Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gluten Free Vacation to Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee

We recently had the pleasure of spending a 3 day weekend at Key Lime Cove Resort in Gurnee, right across the street from Great America. It's very easy to spot from I-294 near the Grand Avenue exit.

We had heard from 2 different friends that the resort can accomodate gluten free dining. Back to my big pet peeve, this valuable information is not indicated anywhere on the website! I called and spoke to Chef Jeff who was very helpful and reassuring. I also spoke to him while dining. Chef Jeff shared that the resort is trying to improve the gluten free dining experience before advertising and announcing it on the website. Chef said they are hopeful to even have a gluten free party option, whereby all the diners could have a great gf dining experience. Sounds fantastic!

The gluten free food can be found at the D.W. Anderson's Eatery on the lower level. Here is the menu. For lunch and dinner, there are pizza crusts and buns from the French Meadow Bakery in Minnesota. Even french fries are available! The restaurant will fry them up in a clean pot of oil. Some of the salads are available and the manager was able to tell me which dressings are gluten free.

Breakfast was not an option for us. There is a buffet breakfast only. The restaurant will bring out fresh eggs, hash browns, and breakfast meats to avoid cross-contamination. I'm sure that is a fantastic offer for some. For us, my son does not eat these things. I asked Chef Jeff about gluten free pancakes and for now it is too difficult for the kitchen to prep them. We were staying in a suite with a refrigerator and dining table, so I brought fresh fruit and muffins and we were all very happy with our in-room breakfast.

A final note is that our food took longer than normal to prepare due to the extra steps needed, so plan accordingly!

Key Lime Cove offers a really fun waterpark with a lot of slides AND the safe gluten free dining options that my family needs. It was a great weekend.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

All the Gluten Free Menus at Lettuce Entertain You

I was updating my post about GF restaurants around Chicago when I stumbed upon this link to all the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants that offer a gluten free menu. What a great resource!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Gluten Free Event in Chicago-- this Saturday!!

a friend forwarded this to me...

Gluten Free Fair and Deerfields Bakery Baking Demonstration

Saturday 12:00pm at Whole Foods Market Sauganash, Chicago , IL

Let us show you how delicious a gluten free lifestyle can be! Explore the store and taste some of our favorite gluten free products. Plus, Deerfields Bakery will be teaching a class on gluten-free baking at noon. They'll demo two delicious recipes. For more information or to sign up for the class, please call 773.205.1100.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Gluten Intolerance Group March meeting

As I have mentioned, I lead the Northbrook chapter of the Chicagoland GIG. I am excited to announce our March 9 meeting, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Northbrook Sunset Foods. I hope you can join us!

Dr. Cynthia Jaffe will discuss food allergies and sensitivities; including what are food sensitivities, types of immunity, auto-immune disorders, childhood allergies, allergy categories-IGE, IGG, and treatment. She will discuss how to avoid and monitor allergens. She will introduce the rotation gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, yeast-free 5 day a week-2 meals a day (lunch and dinner) meal plan available through her office. Her office provides a 164 food allergy panel and can test both IgE allergens and sensitivity testing of IgG and IgA. She can also test for celiac disease and gluten sensitivities. More information is available at her website

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels develops a gluten free option

Here is something neat that I just heard about. A friend happened upon a remark on facebook and forwarded it to me, and I sent on an email and learned about this option from Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels. We used to eat their pretzels at Kohl Children's Museum, back when we ate gluten. I bet that the GF version is equally yummy. We are checking out the new product at an event on February 25. Check back to find out more!


Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels Introduces Gluten-Free Soft Pretzel
A Twisted, Savory Treat for the Gluten-free Community

CHICAGO -- (February 1, 2011) Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels, the company known for its premium stuffed soft pretzels, is introducing a gluten-free soft pretzel to its tasty roster.

This gluten-free soft pretzel, two years in the baking, offers a great soft pretzel experience. The hand-twisted product has hit some Whole Foods stores in various regions and will continue to expanding into other chains throughout the spring. Also, it can be purchased on the company’s website, and at the company’s Chicago café, Café Twist, 2218 N. Lincoln Ave.

While gluten-free diets top the charts of menu trends, gluten-free consumers are on hunt for delicious meal alternatives. Kim & Scott’s gluten-free soft pretzel boasts a blend of 5 “ancient grains,” including sorghum flour, millet flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour and teff flour. In addition to rice flour, these “ancient grains” offer more fiber and therefore a healthier pretzel.

“Some gluten-free products rely solely on rice flour as their alternative grain,” said Scott Holstein, COO and founder of Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels. “’Ancient grains’ allow us to bake a more nutritious food, something gluten-free dieters often need and want.”

Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels has proudly baked nut-free pretzels in a nut-free facility for the past 15 years. Now not only can consumers with nut allergies enjoy the soft snack, but also those with other dietary constraints. Kim & Scott’s will showcase the gluten-free pretzel at trade show, Expo West 2011 (March 11-13, Anaheim, CA, booth no. 3789) and looks forward to its nut-free and gluten-free pretzels not only selling in frozen grocery aisles, but also ballparks.

“We’re always looking to bake new flavors and not only tempt the taste buds, but also satisfy dietary restraints,” said Kim Holstein, president and Chief Inspiration Officer of Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels. “Everyone deserves to enjoy flavorful soft pretzels and with the addition of our gluten-free pretzel, the soft pretzel can be a mainstay in everyone’s kitchen.”

Gluten-free and allergy conscious cuisine was included in the top 20 food trends this year, according to The National Restaurant Association’s “What’s Hot in 2011” survey.

Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels can be found in the frozen aisles of Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, Jewel, Kroger, Super Target, Walmart and other major grocery chains. They’re also sold in smoothie chains, coffee shops, movie theaters and airports around the country. Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels was started in 1995 and is now run out of a 38,000 sq. foot Chicago bakery with annual sales projected at $10-15 million. Fifteen years later they’ve transformed the pretzel from a snack to an anytime meal. Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels deliciously touts more than 12 varieties. Each all-natural pretzel is twisted by hand and made from scratch. The company is proud that its pretzels are made in a nut-free facility, a great source of whole grains and free from trans fats, preservatives and hydrogenated oils.

Those who maintain a gluten-free lifestyle often have Celiac Sprue disease, disorder-related gastro-intestinal distress, or are using it for weight management. Various outlets have stated that gluten-free celebrities include Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Keith Olberman, Victoria Beckham, Rachel Weisz, Emmy Rossum, Dayna Delaney and Meredith Vieira.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Golden Chef Restaurant in Wheeling

I had heard through word of mouth that the Golden Chef Restaurant on Milwaukee Avenue in Wheeling can modify anything on the menu to be gluten free. I've heard it a bunch of times, actually. Over the weekend we decided to take the kids out for dinner and I wanted to try someplace new. So we took the kids for their first Chinese food!

I asked the man behind the host counter "Can you serve us gluten free" and he said "Yes, anything on the menu." Can you even imagine how good that felt?

My husband has told me for a long time that he does not like Chinese Food. I had a hunch that if we ordered the right dishes that I could convert him, and I did.

We ordered egg rolls (the regular size ones are not GF, we had some mini rolls, I think called Shanghai rolls), sweet & sour chicken, beef with broccoli, and shrimp chow fun (served with rice noodles). The sweet & sour sauce on the table is GF and good. The food looked great- it was obviously fresh and nicely presented. My kids liked the egg rolls the most. My older son actually took a large bite out of the flowered carrot garnish... I don't think that there was any soy sauce in our food, and I wished for a bit of saltiness. I may bring my bottle of San-J tamari with me next time. Or maybe if I had asked there was some in the back.

The owner/chef is Esther Moy, and she came out to talk to me. She said that she studied to be a nutritionist but then married a chef. She said that she is happy to cook gluten free for diners. She told me that she gets customers referred by the Northbrook Gluten Free Store and offered me their business card. She also gave me her business card and an extra menu that I will bring to my next gluten intolerance group meeting. Her take-out menu does have a list of 8 items on a gluten free menu. Although she said that she can make any entree gluten free.

What a great find! We had a great AND safe dinner, my kids tried something new, and we found yet another dining out option. My husband even mentioned that we could consider catering from the Golden Chef for some future event, that was a great idea!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Subway Restaurants testing 2 gluten free products

I read on that the Subway restaurants are testing a gluten free roll and gluten free brownie. Down in Texas the test involves pre-wrapped gluten free rolls and brownies and sandwich artists are being trained through a tutorial video on avoiding cross-contamination. Subway is including a one-time-only use knife and the sandwich is prepared down the line by one person. You can read the full article here. I know that I find that the quality between Subways really varies a lot, and I wish them great success with the test. How great would that be to have Subway as an option? There are so many of them!