1st Annual Gluten-Free Food & Wine Fundraiser

The First Annual Gluten-Free Food & Wine Fundraiser on April 27th, 2014 was a fabulous success! Held in El Segundo at Custom Design & Construction, a beautiful showroom for custom-designed kitchens, bathrooms, and more, the venue offered several areas for each of our ten food sponsors to showcase their outstanding gluten-free foods. 

All food and beverage was provided by local restaurants, bakeries, and vendors who understand the real needs of those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Daily Grill served spicy gazpacho with cajun seasoned shrimp and refreshing caprese chicken skewers. RICE Manhattan Beach offered crispy tofu (yes, gf tempura!) and sunset rolls. Sesame Moe’s brought traditional Mediterranean fare, and 2Good2Be shared their unbelievable baguettes, chicken pot pies, and tiramisu cake. We enjoyed All Hail Kale salad from Veggie Grill and Fresh Brothers gourmet pizza. Delicious desserts – tarts, bars, cookies, and cupcakes – were provided by The Good Cookies, Breakaway Bakery, and breadsticks from Rising Hearts BakeryLaughing Glass Cocktails served their all natural margarita. Led by expert Sommeliers from Vinful, we enjoyed a 2007 cabernet sauvignon from Colcanyon Estate Wines and other wines donated by BevMo.

Chapter Advocate Sandra Eagleson spoke about her experience growing up as a child and teen with undiagnosed celiac disease and the intense need for education of school staff. We are forever grateful to the generous donation of Jana and Bill Simone of their beautiful workplace and kickstarting the efforts of the Southern California Chapter. Ninety supporters attended including friends and family, children, husbands and wives, CDF National Staff Marilyn Geller, CEO and Deborah Ceizler, CDO, and CDF Founder Elaine Monarch. The event raised $5000 for the Chapter’s School Awareness Initiative in school districts throughout Southern California.

Again, we thank our sponsors and donors for their generous contributions to the event and for supporting the gluten-free community by meeting our need for delicious and safe gluten-free dining!

Whole Foods Market, Venice CA  · Fishing With Dynamite  · Maggiano’s · Malibu Winery · St. Francis Winery Malibu Family Wines · Krupp Brothers Estates · Fleming’s Steakhouse · Petros · Popcornopolis · Friends of the Vine · Salt Creek Grill · Healthy Spot · Suzanne Frieder · Jackie Schaffhauser · Athena Designs