Gluten-Free Jet Set’s Gluten Free Around the World project

Courtney Mesmer : September 28, 2014 9:46 pm : General, Review

We’ve all been there: on a trip away from home, with no idea where to find something safe to eat. For all of us struggling to eat gluten-free while traveling, get ready for the next trip to be a little easier. Anna Sonnenberg, who spoke on the DCMCO panel on traveling gluten-free last March, has just introduced a worldwide gluten-free travel guide. Over the next year, she’ll travel extensively to research and write a comprehensive guide to surviving gluten-free in major destinations around the world.

While this guide is for the over 40 million people who eat gluten-free for a variety of reasons, Anna is writing it from the perspective of a celiac. She knows firsthand how difficult, time consuming, and unhealthy travel can be for gluten-free eaters. And she’s determined to change that.

An avid traveler, writer, and food lover, Anna has flown around the world and back, all while eating gluten-free. She has extensive experience with every step of the process, from research to planning to communicating dietary needs with restaurant and hospitality staff in a variety of countries. Since the travel process itself can be the most challenging for gluten-free travelers, Anna will focus a section of the guide on airline special meals, safe train station options, and healthy ways to navigate a hotel offerings.

Anna and her Gluten-Free Jet Set team are crowdfunding this travel guide via IndieGoGo through October 5th. Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gluten-free-around-the-world-travel-guide and click through to read more about the project’s goals, how much it will benefit you, your family, and your friends, and how you can help fund it (while pre-ordering a guide and claiming other perks for yourself)!

The DCMCO wishes Anna the best of luck with her project – we can’t wait to read the final product!

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Gluten – Free Grab & Go Nutritionist Approved 2014 List

Courtney Mesmer : June 29, 2014 9:17 pm : General, Uncategorized

 With summer upon us and road trip season in full swing, Board Member, Cheryl Harris has put together a wonderful list of some of her favorite healthier options among packaged products, with keeping an eye out towards ones that are lower in sugar, higher in fiber and protein, and less processed and keep you healthier while on the road. To view this list please click HERE and while you are there check out the rest of her excellent website that is filled with additional gluten-free resources. Thanks Cheryl for pulling together this great list! thCAD373B1


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Save the Date: 2014 Washington DC Gluten-free Expo June

Courtney Mesmer : May 6, 2014 12:00 pm : DCMCO, Events, General, Uncategorized

 The 2014 Washington DC Gluten-free Expo will be held on Sunday June 1, 2014 at the DoubleTree Bethesda. 

The 2014 Washington DC Gluten-Free Expo is being sponsored by Children’s National Medial center will feature more than 70 gluten-free vendors from across the world. Each vendor will sample and/or sell their products. In some cases, the vendors will offer large discounts to purchase products at the event. We hope you’ll join us at this amazing event!  The event runs from 12:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday June 1, 2014 and there are 3 options for time slots to enter the exhibit halls. 

There are so many reasons to attend this expo but here are a few: 
  • Free samples
  • Money saving coupons to help you save on your favorite products!
  • Being able to try new foods from your favorite gluten free brands.
  • The opportunity to attend Exciting events during the expo (more information to follow)
  • The DC Metro Celiac Organization (DCMCO) is a Sponsor and will have a booth – Please make sure to stop on Sunday, June 2 and say  “Hello.” We will have some good information to share and one lucky person who visit us  will win a fabulous gift bag full of gluten free goodies!

Here are the details about the event and how to register –

When: Sunday, June 1, 2014;  12:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Double Tree Bethesda Hotel 8120 Wisconsin Avenue  Bethesda, MD 2081

To register visit: http://www.dcglutenfreeexpo.com/attend.html

* All proceeds from the event to benefit the Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Medical Center


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Wheatless By Willow

Courtney Mesmer : April 21, 2014 10:31 pm : Events, General, Products, Restaurant, Uncategorized

Wheatless by Willow, a DCMCO Favorite, has it’s own logo now!

Wheatless by Willow Logo

In addition, Wheatless by Willow has been invited to be a permanent vendor in Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market So, DCMCO members please support them this Sunday @ DuPont Market  9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  and on future market dates –  April 27th, May 4th and May 25th.

A sample of what Gluten-Free Products will be available for Purchase:

Breads, Biscuits and Scones: Multigrain Bread; Triple Oat Bread
Cookies/Brownies:: Belgian Fudge Brownies; Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies;
Misc. Items: Peanut Butter Protein Bars, Clam Chowder, Potato Gnocchi – AND MORE..

Don’t forget that you visit to mention that you are member of the DC Celiac group they might throw in a little something extra!

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Gluten Free Easter Candy

Courtney Mesmer : April 14, 2014 9:15 pm : General, Products


Easter is almost upon us, which means chomping on chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps! Wondering what gluten-free Easter candy is available this year to place in your child’s Easter basket (or to enjoy yourself)?  Check out this list from our friends at About.com. Updated as of March 2014, you can see that there are plenty of options you can use to make up a really nice gluten-free Easter basket.  Please remember to always check the labelENJOY!


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Courtney Mesmer : October 21, 2013 5:29 pm : General

Welcome to the DCMCO blog! We are thrilled to launch this blog along with our new logo and website — where you will find loads of useful information and resources for the growing number of people who have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive or intolerant in the DC metro area.

Whether you’re looking for a gluten-free restaurant, searching for a physician or wishing to connect with others living a GF lifestyle, you’re in the right place! From the recent FDA ruling about labeling to fitness tips to finding the best gluten-free pizza, you’ll find recent news coverage of GF issues as well.

Our next quarterly meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 7th. Please join us for a presentation on how to navigate the holiday season, browse our vendor booths and socialize with other members. We’re even planning a GF cookie exchange!

And please consider joining DCMCO — dues are just $20/year and provide much-needed support for our meetings and other events, newsletters, restaurant database, website and additional member-only benefits. Please help us become a stronger voice for the DC Metro area by joining — thank you!

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