon to top off your dish.

 

Forest Park and Northwest District

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The Portland Japanese Garden located in the West Hills is one of Portland’s hidden treasures. With 5.5 acres of tranquil beauty, it is one of the most authentic of its sort outside of Japan. It’s a lovely way to connect with nature, beautiful in every season.

In the Northwest Hills, you’ll find Forest Park, one of the country’s largest urban parks. It spans over 5,000 acres, including miles of trails for all levels of hikers and mountain bikers. If you want to hit the dirt, pick up a rental bike before you go. Colin Meloy’s spellbinding book, Wildwood Chronicles, is set in this park.

After you explore the woods, relax with a treatment at The Dragontree holistic day spa. The Ayurvedic abhyanga massage and the detox foot bath are a soothing and rejuvenating combination, the perfect way to top off a day hike. While you’re there, check out their newly branded line of gluten-free tinctures.

 

Good Eats

At Bamboo Sushi‡, the food is impeccable and the fish is sustainably harvested. The staff is educated on which dishes are friendly for those with food allergies and they’re happy to accommodate you. Make sure to ask for a bottle of wheat-free tamari.

Besaws+ is a well-known brunch spot in Portland that also offers lunch and dinner. This historic café dates back to 1903. The owner takes pride in serving the gluten-free and allergic community, with options such as gluten-free pancakes and French toast.

Dick’s Kitchen+ is an unconventional burger joint where you can get 100 percent grass-fed burgers, as well as buffalo, salmon and tempeh burgers on challah, vegan or gluten-free buns or served “naked.” They offer gluten-free baked fries, many vegan sides and guest burgers, including a “dork” burger made from duck and pork.

 

Downtown and Chinatown

Downtown Portland has much to offer visitors. The well-regarded Portland Art Museum has a wonderful permanent collection, as well as many compelling traveling exhibitions. The adjacent Masonic temple was renovated into a new modern wing for the museum in 2005. This alone is worth the trip.

During summer and early fall, visit the downtown Portland Farmers Market. Located in the beautiful South Park blocks, this extensive market has close to 200 vendors and many allergy-friendly options.

To tour downtown, hop on a bike. Pedal Bike Tours offers a beginner-level, 3-hour, 9-mile historic downtown bike tour. Or get an introduction to the city through Cycle Portland’s 2-hour Essential Portland bike tour.

The Underground Portland walking tour is described on its website as “PG-13 and not for the faint of heart.” It tours the tunnels under the city, exploring the “worst of the illicit, naughty, bawdy, corrupt and shady activities of Portland’s not-so-proud past.”

Chinatown is home to the stunning Lan Su Chinese Garden, designed by artisans from Suzhou, Portland’s sister city in China. It is said to be one of the most authentic Chinese gardens outside of China.

 

Good Eats

Departure+ is an upscale Asian fusion restaurant located atop the Nines Hotel. The food is fabulous, staff is accommodating and the view of the city from the rooftop bar can’t be beat. The gluten-free menu lists a range of pan-Asian options.

Imperial+, inside historic Hotel Lucia, was opened by Vitaly Paley, one of Portland’s most acclaimed chefs. Enjoy an upscale dining experience that explores the Pacific Northwest. The food is delightful and many gluten-free options are noted on the menu.

Petunia’s Pies and Pastries* is a dedicated gluten-free and vegan bakery that serves wonderful baked goods and just launched a fabulous savory menu.

Café Yumm+ is a great place to grab a quick lunch. They offer a varied menu, from rice and bean bowls to bentos, with options for gluten-free and dairy-free meals.

Higgins‡ is a classic upscale Portland restaurant that’s been a fixture in the city for 20 years. The food is exquisite and the staff is happy to accommodate requests for gluten-free and allergy-friendly options.

 

Getting Around

In Portland, it’s quite easy to get around by public transportation, as well as to navigate by car. The city is divided into quadrants. North/South, it’s divided by Burnside Street, and East/West, it’s divided by the Willamette River. There are nine bridges in Portland that span the Willamette, including a new bridge for pedestrians, bicycles and public transportation that’s slated to be completed in 2015.

TriMet The public transportation system in Portland is a safe and easy way to travel across the city. The buses, MAX light rail and streetcar are all run by TriMet, with interchangeable tickets. The MAX red line takes you from the airport to the heart of the city. Two streetcar lines cover a significant portion of inner Portland.

Rental Car The airport is the easiest place to pick up a rental car, although a few rental agencies are scattered throughout the city.

Zipcar If you get a monthly membership before you arrive in the city, you can use Zipcars that are parked around town, renting them by the hour.

Bike Bring your bicycle or rent one at the many bike rental places in the city. Portland is an extremely bike-friendly town. It’s said to have a higher percentage of bicycle commuters than any other major city in the country.

Taxi There are several taxi companies in Portland. While it’s possible to hail a cab in the downtown area, in other regions of the city, you’ll need to call for a pickup.

Tram The tram isn’t exactly a way to get around but it’s technically transportation and it’s a great way to enjoy a sky-high view of the city. The Portland Aerial Tram runs from South Waterfront up the hill to Oregon Health & Science University. The upper terminal links to the 4T Trail, a self-guided tour that takes you in a circle of the city by trail, tram, trolley (streetcar) and train (MAX).

 

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Restaurant Key

* Restaurant is all gluten-free or almost entirely gluten-free. May have bottled beer, packaged foods with gluten ingredients or a distinct area of the kitchen where they handle gluten items. No ambient flour.

+ Restaurant notes gluten-free items on the menu

‡ Restaurant is happy to accommodate gluten-free dietary needs. Ask your server.

 

Dr. Samantha Brody is a licensed naturopathic physician and acupuncturist. She is owner of Evergreen Natural Health Center in Portland, Oregon, and editor of GlutenFreePortland.org.

2016 Minneapolis Presentation Schedule

Click on each topic to get more information about the presentation.

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Erica Dermer –
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – 
12:30-01:20 pm – Amy Macklin –
01:30-02:20 pm – Dr. Anne Lee –
02:30-03:20 pm – Marlaine Maahs –

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Sara Vollmer –
11:30-12:20 pm – Taylor Miller –
12:30-01:20 pm – Lesley Fahey –
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard –
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino –

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Erica Dermer –
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – 
12:30-01:20 pm – Amy Macklin –
01:30-02:20 pm – Dr. Anne Lee –
02:30-03:20 pm – Marlaine Maahs –

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Sara Vollmer –
11:30-12:20 pm – Taylor Miller –
12:30-01:20 pm – Lesley Fahey –
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard –
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino –

 

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Lecture Descriptions

Erica Dermer
Topic: Gluten Free 101 – Just Diagnosed? No Problem
Location: Lecture Room 102A
Just diagnosed? No problem! Looking into the gluten-free diet but haven’t dived in? No worries! Listen to Gluten Free 101 and you’ll be caught up on gluten-free for beginners! We’ll tackle the gluten-free diet and celiac disease a bit at a time, so you’ll leave feeling like you’ve got a grasp on your lifestyle – from celiac disease testing, to hidden gluten and reading labels, to dining out and more!

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Lecture Room 102A

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is nowhere else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

Amy Macklin

Topic: Feeding Your Gluten-Free Family – Balancing Nutrition Without Breaking the Bank
Location: Lecture Room 102A

The gluten-free diet can lack in certain nutrients and can be quite expensive. Join Amy Macklin as she identifies these key nutrients and teaches you how to incorporate them into an affordable meal plan the whole family can enjoy.

Dr. Anne Lee

Topic: Gluten free diet – What’s New, What’s Next
Location: Lecture Room 102A

This lecture gives you the basics and more. Everything you need when you are first diagnosed or if you just want a referesher. Anne will cover everything from what is safe & what is not, the new labeling law, how to keep it healthy and how to safely order in a restaurant.

Marlaine Maahs

Topic: Inflammation, Sugar and Gluten – The Time Bomb Inside Everyone.
Location: Lecture Room 102A

This topic will cover why everyone should avoid gluten and sugar. You will learn how gluten and sugar cause damaging inflammation and how to prepare delicious meals that are gluten and sugar free.

Demo Descriptions

Sara Vollmer

Topic: Breakfast – Make it For a Few or a Crowd!
Location: Exhibit Hall

Whether you are trying to feed a crowd or just yourself, our very own Fest team member Sara Vollmer will show you how to make a delicious gluten-free breakfast. Make sure to come hungry!

Taylor Miller

Topic: Two Easy Quinoa Pasta Recipes by Living Now
Location: Exhibit Hall

Learn how to make two delicious recipes with Taylor Miller of GlutenAway: Sundried Penne Quinoa Pasta & Dairy Free Mac and Cheese.  Each recipe is top eight allergen friendly and made with Living Now’s Quinoa Pasta.  Taylor Miller is a teenager who has been living gluten free for six year.  If a teenager can make these recipes, anyone can!

Lesley Fahey

Topic: Healthy Alternatives: Simple Changes for a Healthy Lifestyle
Location: Exhibit Hall

A class that will feature some basic nutritional knowledge, Easy to remember facts to take home with you, Healthy recipes & samples, why supplements are an important part of a healthy lifestyle and a free workout card and instructional video to take home with you as well.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Location: Exhibit Hall

Jules will use her own baking mix to make Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch, and then combine those with Coconut Bliss ice cream to make delicious Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches. You’re going to want to sample these, trust us!

Glutino

Topic: Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products
Location: Exhibit Hall

Glutinos products are delicious right out of the bag, but you can also use them to turn ordinary dishes into something special. In this demo, you’ll get some creative cooking ideas and tips using Glutino products.

 

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2016 Columbus Presentation Schedule

Click on each topic to get more information about the presentation.

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tami Pyles –
11:30-12:20 pm – Amy Macklin – 
12:30-01:20 pm – Colette Chandler –
01:30-02:20 pm – Jenna Drew –
02:30-03:20 pm – Jen Cuevas –

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tiffany Hinton –
11:30-12:20 pm – Sue Hardesty –
12:30-01:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Beth Hillson –
01:30-02:20 pm – Jenny Pitcher –
02:30-03:00 pm – Glutino, Presented by Beth Hillson – 03:10-03:40 pm – Frank Friedman –

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:15-11:00 am – Tami Pyles –
11:30-12:20 pm – Amy Macklin – 
12:30-01:20 pm – Colette Chandler –
01:30-02:20 pm – Jenna Drew –

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tiffany Hinton –
11:30-12:20 pm – Sue Hardesty –
12:30-01:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Beth Hillson –
01:30-02:20 pm – Jenny Pitcher –
02:30-03:00 pm – Glutino, Presented by Beth Hillson –

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Lecture Descriptions

Tami Pyles
Topic: Travel with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease: Strategies for Staying Safe
Location: Exhibit HallTraveling with food allergies and Celiac Disease can be done, but it requires special care and advanced planning. Come learn strategies for staying safe while traveling and how to minimize worry about accessing safe foods while traveling.

Amy Macklin

Topic: Feeding Your Gluten-Free Family: Balancing Nutrition Without Breaking the Bank
Location: Exhibit Hall

The gluten-free diet can lack in certain nutrients and can be quite expensive. Join Amy Macklin as she identifies these key nutrients and teaches you how to incorporate them into an affordable meal plan the whole family can enjoy. 

Colette Chandler

Topic: Navigating the Gluten Free Waters
Location: Exhibit Hall

Whether your new to being gluten free or you have been gluten free for years, it can be tricky to navigating the gluten free world. Colette will give information to help you better understand the gluten free world from understanding terminology to better understanding how to select products, eating out and more.

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Exhibit Hall

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is nowhere else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

Jen Cuevas

Topic: Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
Location: Exhibit Hall

Have you considered trying a grain-free or Paleo dietary lifestyle to resolve health issues? Join Jen Cuevas, founder of The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, as she takes you through a journey beyond gluten-free. Jen is a certified gluten-free coach with a surprising health story of her own, and she now coaches and trains individuals and groups to experience this new approach to eating. Jen will share her personal journey, along with some tips and ideas that have helped her clients experience some amazing results. Special note: Attendees of the presentation will receive a ticket to redeem for a special treat (limit one per person).

Demo Descriptions

Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Scrumptious Gluten-Free Donuts
Location: Exhibit Hall

With a few ingredients and the perfect recipe you can create a scrumptious gluten free donut that your whole family will love in less than 30 minutes.

Sue Hardesty

Topic: Easy and Healthy Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pizza
Location: Exhibit Hall

Are you ever hungry for pizza at home, but don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing it? Join author, health and wellness coach Sue Hardesty as she demonstrates how easy it is to make pizza that is gluten- free, dairy-free and healthy.

Coconut Bliss, Presented by Beth Hillson

Topic: Luscious (Easy) Cherry Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Pie
Location: Exhibit Hall

Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss ice cream on its own is delicious, but use it to make this luscious Cherry Chocolate Fudge Sundae Pie and it becomes extraordinary.

Jenny Pitcher

Topic: Quinoa with Roasted Peppers and Peas
Location: Exhibit Hall

Join Jenny Pitcher, Registered Dietitian with Meijer, as she shows you how to make a quick, healthy and gluten-free side dish with quinoa and peas. It goes great with chicken and seafood but packs enough protein to stand on its own! See how easy it is to make for a quick weeknight meal and then do double-duty for lunches the next day.

Glutino – Presented by Beth Hillson

Topic: Quick Summer Picnic Food from Our Sponsor Boulder Brands
Location: Exhibit Hall

Looking for quick, easy picnic dishes to serve your summer guests? Gluten Free & More Food Editor, Beth Hillson, shares a few ideas including Glutino Big Pretzel S’mores, Buffalo Nacho Chicken Dip with Glutino Buffalo pretzels, and yummy pizza-style crackers.

Frank Friedman

Topic: Soft Pretzels
Location: Exhibit Hall

Sometimes we just want to be a kid at heart and eat that soft pretzel that everyone else is eating. Frank Friedman, co-founder of Colette and Frank’s Gluten Free Goodness, will help you relive those times as he shows you how to make a gluten free soft pretzel with a basic bread dough.

Sue Hardesty

Topic: Dessert Pizza in a Snap!
Location: Exhibit Hall

Join Author, health and wellness coach Sue Hardesty as she demonstrates how to make a quick and healthy dessert pizza for your next gathering that is sure to dazzle your friends and family. No one will even guess it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and nut-free, all at the same time!

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Visit Columbus

The thriving and energetic city of Columbus is located in the heart of Ohio. Home to well-known companies like Wendy’s, Donatos Pizza, Highlights for Children and Nationwide Insurance, Columbus showcases the very best aspects of the Buckeye state, including famous Midwestern friendliness and a diversity of restaurants that accommodate gluten-free and food-allergic visitors.

There’s a lot to see and do in Columbus and the option to dine out safely is a reality. Here’s a rundown of the city’s highlights and some of our favorite dining spots.

What to See in Town

The beautifully maintained gardens in Columbus Commons feature a carousel with characters hard-carved by Ohio artists. If you’re visiting in the summertime, bring your swimsuit and check out the 15,000-square-foot Scioto Mile Fountain. The entire family will also enjoy the indoor and outdoor gardens at The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

For museum buffs, check out the Center of Science and Industry and the Columbus Museum of Art. Both offer remarkable exhibits well worth the visit. Stop by the Central Ohio Fire Museum, a restored 1908 fire station complete with a children’s play area.

The Ohio Statehouse provides free guided tours. The Ohio Theatre, a Columbus landmark, is one of the busiest performing arts centers in the state. The Arena District  features unique and entertaining options to play, stay and dine.

The Short North Arts District boasts notable art galleries and top-notch dining experiences. You can tour the American Whistle Corporation, the only manufacturer of metal whistles in the United States.

For sports enthusiasts, Columbus is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Schedule a tour of the stadium and take a walking tour of the campus. The city is also base to The Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL hockey) and The Columbus Crew (MLS soccer). At Huntington Park, catch a baseball game with the Columbus Clippers, a minor league team that’s affiliated with the Cleveland Indians.

Good Eats

Like urban centers throughout the United States, you’ll find many of the nation’s top gluten-free and allergy-friendly chain restaurants in and around Columbus. This includes P.F. Chang’s, Pei Wei, Red Robin and Bonefish Grill.

For local fare, try these dineries:

Marcella’s offers up a gluten-free-friendly menu that includes appetizers, salads, pizzas, pastas and more. The eclectic Northstar Café, situated in the Short North Arts District, serves vegan and dairy-free foods. Also in the Short North Arts District, North Market has a large variety of storefronts under one roof, including restaurants with local vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Z Pizza has a varied menu with gluten-free and vegan-friendly choices. Trattoria Roma serves many gluten-free-friendly lunch and dinner items, including fried polenta, bruschetta, paninis, tortellini alla Bolognese and more. The Hills Market is a great place to pick up allergy-friendly food, including locally made foods and gluten-free items prepared in-house. While there, enjoy a cup of coffee with some fresh gluten-free baked goods. Known for its warmth and friendliness, Pistacia Vera, a pastry kitchen in German Village, sells gluten-free, nut-free and vegan goods. Its Parisian macarons are a local favorite. Mazah Mediterranean Eatery has an expansive menu with vegan and gluten-free options. Local favorite Jeni’s sells a delicious variety of gluten-free and allergy-friendly ice creams, including exotic flavors like Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows and Wildberry Lavender.

Around Columbus

For animal watchers, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell is a must. It is home to 10,000 creatures from around the world.

Train lovers will enjoy The Ohio Railway Museum in historic Worthington. The history of the railroad is displayed in exhibits here. You can board a real streetcar and a passenger car.

Baseball buffs can watch how a piece of wood transforms into a finished bat at the Phoenix Bat Company.

If spelunking is more your speed, visit the Ohio Caverns or The Olentangy Indian Caverns. For more outdoor fun, hike the area surrounding Hayden Falls and Indian Run Falls.

Good Eats

Local Roots serves up an extensive gluten-free menu of locally sourced foods. Enjoy seasonal salads, gluten-free ravioli and gluten-free chocolate chip cookies for dessert at this family-friendly establishment. Sample local wine at Powell Village Winery. You can order a cheese plate with gluten-free crackers. Yabo’s Tacos offers gluten-free beer and a Mexican menu where nearly all the choices are safe. This establishment caters to most food allergies; just let your server know. Yabo’s has multiple locations, including a food truck. So be on the lookout while touring the city. Rusty Bucket has a gluten-free-friendly menu that includes chicken pesto pasta and tavern steak and ale.

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Yabo’s Tacos makes gluten-free, allergy-friendly meals easy. You can pick your fixings to fit your dietary needs.

For gluten-free and allergy-friendly groceries, Whole Foods Market has a couple locations around Columbus. Its Sawmill store offers eat-in selections, as well as items to go.

Northeast (Polaris, Westerville, Gahanna)

The kids can burn off extra energy at Zen Kidz Play Cafe. While your youngsters enjoy art, music, dress up, puzzles and more in this nut-free environment, you can sip on specially blended espresso and take advantage of the free wifi. Enjoy a gluten-free adult beverage while bowling on state-of-the-art lanes at Star Lanes Polaris. Shop until you drop at Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center shopping malls.

Good Eats

Dine on gluten-free-friendly pizza at Taranto’s Pizzeria, a local favorite. The food is delicious and the service is excellent. For allergy-friendly baked goods, visit Soodles Bakeshop, a dedicated facility that’s free of gluten, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish, peanuts and soy. (Soodles prepares gluten-free, allergy-friendly pizza dough for many of the local pizza restaurants.) Cap City Fine Diner and Bar is a favorite for many gluten-free Ohioans. With locations in Gahanna and Grandview Heights, this diner is known for serving classic recipes with a trendy twist. Locals rave about Cap City’s gluten-free beer-battered, deep-fried fish and chips. Chinese restaurant Panda House at Polaris offers a large gluten-free-friendly menu that includes soups, fried rice and chicken, beef and seafood entrees. If you’re too tired to dine out, get some gluten-free Chinese takeout. Portia’s Cafe serves non-GMO, organic foods that are gluten-free, vegan and locally sourced. Be sure to visit Portia’s on Sunday morning for gluten-free, vegan waffles. Sit down in Crimson Cup Coffeehouse and enjoy a freshly roasted cup of coffee and some gluten-free cookies. In a hurry? Zip through Crimson Cup’s drive-through instead. One of Westerville’s hidden gems, Raisin Rack is a natural foods store with a variety of organic, local, gluten-free and allergy-friendly products. In fact, the gluten-free selection at Raisin Rack is possibly one of the largest in the area. While there, grab a gluten-free bite to eat at the Raisin Rack Cafe. Organic supermarket Earth Fare is another place to pick up snacks, groceries and other safe, delicious items to eat.

Southeast (Blacklick, Bexley, Pickerington)

Photos courtesy of Joe Vargo/Experience Columbus blog Cherbourg Bakery sells decadent gluten-free baked goods.

Photos courtesy of Joe Vargo/Experience Columbus blog
Cherbourg Bakery sells decadent gluten-free baked goods.

Although the bowling alley Rule 3 doesn’t have a dedicated gluten-free or allergy-friendly menu, it does have a clean facility where you and your family can enjoy a fun afternoon.

Good Eats

With several locations, Aladdin’s Eatery has a Lebanese-American menu that’s friendly to those seeking gluten-free or vegan dishes. Cherbourg Bakery, a dedicated gluten-free and nut-free shop, offers decadent baked goods, including French teacake cookies, tiramisu cookies, molten cakes, donuts and citrus lavender muffins. Savor your treat with coffee, tea or freshly squeezed orange juice.

Southwest (Grove City, Galloway)

Enjoy the outdoor splendor of central Ohio. Walk the trails in the city’s Metro Parks. Bring your dog; there are 14 dedicated pet trails throughout the numerous parks. Check out Battelle Darby Creek; nine bison were recently reintroduced into this Metro Park.

Good Eats

With multiple locations across central Ohio, Flyers Pizza takes gluten sensitivity seriously. Enjoy delicious gluten-free pizza there.

 

Getting Around

Encircled by Interstate 270 (“the Outerbelt”), the city of Columbus is sliced roughly east/west by Interstate 70 and north/west by Interstate 71.

The Central Ohio Transit Authority provides public bus transportation in downtown Columbus, throughout Franklin County and in some surrounding counties.

Several taxi and town car companies give rides in and around the city. A newcomer to the local transportation scene is Uber, a ride-sharing option that’s dispatched by an app on your smartphone.

 

Cindy Gordon is a food-allergy mom who lives with her family in Columbus, OH. She’s creator of vegetarianmamma.com, a popular recipe blog, and author of Gluten Free Fork: A Collection of 40 Simple To Make, Budget-Friendly Recipes to Nourish Your Family (CreateSpace).

Austin 2016 Presentation Schedule

Click on each topic to get more information about the presentation.

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Lisa Musician –
11:30-12:20 pm – Dr. Lawrence Hoberman – 
12:30-01:20 pm – Jenna Drew –
01:30-02:20 pm – Dr. Anne Lee –
02:30-03:20 pm – Erica Dermer –

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Beth Hillson –
11:30-12:20 pm – Tye Lewis –
12:30-01:20 pm – Karen Morgan –
01:30-02:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Beth Hillson –
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino, Presented by Beth Hillson –

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Lisa Musician –
11:30-12:20 pm – Dr. Lawrence Hoberman – 
12:30-01:20 pm – Jenna Drew –
01:30-02:20 pm – Dr. Anne Lee –
02:30-03:20 pm – Erica Dermer –

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Beth Hillson –
11:30-12:20 pm – Tye Lewis –
12:30-01:20 pm – Karen Morgan –
01:30-02:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Beth Hillson –
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino, Presented by Beth Hillson –

 

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Lecture Descriptions

Lisa Musician

Topic: Avoiding Nutritional Deficiencies on a Gluten Free Diet – Simple Substitutions Made Easy
Location: Exhibit Hall

This session highlights nutritional challenges and deficiencies when following a gluten free diet and food allergies.  Avoiding these are necessary, but not replacing the nutrients may be compromising your health. Join Lisa as she discusses how to make simple substitutions and still get the necessary nutrients to keep you healthy.

Dr. Lawrence Hoberman

Topic: How Probiotics Can Help Ease Symptoms and Heal ‘The Leaky Gut’ Due to Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
Location: Exhibit Hall

Details to come.

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Exhibit Hall

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is no where else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

Dr. Anne Lee

Topic: Gluten Free Diet – What’s New, What’s Next
Location: Exhibit Hall

This lecture gives you the basics and more. Everything you need when you are first diagnosed or if you just want a referesher. Anne will cover everything from what is safe & what is not, the new labeling law, how to keep it healthy and how to safely order in a restaurant.

Erica Dermer

Topic: Gluten Free 101 – Just Diagnosed? No Problem
Location: Exhibit Hall

Just diagnosed? No problem! Looking into the gluten-free diet but haven’t dived in? No worries! Listen to Gluten Free 101 and you’ll be caught up on gluten-free for beginners! We’ll tackle the gluten-free diet and celiac disease a bit at a time, so you’ll leave feeling like you’ve got a grasp on your lifestyle – from celiac disease testing, to hidden gluten and reading labels, to dining out and more!

 

Demo Descriptions

Beth Hillson

Topic: Make Great Bread in Your Bread Machine
Location: Exhibit Hall

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten-sensitivity or are gluten-free by choice, there’s no need to give up great yeast bread. Just make it without gluten. Here are some tips to help you get started. Even if you don’t have a bread machine, the tips here will help you make great breads.

Tye Lewis

Topic: Lemon & Olive Chicken with Quinoa Tabboulehh and Indian Fudge
Location: Exhibit Hall

Details to come.

Karen Morgan

Topic: Debunking the Myth of All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
Location: Exhibit Hall

Let’s face it.  The number one frustration for every gluten-free baker, hands down, is the flour, and thankfully, after seven years of intensive research and development, Karen has debunked the myth of the existence of a true all-purpose gluten-free flour mix (one that works perfectly for every application) by creating a line of professional grade flour blends that perform exactly as they say they do.  With each capable of making thousands of recipes, she is going to show you just how versatile they are and how delicious the results really are.

Coconut Bliss – Presented by Beth Hillson

Topic: Luscious (Easy) Cherry Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Pie
Location: Exhibit Hall

Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss ice cream on it’s own is delicious, but use it to make this luscious Cherry Chocolate Fudge Sundae Pie and it becomes extraordinary.

Glutino – Presented by Beth Hillson

Topic: Buffalo Chicken Nacho Dip from Boulder Brands
Location: Exhibit Hall

Here’s what happens when Austin meets Buffalo!  This robust, creamy dip tastes like Buffalo Chicken Wings but with a few added nacho toppings and none of the mess.  Serve hot topped with Glutino Buffalo-Style Pretzels.

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Visit Austin!

By Meghan McCarron

The Capital City of Texas Welcomes Special Diet Travelers

 

With an unofficial slogan of “Keep Austin Weird,” Austin, Texas, is a place that prides itself as much on its slacker ethos as its booming tech sector. This city has something for everyone.

Visitors can stay anywhere from a five-star hotel to a backyard yurt and eat anywhere from a fine-dining restaurant to a taco trailer. The city, which may be best known for its buzzing South by Southwest Music Festival, calls itself the live music capital of the world.
Austin’s restaurant and food scene is booming, intensely focused on both sustainability and sourcing. It’s a great place to dine gluten-free and with food allergies. Many restaurants offer gluten-free menus. At others, servers are well informed about the needs of diners with special dietary needs.

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Photo Courtesy of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

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South Austin

South Congress, South First, South Lamar and beyond

South Austin is a place to indulge your inner hippie, whether that hippie likes quirky antiques, backyard outsider art, or communing with the outdoors. South Congress has transformed from a once-sleepy strip to one of the area’s biggest shopping and tourist attractions.

Austin is a particularly great town for vintage shopping: Uncommon Objects lives up to its billing as an “antique collective of transcendent junk.” The high-end Feathers vintage boutique offers carefully curated designer treasures. For the opposite, yet equally transcendent junk experience, head down to the Cathedral of Junk, a staggering backyard art installation on a quiet street.

The real treasure of South Austin, however, is Zilker Park and the greenbelt. If the weather is remotely warm, a swim in Barton Springs natural spring pool is a must. Barton Springs is often referred to as the heart of Austin—the view from the massive pool now includes several skyscrapers, capturing Austin’s past and future at once. The greenbelt running along Barton Creek offers miles of walking and mountain biking. Zilker is also a great place to rent a kayak or canoe to explore Lady Bird Lake.

 

Good Eats

Visitors to South Congress will undoubtedly notice the long line outside of hyper-popular burger restaurant Hopdoddy. Known for its variety of tasty milkshakes and crafted burgers, the restaurant offers house-made gluten-free buns for those who want to brave the line.

For a more laid-back option, the nearby Snack Bar offers a wealth of gluten-free options on its charming patio—sandwiches and French toast made with gluten-free bread, as well as a gluten-free flatbread pizza and burger. There’s a nice, affordable selection of wines and several hard ciders.

For the best people-watching and coffee fix, local institution Jo’s Coffee serves up locally roasted Cuvee beans and stellar gluten-free pastries from Blackbird Bakery. Their luxe gluten-free “pop tarts” made with puff pastry are not to be missed. If you’re still hungry, grab a gluten-free Frito pie.

Nearby South First has a mixture of both casual and higher-end dining, all offering a great taste of Austin’s culinary scene. For those who like buzz, the loud and festive Sway Thai
serves Australian-style Thai food with a clearly labeled menu and lots of great gluten-free options.

One of the best new additions to the frozen treat scene is Dolce Neve Gelato. Run by warm and friendly Italian siblings, the gelato is creamy, fresh and created using seasonal ingredients. They also offer vegan gelato, sorbets and granitas, plus gluten-free gelato sandwiches.

Local institution Bouldin Creek Café is one of the best vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in town and their dedicated gluten-free menu includes gluten-free bread. The café is a great place to linger or catch up on work, and their laid-back breakfast and brunch feature delicious and flavorful omelets and scrambles.

A locally sourced Thai restaurant, extensive gluten-free and vegan bakery and a dairy-free ice cream shop all under one roof? That’s Thai Fresh. When owner Jam Sanitchat took over the adjoining café, she hired three bakers versed in gluten-free and vegan baking to complement the ice creams, which are made with coconut milk. Tucked away on Mary Street, this restaurant is a great place for a quick and satisfying meal or an afternoon treat. They serve gluten-free Thai chicken and waffles on weekends.

One of Austin’s best chefs is Bryce Gilmore, nationally recognized for his contemporary reinvention of Texan cuisine and obsessive focus on local ingredients. His fine-dining restaurant, Barley Swine, has a tasting menu that accommodates gluten-free diners without missing a beat. Gilmore’s second restaurant, Odd Duck, serves up his signature cuisine in a more casual, farmhouse environment. The restaurant prints both a gluten-free and celiac menu daily, as well as five other menus for those with various dietary restrictions.

Austin is a town that runs on tacos. Those not sensitive to cross-contamination should eat as many as possible. But since most corn tortillas are heated on the same surface as flour tortillas, they’re not always a safe bet for celiacs. If you’re exploring the greenbelt, don’t miss nearby Tacodeli on Spyglass Drive. In addition to serving some of the most delicious new-school tacos in town, they have a separate celiac-friendly tortilla press. This mini-chain has several other locations around Austin.

 

Downtown Austin

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Photo Courtesy of Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau

Over the past ten years, downtown Austin has rapidly transformed from an industrial and office district to a vibrant neighborhood defined by restaurants, bars and high-end hotels and condos. Walk up Congress Avenue to explore the grounds of the Texas Capitol or explore hip art museum The Contemporary Austin in its striking white building. West 2nd street is a burgeoning shopping district.

Austin is known as the live music capital of the world and many of the city’s best venues are downtown. ACL Live at the Moody Theater features stellar national acts and The Mohawk is a great bet for checking out up-and-coming indie darlings.

 

Good Eats

Whole Foods Market’s flagship store is downtown, offering dining options that range from healthy rice bowls to barbecue. Their tiny restaurant next to the fish counter is one of Austin’s best-kept secrets for a healthy and affordable seafood meal. Every dining option at Whole Foods is clearly labeled or staffed by well-informed servers who understand dietary needs. Wine bottles are retail-priced.

To get a taste of old-school Austin, check out Hut’s Hamburgers on West 6th. The historic building is filled with classic Texas memorabilia and burgers are available on gluten-free buns.

If hot dogs are more your thing, check out fun and funky Frank, which serves a wide array of house-made sausages and hot dogs, all available on gluten-free buns. They have a gluten-free menu with lots of options and an amazing coffee program.

Another great lunch option is Wholly Cow Burgers on Congress, which serves grass-fed beef. They have a dedicated gluten-free fryer for fries and a dedicated gluten-free toaster for buns. Although the atmosphere here isn’t as exciting as at Hut’s, Wholly Cow is a good choice for those who want to minimize cross-contamination.

Second Bar and Kitchen is one of Austin’s best bets for a casual and stylish sit-down meal. Their gluten-free menu is thoughtful and extensive. They share a kitchen with neighboring fine dining restaurant, Congress, so the food is always well executed. Bar Congress, in the same building, is one of the city’s best craft cocktail bars.

For a more upscale dinner, La Condesa’s high-end Mexican cuisine is one of the city’s most gluten-free-friendly options. It also happens to be one of the best restaurants in Austin, with a gorgeous interior and a great tequila program. It’s easy to make a meal of their tacos and small plates.

If you’re near the convention center and in search of a nearby restaurant, skip the national chains and check out Max’s Wine Dive. It’s a Texas-grown restaurant chain with a gluten-free menu, including a stellar gluten-free fried chicken.

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North Central Austin

Hyde Park, North Loop, Burnet Road

The neighborhoods north of the University of Texas campus aren’t easy to reach without a car or confident cycling skills but they’re some of the city’s most charming examples of craftsman bungalows and walkable neighborhoods. If you’re interested in checking out UT’s campus, don’t miss the Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Center. The latter houses one of the country’s premier rare book collections.

Fans of small museums should check out the beautiful Elisabet Ney Museum in Hyde Park. It’s housed in the studio of the classically trained German sculptor who migrated to Austin during the frontier era.

In North Loop, a walkable neighborhood strip offers affordable vintage items and a video store, in addition to bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

 

Good Eats

One of Austin’s few dedicated gluten-free restaurants is Wild Wood Bakehouse, which has an in-house bakery in addition to a full restaurant with pasta, pizza and lots of other traditionally off-limits eats.

Noble Sandwich Company serves up some of the city’s best and most inventive sandwiches, from smoked duck pastrami to house-made chorizo and egg. Every sandwich is available on gluten-free bread and their staff is knowledgeable about dining restrictions.

Food hippie heaven exists at the Hyde Park location of Juiceland, which hosts the vegan ice cream parlor, Sweet Ritual. Juiceland’s smoothies and juices are complemented by house-made meals and snacks, almost all of which are vegan and gluten-free. Sweet Ritual’s ice cream offers veganized flavors like dulce de leche and their waffle cones are gluten-free.

 

East Austin

This dynamic and rapidly changing neighborhood has deep roots in both the Mexican-American and African-American community in Austin. Its former industrial pockets have been transformed into artist studios and condos.

Notable museums include the Texas Music Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum dedicated to black inventors, and the French Legation Museum, located in the oldest standing house in Austin.

The area bordered by East Cesar Chavez and East 6th Street is home to a number of hip boutiques. The East 6th bar district is another great bet for enjoying live music, whether it’s grungy rock shows at Hotel Vegas or dive bar two steppin’ at The White Horse.

 

Good Eats

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Photo Courtesy Franklin Barbecue

Austin’s barbecue has put the city on the national map and if you skip the white bread on the side and ask about the sauce ingredients, it’s usually entirely gluten-free. Every visitor to Austin must decide: Do I want to stand in line for Franklin Barbecue? Widely considered the best barbecue in Texas, the wait can be two or three hours long during the week and up to five hours on the weekend. If you’re there on Wednesday or Thursday, it’s probably worth it to pick up some cans of local Austin Eastciders and tailgate outside this barbecue mecca for a few hours. If it’s a weekend and you’re willing to get up early (like 7 or 8 a.m. early) to try the best brisket in town, well then, godspeed.

Here’s the thing: The same neighborhood features several other incredible barbecue options. The nearby La Barbecue trailer turns out smokey meats on par with Franklin’s and on the weekends, the wait in line only runs an hour or two. Micklethwait Craft Meats makes creative sausage and a rare barbecue chicken, in addition to nailing the core Texas styles of brisket, ribs and traditional hot links.

Some of Austin’s best tacos are served on handmade corn tortillas at Veracruz All Natural. Their migas taco, a mix of egg and fried tortillas topped with cheese and avocado, is staggeringly good.

Coming to Texas to eat Detroit-style pizza may seem odd but the thick, square-shaped pies at Via 313 might be the best gluten-free pizza you’ve ever tasted. Their gluten-free crust is thick and fluffy and the brothers behind the trailer are equally skilled at creating classic pepperoni pies as they are at a fancy prosciutto and fig option called (tongue-in-cheek), The Cadillac.

Austin’s most dynamic restaurant is Qui, the flagship of Top Chef winner Paul Qui. Located in an unmarked white building on East 6th, Qui’s tasting menu is one of Austin’s most affordable luxuries and their separate patio menu is a downright steal. Composed of Qui’s take on Filipino pub food, almost everything is gluten-free, from the sizzling sisig to the kinilaw, a Filipino ceviche made with coconut milk. Down the street at The Liberty, Qui’s East Side King truck serves up the best gluten-free fried Asian fusion bar food you’ll ever eat.

 

Getting Around

CapMetro Austin offers a number of useful bus lines, as well as a rail line out to the
suburbs, all operated by Capital Metro. A dedicated bus line runs from the airport to downtown.

Taxi Austin has several cab companies and a taxi is one of the easiest ways to get from the airport to your hotel. They are less reliable in the city except for the downtown area.

Car2Go A carsharing company, Car2Go allows customers to pick up and drop off their tiny SmartCars anywhere within the central city. Cars can be located and reserved via app and are widely available. Rates are much more reasonable than a rental car. Sign up in advance for a membership at car2go.com.

Rental Cars Austin is definitely a city built around cars, at least for the moment. If you
intend to stay in the center of the city, there’s no real need for a rental car. But if you’d like to explore the surrounding hill country or any further-flung area of the city, several companies offer airport rental pickup.

Uber/Lyft These app-based car services recently arrived in Austin. They tend to offer more
reliable service than the traditional cab companies, at least at the moment. Both can be hailed via their apps.

Bicycles Central Austin is easily traversed via bike. There’s also a long, beautiful cycling trail and boardwalk around Lady Bird Lake. Most local bike shops offer rentals by the day or
week. The city also has a bike share.

 

Meghan McCarron is a writer and editor living in Austin, Texas.

 

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