Highlights of the Gluten Free / Allergen Free Expo Chicago 2012

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working in the Westin Hotel kitchen in Lombard for the Gluten Free / Allergen Free Expo.  It is an incredible event, host to hundreds of vendors and talented chefs across the country and is the premier source for someone new or continuing to “find their way” so to speak in the gluten free world.  There are many talented people changing the world one bite at a time.

This was the third year participating in this event as a behind the scenes kitchen coordinator, however, this year I happen to have all the recipes for the cooking classes ahead of time.  When we had the wonderful 80+ degree weather in March, I was busy in my kitchen with the oven on, testing, testing, testing recipes.  The five pounds I gained was worth every indulgent morsel!

Triple Coconut Cream Pie by Kyra Bussanich of Crave Bake Shop

Truffle Fudge Brownies by Kyra Bussanich of Crave Bake Shop

 Top of the Morning Muffins by Robert Landolphi, author of Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook

Chewy Oat and Fruit Bars by Robert Landolphi

Very Berry Smoothie by Robert Landolphi

Orange – Infused Angel Food Cake by Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery 

Pistachio Mango Gelato with Coconut by Karen Morgan

Gluten Free Pizzelles Waffle Cones by Karen Morgan

 Gluten Free Pizzelle Ice Cream Sandwiches by Karen Morgan

 Sunflower Flax Bread by Beth Hillson

Rosemary Breadsticks by Beth Hillson

 Soft Pretzels by Beth Hillson

Baguettes by Pete and Kelli Bronski 

Rosemary Facaccia by Pete and Kelli Bronski (pictured with toasted baguette)

 Bagels!! by Pete and Kelli Bronski

 All of the above are gluten free and dairy free and tasted so incredibly delicious!!!  Kudos to the recipe creators who I think fall into “genius” category in the kitchen.  What a fun weekend for me meeting and working with these lovely and talented people!

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