How Far We’ve Come & What’s Next For Our Community-Powered Organization

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Gluten Free Calgary has been around now for three and a half years—can you believe that? It’s hard for me to wrap my brain around sometimes, that’s for sure. I remember dreaming this up, sitting at a patio in late summer of 2012, and now we have a beautiful website, a blog full of great content, a local restaurant map, a team of dedicated volunteers and a huge community of people to support! We work closely with the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association and partner with local nutritionist, Amber Romaniuk of Amber Approved—also contributing regularly to her health magazine. We sponsor and exhibit at various events throughout the year, including various gluten-free markets and of course, the wildly successful GF Oktoberfest that we kicked off last October.

Let’s take a second to celebrate the success we’ve had thus far! (Raise a GF beer…) Cheers, everyone, and a big thank you to everyone who’s been on this journey with us so far.

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Building all of this has required a lot of time, energy and dedication, and a personal investment on my part as well. While we do everything we can to keep our expenses low, operating something like this does require some minimal funding. It’s grown big enough that I can no longer handle it all on my own, so I’ve recruited the help of our Ambassador, Rae Lemke Sprung. And we want to keep supporting you in even more ways! We recently conducted a survey to hear from you, our #GFcommunity, about what you love and what you want to see more of. We have lots of ideas, thanks to all of you who participated, including more events, restaurant and product reviews. There is so much on the horizon still to come!

I call this a community-powered organization because the only way we are able to run successfully is with the dedication and support of our team, our volunteers and our community. I’m not looking to get rich from this venture, but I do need some help to keep this momentum going.

How can you help?

Well, we have added a Donate button to our website. If you’re able to contribute at all, we would be hugely appreciative. It will only help us do more to support you.

Can’t help financially? That’s okay!

We’re also currently recruiting for another blogger—someone to focus on pastries, baking and sweets in general (how fun does that sound)? Interested? Email us!

Thank you again, #GFCommunity. Here’s to three and a half more years – and beyond!

Relishing reLISH: A Burger Joint You Need To Try

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reLISH is a brand-new addition to 124th Street, having opened on July 18 – we went in the 20th and again the 21st – and its red-and-white funky decor, enthusiastic staff give it a fun, friendly vibe. (Plus, the beer and wine available on its menu take it another notch up from your standard burger joint). We saw families dining there, as well as groups of young adults and couples, and I’m sure their take-out option will be very popular.

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Your Guide To Using A Food Processor

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In recent years, the food processor has made it big, and there are common brand names that we are all finding ourselves discussing now more than ever (or is it just that I’m getting older and with age, food preparation becomes more of a hot topic than in younger years?).

Regardless, many of us who live gluten-free know that buying things pre-made is somewhat limiting. The food processor presents a great opportunity for us to create and make our own inventions in the comfort of our own kitchens. It’s also pretty darn easy to use–which is beneficial for those of us that don’t consider ourselves anything more than average chefs (aka our major kitchen-related activity is opening a bottle of wine).

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2nd Annual Amber Approved Stampede Breakfast

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We’re counting down the days to the 2nd Annual Amber Approved Stampede Breakfast! This event took Calgary by storm last year, and it’s back, better than ever this time. Why? Because this time, in addition to scrumptious gluten-free (and dairy-free/sugar-free) food selections, there will be men for auction! *licks lips*

Now I’ve peaked your interest, haven’t I?

Meet all the bachelors and pick out your favourite. Then, on the day of the breakfast (with a belly full of amazing food), put your money where your mind is and bid for a dream date with your favourite guy! The best part? (Besides how many pull-ups these guys can do.) All the money raised goes to support Meals on Wheels.

*There is also a hidden promo code that each bachelor is happy to offer you in this link!

What else makes this Stampede breakfast unique? It’s not just healthy–it’s gourmet! The menu includes gluten-free pancakes, nitrate-free sausage, free-range eggs, fruit smoothies, organic juice shots, infused waters and more. Amber has partnered with Cru Juice and Screamin’ Brothers Ice Cream for some extras as well. *licks lips again*

“It’s always been a dream of mine to create a Stampede breakfast that brings delicious food to health conscious and gluten-free Calgarians,” says Holistic Nutritionist, Author and healthy food crusader Amber Romaniuk. “Last year’s sold-out event showed me how much it’s needed in this city.”Once again Amber collaborates with the team at Hotel Arts – award-winning Executive Chef Duncan Ly, Pastry Chef Karine Moulin who was seen on Top Chef Canada season four. These talented chefs will be creating the sumptuous breakfast creations.

Bring your girlfriends, your family or your team to this event on Wednesday, July 8th! There will be a live band, face painting, a photo booth and prizes… this is THE event not to miss this Stampede season, whether you’re gluten-free or not.

Get your tickets today!

See you there with your boots on!

(P.S. Watch our Twitter and Facebook for a ticket giveaway coming soon!)

GFYYC’s Gluten Free Caesar 

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If you didn’t already know it’s National Caesar day today! Yes you heard us, National Caesar day! We know there’s no turning back after reading that sentence, so read on and check out GFYYC’s Gluten Free Caesar! As you know the Caesar is Canada’s favorite drink, and drinking them is our favorite pastime (while watching hockey preferably!) so while this should definitely be enjoyed today, we suggest using the recipe every time you want a Caesar!

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By | Dine Out, Dining, event, News & Events, nutrition

May is just around the corner—our favourite month of the year! Why? Well, May is #CeliacAwarenessMonth. Celiacs are a big part of our gluten-free community and it’s terrific to bring some awareness to Celiac Disease and the importance of a gluten-free diet. We have a lot of things planned this month and we don’t want you to miss out on any of the fun!

But first up…

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GFYYC Founder Featured in Amber Approved Magazine

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Did you know our Founder also sits on the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association Board? Did you know she runs a social media marketing and design agency? (No wonder our social profiles are always buzzing!) Get to know Tessa May Marr, and hear about her passion for this community-powered organization. Learn the story of how Gluten Free Calgary began, as well as how we are participating in Calgary’s gluten-free community today.

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Recipe: Taco Pie

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If you are anything like me, you are SICK of Turkey after this holiday season! It’s all I have had for days! So, we whipped up something special and a little spicy to mix things up. This recipe will be unlike my other recipes… there will be NO MEASUREMENTS! Eek!

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Recipe: Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies

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So, this week, my son told me that he had NEVER HAD GINGERBREAD. Can you believe it? The poor kid has been decorating these cookies his whole life and giving them away because he is allergic! So, I promised that for his cookie decorating play date this week I would make him gingerbread!

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