***UPDATE: I won't be attending this year; however, if you go, let me know how it was!***
I'm headed to Chicago at the end of this month to GFAF Expo, to meet you and to sign books. Are you in the Chicago area? Are you coming? I hope to see you there! Here's more info from a press release:
Prominent Chefs and Authors Participate in Chicagoland’s Premier The Gluten & Allergen Free Cook Expo , April 29-May 1
Three-Day Expo Offers Cooking Demos, Recipes, Vendor Fair Special Sessions for Dietitians and Food Service Professionals
CHICAGO, March 15, 2011 – From quick and easy meal preparation to bread baking, the professional chefs, restaurant owners, cookbook authors, nutritionists and vendors participating in The Gluten & Allergen Free Cook Expo plan to “show and tell” attendees that satisfying their taste buds is entirely possible without many of the common food intolerances that people are faced with every day.
Choosing gluten and allergen free foods and learning to implement these types of diets can be very tricky. To ease the process, the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo will be jam-packed with experts, information, demos, samples, and 70 vendors from all over the US and Canada.
In its fourth year of educating the general public, the Expo is branching out and offering special workshops for nutritionists and the food service industry. On Friday April 29th, these two workshops will focus exclusively on helping professionals with clients and patrons who have restricted diets. Chef Joel Schafer will discuss Food Allergen Safety is a unique training session that combines his years of experience at The Walt Disney World Resorts developing food allergy policies and procedures into practical applications that can be adapted to any food service operation. Anne Lee, who is the Director of Nutritional Services for Schär USA will be conducting a great introductory session for RD’s and nutritionists on understanding the basics of the gluten-free diet; including how to prepare gluten free meals and treats.
“This year’s Expo has an all-star cast of chefs, nutritionists, food bloggers and health professionals,” explains Jen Cafferty, Founder of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo and the mother of two gluten-intolerant children. “We have gathered the best of the best to educate the attendees about living a healthy and happy gluten and allergen-free life.” Presenters will educate, share recipes, present cooking demonstrations, and encourage taste-testing of a wide variety of foods.
Expo highlights include: Cooking demonstrations with top gluten and allergen free chefs, a large vendor fair with a section that is entirely gluten and nut free, special workshops for dietitians and food service professionals, a public stage with top bloggers and health experts demonstrating some of their favorite recipes, nutrition sessions and meal planning.
Advance registration is required for the cooking classes. Vendor fair tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance online. Go to www.gfafexpo.com to register and for details.
For additional event information and to register for the The Gluten & Allergen Free Cook Expo , visit GFAF Expo or call 847-217-1317.
The The Gluten & Allergen Free Cook Expo is produced by Gluten Free Classes, LLC, which was founded by Jen Cafferty in 2007 and produces gluten-free cooking programs and gluten-free restaurant educational series throughout the United States.