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Portland 2018 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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Lecture Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Dr. Peter Kan – Roadmap To Healing Autoimmune Diseases
12:00-12:50 pm – Dr. Lisa Shaver – KEYNOTE: Now Gluten-Free, Why Not Better?
01:00-01:50 pm – Nadine Grzeskowiak – Children: Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
02:00-02:50 pm – Michael Frolichstein – All Things Gluten-Free Discussion

Demo Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Sara Vollmer – Breakfast of Champions
12:00-12:50 pm – tbd
01:00-01:50 pm – Taylor Miller – Delicious Vegan Lasagna
02:00-02:50 pm – Trader Joe’s – Cauliflower Gnochi with Pesto

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Laura Koelzer – Traveling with Food Allergies
12:00-12:50 pm – Dr. Peter Kan – Natural Solutions for Thyroid Conditions
01:00-01:50 pm – Nadine Grzeskowiak – Auto-Immune Issues and a Grain Free Lifestyle

Demo Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Sharon Swan Tieszien – Best Stuffing/Dressing Recipes!
12:00-12:50 pm – Jennifer Bigler – Simple and inexpensive recipes
01:00-01:50 pm – tbd

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Dr. Peter Kan

Topic: Natural Solutions for Thyroid Conditions
Location: Lecture Stage

Dynamic presentation on the root cause of low thyroid and how food sensitivity and environmental triggers affect thyroid function. Learn clinically proven functional medicine and natural solutions that heal the thyroid and reverse symptoms.

Topic: Roadmap To Healing Autoimmune Diseases
Location: Lecture Stage

Learn dietary and environmental causes of autoimmune disease and how to reverse symptoms naturally with a proven clinical roadmap that addresses the underlying root cause.

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Dr. Lisa Shaver

Topic: KEYNOTE: Now Gluten-Free, Why Not Better?
Location: Lecture Stage

After a gluten-free diet, is something else at play that is preventing you from feeling optimal? Many medical issues may be simultaneous. Dr Shaver discusses the possibilities including: SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), SIFO/LIFO (small/large intestinal fungal overgrowth), EPI (exocrine pancreatic insufficiency), IBS, dietary choices, and so much more.

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Nadine Grzeskowiak

Topic: Children: Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity
Location: Lecture Stage

Learn from Nadine, the Gluten Free RN about food intolerances and the variety of symptoms shown in children. Learn how to identify children at risk for celiac disease and food intolerances as well as: the history of celiac disease and children, the current recommended testing for children, how to make educated decisions about food choices, using food as medicine and a preventative tool for future health.

Topic: Auto-Immune Issues and a Grain Free Lifestyle
Location: Lecture Stage

We all need to be aware of the association with what we eat and auto-immune issues. Learn from Nadine, the Gluten Free RN on how to: identify food that impacts our health outcomes in a positive way, recognize genetic factors in auto-immune diseases including Type 1 Diabetes, MS, Lupus, RA and many more, use food as your strongest medicine to heal, use food, sleep and movement as your tools for improved health, to recognize quality food, use a grain-free food plan to heal your mind, body and skin.

 

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Michael Frolichstein

Topic: All Things Gluten-Free Discussion
Location: Lecture Stage

The Celiac Project Podcast – the #1 weekly celiac and gluten-free related podcast will be taping live at the GFFAFest! The Celiac Project founder and filmmaker, Michael Frolichstein and a panel of guests, will share their stories as well as stories from session attendees, during this live interactive podcast. The most powerful tool to raising awareness and connecting with our community is through sharing our stories. Bring your questions or your story to share as you partake in a live recording of The Celiac Project Podcast!

 

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Sara Vollmer

Topic: Breakfast of Champions
Location: Demo Stage

Breakfast starts when you plan ahead. Crockpots, cutting vegetables and variations of ingredients help you start out your morning. Come listen to Sara Vollmer from the GFFAFest team as she shares some of her favorite recipes.

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Taylor Miller

Topic: Delicious Vegan Lasagna
Location: Demo Stage

How to Easily Make Gluten Free & Vegan Lasagna Taylor will show you how to make a delicious gluten-free and vegan lasagna in a short amount of time. No boiling noodles required! This recipe is great for busy nights and will provide a meal for a whole family.

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Laura Koelzer

Topic: Traveling with Food Allergies
Location: Lecture Stage

Laura from HugueNot Travel will give you tips on what to pack, tips for a successful trip and destination suggestions. It’s a great time to be traveling if you have to be on a special diet. There are so many places world-wide that will accommodate your dietary needs. Enjoying new foods in new places is part of the adventure of traveling. With a solid plan, you can take the trip of your dreams and eat safe and delicious food. I’ll share tips and tricks as well as some of my favorite destinations. https://huguenottravel.com/

 

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Sharon Swan Tieszien

Topic: Best Stuffing/Dressing Recipe
Location: Demo Stage

Foodie Friend Sharon believes food and life should never be boring. So, this spiffed up recipe for stuffing (with sausage and cornbread) will take your Thanksgiving to the next taste bud level. Join Sharon today as she shares some tips for adapting one of Thanksgiving’s sought after sides: Stuffing/Dressing!

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Jennifer Bigler

Topic: Simple and inexpensive recipes
Location: Demo Stage

Join Jennifer from Living Freely Gluten Free helps navigate you through the gluten free lifestyle with simple and inexpensive recipes. Having an entirely gluten free family she knows how to create family friendly recipes that will keep you on budget and enjoying the foods you love. www.livingfreelyglutenfree.com

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Indianapolis 2018 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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Lecture Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Dr. Peter Kan – Natural Solutions for Thyroid Conditions
12:00-12:50 pm – Dr. Charles Vanderpool – KEYNOTE: Wheat’s Your Problem
01:00-01:50 pm – Tami Pyles – Thrive On Despite Your New Food Restrictions
02:00-02:50 pm – Julie Pintozzi – Your Child’s First Gluten-Free Year

Demo Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Taylor Miller – Delicious Vegan Lasagna
12:00-12:50 pm – Margaret Clegg – Waffles – Beyond Breakfast & Syrup
01:00-01:50 pm – Robert Bowen – Gluten Free Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls
02:00-02:50 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Blueberry Oatmeal Bar

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Jenna Drew – Beyond the Bloat: Uncover the Steps to Ditch Belly Bloat + Master Your Gut Health
12:00-12:50 pm – Dr. Peter Kan – Roadmap To Healing Autoimmune Diseases
01:00-01:50 pm – Taylor Miller – How to be a Social Gluten Free Pro

Demo Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Julie Pintozzi – Empanadas: Turnovers That Will Knock You Over!
12:00-12:50 pm – Sharon Swan – Glam Up Gluten Free Recipes
01:00-01:50 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Pumpkin Spice Waffles

 

Dr. Peter Kan

Topic: Natural Solutions for Thyroid Conditions
Location: Lecture Stage

Dynamic presentation on the root cause of low thyroid and how food sensitivity and environmental triggers affect thyroid function. Learn clinically proven functional medicine and natural solutions that heal the thyroid and reverse symptoms.

Topic: Roadmap To Healing Autoimmune Diseases
Location: Lecture Stage

Learn dietary and environmental causes of autoimmune disease and how to reverse symptoms naturally with a proven clinical roadmap that addresses the underlying root cause.

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Dr. Charles Vanderpool

Topic: KEYNOTE: Wheat’s Your Problem?
Location: Lecture Stage

Join Dr. Charles Vanderpool, a certified pediatric gastroenterologist at Indiana University School of Medicine in a discussion on wheat-intolerance syndromes and where the gluten free diet fits into treatment. Dr. Charles Vanderpool returned to Indiana University School of Medicine in 2011 following completion of his residency and fellowship training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He currently serves as Chair of the Nutrition Support Team, is Medical Director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program at Riley Hospital for Children, and is active in the clinical care of children with celiac disease.

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Tami Pyles

Topic: Thrive On Despite Your New Food Restrictions
Location: Lecture Stage

If you have recently been diagnosed with food allergies or Celiac Disease, come learn some strategies and tips for adjusting to your new lifestyle and find ways to thrive on despite food restrictions.

 

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Julie Pintozzi

Topic: Your Child’s First Gluten-Free Year
Location: Lecture Stage

Julie Pintozzi, a mom to a son with Celiac Diease knows all to well about going gluten-free and how especially challenging it can be for a child. Join Julie to learn practical ways to ensure a safe and happy gluten-free journey. She’ll share tips on how to create a safer gluten-free kitchen when it is shared with those not eating gluten-free, how to handle social situations and suggest gluten-free dining and on-the-go ideas.

Topic: Empanadas: Turnovers That Will Knock You Over!
Location: Lecture Stage

Empanadas are light and savory treats that are perfect for any time of day and have endless stuffing possibilities! Join Julie Pintozzi, a celiac advocate and creator of itsawheatlesslife.com as she shows you how to make empanadas using Chebe gluten-free baking mix and simple, healthy ingredients. They’ll soon be a family favorite at home or on the go!

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Taylor Miller

Topic: How to be a Social Gluten Free Pro
Location: Lecture Stage

Whether you’re dining at restaurants, meeting new friends, going on dates, or discussing with family, Taylor (a gluten-free pro) will share the best tips and advice to help you overcome any social situation while gluten-free. Taylor Miller is from halelifeblog.com (formery GlutenAway).

Topic: Delicious Vegan Lasagna
Location: Demo Stage

Taylor will show you how to make a delicious gluten-free and vegan lasagna in a short amount of time. No boiling noodles required! This recipe is great for busy nights and will provide a meal for a whole family.

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Jenna Drew

Topic: Beyond the Bloat: Uncover the Steps to Ditch Belly Bloat + Master Your Gut Health
Location: Lecture Stage

Join fellow Celiac and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Jenna Drew, as she shares the essential steps to ditch belly bloat that leaves you feeling tired, sluggish, and irritable, and finally improve your gut health naturally.

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Margaret Clegg

Topic: Waffles – Beyond Breakfast & Syrup
Location: Demo Stage

Margaret Clegg, author of MI Gluten Free Gal, shares creative ways to use your waffle iron. From lunch box items to end-of-day desserts, you’re bound to find new ideas. If you don’t own a waffle maker yet, you surely will want one after this demo!

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Robert Bowen

Topic: Gluten Free Dairy Free Cinnamon Rolls
Location: Demo Stage

 

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Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Blueberry Oatmeal Bar
Location: Demo Stage

This bar is great for a snack or for breakfast! Join Gluten Free Mom Certified as she demonstrates this treat that can be made ahead and packed in lunches or taken with you on the morning commute. Come learn how to make a gluten free, dairy free and nut free nutritious bar your whole family will love.

Topic: Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Location: Demo Stage

Join Gluten Free Mom Certified as she demonstrates how Pumpkin Spice season is here! Jump into fall with these delicious breakfast waffles inspired by the season. Just add you favorite maple syrup and enjoy a taste of Fall. Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Nut Free.

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Sharon Swan

Topic: Glam Up Gluten Free Recipes
Location: Demo Stage

This isn’t your grandmother’s apple pie! Foodie Friend Sharon believes food and life should never be boring. Always be willing to take a chance; life’s just more fun when you can say you’ve tried unique stuff! She first became aware of the vital necessity of GF foods in the late 2000s, when she worked with a GFFAFest team member who had been diagnosed with Celiac disease. Loving both cooking and a challenge, her foray into the GF world turned intentional, as she determined to adapt her recipes to create treats that the entire team could enjoy. Happily, she’s had a lot more successes than failures. And along the way she has discovered she has other friends and relatives who also struggle with gluten-related health issues, which has made her experiments even more meaningful to her. Join Sharon today as she shares some tips for adapting one of fall’s favorites: apple pie!

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Richmond 2018 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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Lecture Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Jenna Drew – Beyond the Bloat: Uncover the Steps to Ditch Belly Bloat + Master Your Gut Health
12:00-12:50 pm – Tina Shiver – KEYNOTE: Living Gluten Free
01:00-01:50 pm – Tarah Jakubiak – Traveling with Food Allergies
02:00-02:50 pm – Kristin Osborne – Advocating for Your Child With Food Allergies

Demo Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Jules Shepard – Bake Gluten-Free Bread Like a Pro
12:00-12:50 pm – Britt LoSacco – Cheap & Easy Vegan Eats
01:00-01:50 pm – Tracy Bush – Love Your Lunchbox
02:00-02:50 pm – Sara Vollmer – Herbs & Spices

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Katie Weinert – Tips for Transitioning to a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
01:00-01:50 pm – Tarah Jakubiak – Traveling with Food Allergies
01:00-01:50 pm – Jenna Drew – Boosting Mood and Managing Emotions with Essential Oils

Demo Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Britt LoSacco – Sugar & Spice – Vegan Delights!
12:00-12:50 pm – Jules Shepard – Easy As Pie
01:00-01:50 pm – Tracy Bush – The Secret to Perfect Gluten Free Pancakes

 

Jenna Drew

Topic: Beyond the Bloat: Uncover the Steps to Ditch Belly Bloat + Master Your Gut Health
Location: Lecture Stage

Join fellow Celiac and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Jenna Drew, as she shares the essential steps to ditch belly bloat that leaves you feeling tired, sluggish, and irritable, and finally improve your gut health naturally.

Topic: Boosting Mood and Managing Emotions with Essential Oils
Location: Lecture Stage

Discover How to Manage Your Emotions Naturally – Join Jenna as she walks us through how to handle the emotional side of Celiac Disease and learn how gut health can alter mood and emotions.

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Tina Shiver

Topic: KEYNOTE: Living Gluten Free
Location: Lecture Stage

Tina Shiver, RD, IFMCP from Lighten Up, Inc. discusses practical and delicious ways to live a healthy gluten free lifestyle. Tina will discuss new and exciting ways to maintain a gluten free diet while also living freely with a focus on a nutritional and balanced diet for a happy and healthy life! Tina Shiver is a graduate of James Madison University with a Masters of Science. Tina has been practicing for over twenty years and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She has been working with people individually on different kinds of diets including gluten free diets for a number of years. For more information call 8042541002 or visit Tina’s website at tinashiver.com.

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Tarah Jakubiak

Topic: Traveling with Food Allergies
Location: Lecture Stage

Tarah Jakubiak, founder of Allergic Traveler and producer of chef cards in 18 languages has traveled the world since infancy. She has been to 22 countries and 25 states. Tarah’s travel experiences vary from all inclusives, cruises, camping; backpacking through Europe, visiting big cities, and finding little hidden gems. She has multiple food allergies, but it does not stop her from seeing the world. Tarah is allergic to eggs, nuts, mushroom, soy, garlic, corn, sesame, potatoes, celery, shellfish, chicken, pork, peanuts, and many fruits. She is originally from Montreal, QC and now lives in Greensboro, NC.

 

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Jules Shepard

Topic: Bake Gluten-Free Bread Like a Pro
Location: Demo Stage

Join gluten-free expert and associate editor of Gluten Free & More Magazine, Jules Shepard, as she shows you how to bake soft, fragrant gluten free sandwich bread in a bread maker. She’ll cover all the bases: what bread machines work best; how to program a machine without a gluten free setting; techniques for using a bread machine; the best gluten free flours to use … and more!

Topic: Easy As Pie
Location: Demo Stage

Summer wouldn’t be the same without PIE! Gluten-free expert and associate editor of Gluten Free & More Magazine, Jules Shepard will show you how to make an EPIC gluten free pie crust for any kind of pie you like: two-crust pie; one crust custard pie; even a savory pot pie! Jules will show you how easy it is to make a light and flaky crust (with her secrets) and how easy it is to roll out and transfer a gluten free pie dough when you use the right gluten free recipe. Prepare to be amazed and excited to bake pie when you get home!

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Tracy Bush

Topic: Love Your Lunchbox
Location: Demo Stage

Watch Tracy Bush Nutrimom as she shares a protein-packed twist on an all time favorite meal including a dash of silliness that will make your lunches loved again. Featuring Rule Breaker, Schar Gluten Free, Glutino, Enjoy Life Foods and Gimbals Fine Candies

Topic: The Secret to Perfect Gluten Free Pancakes
Location: Demo Stage

Tracy Bush Nutrimom can help you create THE perfect gluten free pancakes with added protein of SunButter and a touch of chocolate with chocolate chips. Featuring SunButter, Enjoy Life Foods and Good Karma Foods.

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Sara Vollmer

Topic: Herbs & Spices
Location: Demo Stage

With so many herbs and spices, it is hard to know which one to use and how much. Take a recipe to the next level and learn which herbs and spices to use for which dishes as well as some handy knife skills!

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Britt LoSacco

Topic: Cheap & Easy Vegan Eats
Location: Demo Stage

Think vegan food is expensive and complicated? Think again. Britt LoSacco’s 3-Bean Chili is budget-friendly and simple, perfect for casual weeknight cooking or to feed a crowd at your next gathering. To round things out, she’ll also show you how to make cashew sour cream to go on top and an easy cornbread to serve alongside.

 

Topic: Sugar & Spice – Vegan Delights!
Location: Demo Stage

Blogger and Vegan Lifestyle Coach Britt LoSacco will walk you through her crowd-pleasing Buffalo Chickpea Dip from the Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook. To counter the heat, she’ll then show you how to use the leftover chickpea water (aquafaba) to make a decadent, light-as-air (and totally dairy-free!) chocolate mousse.

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Katie Weinert

Topic: Tips for Transitioning to a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Location: Lecture Stage

Join Katie, a gluten-free Instagram influencer (@fabulouslygfree) as she shares her top tips for making the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle as easy, stress-free, and delicious as possible.

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Brooklyn 2018 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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Lecture Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Jules Shepard – Gluten Free Food Labeling & Food Safety
12:00-12:50 pm – Anne Lee, EdD, RDN, LD – KEYNOTE: Gluten-Free Diet: What to Include and What to Leave Out
01:00-01:50 pm – Jenna Drew – How to Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
02:00-02:50 pm – Erin Smith – Dining and Traveling in NYC and Beyond

Demo Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Jereann Zann – Gluten Free & Dairy Free Cupcakes
12:00-12:50 pm – Phoebe Lapine – Probiotic Rich Foods
01:00-01:50 pm – Britt LoSacco – Sugar & Spice – Vegan Delights
02:00-02:50 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Mom’s Guide to Healthy & Energizing Snacks

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – The Gluten Free Travelers – Tips & Tools for Traveling Gluten Free
12:00-12:50 pm – Anne Lee, EdD, RDN, LD – KEYNOTE: Research Update – What’s new?
01:00-01:50 pm – Erin Smith & Sloane Miller – Dating With Dietary Restrictions

Demo Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Sloane Miller &  Chef Danny Maggio – Simple & Sumptuous Summer Meals
12:00-12:50 pm – Jules Shepard – Baking Homemade Gluten Free Baguettes
01:00-01:50 pm – Alison Bunce – Allergen Friendly Chicken Quesadillas

 

Jules Shepard

Topic: Gluten Free Food Labeling & Food Safety
Location: Lecture Stage

The landscape of gluten-free food labeling has changed radically since the FDA’s new regulations went into effect. Find out what it means to say “gluten-free,” what it means to be “certified gluten-free,” what “gluten free endorsements” are, and how to tell the difference. Associate Editor of Gluten Free & More Magazine, Jules Shepard, was instrumental in pushing for the FDA regulations, and has been vocal in holding manufacturers to the highest standards ever since. Jules will teach you how to shop for safe GF products, plus explain the confusing distinction between “purity protocol oats” and mechanically or optically separated oats, and answer questions about the safety of oats in new mass marketed, labeled “gluten-free” products. Come with questions and leave with answers to help you shop safely, gluten free.

Topic: Baking Homemade Gluten Free Baguettes
Location: Demo Stage

Gluten-free baking expert, cookbook author and Gluten Free & More Magazine Associate Editor Jules Shepard will show you how to easily make authentic gluten-free baguettes, even if you’ve never baked bread before! You won’t believe how easy it is to bake your own fresh gluten-free bread with the tricks Jules will teach in this class. Come for samples and learn the secrets to making great bread.

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Anne Lee, EdD, RDN, LD

Topic: KEYNOTE: Gluten-Free Diet: What to Include and What to Leave Out
Location: Lecture Stage

This session will discuss the basics of the gluten free diet, but from the perspective of what to include to help bridge the nutritional gaps of the typical gluten free diet. Safety of grains, food labeling and supplements will be covered.

Topic: KEYNOTE: Research Update: What’s new?
Location: Lecture Stage

This session will review the latest research on quality of life, nutrition and dietary adherence including tips and resources for navigating a happy healthy gluten-free life.

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Jenna Drew

Topic: How to Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
Location: Lecture Stage

Discover the top essential oils to improve digestion and over 20 other ways to use essential oils daily.

 

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Erin Smith

Topic: Dining and Traveling in NYC and Beyond
Location: Lecture Stage

Dining out in New York City or planning a vacation and eating far from home can be a daunting experience. During this session, Erin Smith, native New Yorker and founder of Gluten-Free Globetrotter™, will share how to “eat gluten-free around the world” without ever leaving New York City and how to plan a celiac vacation. She’ll also be answering your top gluten-free questions for both domestic and overseas travel.

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Phoebe Lapine

Topic: Probiotic Rich Foods
Location: Demo Stage

Ferment Me Not – How to Incorporate Probiotic Rich Foods into your Cooking. Best-selling author, gluten-free chef and Hashimoto’s advocate Phoebe Lapine will share recipes and strategies for incorporating more fermented foods into your diet, why they’re so much more powerful than a pill, and how they’ll make your life that much more delicious. You’ll get a live demo of how to make sauerkraut at home, then Phoebe will show you her foolproof kefir green goddess salad recipe from The Wellness Project book, which is full of nutritious pre and probiotics!

 

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Britt LoSacco

Topic: Sugar & Spice – Vegan Delights
Location: Demo Stage

Blogger and Vegan Lifestyle Coach Britt LoSacco will walk you through her crowd-pleasing Buffalo Chickpea Dip from the Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook. To counter the heat, she’ll then show you how to use the leftover chickpea water (aquafaba) to make a decadent, light-as-air (and totally dairy-free!) chocolate mousse.

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Alison Bunce

Topic: Allergen Friendly Chicken Quesadillas
Location: Demo Stage

Food allergies shouldn’t hold you back from life’s best indulgences. Splurge on Top 8 Allergen Free Chicken Quesadillas with Alison Bunce, while she gives you the best tips about dining in and out.

 

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The Gluten Free Travelers

Topic: Tips & Tools for Traveling Gluten Free
Location: Demo Stage

Learn from The Gluten Free Travelers (aka Jodi Brauer & Lindsey Erlick) about how to plan an awesome gluten free vacation or staycation!

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Erin Smith & Sloane Miller

Topic: Dating With Dietary Restrictions
Location: Lecture Stage

Dating can be fun while still being allergen-free and gluten-free. Allergic Girl, Sloane Miller and Gluten-Free Globetrotter, Erin Smith will tell you how! We will be talking about the emotional and practical challenges of dating with severe life-threatening food allergies and celiac disease from the viewpoints of a single woman and a newlywed.

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Sloane Miller & Chef Danny Maggio

Topic: Simple & Sumptuous Summer Meals
Location: Demo Stage

These top 8 allergen free meal ideas are made in a snap! Allergic Girl, Sloane Miller and Executive Chef Danny Maggio of Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse in NYC will be cooking up your new favorite recipes and sharing cooking tips and tricks.

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Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Mom’s Guide to Healthy & Energizing Snacks
Location: Demo Stage

Easy allergy free snacks you can make at home to help you stay energized and smiling. Including smoothie pops, mini muffins and more. Take home your own copy of Mom’s Tips for Keeping the Flying Monkeys Away.

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Jereann Zann

Topic: Gluten Free & Dairy Free Cupcakes
Location: Demo Stage

Join Celiac Mama for a kid-friendly demo to learn how to make delicious cupcakes, 3 different kinds of frosting and share simple decorating tips to take your cupcakes to the next level.

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Minneapolis 2018 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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Lecture Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Marlaine Maahs – How to Quit Carbs: A Practical Survival Solution
12:00-12:50 pm – Dr. Amanda Cartee – KEYNOTE: Beyond the Gluten Free Diet: What’s Next in Celiac Disease Research
01:00-01:50 pm – Dr. Rory Faherty – Heal your Gut, Heal your Body
02:00-02:50 pm – Rasa Troup – Honoring Your Body With Fuel You Deserve

Demo Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Hy-Vee – Dinners Made Easy
12:00-12:50 pm – Kathy Schwartz – Orange You Glad It’s Cake?
01:00-01:50 pm – Marie Porter – Delicious Dips
02:00-02:50 pm – Jennifer Reynolds – Chicken and Waffles

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Jenna Drew – Boosting Mood and Managing Emotions with Essential Oils
12:00-12:50 pm – Dr. Imad Absah – KEYNOTE: Gluten Related Disorders: Is gluten the latest dietary villain and who should be on gluten free diet?
01:00-01:50 pm – Dr. Rory Faherty – Food Allergies 101

Demo Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Kari Hauger – Crab Cakes
12:00-12:50 pm – Jennifer Reynolds – Easy Summer Side Salads
01:00-01:50 pm – Clover Meadow Bakery – Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

 

Marlaine Maahs

Topic: How to Quit Carbs: A Practical Survival Solution
Location: Lecture Stage

Marlaine is a Certified Nutritional Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition ® and GAPS Certified Practitioner with a passion and know-how for informing and inspiring people to transform their habits from eating the modern diet to enjoying the nutritious benefits of a well-balanced whole food diet. Marlaine knows how to leverage nutritional therapy principles and practical skills in cutting edge whole food nutrition science to support individuals who are trying to improve their diet, improve eating habits, manage their weight and optimize their overall health and wellness

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Dr. Amanda Cartee

Topic: KEYNOTE: Beyond the Gluten Free Diet: What’s Next in Celiac Disease Research
Location: Lecture Stage

Join us for a 50 minute session where we review hot topics in celiac disease research, from celiac disease testing to medications. Dr. Amanda Cartee is training in Gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and will complete her training in June 2019. She has a special interest in celiac disease and has been working with Dr. Joseph Murray during her training.

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Dr. Rory Faherty

Topic: Heal your Gut, Heal your Body
Location: Lecture Stage

Digestive distress, decreased immunity, mood instability, food allergies, and hormonal imbalances are only a few of the many issues caused by poor gut health and insufficient digestion. Unfortunately, much of the prescribed treatments may provide temporary relief from symptoms, but functional medicine uses a personalized care model focused on the root cause of dysfunction to offer sustainable health transformation. Dr. Rory will teach strategies to improve your gut health, immune function, response to stress, and more with the help of functional medicine!

Topic: Food Allergies 101
Location: Lecture Stage

Dealing with food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities can be uncomfortable, crippling, and even dangerous. These adverse food reactions contribute to far more than just digestive distress and are increasingly being recognized as an epidemic worldwide. You will learn how to identify, manage, and overcome food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities and their complications! Dr. Rory from the Minnesota Center for Functional Medicine will teach simple and sustainable approaches to fight back (and even heal!) from common food offenders and truly take control of your health.

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Rasa Troup

Topic: Honoring Your Body With Fuel You Deserve
Location: Lecture Stage

Explore challenges and barriers to healthy gluten-free eating. Rasa is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, ISAK 1 Certified Anthropometrist, Beijing 2008 Olympian, and Registered Dietitian at University of Minnesota Health.

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Hy-Vee

Topic: Dinners Made Easy
Location: Demo Stage

Come watch and learn from a local Twin Cities Hy-Vee Dietitian all about how easy dinners can be with Hy-Vee.

 

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Kathy Schwartz

Topic: Orange You Glad It’s Cake?
Location: Demo Stage

Bring Home the Sunshine! We have a new muffin and mix that will bring sunshine to your mouth. Using our NEW Orange Blossom Honey Muffin Mix, we have created a delightfully fresh orange cake. Sure to please anyone’s palate, our orange cake is certified gluten free. To help with other allergies, it is also dairy and soy free! Using a local honey may also help with seasonal allergies. Easy to make and wonderful to share. We hope you give it a try and love it as much as we do! Now available on Amazon!!

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Marie Porter

Topic: Delicious Dips
Location: Demo Stage

These crazy cool dips are not something your grandma made. The Jalapeno Artichoke Dip similar to Psycho Suzie’s or the Dill Pickle Dip will definitely make your appetizer be the talk of the party. Marie is the author of multiple cookbooks: Beyond Flour, Beyond Flour 2 and More than Poutine.

 

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Jennifer Reynolds

Topic: Chicken and Waffles
Location: Demo Stage

These aren’t your typical chicken & waffles, though. Learn from the Sauce Goddess how to make crunchy cornmeal waffles then topping them with awesome slow roasted BBQ chicken.

Topic: Easy Summer Side Salads
Location: Demo Stage

The Sauce Goddess loves to grill, but a good main dish needs an awesome side dish, too. Learn how to make a light and fresh cucumber salad along with a sweet heat broccoli salad. Both recipes won’t have the usual creamy sauce either!

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Jenna Drew

Topic: Boosting Mood and Managing Emotions with Essential Oils
Location: Lecture Stage

Discover How to Manage Your Emotions Naturally – Join Jenna as she walks us through how to handle the emotional side of Celiac Disease and learn how gut health can alter mood and emotions.

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Dr. Imad Absah

Topic: KEYNOTE: Gluten Related Disorders: Is gluten the latest dietary villain and who should be on gluten free diet?
Location: Demo Stage

Dr. Imad Absah is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated from Damascus University and did pediatric training at the American University of Beirut. He then moved to the States where he completed his residency at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York before completing his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship in 2012 through Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Absah specializes in celiac disease and has presented his research nationally and internationally. He aims to find non-invasive assessment tools, improve healing and quality of life, and, hopefully, prevent any long-term complications.

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Kari Hauger

Topic: Crab Cakes
Location: Demo Stage

Just in time for summer, these restaurant style crab cakes are easy to make at home! Kari from the local blog, Minneceliac, will show you how to make this gluten-free recipe using simple and fresh ingredients found at your nearby Hy-vee.

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Clover Meadow Bakery

Topic: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Location: Demo Stage

Healthy Desserts made with your needs in mind!! Learn from the vintage bakery girl how to whip up a little bit of happy in 30 minutes or less! These goodies are so mouthwatering you may forget to snap a photo for your friends!

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Columbus 2018 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Tiffany Hinton – Mom’s Steps to Removing Inflammation
12:00-12:50 pm – Mary Kay Sharrett RD – KEYNOTE: Nutrition & The Gluten-Free Diet
01:00-01:50 pm – Jen Cuevas – Keto or Paleo? Grain-Free Is the Key!
02:00-02:50 pm – Jenna Drew – Boosting Mood and Managing Emotions with Essential Oils

Demo Schedule Saturday:

11:00-11:50 am – Stacy Stratton – Smoothies & Juice Drinks
12:00-12:50 pm – Sonny Marie’s – 3 Magical Meal Hacks with Sonny Marie’s
01:00-01:50 pm – Julie Morrison – Grain-, Dairy- & Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets
02:00-02:50 pm – Deb Holcomb – Gourmet Made Easy

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 am – Colette Chandler – Surviving & Thriving in a Gluten-Free or Allergy-Free Lifestyle
12:00-12:50 pm – Erica Dermer – Myth Busting the Gluten-Free Diet
01:00-01:50 pm – Jen Cuevas – Fundamentals of Grain-Free Cooking

Demo Schedule Sunday:

11:00-11:50 pm – King Arthur Flour – Gluten-Free Biscuits
12:00-12:50 pm – Julie Morrison – Easy Homemade Ravioli
01:00-01:50 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Mom’s Guide to Healing Gut Inflammation

 

Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Mom’s Steps to Removing Inflammation
Location: Lecture Stage

This educational course will teach you the five steps to heal your inflammation. Tiffany Hinton will share the answers you have been looking for to heal your gut and make your pain go away!

Topic: Mom’s Guide to Healing Gut Inflammation
Location: Demo Stage

Learn how to make 3 power foods to add to your daily routine that will help your gut to heal faster. These 3 foods will help you gain energy and decrease bloating. Join Tiffany Hinton as she explains how to add to your week and get the recipes too.

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Mary Kay Sharrett, MS RD LD CNSC

Topic: KEYNOTE – Nutrition and the Gluten-Free Diet
Location: Lecture Stage

Join Mary Kay Sharrett, a registered dietitian with Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus as she tests your gluten-free labeling IQ, answers your questions about the gluten-free diet and more!

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Jen Cuevas

Topic: Keto or Paleo? Grain-Free is the Key!
Location: Lecture Stage

The hottest new dietary trend is the ketogenic diet, followed closely by a Paleo lifestyle. Is one of these right for you? Jen will outline the differences between the various lifestyles and offer ways to be successful in navigating the details, while providing a simplified approach through grain-free living.

Topic: Fundamentals of Grain-Free Cooking
Location: Lecture Stage

In this interactive session, Jen will touch on the common areas of difficulty for those wanting to successfully follow a grain-free lifestyle while living gluten-free. Bring questions and any stumbling blocks for an open time of sharing solutions.

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Jenna Drew

Topic: Boosting Mood and Managing Emotions with Essential Oils
Location: Lecture Stage

Discover How to Manage Your Emotions Naturally – Join Jenna as she walks us through how to handle the emotional side of Celiac Disease and learn how gut health can alter mood and emotions.

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Stacey Stratton

Topic: Smoothies & Juice Drinks
Location: Demo Stage

Start your day off right! Find out how you can make simple smoothies and delicious juice drinks, that your family will love. Besides learning new recipes, you’ll also learn the many benefits of adding these healthy drinks to your diet.

 

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Sonny Marie’s

Topic: 3 Magical Meal Hacks with Sonny Marie’s
Location: Demo Stage

Hacks for breakfast, lunch and dinner using Sonny Marie’s products will be featured. Hang out with DoughBoy Danny Coleman as he shares his unique tips & tricks to navigate through this gluten-free lifestyle, for both kids and adults. Kids will also have the opportunity to come on stage to receive Celiac Awards AND grab from the Sonny Treasure Chest for a extra surprise for attending the presentation!

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Julie Morrison

Topic: Grain, Dairy & Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
Location: Demo Stage

Quick and satisfying, these chicken nuggets are oh-so reminiscent of the drive thru window, but gluten, grain and dairy free, and pretty much all around better for you! Learn how to make some homemade fast BBQ and honey wasabi sauces to dip them in and you’ll have a new family favorite!

Topic: Easy Homemade Ravioli
Location: Demo Stage

Learn how to make and freeze gluten, grain and dairy free Sausage & Pepper Ravioli in record time and start enjoying some pasta again in your gluten free life! This recipe is designed to make a dozen ravioli, and includes information on how to get the recipes for the Chicken Pesto, Beef & Portobello and Butternut Squash flavors too!

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Deb Holcomb

Topic: Gourmet Made Easy
Location: Demo Stage

Learn from a gluten-free cooking class instructor and passionate homeopath how to make gourmet meals with ease.

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Erica Dermer

Topic: Myth Busting the Gluten-Free Diet
Location: Lecture Stage

If you are new to the gluten-free diet, curious about eating gluten-free, or not sure what is fact or fiction, it’s time to find out. Join Celiac and the Beast Blogger and Managing Co-Editor of Gluten Free & More Magazine Erica Dermer as she busts the common myths about the gluten-free diet and living life with celiac disease.

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King Arthur Flour

Topic: Gluten-Free Biscuits
Location: Demo Stage

Join King Arthur Flour as we demonstrate how to use the popular Measure for Measure flour to create delicious gluten-free biscuits. You’ll come away with the understanding of ingredients and techniques to make gluten-free baking easier to implement in your own home.

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Colette Chandler

Topic: Surviving & Thriving in a Gluten-Free or Allergy-Free Lifestyle
Location: Demo Stage

Colette Chandler, co-owner of Colette and Frank’s Gluten Free Goodness has some tips for you because being gluten free and/or allergy free is not easy for anyone; if you are new or you’re a seasoned veteran. Learn what steps help you survive and even thrive in the kitchen, on-the-go, while traveling, and more. Learn some kitchen hacks reduce your time in the kitchen so you can spend more time with friends and family.

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What’s Your Wish?

The 2017 GFFAFest season is coming to an end, but we are looking forward to ending this year on a high note in Portland, OR. This will be our biggest show there yet, with 100+ exhibitors signed up to showcase their products and services. From pizzas, jerky, and seafood, to cookies, cakes, and protein bars, and everything in between, you’ll find something for every taste. Meet local restaurant owners, support groups, grocery stores, and medical service providers. Have a sip of beer or cider – all gluten-free, of course!

Our entire team sends a huge THANK YOU to Enjoy Life Foods, our title sponsor. Their support enables us to bring these events all across the nation. Anyone who is joining us in Portland: make sure to stop by the Enjoy Life Foods booth to thank them for supporting the gluten-free community. Don’t forget to share your wishes and #JourneytoEnjoyLife while you’re there. Here’s what other people have wished for:

Ready to join us to close out the year? We’ll be waiting for you at the Portland Expo Center on October 21-22, 2017!! It’s going to be a rainy weekend, so here’s your chance to get the whole family out of the house. Get your tickets in advance and save 20% by using code 20OFF during the checkout process.

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Strike a pose at the Portland GFFAFest

The last show of the year is about to go down. We’ll be returning to Portland, OR on Oct 21-22, setting up shop at the Portland Expo Center. And this year, the show will be bigger and better than ever. 100+ exhibitors will await your visit. Come and sample their goodies, learn about their services, attend a lecture or cooking demo… There will be so many ways to enjoy this event.

Learn more about the event here. Ready to get your tickets in advance? Save 20% by using code 20OFF during the checkout process.

Make sure you stop by the photo booth and share your gluten-free fun using #GFFAFest. Here’s a look at how much fun our attendees had last year at our photo booth.

Visit Enjoy Life Land at the GFFAFest

A huge thank you to our title sponsor Enjoy Life Foods. Your support helps us put on amazing events all across the nation, where we bring together gluten-free consumers and companies to learn about each other.

Are you planning on joining us at one of our upcoming shows? Make sure to stop by Enjoy Life Land while you’re there. It’s a place where life is good, friends are family and the snacks are gluten-free and free-from the top 8 allergens! Come visit them at the #GFFAFest and hike Cookie Canyon, swim in the dairy-free Chocolate River and wander through the Free-From Forest while enjoying their delicious snacks along the way! Here’s a sneak peak:

 

 

So come and get your samples at Enjoy Life Land at any of our upcoming shows. And don’t forget to share your #JourneytoEnjoyLife:

 

Ready to join us? Get your tickets in advance and save 20% using coupon code 20OFF.

Visit Minneapolis

“Fly-over land” no longer, this progressive  and friendly city is an oasis for special diet travelers

Here’s some delicious irony: Minneapolis was once dubbed “Mill City” and considered the flour capital of the world. In the 1880s, the city’s west bank boasted over two dozen flour mills.

This flour-laden legacy is now a part of history. The towering mills that used to cast their shadows over the streets of Minneapolis are now a unique backdrop for museums and tours. Today, gluten-free visitors to Minneapolis can find dozens of restaurants whose menus are filled with flavorful choices for diners with special dietary needs.

Minneapolis is a hotbed of creativity, with a vibrant arts and music scene and a revered dining culture fueled by its farm-to-table ethic, proliferous farmers’ markets and multicultural culinary traditions.

It’s no surprise that the semi-finalists of the 2015 James Beard Award (Oscars of the food world) included 14 chefs from Minneapolis and St. Paul. This level of culinary expertise, infused with the city’s teeming innovation and artistic pulse, results in an exciting dining adventure for those seeking bold new flavors and a multitude of selections. Many of the city’s restaurants feature gluten-free or allergy-friendly menus, and often chefs are happy to visit tableside and craft a customized creation.

Don’t let the stereotype of frigid temps and Scandinavian modesty fool you. Minnesota knows how to warm its way into your heart—and into your belly!

Downtown Minneapolis

The first thing visitors notice when they visit downtown Minneapolis is the elaborate skyway system that connects 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown, making it possible to work, shop and eat without ever having to go outside.

A sense of adventure and exploration is rewarded, however, with many architectural and cultural landmarks waiting around every corner. Notable places are the , the and the , home of the largest urban sculpture garden in the country and the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture.

GuthrieTheater

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On the west side of the city in the mill district, you can tour the legendary or learn about the city’s flour milling history by visiting The . If you have time to check out the city’s live music scene, be sure to swing by , made famous by legendary Minnesota native Prince or drop in to the .

Good Eats

One doesn’t have to travel far to find safe and delicious gluten-free food downtown. The award-winning is located a mile northeast of downtown on Hennepin Avenue. This dining spot serves up Creole-inspired comfort food. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, with the exception of rolls, sliced bread and cornbread. From pulled chicken smothered in peppered gravy to smoky beef simmering in barbecue sauce, the food is made in house from scratch by knowledgeable staff, which makes it a popular choice for locals with food sensitivities.

For a more upscale dining experience, make a reservation at . This notable hotspot features a 6,000-square-foot rooftop patio and a gluten-free menu containing more than 30 items from appetizers to entrees. Its staff is well educated on all food sensitivities and will work with you to find an entrée that caters to your tastes and your needs.

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If you’re looking for a casual pizza place, check out , located in the heart of downtown. With a trained staff and commitment to gluten-free diners, its menu includes gluten-free stuffed pasta shells, as well as a variety of specialty pizzas. If you just need to buzz in to pick up some allergy-friendly snacks, visit the , which carries a diverse selection of wholesome foods. It’s located only a few blocks away from the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet, Lake of the Isles, Cedar, Nokomis)

Minneapolis literally means “city of lakes” and several are contained within the city limits, just a few miles south of downtown. Dozens of miles of paved pathways provide an excellent outlet to get in some exercise, as well as people watch. Just be sure to choose the walking path and watch out for in-line skaters who have their own path and zip by very quickly!

If you’re in the mood for a more leisurely stroll, check out , which is located on the northeast side of Lake Harriet. This picturesque park contains four gardens, including the second oldest public rose garden in the country. No trip to the lakes would be complete without stopping at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, where you can pick up a decadent root beer float, among other safe treats at while watching colorful sailboats set sail.

Top off your visit to the lakes by hopping aboard the . The historic Minnesota trolley car follows a one-mile track through the Harriet and Linden Hills neighborhoods.

Good Eats

FrenchMeadowBakery

Courtesy of French Meadow Bakery

After a lap or two around the lakes, you’ll have worked up an appetite! Fortunately, safe and delicious food is only a couple of minutes away. Just east of Lake Calhoun, you’ll find . Boasting the proud title of the first organic bakery in the United States, this local favorite features not only decadent gluten-free cakes and tarts but also a variety of gluten-free entrees, including blackened fish tacos and jumbo scallops with wild mushroom risotto.

For a more casual setting, be sure to visit. Don’t let the name fool you; along with providing $2 bowling shoe rentals, they serve up an impressive menu, filled with gluten-free and vegetarian selections. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, this local hangout also whips up an impressive gluten-free breakfast and has inspired quite a loyal following.

Another casual café recently cropped up in the Lake Nokomis neighborhood, five miles southeast of Lake Calhoun. The now has a permanent home for its innovative food truck business in a cozy, brightly decorated café. Everything on the menu is gluten-free. Owner and dietitian Tamara Brown is proud to feature locally sourced proteins, clean fats and plentiful portions of vegetables. Sweet and savory crepes are just one of the many staples that attract foodies looking for wholesome, locally sourced food.

St. Paul

No visit to Minneapolis is complete without a visit to its twin city, St. Paul. Separated by a few short miles and the mighty Mississippi, St. Paul may be smaller in size but it is home to the state capitol building and 104 historic landmarks, including the , which was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. Take in a closer view of the cathedral as you explore historic Summit Avenue, where dozens of Victorian mansions have been proudly restored, including the , the largest single-residence home in the state.

Along the bluffs of the Mississippi, there are noteworthy sites, such as historic . Built in the early 1820s, it served the U.S. military for 120 years. Further along the bluffs, some of St. Paul’s more notorious history can be revisited by touring the . Tour operators recount the fascinating ways the caves have been used over the last 150 years, including as hideouts for legendary gangsters.

Good Eats

With so much to see, it may be hard to break away for a bite to eat but there are plenty of safe and amazing gluten-free options to tempt you. Grand Avenue is home to some of St. Paul’s best restaurants, including . This cozy, local favorite features Southern-style comfort food and carries many unique gluten-free selections, such as Kentucky Bourbon pot roast and shrimp-n-grits. It’s a popular spot, so make sure you call ahead for reservations.

Another popular and unforgettable destination is the award-winning . This upscale eatery, featuring authentic Italian fare, is located in the heart of St. Paul, across from picturesque Rice Park. The twinkling lights of Rice Park cannot rival the interesting décor and festive atmosphere found inside Pazzaluna. Brightly colored murals provide an eye-catching, floor-to-ceiling backdrop while plates of decadent gluten-free pasta are served in the freshest of sauces. Wait staff has been educated on gluten-free preparation and serving, and executive chefs trained in gluten-free cooking oversee the cooking of your entree—all of which means you can truly relax and enjoy a safe, delicious meal. Reservations are recommended.

As long as you’re in St. Paul, take a quick spin a few miles north and visit St. Paul’s first gluten-free craft brewery, . Founded by a celiac, Burning Brothers opens its tap room Thursday through Sunday, and also invites in a gluten-free food truck on select Fridays.

Drive just a few miles farther to a northern St. Paul suburb, Vadnais Heights, where you’ll find . Chef Tyler Jandrey’s commitment to the gluten-free community is evident in the variety displayed on the menu. Do you remember the days when you could order appetizers such as potato skins, walleye fingers or fried calamari? In this lively sports bar, you can again, gluten free!

South of the Cities (Edina, Bloomington and Burnsville)

A few additional gluten-free hotspots are worth mentioning in the southern suburbs, not more than a 15-minute drive away from downtown.

Just to the south of the cities, off the main highways of I-35W and Hwy 62, you’ll find the suburb of Edina. If you’re looking for a great place to have breakfast, visit . It serves up a delicious variety of pancakes using Pamela’s baking mix and the staff is well trained in avoiding cross contamination. Be sure to call ahead or you’re guaranteed an hour wait at the door.

Jump back on I-35W and travel just a few miles south to the suburb of Burnsville. Here you’ll find locally owned . This cozy, little hideaway was recently featured on a local news program for its commitment to the gluten-free community. Ernie’s offers an easy-to-navigate, extensive gluten-free menu, with separate fryers and prep areas.

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As you circle back to the cities, there’s one other destination you may want to see. The legendary attracts 40 million visitors annually and is located just 15 minutes south of downtown, off the I-494 loop. While you may think this shopping mecca is too huge to tackle, it truly is worth a visit, no matter how short. Not only does it house the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, as well as over 500 stores, it also offers a good selection of places to grab a gluten-free meal, including sit-down fare at , and.

 

Julie Salato is the founder and executive director of Celiac Center of Minnesota, .

 

On Foot ?Minneapolis’ 5-mile skyway system protects visitors from the elements. However, much of the city is better experienced by hitting the pavement. The town is mapped on a logical grid system, making navigation a snap.

Rental Car ?The most convenient location to secure a rental car is at the MSP airport. The level of traffic is not intimidating and the drivers are Minnesota-nice.

Light-Rail ?This metro transit system is relatively new and is a reliable resource for those needing a lift to and from the Mall of America and downtown. It costs an average of $2 (depending upon the hour) and tickets can be purchased at an automated station before boarding.

Taxi?There are several taxi providers in the city. While it’s possible to hail a cab from downtown, you’ll be better served phoning ahead for pickup.

Bike ?Nice Ride is a non-profit bike-sharing system that allows users to check out bikes for a minimal fee and return them to several stations located throughout the city.

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