Dancing For Celiac Research

Last night I had the pleasure of attending a benefit organized by the wonderful CeliacChicks. The Paul Taylor Dance Company donated a portion of the ticket sales for last night’s performance to the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. The CeliacChicks do things in style, hosting a pre-performance reception sponsored by Foods by George.

The tables were covered with gluten free appetizers and desserts. Walking into a room filled with Pecan Tarts, Lemon Bars, Brownies, Pretzels, and Crackers, the bartender had to keep assuring the amazed guests that “Yes, it’s ALL gluten free!”

The Glutano Crackers are one of my favorites, more dense than a ritz but a nice buttery taste.

The nut and seed biscotti were my favorite sweet gluten free treat of the night. Luckily they sell them at my Whole Foods.

It was amazing to have Pecan Tarts and Lemon Bars that I could eat. (Though I would call the bars more of a “lemon cake” since it’s light and fluffy without the pastry crust I usually associate with a "bar.") Delish!

Just like the Gluten Free Cooking Spree, the best part of the evening was not the gluten free indulgences, but getting to meet others who celebrate living gluten free. I met the beautiful Juliana from Westchester who was just diagnosed 6 months ago and already has things well under control. (Juliana, let me know what you think of the cupcakes and any great gluten free restaurants you find in Italy!) The famous Dr. Peter Green was there as well. You may have seen him recently on The View. (If you missed it, check out David’s summary and analysis here. ) Then of course, there were Kelly and Alan who put the event together.

I was so energized and excited from the reception it was hard to believe that there was an extraordinary dance performance to follow. Thanks to everyone for their time and efforts.

To top off my evening, I came home to this box full of gluten free goodness. Stay tuned for more.


Michelle said...

Hey Cat, it was sooo nice to see you again...sorry I didn't get to chat much! What a bad hostess! There were so many nice people there,eh? Thanks for the great review! I'll probably link to it when I catch up on my sleep this weekend.

Kelly said...

That's me above, Kelly. ARgh...That's my middle name...ahhaah not sure why it's in there as a default. *shrug* ahahah

Catherine said...


It was great to see you too. I wish I had been able to talk to you more. Congrats again on a great event!