Northeast Ohio Celiac Network

October Columbus Celiac Conference

Why attend? Three different sessions for adults, teens and children. Sign up the whole family! Speakers, gluten free vendors, presentations, education materials, activities, exhibits and gluten free lunch. Key Note Speaker: Dr. Guandalini from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
Date: Saturday October 31, 2015
Time: Check-in begins 7:30 a.m. General session begins 9 a.m. Program ends 3:30 p.m.
Location: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH
Cost:: $35 for adults and teens for registrations postmarked by September 18. After that date the registration fee is $45 per person. Children under 12 attend free. Payment can be made by cash, check, Visa or Master Card.
Registration: Online, by mail or by calling the Education Department at 614-355-0589.
Online registration: 1) Click on the link below 2) Click for info on education programs 3) Enter “celiac” in keyword search. Register online here.
NO WALK-INS. Everyone at the conference must pre-register. Early registration is recommended. This is a great event for all Ohioans! Registration fee is reasonable because it also includes a GF lunch. Compare to other events in other cities!

Attend the Columbus Celiac Conference. Do something wonderful for yourself & your family!

Two New Gluten Free Businesses Will Open Soon in Northeast Ohio

Brian Doyle Cafe Avalaun
Brian Doyle Cafe Avalaun

Café Avalaun
It’s official. Brian Doyle will be opening Café Avalaun, the first all gluten free restaurant in the Cleveland area sometime this September. If you are interested in a position, HIRING is Still Going On. It’s located on 4640 Richmond Road and hours will be Monday- Friday from 7am-3pm at first, until Brian gets the business rolling. Menu items will be gluten-free baked items, salads, soups, and crepes— both sweet and savory—and the café will seat about 20 people.
Brian is not new to gluten free. He is the chef and owner of Sow Food Catering which offers gluten free options and uses locally grown food. He’s also the chef for Beachland Ballroom. It is fair to say he is part of the farm to table movement. Also known as CSA–Community Sustainable Agriculture– it started around the West Side Market and urban gardens and has spread like wildfire, inspiring up-and- coming restaurateurs.
Look out Cleveland. Gluten Free dining is coming! Stay tuned!

alex's italian catering
The Marzullos-Alex’s Italian Catering

Alex’s Italian Catering
Alex’s Italian Catering is the brain child of Jim and Theresa Marzullo from Aurora, Ohio and the food is 100% gluten free.
They are open for business and will cater birthday parties, luncheons, weddings, graduation parties and more, offering a variety of classic Italian dishes including chicken and veal parmesan, pizza, lasagna, chicken and veal marsala and shrimp, broccoli, and chicken alfredo. Contact them at 330-995-3805 or Email here for full menu and price quotes. And hurry! The chocolate torte special will only last for a few more days!


Greater Cleveland/NE Ohio Gluten Free College Group Starting Up

Are you a gluten free college student? Karis wrote to us that she’s starting a college GF group. Please read the following and pass it on to anyone you may know who is in college,  on the gluten free diet, and who may need some support! The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has some great info too.

Hello Northeast Ohio Celiac Network! My name is Karis L. and I am student at John Carroll University. I would like to start a college group for those of us following the gluten-free diet. It would not be anything serious just going out to eat or baking gluten-free food together. I know college can be a difficult time for many, and even more challenging for those of us trying to follow a gluten-free diet, but we can help each other. If you are interested please email me through the contact page HERE or EMAIL HERE
Karis L.

The Gluten Free Watchdog Takes a Position on Oats: A review of “GF Cheerios: Take Two”

Move over Ralph Nader, there’s an independent voice in the gluten free community.
Tricia Thompson MS RD runs the Gluten Free Watchdog website. She routinely pulls gluten free food off shelves and tests it for gluten.
She has her work cut out for her. The new gluten free labeling law of 2014, although a first step toward identifying safe GF products, is a soft law. It doesn’t require manufacturers to test, doesn’t require a particular type of test or outside tests, and doesn’t regulate the frequency of testing. If labeled GF, the final product simply cannot contain 20 parts per million (ppm) or more of gluten.
Before the new law, only oats certified GF by an outside agency were allowed on the strict gluten free diet. Now General Mills will be mechanically cleaning regular oats and as long as they can prove them to be under 20ppm, they can be labeled GF.
chex clusters
That means GM will be launching SEVEN “new” GF cereals this fall—FIVE flavors of Cheerios, CHEX CLUSTERS FRUIT AND OATS, and even LUCKY CHARMS (which will be labeled GF under the nutrition panel).
image from general mills
Tricia Thompson recommends sticking with certified GF oat cereals. Should we follow her recommendation? Continue reading The Gluten Free Watchdog Takes a Position on Oats: A review of “GF Cheerios: Take Two”

Restaurant Updates

  • Buffalo Wild Wings Multiple Locations
  • Longo’s Pizza – Mentor Mentor
  • Carrie Cerinos 8922 Ridge Rd, North Royalton, OH 44133 440 237-3434   Our guest Sarah writes:   Just an FYI if you want to add it to your restaurant list, Carrie Cerino’s Ristorante in North Royalton has a ton of gluten free options on their menu. They mark the items that are, or can be made, Gf with an asterisk. The food is ...
  • J. Gumbo’s Cleveland/Public Sq. E. 4th, Independence Rockside Road
  • Ken Stewart’s East Bank Downtown/Flats

New GF Products

Current GF Resources