September 25, 2009
Gluten. This oft-misunderstood and vilified grain protein seems to have created a recent fad of non-inclusion in food. But for sufferers of the digestive disorder known as celiac disease, gluten can cause pain, physical debilitation and even death. Unfortunately, some of the worldâ€™s most beloved foods contain gluten and it can be hard to avoid.
But the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has a solution: hire all the chefs in town to create new, gluten-free recipes for all celiac sufferers out there. They call it Appetite for Awareness: A Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. Like the protein itself, this event has flown under the radar but in its 6th year, the gluten-free cookoff has a lineup no one can ignore.
35 chefs from the Philadelphia areaâ€™s varied culinary community will partner with top doctors to create gluten-free dishes for everyone to try. The cooking competition will pit these chefs against each other as they vie for a prize for â€˜Best Gluten-Free Dishâ€™ awarded by a panel of celebrity judges. NFCA will also present the â€˜Peopleâ€™s Choice Award,â€™ giving the guests the chance to vote for their favorites. With music, wine, gluten-free beer, an auction, raffle, and lively Marketplace to round it all out, this yearâ€™s Appetite for Awareness will put gluten (or the lack thereof) on the map for good.
Gluten-Free Cooking Spree
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
3601 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19148