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Volunteer Hosts Cupcakes and Cocktails Party


Who says grown-ups can’t have fun with gluten-free cupcake parties? Thanks to NFCA volunteer Lauren Shapiro’s creative thinking, they can!

Lauren hosted the first ever ‘Cupcakes and Cocktails Party’ to raise funds and awareness for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) on March 31st, 2010 at APO Bar + Lounge in Philadelphia, PA.

APO offered wine specials throughout the night and prepared specialty gluten free cocktails, for the event proceeds from which were donated directly to the NFCA for funding for their local and national awareness programs. Several local bakeries also got in on the act and generously donated gluten free cupcakes and other goodies.

Over 64 cocktail orders, combined with cash donations, helped Lauren raise $475 dollars for NFCA!

Want to re-create the evening at home? Thanks to APO Bar + Lounge, you can make these delicious gluten-free cocktails, served at the first ever ‘Gluten-Free Cupcakes and Cocktails Party’, right at home!

Pera Oso

1.5oz absolut pear
1oz lime
.5oz agave
2 dash regans orange bitters
sparkling wine
lime twist

Part 2

1oz Makers Mark bourbon
.75 lime
.75 honey
2 dashes peychauds bitters

Serve on ice in old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime and a smile!

Wild fling

 1oz gin
.75 oz lemon
.75oz brown and black syrup
2 dashes angostura bitters

Serve on ice in old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

As always, we are incredibly grateful for the help of so many fabulous volunteers working hard across the country to forward our mission. To get involved with NFCA and become a Celiac Awareness All Star, sign up to volunteer. http://www.beyondceliac.org/Get-Involved/23/