CENTRAL PA GLUTEN FREE EXPO SPEAKERS

Cliff Rigby, Owner, Archer’s Gluten Free Cafe

Making Gluten Free Funnel Cakes and Doughnuts at Home Demo, 4:00 pm, Senate Lounge

Cliffy Rigby

Cliff and his wife operate a dedicated gluten-free concession trailer that has operated at events including the Centre County Grange Fair and Pocono Raceway. Archer’s has developed a line of mixes, in addition to the popular “fair-style” foods they sell at events. Their inspiration was motivated by their close friend’s son, Archer, who has celiac disease. Cliff wanted to have products that someone like Archer could eat when he went to fairs and events.

You can also visit his website at: http://archersglutenfreecafe.com/

Jules Shepard, Celiac Advocate, Gluten Free Baking Expert

Seven Steps to Living a Happy and Healthy Gluten Free Life, 2:30 pm, Deans Hall

Jules didn’t set out to lead, inspire and advocate for the gluten-free community. But to anyone who knows her, it’s no surprise she does.
As a celiac diagnosed in 1999, and as an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness, this former domestic violence attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen later, Jules had perfected an all-purpose gluten free flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking.

Jules has sold more than a million pounds of her unparalleled gluten free flour since she introduced it in 2008, first with her former company, Jules Gluten Free, and now exclusively through her new company, gfJules™.

As the gluten free community burgeoned, the need for accurate information, advocacy and leadership did too. So in addition to running her gluten free flour company and authoring three highly regarded books, Jules took to the road. Jules logs tens of thousands of miles a year speaking to, teaching and encouraging gluten-free consumers, businesses and trade gatherings.

When the FDA appeared stuck in neutral regarding long-overdue gluten-free food labeling regulations, Jules literally brought the gluten free community together and built an 11-foot-tall, one-ton gluten free cake to get the FDA’s attention. The Washington Post, USA Today, Forbes … and ultimately the FDA took note. The FDA not only attended the event, but promised to front-burner the legislation, which it did. The resulting gluten-free food labeling regulations went into effect in August, 2014

This mother of two also hosts a popular GF radio show, personally pens one of the community’s most active blogs (voted #1 Gluten Free Blog 2 years in a row), organizes the annual Gluten Free Cookie Swap, and personally moderates her FaceBook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram presences.

She rarely sleeps.