Prominent Boston-area doctors will take over the kitchens at the Back Bay Events Center on Saturday September 13, 2008, to compete to cook the best gluten-free meals. The doctors will be paired with top chefs from the Boston area as well as either a pharmacist or dietitian to aid them in their gluten-free cooking quest.
The Gluten-Free Cooking Spree is an event that joins together the medical and lifestyle aspects of celiac disease by educating both the medical and restaurant communities. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease triggered by consumption of the protein ‘gluten,’ which is found in wheat, rye and barley. When a person with celiac disease eats foods that contain gluten, an immune reaction occurs in the small intestine that results in damage to the villi, making them unable to absorb certain nutrients from food. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, infertility, pregnancy complications, skin irritation and other autoimmune diseases.
There is NO pharmaceutical cure for celiac disease and the only treatment is a gluten-free diet. This means avoiding all foods that contain wheat, barley and rye.
To improve awareness of celiac disease amongst the medical and culinary communities, NFCA has created five teams of three participants each to be challenged to create a gluten-free meal that will be judged on taste and presentation.
The judge’s panel includes Lisa Zwirn (Boston Globe Correspondent), Dr. Daniel Leffler (Director of Clinical Research, The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Melinda Dennis (Nutrition Coordinator, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), and two kids with celiac.
Other restaurants attending the event to showcase their gluten-free food items include: Rafferty’s Restaurant, Pepperoncini’s, Lola’s Italian Groceria, Blue Ginger, Boloco Burritos, Gaga’s Sherbetter, Shabtai Gourmet, Little Bay Baking, Yan’s China Bistro, and Celia Cakes.
MEDIA: please contact Vanessa Maltin email Vanessa@celiaccentral.org or call 215-692-2639 by 5pm on Friday, September 12 to be added to the media access list.
The event is open to the general public and tickets are available through the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness website: www.celiaccentral.org. Cost of attendance is: $100 for VIP, $50 for general admission, and $35 for Kids/Students. Tickets include dinner, dessert, and beer (all food and drinks will be gluten-free). Event Sponsors and Vendors include: Stop & Shop, Prometheus Labs, Bob’s Red Mill, Blue Diamond Growers, Boar’s Head, Anheuser-Busch, Stonyfield Farms, Alba Therapeutics, Thai Kitchen, Bell & Evans, Mr. Krispers, Pamela’s Products, Noah’s Pretzels, Kettle Cuisine, Anna’s Swedish Delights, Glutino, Dr. Lucy’s cookies, Food Should Taste Good, Glutenous Minimus, Joan’s Gluten-Free Great Bakes, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Nutritious Creations, Boomi Bar, Foods by George, Majan’s Bhuja and Soy Joy.