It’s Expo Time in Birmingham Gluten Free Style That is!

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Mark Your Calendars – Saturday,  May 4, 2013

2nd Annual Making Tracks for Celiacs Walk/Run with Vendor Fair and Family Picnic and a 1 Mile Fun Run!

Sponsored by:  The Center for Celiac Research and The Alabama Gluten Free & Celiac Community

  • Race Registration Begins 7am
  • 5K Race Starts 8am
  • 1 Mile Fun Run 9am
  • Awards 9:30 am

Race Entry Fees:

5K/Run/Walk (ages 13 and up): $30 (until April 26) $35 (April 27 until race day)

5K/Run/Walk (younger than 13): $20 (until April 26) $25 (April 27 until race day)

1 Mile Fun Run $15 (until April 26) $20 (April 27 until race day)

Online Registration is available until April 30th:  Register HERE (Click on Birmingham on left)

Vendor Fair and Family Picnic Information:

Vendor Hours:  10am-2pm

Picnic Hours: 12pm-2pm

Tickets for this part of the event will be available the day of the event.

Vendor Fair: $5 entry fee to vendor area for samples and purchasing gluten free goods!

Picnic and Vendor Fair: $10/per person.  Lunch will include hamburger or hot dog with Udi's buns, side, drink, and dessert. This option will also get you into the vendor fair.

The Venue for this Event is at:

Birmingham Metropolitan Stadium

Ben Chapman Drive   Hoover AL 35244

This expo is being organized and put on this year by The Alabama Gluten Free and Celiac Community.  You can find them on Facebook.

Their website is in development and will be ready shortly www.alabamaceliac.com

You can reach Rebecca Kinney for more details on the event at 205-542-6165 or you can reach Shea at shea@alabamaceliac.com

Vendor Applications are still being accepted if you wish to participate.  There are several different levels of sponsorship available contact Rebecca Kinney for more details 205-542-6165

 

 

 

 

 

Great Gluten Free Expo 2013

I am looking into the future just a bit and trying to see what will happen for an expo for 2013.  The team we had for this year will not be the same for next year.  One of my partners, Christine from Birmingham Kids and Family, is going through major medical with her child, Brian.  He is having a stem cell transplant this summer at Duke University.  This will take them out of the picture for planning an expo for next year.  This is a major ordeal, so please keep them in your prayers, and if you feel led to make a donation to help with their major medical expensed they will incur, please do, they will be so appreciative!

I am writing this post to see who is willing and interested in helping to coordinate a Great Gluten Free Expo 2013.  To be honest, it is a big undertaking.  It obviously can be done, but I am looking for some real go-getters.  People that have a drive to keep going when it gets hard and you just don't want to hear no from one more person.  People who can push through that.  I am looking to make a team of at least 5-7 people who can help me pull this off.  These 5-7 people would be the team to put this thing together from start to finish.  

What would be involved for these people?

  • Regularly scheduled meetings for planning
  • Depending on what you would be in charge of, coordinating a team of your own to put on that event.  So, example, if you wanted to coordinate the Gala Dinner team, you would come up with a team of people to help you, you would, alongside me, come up with a theme, find a chef, help find a location to have the dinner, plan decorations, get sponsors, get foods donated, help with social media to promote, basically run the event.  This is just an example.  There is a lot of commitment here, but I would like you to understand that.  I don't want anyone joining a volunteer team at this time.  If you join, you are joining a planning team.  From start to finish.  If you can't make that kind of commitment, then wait, and join a volunteer team when it is time. 
  • lots of phone calls
  • lots of creativity
  • lots of emailing
  • lots of patience 🙂 

It is such a good feeling to put on an event like this and see the people that benefit from it.  Many lives have been changed from it.  Many good contacts were made for people, and diagnosises were even made from the event.  I don't want to make it look like joining the team would be all work and no reward.  It was very rewarding to serve on a planning team and see people enjoy it so much.  I paint this picture of hard work because I don't just want volunteers at this point.  I want people to make a serious commitment that can see this thing through.  We will be looking at planning another gala, expo with classes, and 5K run.  It was all so successful not to do the whole weekend again, but without people stepping up to help make this happen, we won't have another gluten free expo in 2013.  

Please consider it carefully.  Take a little time and see if this would be right for you.  It will be a lot of fun.  There will be obstacles.  But it will be great.  

Things do happen.  Some vendors didn't show up, we had corrupt files for a class which pushed classes behind schedule, someone had a heart attack at the gala dinner, and our main speaker for the dinner and one class for the expo got put in the hospital the day of the gala and was unable to fly in.  Things happen, but God is good and all went great despite our obstacles.    We were not prepared for any of this, but you will probably be surprised to hear that some of this went on.  We just had to keep on.  And it all worked out great. 

Again, please consider this carefully, but if you are interested, please contact me through the contact tab or email me directly.  No plans have been made yet for next year, so if you have contacts for a venue that would accomodate all events, that would be a start!  Also, if we are going to have this, we need to get on it!  We will need a different venue this year because we need to be able to let vendor sell their products.  This helps cover their costs of coming. 

Thanks for listening,  and thanks for carefully considering joining this team!

Remember that this expo is for our city.  Educating our neighbors.  Own it!

Not sure what I am talking about?  You missed the expo?  See what it is all about here, here, and here.

 

Gluten Free Gala Recap Birmingham

Above, the coordinators of the gala, Me, Christine, and Rebecca.  Our fabulous guests, Jules and Pam!  Thank you for making our expo so amazing!  You both were such a great asset to our event!

The long awaited Gala Dinner recap!  I am so sorry this has taken me so long.  I had put my family and so many other things on hold those last few weeks preparing for the expo.  I had to take a couple weeks to catch my breath, do some laundry, and work with my kids!  Thank you for being patient and understanding. 

We had a fabulous time at our 1st ever gluten free gala dinner.  It all came together beautifully.  We had over 130 people in attendance.  The only major speed bump we hit was when Dr. Fasano was unable to attend the gala and expo.  He was put in the hospital in Maryland on the Friday of our Gala dinner.  So thankful that Pam King from the Center for Celiac Research, and Anne Lee from Dr. Schar were able to present Dr. Fasano's speeches without trouble.  It was amazing! 

We started off the night with a glass of wine and 2Blu and the Lucky Stiffs.  They were just the right pace to set the evening.  We enjoyed the band, mingled and made new friends.  We watched iron chef between Sean Butler of Food Studio B and Pam King who was taking the place of Dr. Fasano, using his recipe.  We were able to watch as Food Studio B's team prepared our food. 

Next we were off to the main event.  The dinner and speakers.  We were so blessed to have such great sponsors of our dinner.  Sean Butler of Food Studio B so graciously donated his time, and efforts and put so much into our amazing gluten free meal.    We enjoyed Foccacia bread, fresh herbs, garlic confit, Sausage Stuffed Chicken Breast witha Blood Orange Basil Concasse, Portabello and Green Apple Pasta, salad with White Balsamic, and Neopolitain Cake.  We are so thankful to our other sponsors who also supplied food for our dinner,  Earth Balance, Jules Gluten Free, Bare Naked Noodles and Springer Mountain Farms.  It was such an amazing meal.  It was so fun to get to eat out for so many people and not worry about contamination or getting sick. 

During the dinner, we enjoyed Jules Gluten Free talking about the 1 in 133 project and her place she had in organizing the whole project as well as producing the world's largest gluten free cake.  It was amazing to hear what all went into preparing for this huge project and where we stand with better labeling laws.  We thank Jules for sharing this information with us.  Following Jules we heard from Anne Lee from Dr. Schar.  She gave us some great information on celiac disease and how it affects our bodies.  She did such a great presentation making it very informative and interesting.  Thank you Anne for sharing with us. 

After dinner and speakers, we continued to enjoy our guests as we began to prepare for the Gluten Free Expo the next day.

Stay tuned for the expo details! 

 

Volunteer T-Shirts for the Great Gluten Free Expo!

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I was so excited to come home today to find a large box of t-shirts sitting on my front porch.  Dr. Schar said they would give t-shirts for volunteers, but these are especially for the expo!!  How awesome is this?  So, who is volunteering their time at the expo?  You get a cool t-shirt!  Thanks Dr. Schar!  It's not too late to sign up to help.  You can contact me if you want to help.

Giveaway: Free Gala Dinner Ticket to The Great Gluten Free Expo Birmingham

Here is giveaway #2.  This one is for a Free Ticket to the Gluten Free Gala Dinner on February 24, 2012.  You don't want to miss this fabulous dinner that will be prepared by Sean Butler of Food Studio B. All gluten free and dairy free.  Using products from Jules Gluten Free, Earth Balance, Springer Mountain Farms, and Bare Naked Noodles

Here is the menu:

Freshly baked Focaccia bread with Earth Balance butter spread,fresh herbs, and garlic confit
Salad greens with white balsamic viniagrette, portabella mushrooms, and green apple
Pasta
Sausage stuffed Chicken Breast with blood orange basil concasse’
Neapolitan layer cake

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Giveaway: 2 Free Great Gluten Free Expo Tickets in Birmingham

Just one week from today is the Gluten Free Gala Dinner in Birmingham, AL.  A night of gluten free food and fun to kick off the Great Gluten Free Expo

In celebration of the upcoming expo we want to give away 2 tickets to the expo on February 25, 2012.  Doors open at 10am and we will have fabulous vendors sharing samples of their gluten free products and also a full day of classes–cooking demos and informational classes!  You don't want to miss this day! 

 

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More Great News on the Great Gluten Free Expo Birmingham!

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Great News!  We have gotten Dr. Fasano's speaking approved for Ceu's for nurses and Cme's for doctors!  You will get 1 credit hour for Friday night at the gala dinner, and 1 credit hour for the class on Saturday morning!  Help us spread the word to doctors and nurses you know.  This would be incredibly beneficial for all nurses and doctors because Dr. Fasano will talk about how Celiac Disease is commonly found among other diagnoses as well. 

Remember that if you are attending the gluten free/dairy free gala dinner, you will get into the expo on Saturday for free!

If you are coming to the expo on Saturday, it is $5 at the door! 

Is the Birmingham Gluten Free Expo news to you?  Well, find all the information on this great event here!

 

57% Off One-Year Subscription To Living Without Magazine

Gluten Free Saver has Living Without Magazine on special right now.  Spend $10 to get 6 issues!  You save 57%! 

Note: new subscribers only.  Find all the details here.

Bonus:  If you are coming to the Great Gluten Free Expo in Birmingham, you will get the current issue of Living Without Magazine FREE!  While supplies last!

Childcare Available at the Expo :FREE!

So excited to tell you about this aspect of the expo.  Care with Flair is a local childcare service who is offering to the attendees of the Great Gluten Free Expo, free childcare while you attend one of our great class offerings!   Space will be limited and will fill up quickly!  Hurry and go here to register!  Give them as much information as possible, how many kids, ages of children, and time you need childcare.  Be sure to check Gluten Free University to see what classes you would like to attend! 

Birmingham Gluten Free Expo Feb. 24-25, 2012

The expo is coming!  The expo is coming to Birmingham!  Just checking to be sure you have gotten your tickets to the Gala Dinner on Feb. 24, 2012, at 6:00p.m.   

What about running or walking in our 5K, Making Tracks for Celiacs?  Come join the fun and run, or cheer on the others, then join us at the expo for some fabulous gluten free treats from some great vendors! 

Plan to stay the day and take some classes at Gluten Free University!  The whole weekend will be great and gluten free!  What a treat! 

 

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