Our center stage “Iron Chef-style” competition gave eight of these chef/doctor teams a chance to pull out all of the stops to go for the first place prize for Best Gluten-Free Dish in Philadelphia. The award went to Brad Spence, of Vetri, and Dr. John Marks of Lankenau Hospital, Main Line Health. Pasquale Masters of Pasta Pomodoro won the coveted People’s Choice Award. We have a great video of the chefs, so be sure to check it out! Watch the video now!
NFCA was fortunate to have the talents of two “foodies” as commentators. Lori Daniels of Two Chefs on a Roll, and Christina Pirello of Christina Cooks. Marc Summers of The Food Network was the emcee while Chef Bill Orton of Disney served as a judge. You can see photos and learn more about all of the chefs at www.appetite4awareness.org.
All participating restaurants have made a commitment to include gluten-free items on their menus. This means that folks with celiac disease can dine out without worry! Dr. Ritu Verma of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia declared Philadelphia the first gluten-free celiac-friendly city in the US. See photos from the event!
A huge thanks to all of our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, and loyal friends who joined us for this record-setting event. Please help the NFCA expand its programming and educate doctors and restaurants nationwide by making a donation today at www.beyondceliac.org. Your support will be critical in achieving our goals for the rest of the year and into 2009. And, help us meet the last part of our outstanding challenge grant of $45,000. We’re almost there!
See you all next year at Appetite for Awareness 2009!
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Vanessa Maltin is the author of Beyond Rice Cakes: A Young Person’s Guide to Cooking, Eating & Living Gluten-Free. Read more at www.BeyondRiceCakes.com.
Here are a few key points to remember as you submit comments:
Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder that interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Celiac disease can lead to serious long-term health consequences if it is not treated properly with a 100% gluten-free diet.
About 1 in 150 children in the United States are affected by Autism. In some cases, a gluten-free, casein-free diet has helped autistic children improve cognitive abilities.
The gluten-free diet means eliminating all forms of wheat, rye and barley. There are three million Americans with celiac disease, many of whom are children attending school. These children cannot take full advantage of federal nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program because gluten-free options are not always available or easily identifiable on menus.
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is asking the USDA to include the following items when the Child Nutrition Act is reauthorized in 2009:
Gluten-free alternatives should be available and reimbursable. Consuming gluten-free food is not a choice for patients with celiac disease, rather it is a medical nutritional therapy and the only treatment for the disease.
Gluten-free alternatives should be available every day for all meal and snack times.
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments with the USDA and for helping all children with celiac receive gluten-free food options at school.
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