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Culinary Delights On Display At Appetite for Awareness 2010
Philadelphia Favorites & Gluten-free Celebrities Headline NFCA’s Annual Fundraising Event
Ambler, PA (October 14th, 2010)- The brightest stars in gluten-free cooking will join the area’s top chefs for the 7th annual Appetite for Awareness, a day of delicious food and family fun to be held Sunday, October 24that the Philadelphia Cruise Terminal at Pier One at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Hosted by The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) and Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals, the nation’s most prestigious gluten-free event is dedicated to raising awareness of celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder affecting 1 in 133 Americans.
Among those showcasing their culinary talents during Appetite for Awareness 2010 include:
- Chef George Perrier: Famed Frenchman behind renowned restaurant Le Bec-Fin, who will be recognized at the event for his dedicated service to NFCA and leadership in raising gluten-free awareness.
- Chef Monica Glass: Pastry Chef at 10 Arts Bistro and Lounge whose gluten-free advocacy efforts were recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Diagnosed with gluten sensitivity in 2009, ‘Chef Moni’ strives to transform the way people see and eat gluten free.
- Silvana Nardone: Former editor in chief at Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine and author of Cooking for Isaiah. Silvana will sample and demonstrate delicious, easy-to-make gluten-free recipes and be on hand to sign copies of her highly acclaimed book.
Sports fans also have a reason to celebrate at the first ever Beer Garden, featuring big screens and game friendly gluten-free snacks such as pizza, hoagies, bratwurst and beer. The Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and mascot Swoop will also be on hand to provide some game-like atmosphere.
Additionally, Appetite for Awareness will feature a Children’s Pavilion, filled with family friendly entertainment and wide range of tasty treats for celiac kids!
Guests attending the event will all enjoy sampling a variety of gluten-free creations from over 35 of the area’s premier restaurants, an open bar that includes gluten-free beer and wine, and an active marketplace showcasing products from more than 85 the nation’s finest gluten-free vendors.
Appetite for Awareness 2010 the will take place from 2-6 p.m., with the Gluten-Free Cooking Spree, Vendor Marketplace, Beer Garden and Children’s Pavilion open through the duration of the event.
Tickets purchased in advance receive a discounted rate of $50 for Adults, $25 for Students with ID and $20 for Children (under 12). Admission fees at the door are $75 for Adults, $35 for Students with ID and $25 for Children (under 12). Discount family package pricing in also available.
For event details or to purchase tickets, visit www.beyondceliac.org.
About Celiac Disease:
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Celiac is triggered by consumption of the protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. An estimated three million Americans have celiac disease, yet 95% remain undiagnosed – resulting in a fourfold increase in the risk of early death and numerous debilitating conditions such as infertility, neuropathy and even cancer.
When left untreated, people with celiac disease can develop further complications such as other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, thyroid disease and some cancers. The only treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong gluten-free diet.
About The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA):
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for celiac disease and gluten intolerance that will facilitate research, education and early diagnosis, and improve quality of life for children and adults affected by the autoimmune disorder. Visit www.beyondceliac.org for more information.
Director of Communications
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
(215) 325-1306 x 103