Jennifer’s Way | Triumph Dining

Screen Shot 2014-07-15 at 4.24.51 PM.jpegToo many times when gluten-free is mentioned on television it’s made fun of and called a fad. Last month, in a slightly more serious interview than he is known for, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show interviewed actress and gluten-free baker Jennifer Espositio about her new book and bakery “Jennifer’s Way”. In addition to hosting the show, Jon contributed to the conversation as a father of a child with celiac disease.

In the segment, Jennifer speaks about how hard it was to get a proper diagnosis, or even to get people to believe she had a disease. Both also discussed the symptoms, both physical and emotional, associated with celiac disease and how it is very different than gluten sensitivity or fad dieting. Click to continue reading »

Is Your Child Likely to Develop Celiac Disease? | Triumph Dining

mother daughter photoResearch relating to what may cause children to develop celiac disease are of more interest to me these days. I have a 7-month-old daughter and I’m celiac myself. Will my daughter inherit my disease and which factors make it more likely?

A new study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), finds that more than one quarter of children with two copies of a high-risk gene variant develop celiac disease autoimmunity (CDA) by the age of 5. CDA is a precursor to celiac disease. Nearly 90 percent of people celiac disease will have at least one copy of this high-risk gene.

The study looked at 6,403 newborns with either of two high-risk gene groups, HLA-DR3-DQ2 or HLA-DR4-DQ8. These are vital for immune system function and processing gluten. Over five years, 291 of the children wound up with celiac disease, and 786 developed CDA. About 90 percent of celiac disease patients have the HLA-DR3-DQ2 variant.

The researchers found that children with two copies of HLA-DR3-DQ2 had the greatest chance of developing the disease. Of them, 26 percent developed CDA and 12 percent developed celiac disease by age 5. In those with one copy of HLA-DR3-DQ2, the risks of CDA and celiac disease by age 5 were 11 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Click to continue reading »

Celiac Family Opens Gluten Free Bakery | Triumph Dining

We’re always happy to hear about the opening of a new gluten-free bakery, but we’re even more excited to share when there’s a personal story behind it.

Lisa and Tim Jermyn are a couple living in Lockport, NY. Seven years ago they found out that all three of their children had celiac disease. When they weren’t impressed with the taste or cost of gluten-free options in their area, they began experimenting with gluten-free baking themselves. When Lisa discovered she was pretty good at this gluten-free baking malarkey, she decided to quit her job as a teacher and open a 100% gluten-free bakery!

A Better Way opened in December, 2012. Jermyn says that the store’s sweet products are priced similarly to those in a traditional bakery whilst the breads and pizza crusts are a little more expensive.

As well as at the store, A Better Way products are also available in Niagara County Produce’s Lockport location; at the Bakehouse Market in Father Sam’s in Cheektowaga; and at Wilson’s Pizza Shop in Newfane, which uses their gluten-free crust. They also plan to open a café at some point.

“When I first started, I didn’t think we’d have so many retail customers,” she said. She thought she’d be selling wholesale, but she laughed, “I couldn’t keep the people out.”

A Better Way location and hours:

6429 Dysinger Rd, Lockport, NY 14094

Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-3pm

 

http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/lockport/mom-of-3-turns-gluten-free-baking-into-a-business-20140405

Gluten Free Forever Kickstarter | Triumph Dining

The gluten-free community is one of unique character. We love our gluten-free fare to be, well, really good. So many times, our options have been limited to foods or product lines that sacrifice quality to remain gluten-free. And let’s face it – that’s never a fun discovery.

If you  haven’t caught wind of the Gluten-Free Forever magazine Kickstarter project, please take a look here. (note that it ends very very soon!)

From the Kickstarter page:

GFF is for people who don’t want to compromise quality, flavor, or fun while enjoying a gluten-free lifestyle. The first collectible gluten-free publication striving to contend with top national food magazines, it features: 

• 50 inspired recipes from top chefs, cookbook authors & bloggers 
• tutorials for mastering gluten-free cooking 
• secrets to satisfying GF family members and friends of all ages & tastes 
• trends, products, people, & places worth knowing about 
• travel features for tastier gluten-free adventures 
• lifestyle extras that elevate your everyday 
• enticing photography and design 

100% Gluten Free Taproom Opens in St. Paul | Triumph Dining

If you thought a taproom serving only gluten-free beer was something you would only ever dream of, think again! Or come to St. Paul, Minnesota, where a brewery is doing just that.

The Burning Brothers Brewery opened their doors for the first time earlier this month and they serve only gluten-free beer. One of the brewery’s co-owners was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, which is what led to the idea of a completely gluten-free brewery. As a result, he began experimenting with gluten-free home brewing.

“Why? Because we get it. We’ve been there and we know what you’re going through. Our calling is to bring the freedom to drink beer back to everyone who is gluten-free. We want to not only give you that freedom, but to push the envelope and bring you flavors you’ve never tasted before.”

The owners of this gluten-free brewery say that they decided to focus on gluten-free beer because they don’t want anyone to have to “fear the beer!”

How exciting! The twin cities are already pretty gluten-free friendly but it’s great that gluten-free folks living in or headed to St. Paul now have another safe place to go for a drink!

If you find yourself in the city and fancy a gluten-free pint, regular hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 9pm and Saturdays from noon to 5pm.

Cheers!

http://www.burnbrosbrew.com/

United Airlines Expanding its in-air Gluten-Free Offerings

United_AirlinesUnited Airlines has been bitten with the gluten-free bug and is planning to elevate the flying experience for celiacs by expanding its food options for premium and economy cabin travelers.

Starting in summer, the airline will debut their new GF meal options for those in premium cabins on long, international flights. These will be prepared in conjunction with the new FDA ruling of less than 20ppm. Summer can’t get here soon enough, but economy flyers won’t have to wait as long since starting next month, United will change over their salad dressing to one that is gluten-free. This will be the second menu option for GF eaters as United currently offers a gluten-free soup. Click to continue reading »

Does Your Church Offer Gluten-Free Communion? | Triumph Dining

7058-communion-wafers_imgWe’ve been hearing from more and more of you that your churches are beginning to offer gluten-free options for communion (see our 2012 article here)

A woman from Madison, Wisconsin, who has celiac disease, says that she has a special arrangement for communion at St. Dennis Catholic Church in Madison. She avoids taking a wafer and drinks out of a separate cup to avoid cross contamination.

“Sometimes other people dip wafers, containing gluten, in the common cup or discharge particles into it. That contaminates the wine for a celiac,” she says.  Click to continue reading »

Roche Bros. Expand Gluten-Free Section | Triumph Dining

ROCHE_BROTHERS_LOGOAs the market for gluten-free products dramatically increases for a variety of different reasons, supermarkets are offering more extensive gluten-free sections to compete with demand. Roche Bros, headquartered in Wellesley Hills, MA, are the latest to stock their shelves with hundreds of new gluten-free items.  Click to continue reading »

Gardein Offers New Gluten-Free Meatless Foods | Triumph Dining

GARDEIN MEATLESS PRODUCTSWhile Dunkin’ Donuts is pulling gluten-free items from their menu, Gardein, the award-winning maker of meatless foods such as Chick’n and Turk’y is introducing a new line of GF items which will include Beefless Ground, Veggie Burger and a Black Bean Burger.          Click to continue reading »

New Gluten-Free Products Make Pricing More Competitive | Triumph Dining

Gluten-Free-Grocery-Store-AisleWith new gluten-free products hitting the shelves each day, GF eaters are finding it easier and easier to discover new items that they love to munch on. There’s no doubt that this will continue to trend in 2014 and beyond; a survey conducted by the HAIN Corporation found that at least seven out of 10 “health conscious” consumers frequently purchased products labeled gluten-free and at least four in 10 stated they planned on buying more GF products in the coming year. Click to continue reading »