As part of Celiac Awareness Month, Aldi has brought back some annual favorites like gluten-free cheesecake, while adding new products such as chocolate frosted and glazed donuts.
Woodchuck Hard Cider has released its newest variety, Sangria. Inspired by the traditional Spanish drink, Sangria is a semi-sweet cider, showcasing balanced notes of red wine, bright acidity, and berry. Available now with a full national roll out by July, Sangria (5.5% ABV) will retail for $9.99/12oz. 6-pack can.
The Philadelphia area has several new all-gluten-free establishments. Sciascia Confections produces truffles, macarons, cookies and other sweets and sells them at New Hope's Ferry Market (32 S. Main St., 215-996-0606) and across the Delaware at the Stockton Market near Lambertville (19 Bridge St., 215-996-0606).
Lovebird's second location is now open in Bryn Mawr (484-222-6554). Both the new spot and the original location in Doylestown serve gluten-free fried chicken and mac & cheese.
Crepes and Crazes in Fenwick Island, Delaware (1204 Coastal Hwy., 302-537-1313) has a separate griddle for gluten-free crepes and also offers sandwiches on gluten-free bread.
Elsewhere in the First State, Newark's Olive Tree Cafe (13 Chestnut Hill Plaza, 302-266-4598) notes gluten-free options on its menu. The fries and falafel are prepared in a dedicated fryer.
In nearby Middletown, all of the grilled options at Empire Mongolian Grill (749 N. Broad St., 302-376-1089) are gluten free.
Eggspectation is "egg-spected" to make its Delaware debut in Stanton (501 Stanton Christiana Rd.) in July. Gluten-free options are noted throughout the menu.
In Easthampton, New Jersey, Russo's Pub (1302 Monmouth Rd., 609-261-3277) has a gluten-free menu that includes separately prepared pizza and pasta.
Down in Wildwood, Mud Hen Brewing Co. (127 W. Rio Grande Ave., 609-846-7918) offers a gluten-free menu featuring tacos, salads and entrees. Sister restaurant Dogtooth Bar (100 E. Taylor Ave., 609-522-8383) also has a gluten-free menu, though it does not have a designated fryer for potato skins and fries. The bar does stock several hard ciders and hard seltzers.
Ghostfish Brewing Company's award-winning gluten-free beers have finally arrived in southeastern Pennsylvania. Several varieties are available at Bella Vista Beverage in Philadelphia (755 S. 11th St.) as well as at some suburban outlets in Folsom, Media, Norristown, Swarthmore and Wayne. Ghostfish can also be found at several locations in the Lehigh Valley.
Join Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for a gluten-free cooking class on Tuesday, May 21st in collaboration with Vetri Community Partnership. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the CHOP Teaching Kitchen in Philadelphia (3550 Market St.). Children (grades 4 and up) and caregivers will have the opportunity to make a gluten-free dinner to share. Dr. Singh from the CHOP Celiac Center will also be there to cook and chat with attendees. RSVP is required for this event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-590-5043.
Have a great weekend!
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The event will once again include local and national exhibitors, educational presentations, door prizes and, of course, plenty of gluten-free samples and concessions. The expo will be open to the public from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Hall C. VIP tickets are sold out, but general-admission tickets are still available. General-admission tickets are $10.00 each in advance ($15 at the door), with kids 12 and under free, and can be purchased by phone at 717-248-6741, at any Wegmans service desk or online. Free parking is available at the Expo Center.
Speakers at the event include yours truly, who will be co-leading a session on gluten-free beers with Aurochs Brewing co-founder Doug Foster; Arunjot Singh, M.D., a gastroenterologist with CHOP’s Center for Celiac Disease; Claire Baker, Director of Communications at Beyond Celiac; and author Melinda Arcara.
The advocacy organization Beyond Celiac, with headquarters in Ambler, is an expo partner and will be promoting the need for Celiac Disease testing at their booth. I'll be at the Beyond Celiac booth in the morning prior to my talk, so be sure to stop by and say hello.
The event is social-media friendly; follow the expo on Twitter (@PhillyGFExpo), Facebook (/PhillyGlutenFreeExpo) and Instagram (@PhillyGlutenFreeExpo) and share your favorite photos and products from the event.
Greater Philly Gluten Free Expo Schedule: 10:30 a.m.: Vendor area open to general-admission ticket holders 11:30 a.m.: I’m Not a Party Pooper…You Are! A Lighthearted Look at the Hard Work of Living Gluten Free with Claire Baker, Beyond Celiac 12:30 p.m.: Beer for Everyone: A Guide to Gluten-Free Beer with Doug Foster, Aurochs Brewing and Michael Savett, Gluten Free Philly 1:45 p.m.: Three Steps to Gluten-Free Living with author Melinda Arcara 2:45 p.m.: Celiac Disease session with Arunjot Singh, M.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The new 32-Ingredient Salad at Rogers Centre in Toronto
Another baseball season brings even more gluten-free options. Many Major League Baseball ballparks have dedicated gluten-free concession stands and carts, while others have expanded their offerings.
Here's where you can find gluten-free concessions at each of the 30 MLB ballparks for the 2019 season (bookmark this post and check back throughout the season for updates; you can with any additions/changes that you find).
Incidentally, the Seattle Mariners are hosting a gluten-free night at Safeco Field on Thursday, June 20th with a menu that includes hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads and brownies.
Miami Marlins (Marlins Park) (Levy) - Wraps at El Mercadito grab and go market (Section 1- Right Field Concourse)
New York Mets (Citi Field) (Aramark) - Hot dogs and hamburgers, turkey burgers and lettuce wraps, veggie chips and straws, tortilla chips with pico de gallo and guacamole, yogurt smoothie pouches, Redbridge beer and Angry Orchard hard cider at Hain Celestial Stand (Section 105); Papa Rosso Italian ices (Section 140); Minute Maid Italian ices (various locations); wedge salads with steak or chicken, fruit, steak and eggs, chicken, steak and mashed potatoes at Pat LaFrieda's Chop House (menu varies); salad bar and fresh fruit (Foxwoods Club); Redbridge beer at Big Apple Brews (Sections 140 and 420 and Porsche Grille); Angry Orchard hard cider and Stella Cidre hard ciders (various stands)
Philadelphia Phillies (Citizens Bank Park) (Aramark) - Cheesesteaks, hot dogs, chicken tenders, pulled ork sandwiches, soft pretzels, David's brownies, Udi's cookies, chips, peanuts, Redbridge beer, Stella Cidre hard cider and Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer at gluten-free portable stand (Section 111 portable); Sweet Street crispy rice treats (Section 133 portable); lettuce wraps, brownies, helmet sundaes, Redbridge beer and Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer at Harry the K's (Sections 143-145); Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries and cheese sauce (Section 102); Rita's Italian ice (in Ashburn Alley and stands at Sections 106, 116, 132, 208, 220 (Hall of Fame Club) and 316); Redbridge beer and Stella Cidre hard cider at Brewerytown (Ashburn Alley); Tito's vodka at Philadelphia Cocktail Company (Section 120/121)
Washington Nationals(Nationals Park) (Levy) - Hot dogs, BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, pizza, Italian sausages, nachos, popcorn and beer at Gluten Free Grill (Center Field Plaza, Section 148)
PNC Park in Pittsburgh has a new blueberry quinoa salad this season
National League Central
Chicago Cubs (Wrigley Field) (Levy) - Hot dogs at Marquee Classics (Section 120); Garrett popcorn (various stands); soft serve ice cream (Sections 105, 110, 120, 129, 135, 420); Redbridge beer (Bear & Wine, Three Fingers Bar and portables); Spiked Seltzer (Bear & Wine, Budweiser Bleacher Bar and portables); Virtue Rose Cider (Beer & Wine, Budweiser Bleacher Bar, Beer & Wine, Three Fingers Bar and portables)
Cincinnati Reds (Great American Ball Park) (Delaware North) - Hot dogs (Sections 118, 131, 417); grilled chicken sandwiches (Sections 112 and 429); pulled pork sandwiches at Mr. Red's Smokehouse (Section 137) and Porkopolis stands (Sections 112, 131, 137, 419); nachos, kettle corn, popcorn, soft-serve ice cream (various stands); fruit and salads at grab-and-go stands (Sections 117, 133, 423); Angry Orchard hard ciders (Sections 130 and 416); Virtue hard cider (Section 137)
Milwaukee Brewers (Miller Park) (Delaware North) - Burgers at AJ Bombers (Section 125); sausage buns at Johnsonville sausages (Section 127); BBQ at Smoke Shack BBQ (Section 110); caprese sandwich on gluten-free bun, turkey avocado hoagie on gluten-free roll, salads and fruit cups at Marketplace (Sections 122 and 335); elote en vaso (Section 112); Ciderboys hard cider at Local Brews (Section 207); Crispin Rose hard cider at Field Bars (Sections 110 and 125); New Grist beer (Sections 110, 125 and 205)
Pittsburgh Pirates (PNC Park) (Aramark) - Hot dogs, sandwiches, blueberry quinoa salad, chips, fruit, Redbridge beer and Angry Orchard hard cider at The Market (Section 117); salads and Angry Orchard hard cider at Jim Beam Left Field Lounge (Left Field); Chickie's & Pete's Crabfries and cheese sauce (Section 132); Rita's Italian ices (Sections 143 and 308); Arsenal hard cider (Section 132); White Claw Black Cherry hard seltzer at Keystone Corner (Section 228)
St. Louis Cardinals (Busch Stadium) (Delaware North) - Beef brisket BBQ, pulled pork, smoked sausage and smoked turkey plates at Broadway BBQ (Section 109); stir-frys at Red Bird Club (Section 242) and Asian Stir Fry (Section 136); rice bowls at Red Bird Club (Section 25); chicken tenders and tater tots at Double Play Tap & Grill (Sections 135 and 458); ultimate nacho tater tots at Double Play Tap & Grill (Section 135); fruit cup at 8th Street Market (Section 155); bratwurst, hot dogs, grilled chicken, Polish sausage, hamburgers (all without bun and/or sauce), nachos and cheese dip, cotton candy, Cracker Jack and peanuts (various stands); shaved ice (Sections 109, 154, 264, 453); Redbridge beer and Angry Orchard hard cider at 8th Street Market (Section 153); Stella Cidre hard cider at 8th Street Market (Section 153) and Back Stop Bar (Section 150)
National League West
Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) (Levy) - Hot dogs at Big Dawgs (Section 126); nachos (all Doubleheaders locations); carne asada tacos at La Terraza (Section 300); carnitas tacos and nachos, chicken tinga tacos and nachos, Southwest chicken tortilla salad at A-Zona Street Tacos (Section 208); vegetable chopped salad, grilled chicken Caesar salad without croutons, pub board without crostini and Schreiner's sausage plate at The Draft Room; Sonoran shrimp salad, grilled chicken Caesar salad without croutons and carnitas tacos at the Audi Quattro Lounge; nachos, grilled chicken power bowl, peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jack (in-seat service); cotton candy, peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jack and candy (general and Diamond Level concessions); yogurt and caramel apples at dessert portables
Colorado Rockies (Coors Field) (Aramark) - Hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, veggie quesadillas, cookies, brownies, chips, beer and hard cider at gluten-free portable stand (Section 143); Smith & Forge hard cider (Section 137); Crispin hard cider (Section 123)
Los Angeles Dodgers (Dodger Stadium) (Levy) - Hot dogs (Reserve Level, Section 5 and Loge, Section 130); Redbridge beer (Reserve Level, Section 5 and Field Level, Section 5); Dole Whip, salads, fruit cups and veggie cups with hummus (various stands)
San Diego Padres (PETCO Park) (Delaware North) - Hot dogs, pizza, quinoa & kale wraps, strawberry & goat cheese salads and Redbridge beer at Seaside Market (Section 107); wraps at Board & Brew (Sections 107 and 205); baby back ribs and Chick-less chicken at Phil's BBQ (Section 113); fresh fish ceviche, guacamole and Turquoise Barn Cider at Wonderland Ocean Pub (Section 307); Redbridge beer, Stella Cidre hard cider, Cracker Jack and peanuts (various stands)
San Francisco Giants (AT&T Park) - Flatbread pizzas, sausage sandwiches, salads and cider at Hearth Table at The Garden (Center Field); Salads, soft-serve ice cream and smoothies at Garden Table at The Garden (Center Field); hot dogs and Redbridge beer at Great House of Brews (Sections 112 and 143); açai bowl at the Organic Coup (Promenade O'Doul Plaza and Section 134); antipasti bar and fruit at Farmer's Market (Section 218); Ghirardelli ice cream and hot chocolate, chips, peanuts, Cracker Jack and sunflower seeds (various stands)
American League East
Baltimore Orioles (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) (Delaware North) - Beef, pork and turkey sandwiches, Boog's Beans and Old Bay Slaw at Boog's BBQ (Eutaw Street) and All-Star Cafe (Club Level); burgers, The Dempsey, Catcher's Cobb and Greek Chop salads, and bacon on a stick, chili and crab soup at Dempsey's Brew Pub & Restaurant (Eutaw Street); bacon on a stick at Mediterranean Grill (Lower Level Concourse); Italian and Old Bay sausages at Roma Sausage stands (Sections 1, 43, 73 and 326); Camden hot dogs at O' What a Dog (Sections 11, 12, 55, 65, 71, 79, 83, 312, 318, 358, 378); Redbridge beer and Smith & Forge hard cider (Birdland Market and various stands)
Boston Red Sox (Fenway Park) (Aramark) - Hot dogs, cookies and brownies at gluten-free stand (Gate D); pizza (Gate D Concourse and bleachers); Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer and hard cider sold throughout ballpark
New York Yankees (Yankee Stadium) (Legends) - Nathan's hot dogs, turkey burgers, Premio sausages and Redbridge beer at Gluten Free New York Grill stand (Great Hall near Gate 6); baby back ribs and chicken wings at Mighty Quinn's (Section 133); chicken tenders and French fries at Bareburger (Section 132); charbroiled-to-order 10-oz. flatiron steak and organic half-chicken with seasoned fries at Rotisserie Chicken & Steak stand (Section 105); organic half-chicken with seasoned fries (Mastercard Batter's Eye Deck); fruit and assorted prepared salads at Melissa's Farmers Market (Section 121B); Tater Kegs (Sections 107); bacon on a stick (Sections 121, 211, 223, 227, 309 and 319 / Great Hall/ Bleacher GF Grill); sushi sampler, assorted sashimi, California roll, veggie roll, salmon roll, avocado salad and edamame at Noodle Bowl stand in Pepsi Food Court (Section 127B); soft-serve ice cream in souvenir helmet (Section 207, 232 and Masterpass Batter's Eye Deck); Lay's potato chips, Doritos and cotton candy (available throughout stadium; Angry Orchard hard cider (Sections 110, 121, 131, 205, 211, 217, 220, 223, 224, 312, 313, 324 and bleachers); Strongbow hard cider on tap (Section 109)
Tampa Bay Rays (Tropicana Field) (Levy) - Hot dogs and burgers (First and Third Base Food Halls and Outfielder Bar & Grill); candy, peanuts, sunflower seeds; kale cobb salad at Diamond Classics (section 107); Redbridge beer at Cooperstown, Budweiser Porch Bar, Grab & Go and Ybor Cantina; Angry Orchard hard cider, Truly Hard Seltzer and Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer (various stands)
Toronto Blue Jays(Rogers Centre) (Aramark) - Burgers at Corktown Fresh Burger Co. (Sections 117, 229, 511); vegan nachos at Nacho Fresco (Section 125); Potato Tot-Acho (Section 511) "32 Ingredient Salad" (Sections 109 and 517); Southwest Inspired Caesar Bowl (Section 125); Cracker Jack, popcorn, chips and candy at Cabbagetown Mercantile (Sections 115, 132, 211, 233, 524A/B, 516, 532, 539); Glutenberg beer (Sections 121, 204, 244, 513, 535); Brickworks hard ciders (various stands)
American League Central
Chicago White Sox (Guaranteed Rate Field) (Delaware North) - Sandwiches at Xfinity Zone Carvery (Section 109) and The Classics Stand (Section 522); hot dogs at The Classics Stand (Sections 122 and 522) and hot dog portable stand (Section 132); burgers at The Classics Stand (Section 122); pizza at Beggars Pizza (Sections 101, 124, 154 and 522); salads (Sections 110, 122, Beggars Pizza Pub at 163, 522); Redbridge beer (Sections 109, 126, 142, 155 and 530); Angry Orchard Cider (Craft Kave, Craft Kave Express and Sections 109, 126, 142, 155, 163 and 530); Rekorderlig hard cider (Craft Kave and Sections 109 and 163); Virtue Rose Cider (Craft Kave)
Cleveland Indians (Progressive Field) (Delaware North) - Hot dogs, hamburgers, bacon on a stick, pretzels, salads, fruit, Redbridge beer and Angry Orchard hard cider and packaged snacks at gluten-free stand (Section 153); Redbridge beer at Build-A-Burger (Section 174), Terrace Club, Club Lounge Bar and Suites; Angry Orchard hard cider at Sam Adams Draft Cart (Section 167), Jim Beam Bar (Section 546) Grab N Go (Sections 139, 162, 550). Lexus Home Plate Club Bar and Terrace Club; Crispin Cider at Corner Bar (Section 117)
Detroit Tigers (Comerica Park) (Delaware North) - French fries (Food Court Hot Dog); bunless hot dogs and sausages, turkey pepperoni and cheese, black bean dip and chips, peanuts, popcorn, bacon-on-a-stick, hummus and veggies and frozen Minute Maid treats (various stands); salads, fresh fruit and yogurt at The Premo Grab & Go (Section 147); Redbridge beer at Beer Hall (Section 131)
Kansas City Royals (Kauffman Stadium) (Aramark) - Hot dogs and hamburgers, turkey burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, Beyond Burgers, salads, hummus, cookies and brownies at Price Chopper Marketplace (Section 203); strawberry spinach salad, nachos, salads and Hawaiian poke at Craft & Draft (Section 301) BBQ pulled pork, brisket, cheesy corn, cole slaw and baked beans at BBQ (Sections 221, 234, 251, 417, 422 and 427); street tacos at KC Cantina (Sections 224, 234, 427); Beyond Burgers and Beyond Brats (Diamond Club Pub, Rivals and Craft & Draft); Schlafly Raspberry Proper Cider, Fling and Cape Line cocktails (various stands)
Minnesota Twins (Target Field) (Delaware North) - Pizza at Pizza Lucé (Section 234); chicken tikka and vegan channa (Section 120 portable); sandwiches, salad, fruit and vegetables at Grab 'N Go kiosk (Section 112); Redbridge beer (Sections 126 and 322); Izzabella gelato (Section 119 portable); nachos and cheese, Cracker Jack, soft-serve ice cream, Killebrew Root Beer, kettle corn, cotton candy and popcorn (various stands)
A's fans can customize salads and bowls at the new Nourish cart
American League West
Houston Astros (Minute Maid Park) (Aramark) - Salads, hummus, fruit and vegetable cups at FiveSeven Market (Center Field Area); nachos and cheese (various stands)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Angel Stadium of Anaheim) (Legends) - Hot dogs (Sections 107, 126, 209, 224 and 412); hummus cups (Third Base Food Court, Corner Market, Sections 123, 221, 305 and 342); beer (various stands); select items at Chronic Tacos (Section 223) and Muscle Maker Grill/Fresca's (Section 240); various items at Corner Market (Sections 123, 221, 305, 342), peanuts, popcorn, Cracker Jack, potato chips and salads throughout ballpark
Oakland Athletics (Oakland Coliseum) (Aramark) - make-your-own salads and bowls at Nourish (portable on Plaza Level - The Farm); fruit and vegetable cups, kettle corn, Cracker Jack, peanuts, popcorn and snacks (Section 121); Redbridge (Section 124); Ace hard cider at Irish Pub (Section 119) and Shibe Park Tavern (Sections 212-215); Crispin hard cider (Section 228)
Seattle Mariners (T-Mobile Park) (Centerplate) - Beyond Meat sausage sandwiches, avocado toast on Franz gluten-free bread, build-your-own salads, fresh fruit and Ghostfish beers at The Natural (Section 105); chapulines (toasted grasshoppers) and tacos at Edgar's Cantina (The 'Pen); Rita's Italian ice (Section 152); Smith & Forge hard cider, Rambling Route hard cider, San Juan Seltzer, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer and Groundbreaker Pale Ale (vended throughout ballpark)
Texas Rangers (Globe Life Park) (Delaware North) - Hot dogs, cookies, chips, assorted snack bars, nuts and candy at Centerfield Market (Center Field Plaza); Stella Cidre hard cider and Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer (various stands)
While more gluten-free beers are always welcome, beverage companies are focusing their efforts on lower-calorie alcoholic seltzers and cocktails. Fortunately, some of them are gluten free. Cape Line Sparkling Cocktails, a new line from MillerCoors, launched this month with three flavors: Blackberry Mojito, Margarita and Hard Strawberry Lemonade. The 120-calorie drinks are made with fermented cane sugar and have no artificial flavors. Cape Line’s drinks are slightly sweet and effervescent and check in at 4.5% alcohol-by-volume. You can check for retailers in your area stocking Cape Line here.
Coming this July is a new beverage line called Pacer Low Proof Seltzer, which will be offered in three flavors: Blood Orange, Meyer Lemon & Lavender and Melon & Mint. Each seltzer is under 50 calories, with less than 1 gram of sugar and 2% alcohol by volume.
One of my favorite gluten-free baking mixes, Krusteaz, has four new gluten-free varieties: Yellow Cake Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix and Confetti Buttermilk Pancake Mix. Certified gluten-free with no artificial flavors or preservatives, the new additions nearly double Krusteaz's gluten-free family of products, which includes Blueberry Muffin, Gluten-Free Flour, Buttermilk Pancake, Double Chocolate Brownie, Cinnamon Crumb Cake and Honey Cornbread Mixes. The new mixes have a suggested retail price of $3.98 and can be found in the baking aisle at Walmart and online at Walmart.com.
Gorton's Seafood's new gluten-free frozen entree line, Hook Line and Savor, can now be found at Wegmans markets throughout the Northeast U.S. The three varieties - Black Bean Crusted Cod, Citrus Ginger Salmon and Crispy Beer Battered Haddock - are also dairy and egg free. The haddock is made with Glutenberg Blonde Ale.
Nabisco has expanded its Good Thins line with two new gluten-free rice and cheese crackers: Three Cheese and Parmesan & Garlic.
The big news in the area this week in the announcement that the owners of Haddonfield Donut Company (14 Tanner St., 856-354-0006) are taking over the space formerly occupied by Posh Pop Bakeshop and opening Bleu Bear Bakery, a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Haddonfield (109 Kings Hwy. E.). The menu will include donuts (of course) as well as cookies, pies, cake pops, stick buns and monkey bread, cupcakes, cheesecakes, bread and breakfast sandwiches, Plans are for the new shop to open next month.
The venerable Jake's & Cooper's Wine Bar in Manayunk (4635 Main St., 215-483-0444) notes gluten-free options on its menus and has a dedicated fryer for French fries.
Kalaya is a new Thai BYOB in South Philadelphia's Bella Vista neighborhood (764 S. Ninth St., 215-385-3777). Gluten-free options are listed on the menu.
Michael Schulson's Italian restaurant in Rittenhouse Square, Giuseppe & Sons (1523 Sansom St., 215-399-9199), has gluten-free pasta. (Thanks to reader Julie P.)
With the always updated Gluten Free Philly app for iOS and Android devices, find more than 1,700 area gluten-free-friendly businesses on the go, search by cuisine or neighborhood, make reservations and more!
Cascadian Farm's newest cereal is gluten free. Honey Vanilla Crunch is made with corn, sorghum, sweet potatoes and chickpeas.
Against The Grain Gourmet is coming out with its first plant-based gluten-free pizza, a cheddar-style version. The company has also announced a Veggie Vegan variety of its traditional gluten-free pizza.
Sonoma Flatbreads and Udi's Gluten Free are also getting into the plant-based pizza game. Sonoma has several new varieties, including a crust made with broccoli and cheddar and topped with Chicken & Kale, while two others use a cauliflower crust: Uncured Pepperoni and Harvest Vegy & Portobello. This summer Udi's will launch two sweet potato-based pizzas: Barbeque Chicken and Four Cheese.
Coming soon from Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream are gluten-free Cookie Dough Ice Cream Bites. The combination of premium ice cream wrapped in edible cookie dough will be offered in four flavors: Chocolate Chip, Brownie Batter, Sugar Cookie and Birthday Cake.
Brazi Bites is introducing a line of gluten-free empanadas, Varieties include chicken & cheese, beef & bean, black bean & cheese and chickpea veggie. The company is also coming out with a cinnamon churro flavor Brazilian cheese bread.
Trader Joe's has several new gluten-free products in stores, including quick-cook brown rice & quinoa mini elbows and a fudgy chocolate quinoa loaf & cake mix.
Primo Hoagies recently created their own brand of gluten-free potato chips. The flavor profile uses Italian hoagie spices with notes of sesame, and Primo’s signature meats and cheeses including prosciutto, provolone cheese, hot capicola and natural casing genoa salami. The chips are now available throughout the East Coast at numerous supermarkets, drug stores, convenience stores and independent liquor stores. Locations include Acme, Shoprite, CVS, Redner’s and Rite Aid.
Aye Caramba Taco in Pottstown (300 E. High St., 484-524-8611) is the area's newest all-gluten-free restaurant. The menu includes tacos, avocado fries and churros.
The new kid-friendly Craft Hall in Northern Liberties (901 N. Delaware Ave., 267-297-2072) is an experiential dining, drinking and entertainment concept at the old home of Yards Brewing Company. Gluten-free options are noted on the menu and the kitchen has a dedicated fryer for fries and wings. (Thanks to reader Scott H. for the tip.)
District Taco's second area location is now open in Center City Philadelphia (1140 Market St., 267-861-7880). The flour tortillas are the only items on the menu that are not gluten free.
Another all-gluten-free restaurant, Gangster Vegan, is opening its third suburban Philadelphia location any day now in Media (14 W. State St.). Other outposts are in Norristown and Phoenixville. (Thanks to reader Chris B. for the tip.)
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse, which has Pennsylvania locations in Center City Philadelphia and King of Prussia, has added new gluten-free items for the spring season, including pork picanha and linguica sausage, carrot & ginger soup, roasted cauliflower salad, Brazilian kale & orange salad and a creme de coconut dessert. Nearly the entire menu is gluten free, including the pão de queijo cheese rolls and fried polenta.
Around the area, The Rachel Way gluten- and dairy-free food pantry in Plymouth Meeting (500 W. Germantown Pike) is hosting a free Easter-themed kids' cooking class on Saturday, April 6th at 1 p.m. Registration is still open.
"Big Beer" behemoths have stakes in the rapidly growing hard-seltzer space with brands like Anheuser-Busch's Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer. (Caution: Some, such as MillerCoors' Henry's Hard Soda line, are made with barley malt and aren't gluten free.) As with beer, though, there's certainly room for local, craft-made alcohol-infused seltzer.
Philadelphia's own entry in the low calorie, hard fizzy-water category comes to us from Two Robbers. Founded by two brothers whose Rittenhouse Square apartment was twice broken into by robbers who left their hard-seltzer recipe behind, Two Robbers' three varieties are naturally gluten free. All flavors - Orange and Mango, Pineapple with Ginger, and Watermelon and Cucumber - are made with cold-fermented cane sugar and all-natural flavors from real fruit, and each clocks in at 110 calories, 2 carbs and 5.2% Alcohol By Volume per serving.
Two Robbers' official launch party is on Saturday, April 27th, but you can find the beverages around town now throughout Philadelphia - places like Rybrew and Bella Vista Beverage - and the western suburbs. (A full list of locations can be found here.) Two Robbers is also coming to New York City later this year. Follow Two Robbers on Instagram for real-time updates.
There are some activities a card-carrying Celiac learns to do without - activities that are staples of twenty-something culture and the benefits of living in a bustling city with lots of food options. Thankfully, though, there are restaurants in Philadelphia willing to go against the grain. With the safe haven of Snap Custom Pizza's Rittenhouse Square location open until 3 a.m. on weekends and the plentiful selection of gluten-free bagels and a dedicated toaster at Schmear It in University City (admittedly I’ve only ever ordered to my bed via UberEats), gluten-free patrons have more morning and late-night comfort food options.
Front Street Cafe's chicken tenders, mac 'n cheese and fried mozzarella
Add to that list Fishtown's Front Street Cafe (1253 N. Front St., 215-515-3073), where the dinner selections exceeded my expectations of what’s available to gluten-free diners. A plentiful number of dishes on the menu are punctuated by a “GF,” including usually elusive offerings such as mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken tenders, crab cakes and - most important to me - fried mozzarella. I couldn’t remember the last time I was able to order my once-favorite appetizer in a restaurant, and Front Street’s crunchy, dippable fried squares did not disappoint.
A friend and I visited Front Street this past Sunday, when we were excited to order dishes that would help soak up the remnants of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. We shared the chicken tenders, mac ‘n’ cheese, fried mozzarella and, for good, green measure, the Harvest Salad. The portions were sizeable, but not overwhelming, and definitely flavorful. If you didn't look closely at the menu, you may not have known that these dishes were not only gluten free, but also vegan, with creamy, stretchy cashew cheese in place of standard cheddar and mozzarella.
The Harvest Salad at Front Street Cafe
Our server told us that items marked “GF” were already gluten free, but that other choices, like sandwiches, could be prepared with gluten-free buns or bread. She also let us know that the kitchen utilized a dedicated fryer and that their dedication to gluten-free options (and other restrictions and allergies in general) was an important point of pride for the restaurant. Front Street’s largest selection of gluten-free food is offered on their dinner menu, but they also have options from breakfast to late at night.
Front Street Cafe feels like many different restaurants glued together, yet it doesn't have an identity crisis. The variety ensures that your experience conforms to any occasion, rather than shaping your evening. For candle-lit romantic dinners, groups of friends meeting to enjoy the abundant selection of cocktails at the bar, or a fun meal before a concert at the Fillmore, Front Street is an excellent gluten-free option. Despite its cavernous space (there's outdoor seating in the summer) and out-of-the-way location, Front Street’s popularity makes it an appealing go-to spot, so be sure to snag a reservation. And don't forget to get two orders of the mozzarella squares just in case one member of your party eats all of them when no one else is looking. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
Sara Blank is a 26-year-old agency copywriter living in Center City Philadelphia. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 18, right when "gluten free" entered the zeitgeist. Follow her on Instagram at @SarBlank.
On March 15, 2009, the Number One pop song in the country was "Gives You Hell" by The All-American Rejects. (Who?) "Race to Witch Mountain" starring The Rock was the top-grossing movie in the U.S. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline was $1.91. And while you won't find it on a list of historical events, on that date - 10 years ago today - the Gluten Free Philly blog was born.
As many of you know, my idea for the blog was inspired by our older son's diagnosis of Celiac Disease at age 3. When he was 8, I decided to channel all of the knowledge we had accumulated during our gluten-free journey and share it with others who could benefit from it, not only in the Philadelphia area but around the country. Our son is now 18, starting a new chapter of his life this fall in college. While we are melancholy about him leaving the nest soon, we can't wait to see what lies ahead for him. We are so proud of the assertiveness, confidence and independence that he acquired, at least in part, from having Celiac Disease.
Though it's been 10 years now, I still have things to say - so I'm not going anywhere just yet! I love learning about new restaurants and products, posting about it at the blog and on social media, and reading your reactions and feedback. Sure, the Philadelphia area could always use more dedicated gluten-free restaurants, but overall it's a pretty darn good place to be. We are fortunate that there are hundreds of places in the region to eat safely and many fine supermarket and natural-food store options for groceries. We are fortunate that we can go to professional sporting events of all kinds locally and grab a hot dog and a beer. We are fortunate that we have excellent medical facilities here that focus on Celiac Disease.
I thank you for letting me into your lives over the past 10 years. Your , messages, comments, tips and suggestions have been invaluable in helping me do what I do and are always welcome.
While the Jewish holiday of Passover has not lost its religious meaning, it has in recent years become an unofficial gluten-free holiday. This year, Passover begins the evening of Friday, April 19 and ends the evening of Saturday, April 27. It's a time when many more gluten-free products are available at supermarkets. This grew out of the observance of certain segments of the Jewish population refraining from eating any wheat products during Passover. The packaging of many gluten-free products is expressly labeled as such, while others have a "non-gebrokts" notation. (As always, read the ingredient label before buying and consuming a particular item.)
I've been chronicling new gluten-free Passover items for many years (you can read prior posts here), and this year brings many additions to the Seder table.
Kosher food manufacturer Kayco will be introducing new gluten-free products under various brand names (you can find all of Kayco's gluten-free products here.) The best-selling gluten-free matzo brand, Yehuda, returns with Original, Everything, Egg, Onion, Unsalted and Fiber Enriched varieties. Yehuda also has gluten-free matzo meal, cake meal and crackers.
New from Kayco's Gefen brand are soft baked cookies in three varieties (double chocolate chip, chocolate chip, and vanilla with colored sprinkles) and sandwich creme cookies in two versions (vanilla and vanilla & chocolate).
Under its Heaven & Earth label, Kayco is introducing veggie croutons made with plantains.
This year, Manischewitz has refreshed its packaging but continues to produce a variety of gluten-free matzos and cake mixes. For 2019, the company has converted its entire line of biscotti-like mandel bread and egg kichel cookies to be gluten free. Each of the cookies come in three varieties (marble, chocolate chip nut and plain for the mandel cuts; sweet, jumbo and sugar free for the egg kichel).
Manischewitz is also adding a new birthday cake-flavored macaroon flavor this season. A new line of Passover Collection cookies (above) includes Milano-like ladyfinger, almond meltaway, chocolate chip, double chocolate chip and sandwich creme varieties.
Like Manischewitz, Streit's has made its mandel bread and kichel gluten free, but also its soup nuts, or "mandlen."
Lieber Foods is expanding their Passover baked-goods line with several kinds of cookies, including frosted animal crackers and "Aleph-Bet" cookies.
Also check the frozen-food section of your local market for gluten-free Passover pizzas and pizza bagels, blintzes, knishes and other items.
About a week or two before the start of Passover, supermarkets receive their shipments of fresh gluten-free cakes and cookies from New York bakeries such as Oberlander's, Lilly's Bake Shoppe and Schick's. Look for sandwich, black-and-white and rainbow cookies, cake rolls, decorative and layer cakes.
If you want to try "Mexican Coke" (made with sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup), Passover Coca-Cola will be available in the Philadelphia area and other regions. Look for bottles with distinctive yellow caps.
Prices of some Passover foods tend to be higher than their non-holiday counterparts, so I suggest buying one of a particular item to see if you like it before stocking up. Keep an eye on Passover sections after the second night of the holiday, when markets tend to cut prices on whatever products are left.
Pamela's Products has announced several new gluten-free products that will hit stores this year. The company's line of gluten-free ramen comes in three flavors - Spicy Beef + Veggie, Savory Chicken + Veggie, and Vegan Very Veggie - and will be available in August with a suggested retail price of $3.39 per pack.
New to the pasta meals line are two new Mac N’ Cheese products: Vegan Mac and White Cheddar. These new varieties will be available starting in May with a suggested retail price of $3.79 for a 5 oz. box. The Vegan Mac N’ Cheese will also be available in a family-size 10 oz. box, with a suggested retail price of $5.99.
Pamela’s Grahams will be available in July in a new chocolate chip flavor, with a suggested retail price of $4.99. All of the new products will be available on Amazon.com and at participating retailers.
Saffron Road unveiled their latest gluten-free additions to its globally-inspired frozen entrée product line: Thai-Style Green Curry with Chicken, Coconut Curry Chicken, Vegetable Biryani and Madras Curry with Chicken Meatballs. The new dishes will be available beginning in June for the suggested retail price of $4.99 per package.
Gluten-free snack purveyor From the Ground Up is expanding its product line later this year with cauliflower-based stars, stalks and tortilla chips as well as new butternut squash pretzel sticks and twists.
From Lakefront Brewery, which crafted the very first gluten-free beer granted label approval in the United States, comes another certified gluten-free brew. New Grist Gose-style with lime is 5.1 ABV and is crafted using rice, sorghum, lime and sea salt. It features Zeus and Willamette hops with an IBU rating of 15. Its release date is set for April 15.
Speaking of gluten-free suds, Aurochs Brewing Co.'s beers are now sold at Eastern Pennsylvania Wegmans stores.
Queen Village's new Cry Baby Pasta (627 S. 3rd St., 267-534-3076) offers gluten-free spaghetti prepared in a dedicated pot.
OCF Coffee House in the Fairmount section of the city (2100 Fairmount Ave., 267-773-8081) notes gluten-free options on its menu.
Lovebird, the fried chicken sibling of Jules Thin Crust, is opening a second location this month on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. All of the fried chicken is gluten free, as is the mac & cheese.
The Baking Harlot is a gluten-free bakery operating out of a private commercial kitchen at the SoHa Arts Building in Haddon Township, New Jersey (1001 White Horse Pike). The owner, Alexandria, is selling an assortment of treats like cookies, donuts, cakes by the slice and mini pies several days a week beginning Thursday, March 7. Open kitchen hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Customers can also pick up pre-orders placed through the website during those times.