Northeast Ohio Celiac Network

Gluten Free Vendor Fair

SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, April 19th, 2015.
FREE Admission

The Northeast Ohio Celiac Network (NEOCN) is sponsoring a Gluten Free Vendor Fair on
Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The event will be held at Memorial Hall in the recreation complex of Rocky River, 21012 Hilliard Blvd, Rocky River, OH  44116.   The event is free to the general public.  This will be an all gluten free event with vendors giving samples and selling their products.

VENDORS:   Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices; Aunt Rita’s Gluten Free, Wheat Free Bakery; R & R Specialty Foods presenting their 7th Symphony cooking sauce; Mrs. P’s Gluten Free Bakery, Giant Eagle Inc. (Dietitian available), 1- 2- 3  Gluten Free (premiering new product exclusively at our Vendor Fair), Chill Pop Shop, Rad Gluten Free Foods, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Jam Gluten-Free Bakeshop, Chocolate Emporium, Red Lotus Foods, Uncommon Grains – Gluten Free Goodness, and many more.

PARTICIPANTS: Northeast Ohio Celiac Network (NEOCN),  R.O.C.K (Raising Our Celiac Kids), Girl Scouts U.S.A. (selling gluten free cookies)

DONORS:  Giant Eagle Inc.; 1- 2- 3  Gluten free, Namaste, Eban’s Bakehouse, Kinnikinnick, Pamela’s, Heinen’s Grocery Store, Girl Scouts U.S.A.

RSVP so we will know you are coming.  Bring a printout of your RSVP ticket to the Vendor Fair to be entered in a gift card drawing.

Eventbrite - Gluten Free Vendor Fair

Information for Vendors

Class Action Lawsuit Against PF Chang’s Restaurant and CDF’s Response

A class action lawsuit against PF Chang’s alleges that extra charges on the restaurant’s gluten-free menu violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lawsuit claims that celiac disease is a disability, and it is unlawful for a restaurant to force customers to pay higher prices for gluten-free dishes. The lawsuit was filed in California and is estimated in the millions of dollars.

The Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) has issued a statement that doesn’t seem to support the lawsuit. Marilyn Geller, CEO of CDF, has this to say:

“The Celiac Disease Foundation recognizes that restaurants bear a financial burden for the employee training and other accommodations that are required to serve meals that are safe for those with celiac disease.”

Let us know what you think. Will this class action lawsuit hurt or help the gluten free community? Do you mind paying a bit more to eat out safely?

Pizza Hut Offers GF Pizza

Pizza Hut, working with Udi’s and GIG (the Gluten Intolerance Group) is now offering a gluten free pizza in about a third of all stores. The one size, 10 inch pizza, (6 slices) is $9.99 for cheese and $10.99 for pepperoni. Check for Locations here.

The Udi’s® Certified Gluten-Free crust is stored in a separate container, on a separate shelf in their fridge. The cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni are stored in a gluten-free designated kit, and every gluten-free pizza is freshly baked on designated parchment paper in their ovens. Other toppings can be added, but there is no guarantee about these being gluten free.

In addition to these storage techniques, team members who make your gluten-free pizza wear gloves and even use a designated gluten-free pizza cutter to cut your pizza to perfection.

Disclaimer? Yes, (as many restaurants do), Pizza Hut has this to say:

“While Pizza Hut® is proud to offer pizzas with gluten-free ingredients, Pizza Hut kitchens are not gluten-free environments. Due to the handcrafted nature of our menu items, variations in vendor-supplied ingredients, and the use of shared cooking and preparation areas, we cannot assure you that our restaurant environment or any menu item will be completely free of gluten.”

Have you tried the new Pizza Hut GF Pizza?

Cooks’ Books Discussion Group 2015 Schedule

Cooks’ Books Club Events

Are you interested in all things gluten-free in the kitchen?
Perhaps your baking and cooking skills are being challenged by the gluten-free ingredients, processes, methods etc!
Join Eileen Simon and Mariann Offtermatt the hosts of our monthly gluten-free cookbook gathering.
We’ll share our personal cookbook experiences and learn tips and tricks from each other.
We’ll also serve up a tasting from the featured book too!

Plan on attending any of the free scheduled events and share the love of cooking with other g-f home chefs! Doors open at 6:30. Meeting commences at 7:00.
Check with your local library to borrow the books if you do not already own them.


Garfield Hts. Library
5409 Turney Rd.
Garfield Hts., 44125


Monday – Feb. 23, 2015 CANCELLED
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room A
Discussion Feature – Let’s focus on Magazines! We’ll have copies on hand of the current issues
of GlutenFree Living, Delight, GIG, Simply Gluten-free. Bring any others that you have success using.

Monday – Mar. 16, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room A
Discussion Feature – Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry by Elana Amsterdam

Monday – Apr. 20, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room A
Discussion Feature – Blogs and More Blogs
Let’s talk about the Blog World – Who’s your favorite blogger? What have you made from their site? What sites have you tried and not had success with?

Monday – May 18, 2015
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Meeting Room A
Discussion Feature – Blackbird Bakery by Karen Morgan


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