Last week I had to opportunity to attend, as an official blogger, the 2013 Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in San Francisco. Talk about tasty fun. And I got a chance to meet a couple of rock stars in the gluten free world.
As you may know I went gluten free last year, so many of the products and people were very new to me. However, I made their acquaintance quickly. My top 3 –
Kathy Smart – nutritionist, chef and gluten free activist brimming with knowledge, she was one of the warmest people I’ve met in a long time. Kathy really made me feel at home at the expo. She even gave me a free copy of her newly revised cookbook, Live the Smart Way, which you’ll get a chance to win if you subscribe to the blog and leave a comment below.
Karen Morgan – I was honored to sit in on a talk before Karen flew off to the Grammy’s where she would be providing her famous gluten free cupcakes. Founder and owner of Blackbird Bakery, Karen restored my faith in baking. Becoming gluten free led me to completely shut down all operation of Sweet Tooth Therapy until I have time to develop delicious gluten free recipes, which until this point seemed impossible. And then I met Karen. With all of her tips, knowledge and encouragement, I’m back in the baking lab again.
Kyra Bussanich – If you don’t want to bake your own cupcakes you’ll be more than pleased with what Kyra provides at the Crave Bake Shop. You may have seen her on Cupcake Wars? And Kyra will very proudly let you know that she was the winner… TWICE. Fortunately she had samples to back up her claim and yes, I agree, she should have one twice with those cupcakes. Kyra has one of two cupcakes I have ever had that are gluten free and actually delicious. I bought a box of her mix and look forward to trying it at home.
There were several other notable people that I met so this list could actually go on and on. Lindsey Deitsch of XO Baking Co., Lauren-Lucille of theCeliacDiva.com, Mary Fran Wiley of FrannyCakes.com are just a few. What these people had in common – not only were they gluten free and full of knowledge, but they all, seriously, had the warmest sweetest spirit and passion for helping others live the gluten free lifestyle as normally as anyone else.
San Francisco was the first stop for the expo this year. If you’re blessed to be able to go you can find info on the tour for the rest of 2013 at gfafexpo.com. If you are gluten free, or have other food allergies, or would like to know more about the gluten free lifestyle, I highly suggest you make it to the expo. These days so many have problems digesting gluten and don’t even know it, as I discussed in a previous post about the expo. Even if you don’t think one of those people is you, try to make it to the expo. If nothing else, you’ll meet some really sweet people, and eat some sweet treats.
I’m passing on the generosity that Kathy passed on to me. Would you like to win a copy of Kathy Smart’s latest version of her cookbook, Live the Smart Way? If so be sure you have subscribed to this blog AND leave a comment below by February 23 (my birthday) to enter the drawing. One winner will be selected using random.org and the cookbook given to me by Kathy will be mailed to that person. Woohoo!