10 Cool Things at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo

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Judy Nichols
These trail cookies from the Sunshine Gluten Free Bakery are chewy and peanut-y.

Okay. The expo was crowded, the lines were long, and people always seem to lose their sense of dignity when there are free samples of anything. But there was a lot to be happy about at the 2013 Phoenix Gluten-Free Expo held over the weekend at the DoubleTree Resort in Scottsdale.

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On the serious side, Dr. Peter Green, director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, shared the latest in research and treatment with standing-room-only crowds and graciously answered endless questions about diagnosis, long-term health issues, new medications, and whether people can have a gluten sensitivity even though they don't have antibodies to wheat or other indicators of celiac disease. Green said that he didn't believe it initially, but new studies at Columbia's center have convinced him it is true. He also said the center is finding many with gluten issues also are sensitive to fructose, which may be in way too many of the yummy things I ate. Oh, well, here's the tasty stuff:

Trail Cookies from the Sunshine Gluten Free Bakery

These chewy and peanut-y trail treats were made with peanut butter, gluten-free quick oats, vegan dark chocolate chips, sunflower and sesame seeds, flaxseed meal, brown sugar, and agave syrup. You want some now, don't you? You can buy them at the Tempe Farmers Market, or at the Bakery's new location at 1946 East University Drive in Tempe.

Judy Nichols
These cakey chocolate cookies were stuck together in pairs with creamy vanilla icing by Gluten Free Made Delicious.

Jewel's Bakery & Café

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it. Jewel's Bakery & Café, with owner/baker Julie Moreno, is opening a location sooooooooo close to my house that I might have to eat breakfast there every day. The new location, scheduled to be open sometime this summer, will be at 40th Street and Thomas. it will offer waffles, pancakes, bagels, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, and more. According to its brochure, its cupcakes were preferred over gluten-filled ones, and its Apple Pie Cupcake won Best in Show over 35 other gluten bakers at the 2011 Cupcake Love-In. So bring your loved one in and do a taste test. You'll see me there.

Nourish 123 classes

I was already signed up, but seeing owner/chef Kirstin Carey reminded me. Nourish 123 in Scottsdale, offers gluten-free, vegan, paleo and raw cooking classes. The Intro to Gluten Free class coming up next Saturday will cover pitfalls, recipes, and professional tips and tricks. In the class, which costs $40, you will learn to make an appetizer, main course and dessert. You can sign up and see other classes at their website at www.nourish123.com.

Cream Filled Chocolate Cookies from Gluten Free Made Delicious

These cakey chocolate cookies were stuck together in pairs with creamy vanilla icing, a sort of upscale Oreo-like design. They are made with sweet white rice flour and tapioca flour. The company is located in Black Canyon City. Call 866-442-8750.

Location Info

Nourish at Optima Camelview Village - CLOSED

7147 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

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Tonto Bar & Grill

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ

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The White Chocolate Grill

7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

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Picazzo's Pizza

7325 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

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