Friday, May 1, 2009

SGFA Weekly Roundup!

First Gluten-Free Conference sponsored by SGFA

Our entire Board is so grateful for the association members, family members, interested community members, workshop presenters, and supporters who joined us on Saturday, April 25th - a gorgeous sunny day by the river - for our first conference for individuals who are gluten-free. We were honored to have Cynthia Kupper, R.D., Executive Director, Gluten Intolerance Group, and & Beth Hillson, President, American Celiac Alliance & founder of Gluten Free Pantry, as well as Kim Snow, owner of Aleia's Bakery, join us for the day!

Thank you as well to Alexa Carlson Catering for the amazing GF lunch buffet! As one attendee said, "That was the first buffet I have walked through that I felt safe to eat the food! Thank you!"

Enjoy these pics from the day!

Welcome by Mary Jane Engle of the CT River Area Health District

Cynthia & Sybil
Our Esteemed Panel -
Beth Hillson, Food Editor Living Without Magazine, Alex Lawton, SGFA Teen Rep, Kim Snow, owner of Aleia's Bakery, Ida Mae Kelley, Enfield
Listening to Our PanelThe Amazing GF Lunch Buffet
Enjoying Lunch

Thank you once again for organizing such a wonderful event.
And what a nice setting on the water, too!

The food was wonderful - I can't believe gluten-free food could taste so good!

I'd like to add my name to what was probably a long list of satisfied attendees.
It was a most enjoyable, informative, AND delicious day!!

Thank you to our members, our sponsors, and the companies
that donated products to make our first conference a success!

Restaurant News
  • Paperback Cafe in Old Saybrook is now officially a GIG restaurant, Cynthia and Sybil awarded the restaurant its door seal last night and the chef is so happy. Russ said he will start making GF muffins and scones soon, by mid May, but the regular GF menu is approved and he is doing a brisk business with it. (Note: The pesto pizza is great!!)
  • Nature's Grocer in Vernon (intersection of Rts 30-31, exit 67), a totally gluen-free grocery store AND cafe,is now an official GIG location, serving breakfast on Saturday, pizza on Fri nite, great bread, muffins and cookies, excellent lunches and soups. They are now a certified GF restaurant, have been open about a year. If anyone finds themselves in that part of I-84, they now have a place to eat and shop! Hours, M-F, 9-7, Sat. 9-4. Closed Sunday. Website is
Products & Finds
  • Great pasta!: The name of the amazing pasta mentioned at the conference is La Veneziane and can be purchased at Olive Nation
  • Questions about the truffles from Dee's One Smart Cookie: they are diabetic friendly, prepared with black bean flour, agave nectar, almonds, eggs, and almond extract, and are a total all protein treat! Dee's is open Mon 12-6, Tues-Wed-Thurs-Fri- 9-6, Sat. 9-3. Closed Sunday. Products will soon be delivered to Food Works, Old Saybrook. Birthday cakes,etc will be available on a special order, pre-paid basis. Watch for the announcement during May. Website is
  • Member find: here is a new line of breads at Foodworks from Le Garden Bakery. One of our members tried the Swedish Rye Bread -- and said "it was fantastic. Rye has been something that I have craved for..and this was not only a great Rye, but a great bread. You've got to try it!"
  • GF Cheat Sheet: Katrina the Gluten Freee Goddess recently posted a GF Cheat Sheet for people who are newly diagnosed - very helpful!
  • Recommended Newsletter: The newsletter from Clan Thompson's Celiac Site is recommended by one of our members - check it out here.
Take Action!
Upcoming Events
  • Chip In For Celiac Golf Tournament 2009: The Wheeler family invites you to for a day of great golf, food and friends to raise money for a great cause. The event is on Friday, May 15, 2009 -- if you are interested, you can view their website for more information. Proceeds are going to the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland and a donation from the proceeds will be made to the Greater New Haven Celiac Group.
  • SGFA May Meeting: Join us on Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 10 am - please note change in time - at the Westbrook Library. Linda Lawton, owner "Olivia's Garden", Master Gardener, will be giving a talk on "Getting started, What You Need to Know about Organic Gardening". And...Mary Lawrence, owner of "WellonWheels", Chef & Nutritionist will demonstrate "Cooking Organically for Healthier Living". RSVP via email - Hope you can join us!