October 13, 2009

Spreading the Celiac Awareness - Part 1

October is National Celiac Awareness Month and this weekend I spread the awareness like nobody's business!

Saturday, October 10th was my little sister's birthday. What did I get her? A celiac screening of course! She has been experiencing some of the symptoms and with my mom and I having the disease, she has a high chance being Celiac too. The University of Chicago Celiac Center holds a free screening for celiac disease every October. They use the tTG-IgA (anti-tissue transglutaminase) blood test for their free screenings. My older sister also got tested on Saturday. The annual event consists of the screenings followed with a wonderful vendor fair, along with a question and answer session with some of the top celiac disease experts from the U of C.

My lovely sisters after their tests.

I attended the vendor session and Q&A last year and learned lots of new information - as well as sampled many gluten free products. I felt like the mother hen guiding them through the center for their tests and to the exhibitor tables this year. My sisters will find out their test results within a week, but in the meantime they had the chance to try out some of the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G gluten free products out on the market.

What did we eat? Oh...just some pizza, cupcakes, soup, cookies, chicken tenders, granola, and crackers. Some of the products were from Pamela's, Enjoy Life, and Mary's Gone Crackers.

Marcello's was there and the woman told me their menu is now labeled with gluten free options. They now have pasta, Redbridge beer, and gluten free brownie pizza! My sisters and I gobbled down our pizza slices. We all loved it!

You'd never guess it was gluten free!

Swirlz had dozens of itty-bitty cupcakes including one I'd never tried before. Vanilla with strawberry frosting. YUM!!

And of course we got a bag full of samples to take home. Thanks University of Chicago Celiac Center!

How cool was it to see New Vitality there?!
Representing the Southside - what, what


Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Nothing like free swag to brighten one's day!!!

Jenn Sutherland said...

What a nice sister you are! I had totally forgotten that UC was having this event - glad you recapped it for us. Sounds like a great fair, and look at all the yummy samples!