On October 14th, we attended the 9th Annual Gala Benefit for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. The honorees were: the Murphy family, Karen A. Kennedy, MD, Celiac Sisters and Jill Brack, Glow Gluten Free. It was a fantastic event! It is held annually at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in NYC. We hope to see you next year!
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Our acceptance speech at the Mandarin Hotel in New York City.

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Us and our cousin with Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

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Us with Dr. Peter Green.

 
Over February in 2010, we visited Paris, France.
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Celiac Sisters visit the Eiffel Tower!

The French were extremely aware of Celiac Disease and Gluten Free. Our boutique hotel right off the Champs Elysees - Hotel Balzac - arranged to get us gluten free baguettes, cookies, cakes, and snacks to keep us going through our long days of touring. Every restaurant we walked into, we flashed our index cards in French explaining Celiac Disease, and each place found a way to accomodate us. We became accustomed to the French style of eating late, extremely long dinners, and their microscopic meal portions. The typical dinner was either grilled steak or chicken with vegetables and some sort of potato. A few places made us gluten free french fries in separate oil, which we couldn't have devoured faster! One place even made us a fresh batch of French Onion Soup without croutons.
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Us with our cousin Scott after dinner at Le Moulin de la Galette before we headed down to Moulin Rouge

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As dessert lovers, we were on a hunt for a gluten free French pastry. We read online that Ladurée, the famous French bakery, made gluten free macaroons. After dinner one night we stood on line for about 20 minutes in anticipation for the colorful desserts. Once we confirmed that they were 100% gluten free, we ordered one in every flavor. They were FABULOUS! Crispy on the outside and soft in middle, we were addicted. Just writing about it, we're craving them. Too bad they're so far away... If you go to Paris, Laduree is a MUST, whether you're gluten free or gluten full!

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Enjoying the colorful macaroons with our cousin Scott in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, coffee, rose (which tasted like poo pourri, but Scott loved!), pistachio, caramel, orange, licorice, praline and lemon.

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Gluten free and Celiac Disease awareness was much higher than here in the States. Every waiter and waitress knew exactly what it was, and we never needed to speak to the chef. Gluten free was a common issue, and finding something to eat was never a problem. If you're gluten free and looking for a vacation, Paris is a no-brainer! Hopefully the US will become more aware soon so travelling here for the French will be just as easy as it was for us!
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Au revoir!

Peace, Love, Gluten Free,
Celiac Sisters

 
On July 13, 2010, we held our 2nd annual Celiac Disease Benefit Dinner! It was a huge success! We had two seatings and a fantastic silent auction. Special thanks to our guest speakers, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Dr. Peter Green. We raised almost $25,000! 
A Special Thanks to… 
Dr. Peter Green
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Cynthia Beckman
Andean Dreams
B&B Coverage LLC
Babycakes NYC, Inc.
Better Balance
Blue Diamond
Botkier
BWD Group
Café Rustica
Camp and Campus
Celiebo
Cecelia’s Marketplace
Chebe Bread Products
Comprehensive Archives
Corn Thins
Crunchmaster
Dr. Lucy’s LLC
Eric Javits, Inc.
General Mills
Generation Gluten-Free
Glutino
Gold Nails
Grand Stand Sports
Happy Tails
HBO
Ian’s
Infinity
Jewelryweb.com
Jildor
Jo-sef
JRM Jewelers
Ka-me
Katz Gluten Free
Kay’s Naturals
KIND Snacks
Larabar
Living Without
Lonny’s
Marc Jacobs
Marchon Eyewear, Inc.
Marie Chavez
Mi-Del
Michael Season’s
Namaste Foods
Nubest Spa and Salon
Optical Heights
Orgran
Pirate’s Booty
Pristine
Rudi’s
Savory Palate, Inc.
Schar
Skinny Crisps, Inc.
Stash Tea
Sunstart USA
Think Thin
TKO Fitness
Trinkets
Triumph Dining
Udi’s

 
On Tuesday, August 11, 2009, we hosted a Celiac Disease Benefit at Cafe Rustica in Great Neck, NY. The night included a gluten-free menu, fabulous raffles, gift bags, and a speech from Dr. Peter Green. We received donations from many companies and vendors including gluten-free snacks, mixes, products, coupons and much more. The menu included gluten-free pasta, pizza, and cake. Everyone enjoyed trying new gluten-free food, even our gluten friends! We raised over $9000 for the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, and are planning to organize next year's event. We already have many volunteers to help out! If interested, please e-mail us! Check out our album which includes photos of the dinner, Dr. Peter Green, and a few of the dishes from the menu. The dinner was a great success, and we hope to see you at our next event!
A Special Thanks For Their Very Generous Donations… 
Comprehensive Archives Inc.
BWD Group
B & B Coverage
Arico Foods
Babycakes
Betsy Pine Tucker
Blue Diamond
Brett Matthews
Brickwell Cycling and Multisports
Café Rustica
Camp & Campus
Cathy Miller
Chebe Bread Produts
Cookies for Me?
Ener-g Foods Inc.
Enjoy Life
Gluten-Free Living
Gold Nails
Happy Tails
HBO
Infinity
Jewelryweb.com
Jildor
JRM Jewelers
KIND Snacks
Kinnikinnick Foods
Lonny’s
Marchon Eyewear
Marc Jacobs
Nana’s Cookie Company
Nubest
Pamela’s Products
Panos Brand
Pristine
Purefit
Savory Palate
Sephora
Steve Dann
Vision Associates
Wing Time Buffalo Wing Sauces