2020 PA Virtual Gluten Free Expo Speakers: Saturday, Nov. 7th

Leslie, Gluten Free Finds and Jax, 10:25 am, Livestream

Gluten Free Finds ( www.instagram.com/glutenfreefinds_pa) was created in 2018 after Leslie’s son Jax was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 5. Leslie and Jax help people navigate the Gluten Free world to find, try and share the best gluten free products, restaurant reviews, travel tips, and more. Jax loves to have fun in the kitchen and try new recipes! Follow them on Instagram to see their latest Gluten Free Finds!

Leslie and Jax will be doing a kid-friendly cooking demo. Homemade pizza pockets – a kid friendly meal that can be made for lunch or dinner, using Chebe Pizza Crust Mix. You just need a few ingredients to make this recipe your family will love

Melinda Arcara, author and publisher of glutenfreebebe.com

11:00 a.m. Three Steps to Gluten Free Living
Location: Breakout room at bottom of event page

2:00 p.m. Cooking with 3 Healthy Gluten-Free Food Ingredients
Location: Live stream at top of event page

Melinda Arcara a.k.a. Gluten-Free Bebe is a writer who helps people become gluten-free. Through her website, book (3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living), blog, and teaching programs, Melinda helps the newly diagnosed find their way in the gluten-free world.

Tired of processed foods?  Want to eat more at home more but not sure what healthy ingredients to cook with?  Melinda’s 2pm demo will show how to get more beans, greens and gluten-free grains into your diet.  She has information, tips, tricks and recipes for these nutritious and delicious gluten-free ingredients.

Michael Savett, publisher, glutenfreephilly.com

11:00 a.m. Gluten-Free Dining and Product Q&A
Location: Live stream at top of event page

Michael is the father of a teenage boy with Celiac Disease who was diagnosed at age 3. He is an attorney practicing insurance law in New Jersey and a member of the Business Advisory Council of Beyond Celiac. Michael began publishing Gluten Free Philly in March 2009, with the mission of creating and maintaining a comprehensive reference for gluten-free-friendly restaurants, bakeries, stores and events in the Delaware Valley. He shares weekly features on items of interest to local and national readers.
Andrea Balzano Tucker, celiac advocate and podcaster, BaltimoreGlutenFree.com

12:00 p.m.   5 Common Mistakes in Finding a Safe College for Your GF Student and How to Avoid Them

Location: Breakout room at bottom of event page

Andrea Balzano Tucker is a celiac disease advocate and founder of Baltimore Gluten Free, an online and in-person gluten-free community for Baltimore and beyond. She is host of the daily briefcast Gluten Free News, available on smart speakers like Alexa, Google Home and wherever podcasts can be heard.

As the parent of a child with celiac disease and gluten free herself, Andrea understands the challenges of living gluten free for medical reasons. As a health educator, she is passionate about connecting people to vetted information and resources to make those challenges easier.

She frequently works with the University of Maryland Celiac Center and leads two dynamic support groups. Cel-Kids is an activity-based support group for kids living with celiac disease and their families, and the Baltimore Gluten Free Meet Up Group, a social group for adults.

Lisa Fahey, M.D., The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

1:00 pm Associated Conditions of Celiac Disease
Location: Live stream at top of event page

Lisa Fahey, MD, is an attending physician in the General Diagnostic Gastroenterology (GI) Program, Co-Director of the Celiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr Fahey leads a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, celiac dieticians, GI psychologists and nurse educators at the CHOP Center for Celiac Disease to care for children with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  In addition to providing clinical care, she also leads support groups for children with celiac disease, and performs clinical research in the areas of celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis.

She is a published author in the medical literature, and she collaborates with other celiac experts from around the country.  Throughout her career, she has also conducted basic science research at several institutions including the National Institutes of Health, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and at CHOP.

As a clinical educator, she has been honored as an invited lecturer at medical institutions across the region to share her GI expertise.  

Dr Fahey is committed to clinical care, as well as to advancing this important field of medicine through research and education.

Safiya Carter, allergy-sensitive/gluten-free food inventor, chef, consultant

1:00 p.m.   Eating Gluten-Free At Holidays Gatherings, Parties and Special Events 
Location: Breakout room at bottom of event page

Safiya Carter is one of earliest global pioneers of allergy-sensitive, gluten free, plant-based product innovation and development in the industry.

In 2008, she launched the first coconut-based frozen dessert company, KOV (Kosher, organic vegan) to be manufactured on the East Coast. Her use of adventurous flavors like ginger-vanilla, made from fresh ginger root and ground bourbon vanilla propelled KOV into the entire Mid-Atlanta region of Wholefoods, grocery stores, food service all in the first seven months of the business.

Safiya began consulting for other companies helping improve products, create exciting swap out ideas for menus to accommodate food allergies, gluten free, vegan and special diets. Additionally, Safiya has developed many first to market free-from vegan products and line extensions for businesses, from small start-ups to multi-million dollar corporations.

She studied with the world’s top internationally-celebrated chefs learning to prepare healthy gourmet world cuisine. She’s taught many classes geared to adults, teens and children and loves sharing how fun, easy and affordable preparing healthy foods can be.

Safiya is committed to impacting the current food production in healthcare, schools and foodservice globally by sharing with top decision-makers the affordable, workable solutions for supplying the healthiest foods for all.

Her passion to have everyone safely share meals together while upholding ethical, humane, and sustainable practices has become her life’s work.

Reach Safiya here: safiya@kovfoods.com

Elikqitie, publisher of the Travel Gluten-Free podcast

2:00 p.m. “Gluten-Free Road Trips”
Location: Breakout room at bottom of event page

From the culmination of experience and research, along with her experience with celiac disease, Elikqitie’s love of travel led her to publish the podcast Travel Gluten Free. She realized the far-reaching difficulties of living a gluten-free lifestyle and how isolating this can be. travel!

One of the few vacation options available right now is to enjoy a good road trip! Learning how to road trip gluten-free can be challenging unless you know the right tools to use and how to create a gluten-free vacation plan. In this workshop you will learn:

  • How to plan your gluten-free road trip
  • What to consider when eating on the road
  • Places that offer gluten-free foods
  • Why you don’t want to depend on gas stations for road trip food