Halloween can be a fear provoking time for a gluten-free family, and for more reasons than the usual witch, ghost and goblin fright fest. Whenever there's a holiday centered so much around food, and one with unknown food on the go at that, there's a lot of potential for cross contamination and mistakes. I do at least have a few tips and resources for safety to make your lives easier.
One- Here is the latest list of approved Gluten-Free Halloween Candy from the Celiac Disease Foundation. This list is only a preliminary resource- make sure to still double-check ALL labels as things are always subject to change. Also ALWAYS remember that some special holiday recipes are different from the usual items on the shelves. For example, Reese's peanut butter cup pumpkins, Christmas trees and Easter eggs are a different recipe from REGULAR Reese's peanut butter cups and the holiday items ARE NOT gluten-free!
Two- Here is a link to a Halloween Safety webcast I did for the Celiac Disease Program. We also have a variety of other pre-recorded webcasts available on our channel for you to peruse and download to watch at your leisure.
Three- Check out the Teal Pumpkin Project and their available resources to promote a safer, happier Halloween for all with Non-Food treats this year. They also have a map on their website where participating houses in your neighborhood can register so you know where to go.
Hope these resources help you have a fun and safe Halloween this year! Enjoy!
I want to thank the owner of Rise Bakery, Mike Koritko, for attending the Celiac Disease Program's Dispelling GF Myths class yesterday and bringing his tasty croissants and eclairs! It was a pleasure to have him and as usual his treats were delicious! For those of you unfamiliar with Rise Bakery, you need to check them out next time you're in Adams Morgan!
Rise Bakery is DC's only 100% gluten-free bakery. They offer a variety of tasty bread products like croissants, bagels, biscuits and challah and complement them with savory sandwich offerings. Rise also has an abundant selection of pastries and sweets and will create made to order cakes with advance notice.
For those not in the Adams Morgan area regularly, they will ship products and are also available in select Whole Foods and Glen's Garden Markets in the DC metro area. Enjoy!
I was recently approached at the DC GF Expo and asked by multiple newly diagnosed people about where I eat in the Burke/Springfield area. My answer is- All Over! There are SOO many places coming out with gluten-free menus now. Yes, you do have to drive a little bit, but that's just the curse of the Burke area in general unfortunately. For an area with so many people, there is seriously a lack of local restaurants. But head over to the Fairfax or Springfield areas and there are TONS of gluten-free options available. Here are a few of my favorites.
Mosaic District- I have long said that the Mosaic District is GF paradise. They just keep getting better and better with gluten-free offerings. These restaurants all have GF menus available.
True Food Kitchen- http://www.truefoodkitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/TFK-FF_Menu_FULL_web.pdf
Taylor Gourmet- http://www.taylorgourmet.com/
Jinya Ramen Bar- http://mosaicdistrict.com/dine/jinya-ramen-bar/
Cyclone Anaya's- www.cycloneanaya.com/vegetarian-gluten-free/
Springfield Town Center- The new Springfield mall is getting some great places that offer gluten-free options.
Zinburger- www.zinburgereast.com/assets/0416_zin_menu.pdf (Fantastic shakes and children's menu available as well)
Silver Diner- www.silverdiner.com/menu/chef-selections
Great American Restaurants- www.greatamericanrestaurants.com/
Both of these options are chains with locations available all over the NOVA area.
Clifton- This is one of my FAVORITE areas! It is such a cute little village with great historic charm and there are some great restaurants with GF offerings.
Trattoria Villagio- trattoriavillagio.com/about/ (GF pasta available and they will tailor make almost anything for you. Customer service is AMAZING!)
Trummer's on Main- www.trummersonmain.com/ (Probably my favorite restaurant in the entire NOVA area. Their brunch is to die for!)
The Clifton Cafe-www.cliftoncafe.com/ (Ask for them to make a GF crepe for you out of egg like an omelet)
The DC GF Expo was last week and was even more fantastic than last year. Each year it truly gets bigger and better! There were tons of awesome new vendors and products. I'll be writing about them in more detail here in upcoming posts.
There were also some extremely interesting educational sessions,
including one on GF Travel Tips by yours truly. :) I'm attaching the video here so you can watch for yourself. There's one on GF baking, GF pantry products, some scientific Celiac updates. I'm at the one hour mark btw. www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXSFQsHzITc&sns=em
I'm also giving a talk at the Wildfire GF dinner and wine pairing next Thursday June 23rd. Here's the link and info if you're interested in attending. They always provide a fantastic meal and great conversation! Hope to see you there! wildfirerestaurant.com/events/gluten-free-wine-dinner-4/
The 4th Wedding Anniversary is traditionally celebrated with flowers and fruit. Can't wait to celebrate with the hubby tonight with this chocolate raspberry GF cake I ordered from Out of the Bubble Bakery, LLC! Fruit on the inside check, beautiful cherry blossom decoration on the outside check! Thanks TaMeisha!
Also had a fantastic meal out to celebrate over the weekend at Trattoria Villagio in Clifton! They have GF pasta and will make accommodations for almost anything on the menu by request. Server and manager came by the table and both were extremely well versed in gluten-free knowledge and needs. I got to try black venere risotto for the first time, it had an interesting texture and was quite tasty. Highly recommend! Overall great experience! Make sure you ask to sit outside on their beautiful patio. Enjoy! :)
Wildfire Offers Special Valentine’s Menu for Two February 12-15, 2016
McLean, VA…January 2016…Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend at Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA. by sharing a delicious meal with your sweetheart! We’ll be offering a special four course Valentine’s Menu for Two that will be available from Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15. As an added bonus for celebrating on Monday, you can also enjoy a half price bottle of wine from our select list.
The menu includes a starter and salad to share, your choice of Wildfire signature main courses such as Cedar Planked Salmon, Feta Crusted New York Strip Steak or Spit Roasted Carved New York Roast, with choice of side, and decadent dessert to share for $90 per couple, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Our regular dinner menu will also be available to enjoy. For more information or to make a reservation, call (703) 442-9110.
Choose One to Share
Spinach & Artichoke Fondue (GF)
garlic toast points
Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps*
garlic spinach, tomato herb broth
Grilled Pepperoni Pizza (GF)
Tomoato, fresh mozzarella
Choose One to Share
Caesar Salad (GF)
romaine, parmesan cheese, garlic croutons
Wildfire Chopped Salad (GF)
roasted chicken, avocado, tomatoes, blue cheese, bacon, scallions, corn, tortilla strips;
tossed with citrus lime vinaigrette
Choose Two to be Individually Plated
Cedar Planked Salmon* (GF) · Fresh Fish of the Day* · Braised Short Ribs
Feta Crusted New York Steak* · Spit Roasted Carved New York Roast* (GF)
Petite Filet Mignon* (GF) with choice of signature crust
served with your choice of redskin mashed potatoes (GF), wild rice (GF),
au gratin potatoes (GF), creamed spinach, roasted vegetables (GF),
fresh cut french fries or broccoli with lemon vinaigrette (GF)
Choose One to Share
Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie
fresh whipped cream, hot fudge
Seasonal Berries Crisp with Ice Cream
oatmeal cookie crumble, berry sauce
Baked Apple Skillet Pie
vanilla ice cream
The restaurant will gladly substitute their GF chocolate flourless cake or GF chocolate chip cookies as well.
Check out On Tap Magazine's Third Annual Cider tasting. The event is on November 12th from 7-10pm. They will have over 14 different ciders to sample from all around the region and world. All proceeds from the event will be given to support a charity focused on ending child abuse. Click here for more information on the event. Enjoy!
WILDFIRE HOLDS GLUTEN FREE WINE DINNER
McLean, VA… October 2015… Join us at Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, 3rd floor, McLean, VA 22102 on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, where we will hold an evening devoted to our gluten free diners. Our Executive Chefs will prepare a custom gluten free five-course menu, each course paired with a wine to complement the dish. Guest speaker Jaimie Mertz, owner of Red Bandana Bakery, will talk about making the most out of eating gluten free sweets made with good-for-you ingredients.
The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a seated dinner at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $80.00 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). For more information or to make reservations, please call Amanda or Erika at (703) 442-9110.
-- Reception --
Smoked Chicken & Wild Mushroom on Polenta Crisps
Roasted Goat Cheese Stuffed Mission Figs with Pancetta
Zonin Prosecco DOC
--First Course –
served family-style with homemade cheddar cornbread muffins & honey butter
Fall Kale & Apple Salad
baby spinach, dates, marcona almonds, parmesan, lemon vinaigrette
Maso Canali Pinot Grigio ‘14
-- Second Course --
pineapple relish, classic béarnaise
Hess Select Chardonnay ‘13
Slow Braised Short Ribs
butternut squash risotto
Seghesio Family Vineyards “Angela’s Table” Zinfandel ‘12
Molten Nutella Chocolate Cake
fresh whipped cream
coffee or hot tea
Had such a great time in NY last week. One of my highlights was my amazing gluten-free NYC food tour with Lynn Mendelsohn. We had a ton of tasty treats around the city, but my favorite part of the day was definitely the dairy and gluten-free ice cream along with gluten-free waffle cones! Read more about my fantastic experience in my upcoming article in Delight magazine this fall.