2015 Las Vegas Gluten and Allergen-Free Wellness Event Review!

A few weeks ago, on Saturday, April 18th, the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin played host to Nikki Everett and the Gluten & Allergen-Free Wellness Event….and it was a HUGE success! Incredible speakers, awesome vendors, and TONS of delicious gluten-free food to sample!!!

Here are a couple of my FAVORITE GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS from the day:

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BRAZI BITES (BRAZILIAN CHEESE BREAD)

  • Okay, first of all, the Brazi Bites (specifically the Jalapeño Pepper Jack flavor!!) would have to be the absolute BEST thing I tasted all day! And that’s saying a lot, because there were so many yummy things at this expo. But seriously, these are AMAZING! Purchase online or look for them in the freezer section of Sprouts, Fresh & Easy, and Whole Foods.

Brazi Bites is on a mission to share Brazilian Cheese Bread with the U.S.! Naturally gluten-free, non-gmo, made with 100% natural ingredients and ready to bake. Brazi Bites Brazilian Cheese Bread (pão de queijo in Portuguese) go straight from the freezer to the oven and are ready to enjoy in just 20 minutes.

With a crispy crust and fluffy center they are great for parties, family gatherings, game day, or just as part of an everyday meal. Try them on their own or paired with your favorite meats, cheeses, soups and spreads.

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NoGii (Gluten-Free Solutions for Healthy Families) by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

  • My 2nd favorite gluten-free finds from the event all came from Elisabeth Hasselbeck & NoGii (gluten-free solutions for healthy families). I had seen the protein bars at Walgreens, but never tried them before. Oh my goodness, they are COMPLETELY DELISH!! I had no idea they would be that good. The Chocolate Caramel Bliss Protein D’lites may possibly be my new ALL-TIME FAVORITE go-to snack…with only 120 calories and 7 grams of protein, these little goodies pack a punch!  The Cookies & Crème Super Protein Barwith an incredible 29 grams of protein(!!!!), is now my husband’s favorite quick-and-easy meal replacement. We also got a sample of their brand NEW Whey & Quinoa Protein Powder (160 calories and 20 grams of protein), and today we made some yummy mixed-berry smoothies with it…seriously good stuff. WE are super excited about ALL their products! And the best part? You can find them at places like Walgreens, CVS, and even Walmart!!

NoGii Bars were created to provide a NO GLUTEN alternative for active lifestyles. Whether you are on-the-go, at play, or in the gym, NoGii bars are formulated to give you and your family good, clean, gluten-free nutritional food choices.

NO GLUTEN
NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
NO TRANS FAT
NO HYDROGENATED OILS
IDEAL BALANCE OF PROTEIN/FAT/CARBS

Here are some of our INSTAGRAM PHOTOS from that day (along with my comments, links, hashtags, etc.), featuring my favorite vendors at the event:

Chandice Probst & Gluten-Free on a Budget” here @GFAFWellness Event today…recipes look AMAZING!! #GFAFEvent

Are these 2 from LIVING LUXE GLUTEN FREE @lvlxglutenfree the cutest couple ever or what!?! 😉 Living Luxe Cookbook with Gluten Free AND Lactose Free recipes!! #GFAFEvent

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The Digest-Zen from @doterra absolutely SAVED me this morning after getting a little glutened last night at dinner…thank you!!! http://www.doterra.com

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YUMMY samples from @GlutinoFoods at the @GFAFWellness Event! GF Chocolate Covered Wafers & Salted Caramel Covered Pretzels, oh MY!!! #GFAFEvent

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LOVE @GreatGrubbing!! So excited to see them at the @GFAFWellness Event!!! If you haven’t visited GREAT GRUBBING in Henderson yet, RUN don’t walk…100% gluten-free!! 🙂 #GFAFEvent

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The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet is in the HOUSE!!! Follow Jen @ggfgourmet and check out her awesome story, recipes & products!!! #GFAFEvent

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You gotta check out the FABULOUS desserts from UR SWEET MADNESS! Chef @pastryjackie is AWESOME!!! 🙂 #GFAFEvent

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Organic all-natural ENERGY SHOTS from IDLife Associate Susan Ruch of  Health4Life.idlife. Definitely gonna need one of those soon…so much to see here! #GFAFEvent

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LOVING the Tropico’s Cereal from FREEDOM FOODS booth…tastes like an even BETTER version of Fruit Loops, but with lower sugar, lower salt & completely allergen free!!! #GFAFEvent

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Tons of great samples from ENJOY LIFE FOODS here at @GFAFWellness Event in Vegas! ALL of their products are free of wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, & shellfish, but shockingly NOT free of taste!! LOL Yummy! #GFAFEvent

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There were 2 other products that we were given samples of that, I will admit, I have not had occasion to try yet (mostly because they involve cooking and/or baking, which I rarely have the time or patience to do anymore). LOL

51c0P95DrcLThe first is a Californian Tri-Tip Spice from Opa Helmut’s Pure Organic Seasonings.  Here’s some info I found online: “Founded in 2012 and based on recipes harkening back to 1875, Opa Helmut’s Rub offers six delectable spice blends and encourages foodies to explore a modern world of healthy German cooking. They are organic, gluten free, MSG free, and without preservatives. They are great for Tri Tips, Poultry, Pork and BBQ, Fish and Vegetables, Beef and Lamb, and Burgers. You can also use our spice blends as a rub or marinade, and for dips and dressings.”

776118_252902bd8f624abb850a32232043d3a4.jpg_srz_p_243_240_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00The other product I have not had a chance to try is Mesquite Flour from Moody Orchards. Fortunately for YOU, the wonderful cook and author of LIVING LUXE GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK, Michelle Lee, did a blog post recently all about cooking and baking with the Mesquite Flour…even including 3 recipes you can make using it. You can find that BLOG POST HERE. Thanks, Michelle!

So, there you have it. The 2015 Las Vegas Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in a nutshell (an allergen-free nutshell, that is). I hope you found it useful. 🙂

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Win Free Tickets to the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event!

It’s less than a week till the Las Vegas “Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event” here in Las Vegas!! Did you get your tickets yet??? If not, here’s a chance to WIN 2 FREE Tickets to the event!!

Ticket Giveaway

It’s easy…simply LIKE, FOLLOW and/or SUBSCRIBE for a chance to win. Each one you do gets you EXTRA chances to win (do ALL of them and earn up to 5 chances to win!)!

 

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Simply send an email to glutenfreeinlasvegas@gmail.com by Thursday, April 16th at 4pm…just send us your name and let us know how many chances you earned (please be honest). It’s really that easy!!

But remember you only have until Thursday the 16th at 4:00pm (PST)…we will do the drawing immediately following the end of the contest, and all winners will be notified by email that same evening. GOOD LUCK!!!

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The “Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event” is coming to LAS VEGAS!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The “Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event” is coming to LAS VEGAS!

DATE: Saturday, April 18th, 2015
TIME: 10am-3pm
PLACE: Suncoast Hotel & Casino
9090 Alta Dr. Las Vegas, NV 8914

Admission available gaafwe_rgb - Copy (2)ONLINE or at door, $10 Adult, FREE for Children under 13, $8 Military and Seniors with ID (only at door).

*FREE Product sampling and sales from many gluten & allergen free vendors

*FREE lectures from well known members of the gluten-free community about gluten and allergen-free living (check out the line-up of amazing speakers HERE!!)

*FREE cooking demonstrations that invite you to explore the world of gluten-free cooking

*FREE gift bag to tote around samples and purchases

BONUS: Every attendee who pre-registers ONLINE will receive one year FREE subscription to “Delight Gluten Free Magazine” (*Each registrant will receive an email after event to set up subscription*)

EXTRA BONUS: Connect with us on FACEBOOK & TWITTER for a chance to win FREE TICKETS to the event…details will be announced within the 2 weeks prior to event!!!

Follow @GFAFWellness on Twitter for more information in this fantastic event!

via Gluten Free In Las Vegas! – News & Events.

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Yardbird Las Vegas – Gluten Free In Las Vegas Review

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have been told that Yardbird Las Vegas is no longer using a separate, dedicated fryer for their “gluten-free” options, so unfortunately we can no longer recommend them…sorry. (updated January 2016)

YARDBIRD LAS VEGAS
3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. South (RESTAURANT ROW, Venetian Hotel)
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(702) 297-6541

MONDAY – THURSDAY
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Supper: 4:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
Brunch: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Supper: 4:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Late Night: 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN COOKING
YaYARDBIRD CROPPEDrdbird Southern Table & Bar does not advertise a gluten-free menu anywhere on their website, nor anywhere in their advertising, so we were a little hesitant when they contacted us to come try their GLUTEN-FREE FRIED CHICKEN. Um, we didn’t need to be worried at all…holy moley, this place KNOWS how to do gluten-free and do it right!!!! Chef Todd (their executive chef) and Chef Vivian (executive pastry chef) have figured out ways to adapt SEVERAL of their menu items to be gluten-free upon request, and they are both SO knowledgeable and highly TRAINED (as is the whole staff) on how to prepare everything safely and free from cross-contamination (completely separate area for food prep and a dedicated fryer!!). I was absolutely impressed with them from my very first visit. Now, obviously, there are some items on the menu they cannot do gluten-free (unfortunately, you won’t be ordering the waffles with your GF fried chicken…LOL), but there are so many other truly great choices, I don’t think you’ll care. Just tell them you need to eat gluten-free and your server (or a manager) will let you know what is safe to order. Please, do yourself a favor and go check out this incredible (and VERY HIP) restaurant!!!

WHAT TO ORDER (my personal favorites):

  • Gluten-Free Fried Chicken! Cooked in a dedicated fryer…so tender and juicy, yet REALLY crispy on the outside!!!
  • 18 oz Tomahawk Porkchop! This thing is HUGE (definitely SHARE it with someone), and quite possibly one of THE MOST delicious things I have ever tasted!
  • Iceberg Wedge Salad! Iceberg lettuce (obviously), fresh corn, tomatoes, house-smoked BACON, avocado, Gaba Goo dressing…tons of flavor…YUM!
  • Charred Okra! Okay, this is not something I normally ever would have ordered, but they recommended it the first time I went…and it was AMAZING. I now order it EVERY time I go back!!
  • Peanut Butter & Chocolate Sundae! Yes, well, it’s about a MILLION calories, but SO WORTH IT! Definitely big enough to share…IF you want to. 😉
  • Sweet Tea Sorbet! On the lighter side and so absolutely tasty…the perfect ending to a big, satisfying meal!

via Restaurant Listings – Gluten Free In Las Vegas!.

UR Sweet Madness Baked Treats – Gluten Free In Las Vegas Review

UR SWEET MADNESS (AMAZING GF BAKED TREATS!!)
WEBSITE: www.ursweetmadness.com
EMAIL: chefjackie@ursweetmadness.com
PHONE: (702) 337-9009

Some of the BEST gluten-free goodies I have EVER tasted!!!!!! You gotta try them!

10628353_297744540409996_8165208803536744904_nChef Jackie is an INCREDIBLE local pastry chef who just happens to have a wheat allergy! So, fortunately for the gluten-free community, she has started her own business creating incredibly tasty gluten-free baked good and desserts just for us. Blueberry Financiers, Madeleines, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, Hazelnut Biscotti, and much, much MORE!

You can order your treats directly through Chef Jackie OR you can find many of her homemade products at the following locations:

WHOLE FOODS MARKET (Green Valley & Town Square locations)
BAKESHOP LAS VEGAS (2550 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 190)
SANSONE PARK FARMERS MARKET, Sundays (9480 S Eastern Avenue)

via Gluten-Free Shopping – Gluten Free In Las Vegas!.

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Margaritaville Las Vegas – Gluten Free In Las Vegas Review!

MARGARITAVILLE LAS VEGAS
3555 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-3302
Sun – Thurs: 11am – 1am
Fri – Sat: 11am – 2am

http://www.margaritavillelasvegas.com/
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“Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville is a mecca for Parrot Heads or anyone else who wants to have a good time and a great meal in the ultimate tropical setting”….and now, you can do it all GLUTEN-FREE! The staff is AWESOME & extremely knowledgeable…management & executive chef VERY helpful and nice…overall, an excellent experience!!!

View FULL gluten-fee menu HERE!

WHAT TO ORDER (my personal favorites):

  • Voclano Nachos!  Very good…and HUGE! Definitely big enough to share with the whole table…and then some! TIP: Order extra melted Queso on the side for dipping the extra chips into!
  • Drunken Shrimp Appetizer! Sautéed shrimp with tequila key lime butter, roasted garlic, onions and peppers, with gluten free bread on the side…tasty!
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise!!! Their signature burger on an UDI’s Gluten-Free BUN! Comes with french fries cooked in a dedicated fryer!!! YUM!
  • Gluten-Free Brownie Sundae! Warm gluten free brownies with heath bar crusted vanilla bean ice cream, macadamia nuts, homemade whipped cream and chocolate sauce…WOW!! Also big enough to share…OMG!!!!! 🙂

via Restaurant Listings – Gluten Free In Las Vegas!.

Hecho En Vegas Restaurant at MGM – Gluten Free In Las Vegas Review

HECHO EN VEGAS
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South (Located in The District at MGM GRAND)
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(702) 891-3200
Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-11:00pm

http://www.mgmgrand.com/restaurants/hecho-en-vegas.aspx

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TONS of gluten-free choices, clearly labeled as such on the menu (in fact, the executive chef’s daughter has Celiac, so he is very aware and has worked very hard to make sure there are lots of yummy choices for you). That being said, however, always be sure to mention that you need to eat GLUTEN FREE to your server (just to avoid any mix-up, since it tends to be a very busy restaurant). HIGHLY recommend this restaurant!

  • WHAT TO ORDER (my personal favorites):
    Viva Las Fajitas (seasoned skirt steak is my favorite)! Although it doesn’t say it’s gluten-free (because it normally comes with flour tortillas), they can make it gluten free and serve with CORN tortillas. It is SO GOOD…awesome flavor!
  • Tableside Guacamole! Ripe avocados, serrano chilies cilantro, onion, tomatoes, fresh squeezed lime, seasoned with sea salt…made to order, just how YOU like it!
  • Margaritas! Too many different yummy flavors and styles to list here… 😉

via Restaurant Listings – Gluten Free In Las Vegas!.