Nine Year Old Celiac Dines at the White House

US-WhiteHouse-LogoWe love sharing happy news about fellow celiacs here at Triumph Dining. We were very excited to hear that Ingrid Gruber, a 9-year-old with celiac disease, was one of 54 children who were welcomed to the White House this week to have dinner with First Lady Michelle Obama.

These 54 children between the ages of eight and twelve won the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a national recipe contest. More than 1,300 children from across the United States entered this contest, each submitting original, healthy and delicious recipe. One winner was then chosen from each state, DC and three U.S. territories. Click to continue reading »

Jamie Oliver Chain Fined After Making Celiac Sick

jamie-s-italianHave you ever eaten at a restaurant claiming to have “gluten-free” options and been terribly ill only to later discover your meal wasn’t gluten-free at all?

This has to be a celiacs worst nightmare and unfortunately it was a reality for 38 year old Kristy Richardson, from Portsmouth in the UK. Kristy was eating at one of Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurants where she told three staff members she required a gluten-free pasta dish and was assured this could be provided. Instead, she was given ordinary, wheat pasta and became violently sick for hours after eating the meal.

A legal battle followed the incident with the restaurant chain pleading guilty to selling food not of the nature, substance or quality demanded by a purchaser, a breach of the Food Safety Act. The lawyer acting for Jamie’s chain said that staff thought she had ordered a vegetarian, rather than a gluten-free and vegetarian option?!?

The chain’s lawyer said “Jamie’s Italian sincerely apologizes that it has fallen short of its food safety obligations…It takes this extremely seriously. It is a matter of very sincere regret to the company that any customer should suffer illness as a result of any meal served by us.” Click to continue reading »

Third Grader Raises Money For Celiac Disease Center

A third grader from St. Pius school, has been busy raising money for the Celiac Disease Center in Chicago.

Both she and her mother, Cassandra, have been diagnosed with celiac disease. After their diagnoses, the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago send both of them care packages. The packages contained a variety of gluten-free food and lots of helpful literate about celiac disease and eating gluten-free. Caroline’s package even came with a stuffed animal.

Since the care package program of the Celiac Disease Center is funded only by donations, Caroline decided she wanted to raise money to help them help other celiacs like her and her mother.

“She came to me and asked if she could make and sell pony tail holders with ribbons. She wanted the money to be used to send another little girl or boy a care package and stuffed animal,” said Cassandra. “She made all the items herself, sold them for $4.00 each, and collected over one hundred dollars!”

Dr. Stefano Guandalini is the founder of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center. At her annual appointment with him, Caroline told him about how and why she wanted to raise money to help.

Celiacs helping celiacs. :)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/lombard_villa_park/community/chi-ugc-article-st-pius-x-third-grader-inspired-to-give-2013-04-26,0,5389721.story

Gluten-Free Dunkin’ Donuts Are Here

dunkindonutsDunkin’ Donuts fans unite – the company is readying to sell gluten-free cinnamon-sugar doughnuts and blueberry muffins in stores nationwide this year, positioning itself as the first in the fast food industry to offer gluten-free pastries.

The company was pleased with the results of its pilot in Massachusetts locations earlier this year and the gluten-free items are now available in the Hartford, Connecticut area.

Note that the new menu items are not necessarily lower in calories than other baked goods sold by Canton, Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Brands. The wheat-free doughnut has 320 calories, while its glazed doughnut has 260 calories. The gluten-free blueberry muffin has 400 calories versus 460 for the standard version and 410 for a reduced-fat one. So, though the tasty eats will be better alternatives for those who are gluten intolerant, they will not necessarily be better for you. They are still doughnuts, after all.

The suggested prices are $1.89 for Dunkin’s gluten-free doughnuts and $2.39 for muffins. The Dunkin’ chain has more than 7,300 U.S. shops.

Detroit Tigers Offer Gluten-Free Tickets


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Are you a fan of the Detroit Tigers? If you are and you’re free on June 17th, you may be interested to hear that the Tigers are offering a special gluten-free ticket and food package for fans who want to enjoy the game, gluten-free!

This gluten-free package is available at the game on Monday, June 17th 2013 when the Tigers are hosting the Baltimore Orioles.

The gluten-free package costs $40 and includes an Upper Box Infield ticket to the baseball game, a voucher for a gluten-free meal and a $4 donation to the Tri-County Celiac Support Group; the largest celiac support group in southeastern Michigan.  Click to continue reading »

Pillsbury and Celiacs Welcome Three New Gluten-Free Products to Market

gluten_free_productsThank you Pillsbury! Your friends at Triumph Dining were thrilled to read your recent press release on your new offerings: pie and pastry crust, chocolate chip cookie dough, and thin crust pizza dough.

General Mills, who owns Pillsbury, has long been a friend of the gluten-free community. Its associated companies now offer more than 300 gluten-free products. Chex Cereal was its first mainstream product followed by Betty Crocker baking mixes. Today there are seven varieties of gluten-free Chex cereal.

The Pillsbury team developed at least a dozen different formulas to test. Click to continue reading »

Toronto Churches Offering Gluten-Free Communion Wafers

wafer_1419861cIf you are a gluten-free church goer, does your church offer gluten-free communion wafers? Recently we’ve seen a few churches opting to offer celiac friendly options and now it’s Toronto’s turn.

A few Anglican churches in Toronto offer gluten-free wafers during communion. St. Martin in the Fields and The Church of the Redeemeron on Bloor Street were already offering the gluten-free option and now St. Paul’s Bloor Street Anglican Church is following their lead.

Catholic churches in the area have been offering what they call a “reduced-gluten communion wafer” for a few years now. Catholic canon law requires the use of small amounts of wheat flour for all hosts and Eucharistic bread, says the director of communications for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Click to continue reading »

Update on Possible Future Gluten-Killing Drug

Whilst I’m not exactly holding my breath for a cure, news of possible future celiac disease treatments are always pretty exciting.

After positive results from a Phase 11a trial with an experimental drug called Alvine AVL003, a company called Abbvie have secured the rights to the treatment, paying Alvine $70 million in upfront costs. Alvine is getting ready for a Phase 11b trial which will involve 500 patients.

The way the drug works is similar to lactase pills, which many sufferers of lactose intolerance take. An enzyme breaks down a chemical that the body cannot deal with.

In the case of this gluten-killing drug, ALV003 contains two proteases, enzymes that chop up proteins specific to gluten, which have been effective and safe in Phases 1 and 11a clinical trials in comparison to placebo.

“A collaboration between Alvine and AbbVie combines our respective strengths and expertise in the development of what could become the first therapeutic option for this major unmet medical need,” said Abhay Joshi, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer at Alvine. “We are pleased to have an industry leader in gastroenterology as a collaborator, whose considerable global development reach can be focused on getting this novel therapy to more patients.”

This drug was given fast-track status by the Food & Drug Administration in September 2012 and could be on the market in as little as five years.

This brings us back to the important question, would you take a pill which would allow you to eat gluten?

http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/15521/20130514/future-celiac-disease-treatment-alvine-abbvie-team.htm

 

Post authored by The Gluten-Free Traveller

Wendy Turnbull: Gluten-Free Cookbook Author and Advocate

turnbullwebSadly, about one month ago Gluten-Free baker and author Wendy Turnbull died tragically while crossing the street in Canada. The author of “Gems of Gluten-Free Baking” contributed a huge amount to the gluten-free baking effort, creating special mixes of gluten-free whole-grain flours that yielded delicious baked goods for the celiac community.

Turnball had been initially diagnosed with Celiac disease as a young child after having a critical reaction to wheat as an infant. Though her parents were originally told the disease was one she would outgrow, her symptoms arose again after suffering a medical infection. Blending her own passion for baking with education as a registered nurse, Turnball sought to create gluten-free goodies that were still healthy for celiac eaters. She worked to find the combination of grains that would Click to continue reading »

Gluten-Free Givers

celiac5krunThough I imagine most readers of this blog are adults who are diagnosed with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, many of whom probably weren’t diagnosed until after childhood (as I was), there are many parents who also look to this blog for advice for running a gluten-free house for their celiac son or daughter. Any medical diagnosis is certainly life altering, but trying to explain to a young child why they can’t eat certain foods that their friends, siblings, and parents eat on a regular basis can be a heart breaking challenge.

A couple of parents from Westfield, New Jersey took that challenge and have changed it into an opportunity to teach their child what it means to be special, not different.  The Kesslers have 4-year old twins, a daughter, Sydney, with celiac disease, and son, Alex, without. In just one year after being diagnosed with celiac disease, Sydney has been feeling much better, thriving with the gluten-free lifestyle. Click to continue reading »