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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:

 

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Minneapolis 2017 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Erica Dermer – Just Diagnosed? No Problem!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – How to Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
12:30-01:20 pm – Fresh Thyme – Fresh Tips on Building a Healthy Gluten-Free Lifestyle
01:30-02:20 pm – Lisa Clark – Life at the Gluten-Free Table
02:30-03:20 pm – Marlaine Maahs – Gluten and Sugar: The Ticking Time Bomb

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Kathy Schwartz – Sweet and Savory Muffins
11:30-12:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
12:30-01:20 pm – Deb Wheaton – Healthy Gluten-Free Baking and Cooking
01:30-02:20 pm – Farm Girl Fresh – Back to Basics – Leafy Greens
02:30-03:20 pm – Jennifer Reynolds – Gluten-Free Grilling

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Erica Dermer – Just Diagnosed? No Problem!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – How to Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
12:30-01:20 pm – Fresh Thyme – Fresh Tips on Building a Healthy Gluten-Free Lifestyle
01:30-02:20 pm – Lisa Clark – Life at the Gluten-Free Table
02:30-03:20 pm – Marlaine Maahs – Gluten and Sugar: The Ticking Time Bomb

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Kathy Schwartz – Sweet and Savory Muffins
11:30-12:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
12:30-01:20 pm – Deb Wheaton – Healthy Gluten-Free Baking and Cooking
01:30-02:20 pm – Farm Girl Fresh – Back to Basics – Leafy Greens
02:30-03:20 pm – Jennifer Reynolds – Gluten-Free Grilling

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Lecture Descriptions

Erica Dermer

Topic: Gluten Free 101 – Just Diagnosed? No Problem!
Location: Lecture Area

Are you considering the gluten-free diet — but haven’t dived in yet? No worries! Gluten Free & More’s managing editor Erica Dermer presents Gluten Free 101, an intro to the essentials of gluten-free living. Erica tackles the gluten-free diet and celiac disease a bit at a time to give you an easy-to-understand look at all aspects of the gluten-free lifestyle — from celiac testing and hidden gluten to reading labels, dining out and more.

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Jenna Drew

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

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

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Fresh Thyme

Topic: Fresh Tips on Building a Healthy Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Location: Lecture Area

Join Registered Dietitian Kerry Clifford, MS, RD,  from Fresh Thyme Farmers Markets, for an informational session filled with Tips you can use immediately to boost and maintain your health! Whether you follow a Gluten Free Diet for Celiac Disease or avoid Gluten for sensitivities, find out more about how to navigate the grocery store. Learn the key terms related to allergy, sensitivity and intolerance as well as understanding how to build and maintain Gut Health. This will be an exciting session that you won’t want to miss!

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Lisa Clark

Topic: Life at the Gluten Free Table: At Home, At Work, Dining Out, Travel, and Fabulously Fun Events
Location: Lecture Area

Lisa is proof that you can be gluten free and still live a fun and full life! She is a certified Integrative Health Coach with Practice Wellness, who specializes in helping clients achieve optimal health and wellness while maintaining a gluten free diet. In her spare time, she loves to travel and experience delicious gluten free meals along the way.

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Marlaine Maahs

Topic: Gluten and Sugar: the Ticking Time Bomb Inside of Everyone
Location: Lecture Area

What you need to know about the negative impacts of sugar and gluten and how you can take back your health! 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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Demo Descriptions

Kathy Schwartz

Topic: Sweet and Savory Muffins
Location: Demo Stage

Start your morning with a delicious muffin: whether it’s sweet or savory this versatile baked good will help you start your day. Share them with your friends at school or at work. They taste so good that no one will be able to tell they are gluten free. Kathy Schwartz, a Registered Dietitian and founder of Brodys 579, will show you how easy they are to make and how versatile they can be.

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Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller

Topic: Gluten Free/Dairy Free Ice Cream Cake
Location: Demo Stage

Learn how to make an easy ice cream cake using Coconut Bliss Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts

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Deb Wheaton

Topic: Healthy Gluten-Free Baking and Cooking
Location: Demo Stage

Healthy Gluten-Free Baking and Cooking with no rice, no corn, no Xanthan, Guar or fillers of any kind. Is it possible? Deb will show you how to create simple and healthy solutions to solve your most challenging Gluten-Free Cooking and Baking questions.

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Farm Girl Fresh

Topic: Back to the Basics – Leavy Greens
Location: Demo Stage

Colleen Anderson and Joyce Kaping, authors of Eating Pure in a Processed Foods World®, mentor individuals in their Back to the Basics presentation on how to grow, preserve and prepare pure food. At Farm Girl Fresh, they believe nutrition starts from the ground up. In their Leafy Greens/Spinach Presentation, they invite the audience to participate in how to grow healthy plants using the best growing practices and techniques. We’ll discuss how to preserve spinach and go through the process of freezing spinach. The presentation will end with audience participation of preparing one of our gluten-free spinach salad recipes as we talk about the products we use and share helpful tips. Please join us as we grow, preserve and prepare pure food for a lifetime investment for better health.

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Jennifer Reynolds

Topic: Gluten Free Grilling
Location: Demo Stage

It’s not just burgers without a bun! Polynesian Chicken Salad is on the menu today! Summer is Here and learn how to grill from a California Girl! Chicken Thighs are underrated, and she’ll show you this amazing Polynesian Chicken Salad that will be your new favorite thing! Jennifer Reynolds is the sauce goddess, loves to grill and teaches grilling classes.

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Columbus 2017 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Colette Chandler – Navigating the Gluten-Free Waters
11:30-12:20 pm – Susan Hardesty Ritenour – Allergy-Friendly Ingredient Hacks
12:30-01:20 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide — Gluten-Free to Grain-Free Living
01:30-02:20 pm – Jenna Drew – How to Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
02:30-03:20 pm – Stacey Stratton – Living Clean in ’17

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Amanda Keenan – Tortillas and Beyond
11:30-12:20 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Amazing Gluten-Free Vegan Twinkies
12:30-01:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
01:30-02:20 pm – Sue Hardesty Ritenour – Apple Nachos
02:30-03:20 pm – Frank Friedman – Soft Pretzels

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Colette Chandler – Navigating the Gluten-Free Waters
11:30-12:20 pm – Susan Hardesty Ritenour – Allergy-Friendly Ingredient Hacks
12:30-01:20 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide — Gluten-Free to Grain-Free Living
01:30-02:20 pm – Jenna Drew – How to Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
02:30-03:20 pm – Stacey Stratton – Living Clean in ’17

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Amanda Keenan – Tortillas and Beyond
11:30-12:20 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Amazing Gluten-Free Vegan Twinkies
12:30-01:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller – Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
01:30-02:20 pm – Sue Hardesty Ritenour – Apple Nachos
02:30-03:20 pm – Frank Friedman – Soft Pretzels

Lecture Descriptions

Colette Chandler

Topic: Navigating the Gluten-Free Waters
Location: Lecture Area

Whether you’re new to the gluten-free diet or you’ve been gluten-free for years, it can be tricky to navigate the gluten-free world. Colette will give information to help you better understand the gluten-free world, from explaining essential terminology to safely selecting products, dining out, traveling and more.

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Susan Hardesty Ritenour

Topic: Allergy-Friendly Ingredient Hacks
Location: Lecture Area

Are you out of ideas for ingredient replacements in recipes? Whether you’re new to the food substitution scene or just looking for some fresh, new ideas, this presentation is for you. Health and wellness coach Susan Hardesty-Ritenour inspires you to think outside the box and get out of your culinary rut. Make your recipes allergy-friendly, healthy and delicious all at the same time.

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Stacey Stratton

Topic: Living Clean in ’17
Location: Lecture Area

This is the year to create a healthier mind, body and home. Discover how making small changes can make a significant difference in your life. Find out how you can reduce your exposure to allergens & toxins and create a healthier environment. Learn how you can easily switch to non-toxic beauty & cleaning products. Gain tips for making quick, healthy, allergy-friendly meals.

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Jenna Drew

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

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

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Jen Cuevas

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

Have you considered trying a grain-free or Paleo dietary lifestyle to resolve your health issues? Jen Cuevas, founder of The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, helps you journey beyond gluten-free. A certified gluten-free coach with a surprising health story, Jen coaches and trains individuals and groups to experience this new approach to eating. She shares her personal journey, along with tips and ideas to help you experience amazing results. Special note: Attendees of this presentation will receive a ticket to redeem for a special treat (limit one per person).

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Demo Descriptions

Amanda Keenan

Topic: Tortillas and Beyond
Location: Demo Stage

Learn how to make fresh gluten-free tortillas in the comfort of your own kitchen. From traditional corn tortillas to savory chipotle tortillas and delectable sweet tortillas, this ancient staple is given delicious modern twists. This demo is presented by the Keenan family, which includes a dietary technician, a herbalist and a researcher. With over 60 years of combined experience cooking for special dietary needs, each family member brings a unique perspective to allergy-friendly living.

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Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Amazing Gluten-Free Vegan Twinkies
Location: Demo Stage

Special-diet blogger Tiffany Hinton shares her secret recipe for delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free Twinkies that look and taste just like the real thing! You and your kids will love this classic treat.

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Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller

Topic: Gluten Free/Dairy Free Ice Cream Cake
Location: Demo Stage

Gluten-free blogger Taylor Miller shows you how to make a quick, luscious ice cream cake using Coconut Bliss Dairy-Free Frozen Desserts. So easy!

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Sue Hardesty Ritenour

Topic: Apple Nachos
Location: Demo Stage

Looking for a tasty dessert that’s easy to make, healthy and looks fantastic? Health and wellness coach Susan Hardesty-Ritenour demonstrates easy apple nachos, a healthy snack your kids will love. This recipe will be a great hit at your next dinner party!

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Frank Friedman

Topic: Soft Pretzels
Location: Demo Stage

Do you ever crave a soft pretzel? Frank Friedman, co-founder of Colette and Frank’s Gluten Free Goodness, shows you how to make delicious gluten-free soft pretzels using a basic bread dough. Hot and fresh from the oven, you’ll love this recipe!

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Austin 2017 Lecture and Demo Schedule

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

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Erica Dermer – Just Diagnosed? No Problem!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
12:30-01:20 pm – Adriana Krueger – GF and Not Feeling Better? Functional Medicine Can Help
01:30-02:20 pm – Marti Lopez – Alkaline Lifestyle for Reduced Inflammation
02:30-03:20 pm – Dr. Candy Williams – Gluten and Hairloss – What’s the Connection?

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Cathy Lopez – Sweet & Savory Quinoa
11:30-12:20 pm – Tye Lewis – Cooking Culture One Plate at a Time
12:30-01:20 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
01:30-02:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller – Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
02:30-03:20 pm – Uyen Pham – Savory Asian on a Gluten-Free Diet

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Erica Dermer – Just Diagnosed? No Problem!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – Cleanse and Restore Gut Health Naturally
12:30-01:20 pm – Adriana Krueger – GF and Not Feeling Better? Functional Medicine Can Help
01:30-02:20 pm – Marti Lopez – Alkaline Lifestyle for Reduced Inflammation
02:30-03:20 pm – Dr. Candy Williams – Gluten and Hairloss – What’s the Connection?

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Uyen Pham – Cooking Creole on a Gluten-Free Diet
11:30-12:20 pm – Tye Lewis – Cooking Culture One Plate at a Time
12:30-01:20 pm – Tiffany Hinton – Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
01:30-02:20 pm – Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller – Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
02:30-03:20 pm – Cathy Lopez – Sweet & Savory Quinoa

Lecture Descriptions

Erica Dermer

Topic: Gluten Free 101 – Just Diagnosed? No Problem
Location: Lecture Area

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!

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Jenna Drew

Topic: Improve Digestion with Essential Oils
Location: Lecture Area

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.” With Jenna’s help, discover the top essential oils to improve digestion and over 20 other ways to use essential oils daily.

Topic: Cleanse and Restore Gut Health Naturally
Location: Lecture Area

Learn from Jenna how to cleanse and restore your gut health naturally using essential oils.

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Adriana Krueger

Topic: GF and Not Feeling Better? Functional Medicine Can Help
Location: Lecture Area

If you are following a gluten-free diet but are still not feeling better, funtional medicine might be able to help.

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Marti Lopez

Topic: Alkaline Lifestyle for Reduced Inflammation
Location: Lecture Area

In her talk, Marti will provide the nutritional basis for achieving a natural way to reduce pain and inflammation associated with food allergies and sensitivities by way of food, drink and supplementation. She will also be including her fellow IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) alum, Debby C. Johnson, RN, Holistic Health Counselor as co-speaker for the final 20 minutes and together they will inform and introduce the products, technology and benefits of each that our companies provide and are available to achieve getting alkaline and living an energized life.

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Dr. Candy Williams

Topic: Gluten and Hairloss – What’s the Connection?
Location: Lecture Area

Surprising research has disclosed a significant relationship between hair loss and a gluten-rich diet. Dr. Candy will share with you steps to not only restore your hair loss but to improve your total health. Experiencing these cutting-edge findings will aid you in returning to and enjoying life holistically.

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Demo Descriptions

Cathy Lopez

Topic: Sweet & Savory Quinoa
Location: Demo Stage

These recipes have the perfect balance of flavor to showcase this ancient grain. Cathy is a celiac who has a medical background and went back to school to teach people how to transform their favorite recipes and make them gluten-free.

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Tye Lewis

Topic: Cooking Culture One Plate at a Time
Location: Demo Stage

Tylesia “Tye” Lewis will focus on creating healthy, delicious and culturally aware meals using budget friendly pantry staples. Tye, a five year resident of Austin and owner of Tye Cooks Austin, provides gourmet cooking lessons and demonstrations for the Austin Metro area. Tye specializes in ethnic fare while focusing on creating healthy, delicious and cultural aware meals using budget friendly pantry staples.

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Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Location: Demo Stage

Learn how to make Gluten Free and Dairy Free Crab Stuffed Mushrooms that will make your mouth believe you are on the coast. Just add the candles and wine.

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Coconut Bliss, Presented by Taylor Miller

Topic: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cake
Location: Demo Stage

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.

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Uyen Pharm

Topic: Savory Asian on a Gluten-Free Diet
Location: Demo Stage

Asian cuisine has typically been known for its bold flavors: sweet, spicy, salty, sour, and bitter. However, over the years, it continues to be a favorite because it is also easily adapted to the gluten free diet. Uyen will show you how to do just that, so you can make your own favorites at home.

Topic: Cooking Creole
Location: Demo Stage

A rich gumbo is traditionally thickened by a slow cooked, laborious intense dark brown roux, then supported by okra and filé powder. This gluten-free gumbo has all the depth and comfort of a hearty stew without all the hard-work.

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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

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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.

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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

 

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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!)

You Ready for Us, Stamford?

We are only a few days away from bringing the GFFAFest to Stamford, and we can’t wait. It’ll be bigger and better than ever. If you’re wondering what you’ll find out our Fest, here’s a quick peak at one of our past Fests:

We’ll have tons of exhibitors who are looking forward to introducing you to their gluten-free and allergy-friendly products. There’ll be demos and lectures, and of course, lots and lots of samples to fill you up!!!

You can find all the details about the Stamford GFFAFest here.

We’re Back!! Get Ready, Indy…

We are only a few days away from bringing the GFFAFest back to Indy, and we can’t wait. It’ll be bigger and better than ever. If you didn’t attend last year’s Fest, here’s a quick peak at what you missed:

Like last year we’ll have tons of exhibitors who are looking forward to introducing you to their gluten-free and allergy-friendly products. There’ll be demos and lectures, and of course, lots and lots of samples to fill you up!!!

Speaking of filling you up, don’t miss the first ever #GlutinoPancakePalooza, a pancake eating contest hosted by Glutino. Hungry and not afraid to get messy? Sign up here to join the fun. If you are bringing the kids along, there’ll be fun activities for them as well. They can learn how to make pancake art, top their pancakes at the Pancake Bar and make their own Snack Mix for the drive home.

You can find all the details about the Indy GFFAFest here.

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.

PizzaLuce

Courtesy of Pizza Luce

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.

MallofAmerica

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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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