What a successful conference! I am sure all who attended will agree that the day of feasting and learning could not have been better. The Celiac Disease Foundation pulled out all the stops for this year’s Annual Education Conference and Food Faire.
I had a table promoting CC Gluten Freed and got some great feedback from the gluten free community. I am so pleased to report that many people have found the site very helpful and even inspiring!
I was lucky enough to be considered a speaker at an event where such prominent figures as Dr. Stefano Guandalini of University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, Dr. Peter Green of Columbia University Celiac Disease Center and Dr. Gregory Harmon of the UCLA Celiac Disease Center were speaking. I lead the Young Adult, Teen and Tween session, designing activities and giving a speech about the surprising social benefits of being gluten free, a silver lining, if you will. At the end of the session I raffled off three Kraft Mac N’s Cheese Powder bottles! This is one of the only foods I have not found a perfect GF substitute for. I quested for the powder (sold separately from the glutinous pasta) for days and days and am so glad I found it. You should have seen the kids’ faces when they won the ingredients for the best Mac N’ Cheese in US history.
In addition to the great speakers and educational lectures at this event, attendees had access to over a hundred food vendors providing samples of delicious GF products. I, personally, could not help but go back for a second serving of pizza at the Udi’s table!
I learned a lot not only from the speakers but from the gf people who stopped by my table. For example, I met a ton of people who were diagnosed with Celiacs only after their children or grandchildren were diagnosed! I wonder if this is because of the involvement of parents in children’s health, the quality of pediatric care in the US compared to adult care or if there is some other explanation! I also received a lot for requests to purchase CC Gluten Freed wristbands for family members, support groups or gluten free clubs and organizations. In response, I have made the bracelets available here! I, personally, always wear 3 of them so I can give them away if I meet a GF person on the road! The bracelets are very fun and meaningful. Check out the meaning behind OWN IT.
For those of you who are just joining ccglutenfreed.com after meeting me at the conference: WELCOME! I hope you enjoy the blog. I had such a great time at the conference. It was a day I will never forget.
drawing a crowd at the CC Gluten Freed table!
CC Gluten Freed was located next to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center table!