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…)
Fall is back in full swing and I have a whole series of events lined up where I’ll either be doing book signings, cooking presentations, or speaking on panels about specialty diets and specialty diet blogging. To keep you readers in the loop, here’s where you can come see me in the next few months:
On September 21st, I’ll be joining a Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy Save the Children event with Jennifer Garner and award-winning chef Suzanne Goin who are hosting an intimate round table discussion focused on all things holiday including recipes, traditions and managing chaos. They’ll even touch on how to cook enough turkey for all those guests (hint – the new Frigidaire Double Oven Range!). Online, people can check out Jennifer’s tips on holiday entertaining and all the ideas from the round table at Frigidaire.com. For the first 500 visits, Frigidaire will donate a turkey to a Save the Children family, and for every visit, $1 will go to Save the Children to support their US programs. Plus, visitors are entered for a chance to win a Range with Symmetry Double Ovens from Frigidaire, the new freestanding range that can roast two full-sized turkeys at once. I’ll post more info in the next few days, and will be following up with a detailed blog about the event, and an interview with Jennifer Garner.
As you may or may not know, I’m an Ambassador for The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). Tomorrow is the final FAAN conference of 2011, being held in Anaheim at Disney’s Grand Californian. There will be many great speakers and advocates, and I’ll also be doing an allergen-free baking workshop, in which I’ll demo the gluten-free, top-8 free chocolate cupcakes you see above, and giving out samples of these same cupcakes as well as allergy-free mini red velvet cupcakes. I’ll also be signing and selling copies of The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook (all proceeds go to FAAN). I hope to see you there! (more…)