Wandering Aengus Ciderworks | Triumph Dining Product Review

wanderingaengusciderworksDeep in Salem, Oregon is the Wandering Aengus Ciderworks distillery. Here they brew their five popular, gluten-free ciders; Bloom, Wanderlust, Oaked Dry, Golden Russet and Wickson.

Bloom is the original cider from Wandering Aegnus. It is sweet with hints of tropical fruit, and embodies everything you would expect from a delicious cider. It smells like apples and tastes like carbonated apple sauce with a little bit of tartness trapped in its golden color.

Wanderlust is a great holiday cider, thanks to its warm undertones of ginger. Out of all the different brews, it is probably the most aptly named an “apple cider.”It is semi-dry and tart with a light body and a spicy finish.

Oaked Dry lives up to its name. It is very oaky and very dry. There is a blend of bittersweet and sharp apples that are a bit spicy to the tongue and end very smoothly.

Golden Russet is bronze and dense. It’s a dry cider that smells of honey and apple, almost like an apple brandy. This varietal has a deep apple flavor with just a hint of tart. Caramel rounds out the flavors and makes you almost forget this is a 9.8% ABV.

Wickson pours into your glass clear with lots of carbonation. You can catch waft of apple, lemon, and grape while tasting a bit of honey on the palate with a hint of lime. This cider has a very clean, dry finish for a solid and smooth experience overall.

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks only uses apples that originate from France, England, and pre-prohibition America, which they grow themselves in Oregon. These heirloom apple varieties, like the Golden Russet and Wickson crab apple, are what allow for depth of flavor, body, and district aromatics in their ciders, according to the company.

Wandering Aengus Ciders are brewed and bottled in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

Namaste Foods Gluten Free Brownie Mix | Triumph Dining Product Review

Namaste Brownie MixNo matter what you’re allergic to or what your diet requires, Namaste Foods has a baking mix for you. Namaste Foods prides themselves on making “worry-free products”. Their facilities contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, peanuts or tree nuts in attempts to eliminate any chance of cross-contamination. They also use no genetically modified ingredients and all of their products are Kosher Certified. From Bread Mixes to Pizza Crust, Cookies to Mac and Cheese, Cakes to Broccoli Cheddar Soup, this company has a wide variety of products that are safe and natural.

If you have not tried their Brownie Mix, I suggest pointing your browser to their website and ordering some. A simple list of ingredients (Evaporated Cane Juice, Sweet Brown Rice Flour, Dutch Cocoa, Tapioca Flour, Arrowroot Flour, Salt, and Xanthan Gum) makes these guilt-free brownies the stuff that dreams are made of: just add eggs, oil, and water! (If you don’t or can’t eat eggs, their website has a few suggestions for replacements in the FAQ section). Click to continue reading »

Bee’s Knees Peanut Butter | Triumph Dining Product Review

If I were stuck on a desert island and could only bring five foods with me, peanut butter would definitely be one of them! It’s great mixed into hot cereal in the morning, it’s delicious on toast and it’s best straight from the jar.

When Peanut Butter & Co. invited me to join their Yum Squad, I was delighted. I got to try some new and exciting flavors of peanut butter, including “The Bee’s Knees” Peanut Butter, which, not too surprisingly is made with honey.

This peanut butter is sweet. It’s creamy. It’s addictive. I’m a fan of all of their products but this is one of my new favorites. Thank you to the bees for making such delicious honey and thanks to PB&Co. for mixing it with peanut butter.

You can check out Peanut Butter and Co. on their website below. They are available for purchase online, in many grocery stores, or in their New York City sandwich shop.

Have you tried Peanut Butter & Co? What’s your favorite flavor and how to you eat it?

http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/

 

Disclaimer: Peanut Butter & Co. sent me a jar of The Bee’s Knees to taste and review but all opinions are my own.

Anthem Cider | Triumph Dining Product Review

IMG_1111With the weather warming up and BBQ season upon us, it’s natural to find your mind wandering to the thought of a “nice, cold one.” Luckily for gluten-free eaters, imbibing has never been easier thanks to the many safe craft ciders available. Anthem Cider uses local dessert apples such as Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Gala and Golden Delicious to craft their four gluten-free beverages: Anthem Cider, Anthem Pear, Anthem Cherry and Anthem Hops.

Their traditional Anthem Cider is exactly what is says it is: apples, pressed and fermented. Don’t expect any frills here but the taste is clean and perfect for people who want a natural tasting cider. It’s tart and a little sweet with a medium carbonation. Click to continue reading »

Sun Cups | Triumph Dining Product Review

dark-chocolate-sun-butter-cups-484In college I had a boyfriend who caused me to have nightmares. He was a great guy but his peanut allergy had me worried that I’d eat something and inadvertently cause him to go into anaphylactic shock. It was then that I realized how many of the desserts I loved were made with peanuts. This is a real concern for those of us living with severe allergies or loved ones with allergies. It means always having to avoid those tasty allergen filled goodies. Click to continue reading »

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 »