Allergy Friendly Friday
Our team in the Kitchen at the GF/AF EXPO Dallas: Chef Castano Penn, Chef Denise O’Dean SanFilippo, and Chef David Shaw
Last Friday, I traveled to Dallas for the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo and Vendor Fair, which was a smashing success, with over 2000 visitors passing through the vendor fair, and all the cooking classes extremely well attended. I spent a good 10 hours baking and cooking in the kitchen you see pictured above, and quite literally never left the hotel once all weekend! I walked through the doors at 4:00pm on Friday, and walked out at 1:00pm Sunday, got back in my rental car, and drove back to the airport. It was a great weekend, but a crying shame I never got to see a glimpse of the city, particularly since both my maternal grandparents were from Texas, albeit, Amarillo, which they always described as “dust-bowl”. (more…)
Yesterday was the Los Angeles FAAN Walk for Food Allergy. Amazingly, it was just as lovely a day as the Chicago FAAN Walk for Food Allergy one week prior.
And similarly to Chicago, many more people turned out than expected, coming together to move towards a cure for food allergies. I am always so moved to be around other Food Allergy Families, and am so excited to see more and more people putting the pedal to the metal. We are fighting for a cure, and I can glimpse it on the horizon…
My team, Team LA surpassed our fundraising goal, raising $1249.80, thanks to the generosity of many of you readers! Thank you — you are the best! The walk itself raised $49,278.88! And there is still time to donate. Last week’s walk in Chicago raised over $90,000! Wow! That’s a tremendous accomplishment.
I met a lot of lovely new friends at both the LA Walk and Chicago Walk. I am so grateful to have been an honorary chair at both walks, and I hope you’ll have me back again next year. Below are some pictures of highlights.
CHICAGO FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 10/17/10
Alex Simko (FAAN Teen Ambassador), Mary Lenahan (Co-Chair of the Chicago walk), and me, leading the walkers in Chicago. (Click photo to enlarge)
LOS ANGELES FAAN Walk for Food Allergy 10/24/10
Mike Kwiecien, CEO of My Food Facts and me at the LA Walk
Yael Kozar, Host of “The Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast”, and me.
(I borrowed this pic from Cheryl)