Portland Lecture: Anti-inflammatory diets, what YOU need to know

By Jeremy Hyatt

Join us at the studio for a guest lecture with Samantha Brody, ND, LAc on Thursday, January 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Cost is $20 for current Hyatt Training members / $30 for guests.

Chronic inflammation can plague athletes and non-athletes alike. It can impact our sport, and it can impact our day-to-day health, our risk for future illness, and even our state of mind. There are some health conditions that have been long understood to be inflammatory such as arthritis, asthma and allergies. But we now understand that inflammation plays a significant role in a plethora of health conditions including depression, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, even Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.

Dr. Samantha will be sharing her expertise about anti-inflammatory diets and the effect in the body of certain foods we eat. Way beyond gluten-free, she will be discussing how foods affect you. Recovery, performance, brain power, etc. Learn how inflammation settles in your bodies and what you can do to treat it, and most importantly, how to prevent it. The presentation will include some of the science of inflammation as well as anti-inflammatory medications, herbs, supplements and nutritional strategies that you can implement right away.

This is a lecture that everyone will get something useful from – not just those eating a particular diet. Dr. Samantha will speak from 6pm-7pm and then we will have a Gluten Free Beer Tasting and social hour sponsored by Harvester Brewing. A chance to catch up with your buddies while you’re not doing lunges.

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT JEREMY TO GET REGISTERED.

Harvester Brewing Press Release

customLogoHarvester Brewing Releases Coffee Pale Ale January 9th

Harvester Brewing is pleased to announce the release of their winter seasonal, Coffee Pale Ale. To create this beer Harvester started with their award-winning Pale Ale and then added cold-brewed coffee from Equal Exchange rather than the dry-hops. The Coffee Pale Ale comes in at 30 IBU and 5.8% ABV.

The combination of Equal Exchange’s Medium Peruvian roast coffee with our Pale Ale was not the original plan for Harvester’s winter seasonal. “Having our own pub gave us the ability to try several coffee/beer combinations and get an immediate response from our fans,” said Harvester’s head of R&D, James Neumeister. He continued, “We had assumed that blending coffee with our Dark Ale would be the obvious winner but no other coffee beer we made matched the positive response we received to this Pale Ale and coffee combination.”

Coffee Pale Ale will be released at Harvester’s gastropub during an event with Equal Exchange on January 9th from 5 pm until 8 pm. Equal Exchange will be bringing chocolate to taste with Coffee Pale Ale and Harvester’s Chef Neil will be creating several food pairings to complement the new release. Bottles of Coffee Pale will head out to retailers the following week.

About Equal Exchange
Equal Exchange, a pioneer in Fair Trade since 1986, is a full service provider of high quality, organic coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods to customers across the United States. 100% of Equal Exchange products are fairly traded, benefiting more than 75 small farmer co-operatives in 40 countries around the world. Beans for this Coffee Pale Ale come from Peru, where Equal Exchange has partnered with Cooperativa Nor Andino for nearly 15 years.

Harvester Brewing Expands Oregon Distribution

Harvester Brewing is pleased to announce that they have expanded their Oregon distribution with new relationships with Fort George Distribution and Summit Beverage Distribution. This latest expansion of Oregon distribution will make Harvester’s beers more widely available to their customers in southern Oregon and the northern coast.

About Fort George Distributing
Fort George Distributing started in 2013 as a craft distributor in Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

About Summit Beverage Distributing
Summit Beverage of Oregon is an Oregon based company doing business throughout the following counties in Southern Oregon: Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties. Summit maintains warehouse operations in downtown Medford with direct delivery and merchandising service throughout their four county territory.

This Week Only: Donate $2 (Or More) To Help Send Children To A Gluten- Free Summer Camp!

The website Gluten-Free Saver has teamed up with Van’s Natural Foods to raise money for next Summer’s Celiac Disease Foundation Summer Camp. You can help by donating, and for this week, Van’s will match donations. I don’t know if this link is current, but here is information about the Celiac Disease Foundation Summer Camp. Here is their press release.

There’s an age-old saying that, in my opinion, has never been more true…

“It’s better to give than to receive.”

And the holiday season is the perfect time for you to give back to the community. In the spirit of the giving season, I want to bring your attention to a fundraiser I’m helping promote this week for a great gluten-free cause. This week only, giving just $2 of your hard-earned money will go toward providing scholarships for children to attend a gluten-free summer camp hosted by the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) next summer in Southern California.

But this week, donating $2 doesn’t mean you’re just donating $2… This week through Sunday, December 25, Gluten-Free Saver has partnered with Van’s Natural Foods to raise money to send children to next summer’s CDF-sponsored summer camp, and Van’s is matching all donations up to $1,000! The goal is to raise $2,000 – and when you donate $2, you’re really contributing $4. You can read more about the fundraiser here: www.glutenfreesaver.com.

The summer camp will be held in San Bernardino in Southern California from July 30 to August 3, 2012, and it’s open to all 7-15 year old gluten intolerant and gluten-sensitive children – not just those diagnosed with celiac disease.

Sure, receiving gifts this time of year is always fun, but the feeling of knowing that your generous donation of just $2 can bring a tremendous amount of joy to a young child… well, now that’s priceless. Please help reach the goal of donating $2,000 to the Celiac Disease Foundation this week. Every $2 helps.

YES! I want to help send a child to a gluten-free summer camp and donate $2 right
now!

P.S. 100% of all donations will go directly to CDF.

P.P.S. If you’re feeling extra generous this holiday season, you aren’t limited to
donating just $2 – you can give as much money as your heart desires!

Support the Arts in Portland – Follow the Creative Advocacy Network on Twitter

Hey everybody. Here’s another “not exactly gluten-free” but something we want to support. A Portland arts organization, the Creative Advocacy Network is looking for your support. What do they need? Just a follow in Twitter, and a Like on Facebook. If you’re wondering about the organization itself, I think that all you need do is check out the board of directors, here.

Click this link and then follow CAN on Twitter. If over 2500 people follow the organization by December 31, CAN will receive funding from the City of Portland.

Things We Like: Work on Your Career

This is the first of what we hope are many future posts where we share resources and things that we think are great and/or would be useful to our readers, even when it isn’t exactly about being gluten free. This item is just in time for your New Years resolution to boost/change/rethink your career, or if you are just hunting for a job. I’ve used their services in the past and have found them to be very useful. Here’s the blurb:

Carpenter Smith Consulting is offering free weekly tips to help people create career success in the new economy. These tips are nuggets pulled from 20 years of experience helping people find meaning and satisfaction in their work lives. To get the tips emailed to you each week click here to add your name to the list. There is no fee for this service.

Carpenter Smith Consulting is a Portland based business that inspires leaders and changes lives through career consulting, executive coaching, leadership development, and business consultation.

This has already started, so sign up now.

Carpenter Smith Consulting, LLC
516 SE Morrison, Suite 830
Portland, Oregon 97214
Voice: 503.274.9447
Email: contact@carpentersmith.com

Product Review: Pao Bread

Pao Bread is a Brazilian cheese bread snack that is commonly sold by street vendors. Now, thanks to Portland entrepreneur Jewelie Schultz, you can get some gluten free and much closer to home. Pao bread, known as pao de queijo in Brazil, is normally made with tapioca starch, cheese, and eggs, so Schultz didn’t have to modify the recipe to make it gluten-free. She did have to discover the right kind of cheese combination to get an authentic flavor. The product is manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free facility here in Portland.

The bread comes pre-measured into balls, frozen, and ready to bake. They take about twenty minutes to bake and are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. We got our hands on some samples courtesy of the baker herself (see our disclosure policy) and tried them out. We also gave some to a few of our friends and taste-testers. Here’s what it looks like fresh out of the oven.

After a bite…

What these totally remind me of is a snack I used to make for myself when I would get home from high school. My friends and I would get home, go to the kitchen, wrap some cheddar cheese in a wheat tortilla, and microwave it. If you microwaved it correctly, the cheese would bubble and the tortilla would be delicious. They also taste kind of like goldfish crackers, but are much more of a texture sensation. Everybody we had try them, including ourselves, thought they were good. Schultz lived in Brazil as an exchange student, and did her best to come up with a recipe that tasted authentic.

Here’s a list of the ingredients: tapioca starch, eggs, safflower oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes, annatto (color)), Parmesan cheese (pasteurized part-skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), milk, water, kosher salt. The ingredient list is pretty short, and there isn’t any leavener. I was going to say that they’re pretty allergen-free until I noticed that they’ve got egg and dairy. On the minus side, the number one ingredient is tapioca starch, which we’ve discussed before, and has almost no nutritional value. Thanks to the eggs and the cheese, though, this probably isn’t as bad as a lot of the gluten-free breads out there. And hey! – We’re talking about a snack here, anyway.

And as a snack, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with something like this. They’re quick, easy to make, and kind of fun. They’re locally made, which is cool. I always like supporting local small businesses. Paobread is available at the Portland and Lake Oswego Lamb’s Markets, the Eastmoreland Market, and the Alberta Co-Op, among other places. You can also get them at the Moreland and Montavilla Farmers Markets. See their website for more details on where to buy. Here’s their website for more information.

News Bites: GIG Pancake Breakfast this Weekend

Gig Pancake Breakfast at Lingonberries

The Portland Metro Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is having the first of two pancake breakfasts this Saturday (the 17th) at Lingonberries Market in Vancouver. This weekend they will be using mixes from Bob’s Red Mill, Laurel’s Sweet Treats, and Kinnikinnick. Dairy free options will be available. The cost is $5 per person – $12 max per family. (I can’t say for sure as of this writing, but I can only imagine that the proceeds from this event will go to support the Portland GIG.) I wish that I could attend, but I’m still working on losing weight and can’t do the maple syrup! Here’s the relevant info:

Where: Lingonberries Market – 6300 NE 117th Ave – Vancouver WA 98662
When: Saturday, July 17 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Contact: christina@lingonberriesmarket.com or call (360) 260-4411

The next GIG Pancake Breakfast is scheduled for August 21. We’ll try to remember to give everybody notice the week before.

Gluten Free Event This Saturday

This Saturday, May 22, Midway Farms is having a gluten-free event. Here’s the blurb:

Spend a wonderful afternoon of Wine, Cheese, Raw Chocolate & live Music out on the farm!

Saturday, May 22nd, 2pm-6pm
Live Bluegrass music will sweep you away in the garden at Midway Farms. Enjoy sipping amazing wines from Eola Hills Wine Cellars & savoring award winning cheeses of Willamette Valley Cheese, only to be topped off with decadent raw chocolate by Stirs The Soul Chocolates. Premium organic coffee, teas and gluten free hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Gluten Free Friendly! Tickets are available at Midway Farms in advance for $9.00 or at the door for $12.00. This is an adult event 21 & older please. Midway Farms is located on Hwy 20 midway between Corvallis & Albany.
For more information please contact us at:
info@midwayfarmsoregon.com
visit our web site at:
www.midwayfarmsoregon.com

They also sent us a flier. Click here to view it. If you’re wondering how far away it is from Portland, Google Maps figures it’s about an hour and a half drive. Here’s the map.

Thanks to Midway Farms for sending us this notice.

Gluten-Free Cooking Class & Special Deal at Abby’s Table

Gluten Free Spice Cake

Whole Foods in Tigard is having a gluten-free cooking class on May 8 that looks very interesting. Here is the blurb:

Asian KidKid, Beef Chardonnay, & Spun Sugar Crusted Spice Cake

This class celebrates the cuisine of France combined with hints of Asia fused with wholesome healthy ingredients. These superb dishes boast lively flavors, bright colors, and surprising combinations which are sure to delight your family and friends. A great class for Moms and Daughters! Learn how to work with oat groats while making a quick, healthy meal and an easy flaming dessert.

On the Menu:

Asian KidKid
Zesty appetizer made with a savory mixture of garlic, oat groats, oat bran, spices and fresh chili paste.

Beef Chardonnay
Puts a mouthwatering meal on the table as quickly as waiting in line at a drive-through.

Spun Sugar Crusted Spice Cake
The title says it all. This dessert will delight your senses. Made with eggplant adds delish to the menu and health to you.

When: Sat, May 8, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Whole Foods, Bridgeport Village, Tigard, OR
Chef: Sheila Hanson

To register, Call Guest Services @ 503-639-6500 to pre-register before Wednesday, May 5th

I contacted them to make sure that the oats are gluten-free and they replied that they’re from Bob’s Red Mill and are from a safe source.

Abby’s Table has announced a spring special deal where meals are $13.

Are you doing a elimination diet or detox program? Planning to hit refresh on your diet habits? Be wonderful to your body and join us for dinner. We serve up seasonal produce in deliciously innovative ways so that you can enjoy eating during your cleanse. As always the dinners are 100% vegan friendly, 100% gluten, dairy and soy free with an omnivore option for the main course. The entire month of May features anti-inflammatory menus!

spud

And YES! We are PLEASED to announce that we are teaming with Spud! Organic Grocery Delivery to offer you a special spring price on dinners.
$13 dinners, May and June only!!! In the ‘Special Request’ section of the website enter “spud” and dinner will be only $13!!! Woo hoooooo! Sign up today!

Spelt is Not Gluten Free

We don’t usually do this sort of informational post here, because we tend to focus on restaurant reviews, but lately I’ve noticed a trend where spelt is thought to be gluten-free. Unfortunately, spelt is a variety of wheat and contains the same sort of gluten. From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website:

In the context of celiac disease, the term “gluten” is used to collectively refer to gluten in wheat, and to the proteins in other grains that have been demonstrated to cause harmful health effects in individuals who have celiac disease. These grains are wheat (including different varieties such as spelt and kamut), rye, barley, cross-bred hybrids (e.g., triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye), and possibly oats.”

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