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    Chelsea Clinton's Gluten-Free Wedding

    Destiny Stone

    Celiac.com 07/31/2010 - Chelsea Clinton is set to wed Marc Mezvinsky today in what can only be described as the most high-profile gluten-free wedding ever! Until now, all-alternative banquet menus have been rare, but with Ms. Clinton blazing the trail for others, the gluten-free trend is sure to continue.

    Many people may not realize that Chelsea Clinton has been a vegan since she was a teenager, meaning she doesn't eat meat, dairy, eggs, or any animal products. Chelsea is also said to have a gluten allergy, meaning she cannot eat wheat, rye or barley either; which is why her wedding cake will be gluten-free and vegan, along with most of the other food that she will be serving to her guests on Saturday.

    A Gluten-free diet can be very restrictive, and vegan diets can be limiting too. Which is why  gluten-free vegan's must be extremely careful with what they put in their body. While Chelsea probably chose her wedding menu due to her own personal health needs, it is likely to also have a trickle down effect on the general public. Grace Clerihew, of Table Tales, a New York Catering Firm responded to Chelsea's wedding menu saying, “This will empower people to make these requests. Prior to this, they might have thought it was not mainstream enough to even talk about, but now that they see it being done by such a public persona it becomes acceptable.”

    While gluten-free and vegan diets are often met with  a great deal of scrutiny from mainstream consumers, chefs and caterers that understand  specific dietary restrictions  make delicious dishes that often have even the most extreme critics of the diet going back for seconds. Says Paula LeDuc of Paula LeDuc Fine Catering in San Francisco, “We've gotten very savvy about creating wonderful things with alternative ingredients.” According to LeDuc, she always makes extra vegan dishes because many times guests will want to trade in their meat plate when they see the scrumptious vegan options that others are enjoying. In fact, LeDuc says that gluten-free requests have increased from about one per month last year, to one per week this year.  LeDuc goes on to say, “Three or four years ago, gluten-free wasn't even part of the conversation.”

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    Guest Millie

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    Good for Mrs. Clinton the word is getting out. I've had Celiac for over 30 years I lived on rice crackers . What we have today is wonderful with all the new products and restaurants that have gluten-free menus .

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    Guest Jbnybound

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    This is just the kind of publicity celiac's need. Thanks Chelsea!

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    Guest Annette Bentley

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    It is great that finally this information is made public. On behalf of all individual with gluten intolerance and milk intolerance I wish to say thanks to Chelsea and her family.

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    Guest Donna

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    Very interesting .This made good reading . Would loved to have been there to share.

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    Guest Jose A Collazo

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    It's sad that only when the rich and notorious are involved is when we are taken into consideration. However it is great because many people need to be aware of the condition.

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    As a Celiac, I had a 100% gluten free wedding. Everything that came out of the hotel kitchen was safe for me to eat, and I didn't have to worry about cross-contamination, at least on the part of the kitchen staff. Special cake and chocolate fountain as well. This was in 2007. It can be done, and it's easier than you think. People actually had no idea the cake was gluten-free, and said it was some of the best they had ever tasted!

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    Guest Andrea

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    I really liked reading about the wedding menu. Went to a wedding just the other day, couldn't really eat anything because I have to be gluten-free. Hopefully, more people will think about it when planning a party menu.

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    Guest A. Sommer

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    I live in Tuckahoe, NY, thanks to Chelsea, I now know of Lulu's Bakery which is close by in Scarsdale, NY.

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  • About Me

    I diagnosed myself for gluten intolerance after a lifetime of bizarre, seemingly unrelated afflictions. If my doctors had their way, I would have already undergone neck surgery, still be on 3 different inhalers for asthma, be vomiting daily and having chronic panic attacks. However, since eliminating gluten from my diet in May 2009, I no longer suffer from any of those things. Even with the proof in the pudding (or gluten) my doctors now want me to ingest gluten to test for celiac-no can do.

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