Among Friends Baking Mixes | Triumph Dining Product Review

among-friends-cjs-double-chocolate-cookie-mix-094922976765-e1380987720642If you love homemade cookies but don’t have the time to make them from scratch, Among Friends Hand-crafted Baking Mixes are the perfect product for you. The company was started by two moms who wanted a cookie mix that was easy and nutritious. They have three gluten-free cookie mixes, one crisp mix, and even one for a moist chocolate cake.

Each of the baking mixes is named for a specific person in the life of the Among Friends creators and best friends Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson. Their mixes are super easy to make as you only have to add an egg, vanilla, and butter (or substitutes). Among Friends uses premium cocoa and chocolate with espresso to make CJ’s Double Chocolate flavor whole grain, low calorie, and of course, certified gluten-free. Phil’em Up is an oats, cranberry, coconut, and Callebaut chocolate flavor that is supposed to keep you energized throughout the day. Shane’s Sweet-N-Spicy is made with gluten-free oat flour, cinnamon, and lemon zest. It is soft and chewy thanks to molasses and won’t be in your kitchen for long before they are gobbled up. Click to continue reading »

GFAF Expo Atlanta | Triumph Dining

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is on the road again and this time, they are headed to Atlanta, Georgia! I probably don’t have to tell you again but these events are awesome and definitely worth checking out for a fun and informative weekend.

As always, there will be lots of fantastic vendors (including Triumph Dining!), as well as speakers and experts from the celiac and gluten-free community. Try new products, watch demos from some great gluten-free chefs and learn from doctors and other experts on what’s new in the gluten-free world in terms of news and research.

There will be interesting and informative talks from various speakers all weekend. Below is the Saturday conference schedule presented by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) so that you can plan your day around what’s most important to you.

GIG Conference Track 1: GF 101

 

8:00

Cathy Breedon

Thinking about OTHER Nutrition Issues in Celiac Disease

 

9:00

Carol Fenster

Gluten Free for Beginners

 

10:00

Ted Malahias

Dental Enamel Defects and Celiac Disease

 

1:00

Cynthia Rudert

Celiac Disease an Gluten Intolerance, Your Questions Answered

 

2:00

Sara Vollmer

Living Gluten Free

 

3:00

Alessio Fasano

Change of gluten related disorders landscape during the past 40 years in the US: The Cinderella of GI disorders has been invited to the ball.

 

GIG Conference Track 2: Advanced

 

8:00

Sara Vollmer

The Lighter Side of Gluten Free Living

 

9:00

Alessio Fasano

Change of gluten related disorders landscape during the past 40 years in the US: The Cinderella of GI disorders has been invited to the ball.

 

10:00

Carol Fenster

Getting Alternative Grains into your diet

 

1:00

Oonagh Williams

The Power of Food – You are what you eat

 

2:00

Cynthia Rudert

Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance, your questions answered

 

3:00

Cathy Breedon

Thinking about OTHER Nutrition Issues in Celiac Disease

 

When and Where: 

May 17-18 from 9am-3pm

Cobb Galleria Center

Two Galleria Parkway

Atlanta, Georgia 30339

 

Triumph Dining will be there supporting this fantastic event so stop by our booth and say hello! Tickets are available at the door or now, on the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo website. We hope to see you there!

http://gfafexpo.com/

University of New Hampshire Goes Gluten Free | Triumph Dining

We’ve been hearing more and more that colleges and high schools across the country are offering gluten and allergen-free options. The University of New Hampshire began offering gluten-free options for celiac and gluten intolerant students back in 2006. Now, as the demand has grown, so have their dining hall offerings.

Since 2006, UNH Dining have increased their gluten-free options, added special equipment to their kitchens to avoid cross contamination during prep, added full sized fridges and even an online ordering system for students and staff who require gluten-free options! Students are offered the option of having their food prepared using separate pans and utensils to prevent cross contamination.

“We have recently expanded our gluten friendly stations”, says Rochelle” L’Italien, a registered dietician. “We now have fully stocked refrigerators with assortments of gluten-free products. We also have dedicated equipment like a panini grill, toaster, knife and a cutting board.”

To help students and staff order safe food, menus on the UNH Dining website contain lots of helpful information on allergies and intolerances. Every food item lists what potential allergens it has or doesn’t have and there is an option to click on the food in order to view a full list of ingredients from the company.

“When someone places their order, everyone gets it,” L’Italien said. “We make sure that management, the chefs and others get the order so everyone knows to use designated equipment.”

This is wonderful to hear! It sounds like the University of New Hampshire really understands the importance of preparing safe, allergen-free options and do all they can to keep students and staff safe. Here’s hoping for a day when all institutions follow the same practices.

Does your school offer gluten-free options? Do you feel safe eating at your school’s dining hall?

 

 

 

http://www.tnhonline.com/news/unh-going-gluten-free-1.3164499#.U13EfuZdV-M

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

Van’s Natural Foods Sandwich Bars, Chips and Crackers | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining review of Van's PB&J Sandwich Bars Although it’s May and many of our New Year’s resolutions are pretty much non-existent by now, we can still get back on track when it comes to eating healthy. Here’s a new snack food to help us do so. Van’s Natural Foods, one of the biggest healthy, frozen, breakfast foods companies, launched a new snack bar collection earlier this year with gluten-free multigrain snack chips and PB&J sandwich bars.

The Multigrain Chips come in Nacho, Nacho, Man! and Might Good BBQ flavors. They are made with brown rice, oats, millet, quinoa and amaranth. Each serving comes in at only 130 calories and 18g of whole grains. These very flavorful chips are just what you would want in a snack- crispy, crunchy, not greasy, and no “bad”ingredients! While the BBQ is a bit more authentic in flavor, both bags are great to have around when you’re craving something crunchy and delicious. We can’t wait to see what other flavors they come out with. Click to continue reading »

Gluten Free at ORD | Triumph Dining

Triumph Dining Overview of Gluten Free Dining in Chicago O'HareChicago O’Hare International is the primary airport serving the Chicago area and serves as a hub for both United and American Airlines. There are three terminals and an international terminal.

 

Garrett Popcorn (Terminals 1 & 3) – I don’t know about you but the second I smell popcorn, I instantly start having cravings. Luckily, most Garrett Popcorn Flavors are gluten-free. Chicago Mix (a mix of the CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn) is the best seller and they have a wide array of other flavors including; Cashew CaramelCrisp, Pecan Caramel Crisp, Buttery, Plain, Vanilla Snack Size Popcorn Ball, Kettlecorn, Gingerbread Caramelcrisp, and Spicy Cheesecorn to name a few. Stop in, grab a bag and start munching on this Chi-town favorite. Click to continue reading »

Glutenfreeda Oatmeal | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Review of Glutenfreeda OatmealIf you’re often pressed for time in the morning and can’t squeeze in making a full, hearty, homemade breakfast, Glutenfreeda has a product for you: All Natural Whole Instant Oatmeal. This instant oatmeal comes in 6 flavors; Apple Cinnamon with Flax, Banana Maple with Flax, Maple Raisin with Flax, Cranberry Cinnamon with Flax, Natural Instant, and Strawberries & Brown Sugar with Flax. If you can’t make up your mind on which to try, they also have a variety pack that includes 3 different flavors (Apple, Banana and Maple).

All varieties are wheat- and gluten-free, made with natural and organic ingredients, and don’t have any GMOs. All of Glutenfreeda’s products are made in a 100% dedicated facility and have less than 5PPM of gluten. According to their website, they “welcome anyone who chooses to live on a gluten-free, diet but (they’ve) built (their) business for people with Celiac disease who have zero tolerance.”Just read the ingredients list and you’ll be amazed at how you are actually able to pronounce everything. Real ingredients for real people.  Click to continue reading »

Julian Bakery Paleo Wraps | Triumph Dining Product Review

Triumph Dining Product Review for Julian Paleo WrapsGluten-free eaters tend to rely on corn tortillas. Since we have to skip the bread or bun, sometimes those can be substituted with tortillas. Ham and cheese quesadilla anyone? Loving tortillas is one thing and it’s also nice to have options.

The Triumph Dining taste testers recently tried Julian Bakery’s Paleo Wraps. These wraps are raw, vegan, starch free, gluten free, grain free, yeast free, soy free, non-GMO and low carb. They can claim all this because they are actually made of only three ingredients: coconut, coconut water and unrefined virgin coconut oil. They are produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility and come seven to a package.  Due to the preservation process of dehydration, they can be shelf stable for nine months. Each wrap is 70 calories.  Click to continue reading »

Gallo Lea BBQ Pizza Kit | Triumph Dining Product Review

CAM05310I usually shy away from MAKING pizza crust. I only have a small window of time to prep and cook dinner so making my own crust seems like too much work

When I got the Gallo Lea BBQ Pizza Kit in my Cuisine Cube, though, I had to try it.

The BBQ pizza kit includes sauce, crust mix and parchment paper. You need to add water, a pizza pan for cooking and any other toppings you choose. I had leftover chicken so I chopped that up, put it on top of the sauce and topped the whole thing with mozzarella cheese. It was great. And fast.  Click to continue reading »

Pretzel Perfection Garlic & Herb Pretzels | Triumph Dining Product Review

bildeIn college, when I did some snacking from vending machines at work, I’d opt for pretzels. After all they are fat free, would fill me up and they aren’t candy. That was before I realized that they would give me a stomachache. Every time. Back then I didn’t know anything about gluten or gluten free but I did know that those dense little flour filled snacks were not a good idea.

Fast forward to today. Along with biscotti, cookies, Quinn Popcorn and rice pilaf in my recent Cuisine Cube was a bag of Pretzel Perfection Garlic & Herb PretzelsClick to continue reading »