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2 More gluten-free Bakeries And A Cooking Demo In Pittsburgh!

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 4, 2007:

It's Celiac Awareness Month

To mark October's Celiac AAwareness Month nutritionist Judy Dodd and gluten-free baker/cookbook author Lori Karavolis will present sessions on Gluten-Free Cooking and Nutrition from 10 am to 2 pm today at the Giant Eagle Market District store, Village Square, Bethel Park, and from 10 am to 2 pm tomorrow at the Market District Shadyside store.

Mrs. Karavolis expecdts to open her own Lori Bakes Gluten Free Cafe/Bakery oat 10 S. McDonald St, McDonald on Oct. 22 to cater to people with celiac sprue, a condition in which gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains, destroys the intestinal lining. The phone is 724-207-0009. For details, visit www.loribakes.com.

She'll also be part of the Three Rivers Endoscopy Center's second, free celiac seminar from 10 am to 1 pm Oct. 20 at the Holiday Inn, Moon (reserve at 412-262-1000 or visit www.gihealth.com). Also planning to be there is Mojca Pipus, who last month opened Gluuteny gluten-and dairy-free bakery to long lines in Squirrel Hill.

In other gluten-free news...

The North Hills now has a place to go for home-baked, gluten-free goods. Elvira Scolieri is selling her wares from her home at 2911 Grandview Drive, Hampton.

She calls her business Homemade Gluten-Free Goodies and says, "I make everything...bread, pizzelles, cookies, cheesecakes, cakes, fresh pasta." SHe just asks that customers order a day or two in advance. Call 724-443-3992

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I live in pittsburgh and I have been tossing around the idea of starting a gluten free catering business because I have celiac and follow a gluten free diet. I have been cooking for all of the holidays for my family which ends up being around 40 people and I do the whole meal gluten free. I love to cook and I am excellent and creative at it. I went to the seminar at GE in shadyside and I wasn't impressed. If I didn't know better I would have left and felt limited in the diet and depressed, not to mention in one of the isles vegetable barley soup was labled Gluten free by GE. I want to help people realize that with this diet does not come bland tasteless food. I know how limiting eating out is and i thought maybe some kind of catering or even individual meals. It sounds to me like you are familiar with what goes on in the Pgh area and the celiac community so what are you thoughts on the idea?

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I know that you wrote this post about a year ago, but I just came across it and wanted to respond. I think that is a great idea that you would like to start a catering service. Many people don't realize that they CAN eat almost anything, as long as they make it specially for their needs. I was just out in California for a work conference, and people noticed that I was ordering special meals.... etc.... and you would be amazed at how many people were asking me about it because a). someone they knew had Celiacs and was unaware of all their choices or B). THEY themselves had Celiacs and were unaware of their choices!

More and more people are becoming diagnosed as well as more aware of Celiacs/living gluten-free, and I think you would do very well at that business!

Go for it, and let me know how it works out!

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