Monday, July 20, 2009

Columbia Introduces Free Monthly Roundtables!

As part of its mission to serve people with celiac disease in the metropolitan area, the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University (CDCCU) now offers free monthly "roundtable" meetings that will explore a variety of subjects.

The first of the roundtables, specifically addressed to parents of young children with celiac disease, will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 from 6:00—8:00 pm in the Atchley Loeb Conference Room located in the Columbia University Medical Center.

Attendance is limited to 30 people so RSVP ASAP (emailing if you're interested!

Other planned roundtables:
Adults with Celiac Disease
Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Teens and Adolescents with Celiac Disease
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Giving Blood

I just got a postcard inviting me to donate blood and receive of a pair of Mets tickets in the process. I did this last year, and it went very smoothly.

The details:
Donation on Thursday, July 23, 2009
10:00am through 5:00pm
Citi Field First Base VIP Entrance
Flushing, NY
People with celiac disease are qualified to give blood, though of course they are still subject to standard requirements. For instance, you must be between 16 and 76 (and have written consent if you're 16 and a doctor's note if you're 75 or older). Your weight must be at least 110 lbs. You should bring your ID to the event. You should eat and drink before donating, and (sorry, hipsters) you must not have tattoos or piercings less than a year old.

You can call 1-800-688-0900 for eligibility requirements.

Bringing your own snack and drinks should help with the "refilling" part of the process.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Starbucks: Back to the Drawing Board

The Saga Continues

Starbucks has put considerable effort into serving gluten-free food, but it hasn't seemed happy with what it has produced.

First, in April 2007, there were the brownies that were test-marketed in New York City.

Then came the months and months of research and brainstorming that resulted in the May 2009 unveiling of the Valencia Orange Cake.

And now the saga continues with the discontinuation of the orange cake—after fewer than three months!—and its replacement with Kind Fruit & Nut Bars.

Photo: David Marc Fischer

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Gluten-Free Tasting Day

@ Whole Foods Union Square

From the store calendar:
Monday, July 13th
Gluten Free Tasting Day

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. FREE!

Join us for our very first Gluten Free Tasting Day. Representatives from Attune, Glow Gluten Free, Enjoy Life Foods, Bakery on Main and Gilbert's Gourmet Cookies will be on hand to sample their gluten free delicacies.

Chef Juan Pablo will be demonstrating a signature summery gluten free dish as well.
Thanks to Myra for the twittery tip!