May 15, 2010

Chicago's Gluten Free Gala Review

Friday night was The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center's Annual Benefit. It was the 10th anniversary of the event, which raises money for celiac disease research, and the night was filled with live and silent auctions, a raffle, and gluten free food, Food, and more FOOD!!

A little background - The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center was found in 2000 by Stefano Guandalini, MD. The center is dedicated to raising awareness and diagnosis rates nationwide and meeting the critical needs of people affected by celiac disease through education, research, and advocacy.

Some of the programs the Celiac Disease Center holds are: The Celiac Disease Care Package Program, which delivers a gift basket of gluten free foods, educational materials about the disease and the diet to newly diagnosed Celiacs across the nation; The Celiac Disease Preceptorship Program, which is the only intense hands-on medical professional celiac disease education in the country; The Celiac Disease Information Hotline, which is available five days a week to answer any questions related to the diet or disease; and Celiac Disease Research Team, who has made great strides in determining the triggers for celiac disease and continues to work on finding innovative therapeutic intervention for the disease.

All of this great work is done entirely by private donations. The event Friday was a big night to obtaining major funding. I was glad to be able to contribute, and excited to dish on all of the wonderful gluten free food!

I was joined by Anne of Gluten Free Musings and Lisa of Lisa Cooks Allergen Free. We all found a ton of new favorite restaurants as well as revisited our old standbys. There were 32 restaurants featuring their gluten free menu items by small portions and by the night's end I was too full to move - and I didn't even try several items! Here were some of my favorite plates of the evening.
Carnivale's Ropa Viega (braised beef served with sweet plantains - to die for!)

Cooper's Hawk Restaurant and Winery's Chicken Saltimboca and White and Dark Chocolate Truffles

Deerfields Bakery's Lemon Button Cookies, Brownie Cookies, and (OMG!!!) Their cakes with the. most. amazing. buttercream frosting!!!

Fogo de Chão's Pao de queso (Cheese Bread)

Foodlife's Beef Barbacoa Tiny Tacos and Mexican Chocolate Cake (spicy!)

Maggiano's Famous Rigatoni D with Marsala Cream, Caramelized Onions, Herbed Chicken, and Roasted Mushrooms (I'm still dreaming about this meal)

Marcello's Pan Pizza (drool...)

Mon Ami Gabi & Café Ba ba Reeba's Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies and Butterscotch Custard Crème

Pinstripes Jambalaya Risotto

Roy's SousVide Pork Tenderloin with Confit Potatoes and Tomato Fennel

Swirlz's Chocolate Twixie Cupcake (my new favorite thing)

Swissôtel's Panna Cotta

Tavern at the Park's Meatballs (suuuuper delicious!)

Wildfire's Chopped Salad and Dinner Rolls (so yummy!)

ZED 451's Stuffed Peppadew Peppers (OMG!!! I think I died for a moment there!)

For the complete list of Restaurants, click on the Participating Restaurants Picture below and happy eating!


Gluten Fibro Free said...

Very cool poster, and the food looks incredible. I can't believe it's all gluten free!

gluten-free musings said...

It is making me want to go back and try and of my favorites. it was such a fun night, and for such a great cause! Off to make dinner, before I start drooling at the screen.

Jenn Sutherland said...

Okay, next year, I am definitely going with you! Sounds like an amazing evening, and I'm glad to learn of a few more restaurants with options for us!

Erin S. said...

Wow! This all looks amazing. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Chandice said...

Looks amazing! The Riggatoni D's at Maggiano's really is soooo good!!! :)