Saturday, August 29, 2009

You are invited to a gluten-free tasting & tour!

Discover new gluten-free foods and get your questions answered on gluten-free living! WHO: Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD WHEN: October 7, 2009 6:30 pm-8:30 pm WHERE: Whole Foods at the District in Tustin, 2847 Park Ave, Tustin, California (on the corner of Barranca & Jamboree) Map There is no charge for this event, but RSVP is recommended. ABOUT EVELYN TRIBOLE, MS, RD Evelyn is an award-winning registered dietitian, with a nutrition counseling practice in Newport Beach, California. She has written seven books including the bestsellers Healthy Homestyle Cooking and Intuitive Eating(co-author). Her newest book is the Ultimate Omega-3 Diet. Evelyn was the nutrition expert for Good Morning America, appearing from 1994-’95 and was a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for 6 years. She was contributing editor for Shape magazine where her monthly column, Recipe Makeovers, appeared for 11 years. She is often sought by the media for her nutritional expertise and has appeared on hundreds of interviews, including: CNN, Today Show, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, Wall St. Journal and People magazine.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

You are invited to a Gluten-Free Diet Teleseminar

You are invited to attend a FREE teleseminar called Gluten-Free Diet: What Everyone Needs to Know by Shelley Case, RD

A registered dietitian, Shelley Case is a leading international nutrition expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is a member of the Medical Advisory Boards of the Celiac Disease Foundation and Gluten Intolerance Group in the United States and the Professional Advisory Board of the Canadian Celiac Association.

She is the author of many articles on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet in leading publications such as Gastroenterology, Digestive Disease Sciences, Pediatrics, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Topics in Clinical Nutrition, and Today’s Dietitian. In addition, she co-authored the celiac section in the Manual of Clinical Dietetics (6th edition) by the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada, and has contributed to many other publications including textbooks, magazines, and other patient education resources.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Gluten-Free North Saanich Flavour Trail

Deep Cove Market in North Saanich, BC • Saturday, August 22nd , 2009
Deep Cove Market will be participating in The North Saanich Flavour Trail, the third annual "Fresh from the Farm Days", on August 22nd from 11am to 4pm.

With an ever increasing number of customers coming into our Market looking for Gluten-Free products we have invited Gluten-free suppliers to offer product demos in the backyard. We will provide information brochures on the gluten-free products we carry in the store.

Due to popular demand, we have invited Leslie Orser , author of "A Celiac is Coming!" back to do a "Book Signing" at the Flavour trail event! Meet this celebrated author! Last year, Leslie also provided a variety of gluten-free yummy treats!

For the Kids! Face painting and local musician "Brad Prevedoros" will be entertaining one and all with his wonderful talents.

A Community celebration, the North Saanich Flavour Trail is a self guided tour on Saturday, August 22-23 from 10 am - 4 pm, where local farms and businesses open up their doors to the public (some are open all year long, some are not). This community celebration offers tourists and residents the opportunity to savour the flavours of our great community. The event helps to make a connection with local vintners, farmers, food artisans, markets and local talents. These connections provide an increased awareness of and appreciation for local food and agriculture.

See you at Deep Cove!
Joanne Waddington
Deep Cove Market
10940 West Saanich Road
North Saanich BC V8L 5R9
Ph: 250-656-2547

Contact Joanne Waddington by phone at 250-656-2547 or email for more information..

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Shelley Case, RD, Speaks at Prestigious AGA Conference

American Gastroenterology Association Celiac Disease Conference
The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago • Friday, September 11th to Saturday, September 12th, 2009
Celiac Disease: Broadening Horizons Conference

Shelley Case, RD , will speak at this international conference featuring celiac experts from around the world. She will be presenting on the topic, "The Gluten Free Diet: What Every Physician Needs to Know."

This two-day conference will examine the basic science behind the latest clinical advances in the diagnosis, management and treatment of celiac disease.

Program details including registration information can be found here.

Please visit for more information about this esteemed expert on the gluten-free diet.

Check out Shelley's Gluten-Free Diet Bites!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Celiacs Talk with their Feet!

Your eyes are not deceiving you. Celiacs have all kinds of special talents! Like their ability to talk with their feet.

Nina and family had poured over The Celiac Scene™ maps for Kingston and had decided on one of our recommended restaurants for a special celebration. When they were seated and about to order, she dutifully inquired about the gluten-free options that she had been told they were renowned for.

Then the stunning proclamation: they no longer accommodated gluten-free diners! One can only imagine what prompts a highly regarded restaurant to take such a stand, in a day and age when the competitive restaurant industry is clamouring for the patronage of customers with a proven loyalty rate of 96%! A market that has grown by 28% since 2004! A preference that estimates suggest fully 10 % of the population now embraces.

Shocked and dismayed, the family did the only thing they could do under the circumstances - they stood up and left! Fortunately, there were other restaurants on Kingston's Celiac Scene™ who were interested in meeting their needs.

So if you are a celiac and faced with this kind of reception, I encourage you to do what Nina's family did and talk with your feet! Use our maps to head over to where your business is appreciated and enjoy the efforts of entrepreneurs who make you feel welcome and cared for.

As I always say, support those who support us!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Milestones @ The Celiac Scene™!

A brief update on the milestones passed this week at The Celiac Scene™:

2 celiac-friendly restaurants now listed for Alaska !

65+ GIG recommended restaurants have just been posted for Chicago and area, a welcome to the attendees of the Gluten-Free Cooking Expo being held there August 15 & 16.

150+ celiac-friendly restaurants have been mapped out for La Belle Province , Quebec!

250+ restaurants certified in GIG's GFRAP Program are posted across Canada and the US.

561+ FREE maps are now available to guide the gluten free to celiac-trusted restaurants across North America.

18,000+ people visited The Celiac Scene™ in July, in search of gluten-free dining options.

COUNT YOURSELF among the people who have made this resource possible:

for contacting us with suggestions
for sending us your encouragement and thanks
for recommending the site to others
for enlightening the hospitality industry, one restaurant at a time
for your work advocating for celiacs everywhere

The Celiac Scene™ is very much Your Scene! Our thanks to you!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Cycling for Celiacs Rally of Support

17 cyclists! 140,000 kilometers! 10 years! $100,000 to date!

17 celiacs will prepare for their 1400 kilometer fundraising bike ride from the Provincial Legislative buildings in Victoria to same in Edmonton, Alberta. They are supported by celiacs with much fanfare in towns and cities along the way and have raised over $100,000 to date for celiac research!


Wednesday, August 5th, 6:30 pm
The Olive Grove Restaurant
Premiere of Victoria's First Gluten-Free menu!
Would you like to attend?

Thursday, August 6th, 8 am sharp!
Do the wave off as they break in their bums at the Legislative Buildings. Commissionaires on hand for crowd control!

To make a donation!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

So you want a Gluten-Free Guarantee?

Are there really any?

Proactive restaurant certification programs offered by advocate organizations such as the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America® and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness are helping to create awareness in the hospitality industry and inspire restaurants everywhere to cater to our needs.

Ultimately, celiacs and the gluten free still need to take responsibility for their own diets. Unless you are partaking at a dedicated gluten-free restaurant, you cannot abdicate all responsibility and completely download it onto the shoulders of the restaurant who, with the best training and every good intention, are still preparing your meal in a gluten setting.

Sadie Amanda of the Seattle Gluten-Free Food Examiner said it beautifully in her recent post. I liked it so much I wanted to share it with you:

"ALWAYS REMEMBER: The only way to guarantee a gluten free meal is to cook at home with fresh ingredients on a gluten free surface. All restaurants that offer gluten free meals will do their best to prepare your meal without gluten, although they cannot guarantee that your meal will not be exposed to incidental cross contamination. For those who have absolutely zero tolerance for gluten, please be aware of this possibility when dining out."

Dining out is something we all love to do and it is only natural that celiacs want to be a part of it. But if you are looking for a guaranteed GF meal, the only way that you can be absolutely certain of what you are eating is to follow Sadie's advice. Otherwise, while organizations like GIG & NFCA and enlightened restaurants are doing the best they can, this is our reality. Time to step up and stop complaining.