Chicago, IL – April 12-13, 2014

When & Where


April 12-13, 2014
9:00-3:00 pm Parking is free!

Note: If the Convention Center parking lot is full when you arrive, there is additional free parking in the lots of the adjacent office buildings.

Eventbrite - The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo - 4/12 & 4/13, 2014


The Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North
Schaumburg, IL 60173



You may purchase discounted tickets ahead of time by using the form below. Full-price tickets ($20 per adult and $5 per child (over the age of 3) will be on sale at the event if we do not sell out in advance. Sell outs will be indicated on the website. We recommend buying your tickets ahead of time. Please note: Ticket promotion codes can not be applied to previously purchased tickets.


Radio Disney Chicago part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families will be on-site Sunday April 13th from 1:30-3:00pm with the latest hits from Radio Disney. The Radio Disney Chicago Road Crew will be on-site with prizes and interactive entertainment for the whole family. For more information about Radio Disney, log onto

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Class:"Power Me Up Now!" Learn how to stop eating & start nourishing. Learn how to restart your metabolism to regain your health and core power.


Presenter(s): Dr. Mayer Eisenstein

Class:"Gluten Intolerance: Is the lack of Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Probiotics to Blame?" Why has there been such an increase in Gluten Sensitivity and chronic illness? Can some of the rise be due to diminished levels of micro nutrients in our food? Dr. Eisenstein will explore the recent scientific studies as well as give some solutions.


Presenter(s): Tiffany Hinton

Class:"Raising A Child Gluten Free" Learn how to keep your child safe at home and away. Tiffany Hinton a mom of children with food allergies will teach you how to keep your own child smiling with safe kitchen tips, snack ideas, birthday party solutions, traveling and more.

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Presenter(s): Kim Koeller

Class:"Safely Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free." Learn tips on eating safe meals in restaurants close to home or abroad with confidence including advice on hidden ingredients and food preparation. Empower yourself with proven travel tips about airlines, snacks, hotels and more from Kim Koeller, award-winning author of Let’s Eat Out and 2-plus million mile world traveler with celiac disease and food allergies.


Presenter(s): Carol Kicinski

Class:"Get Rid of Toxins – in your Diet and in your Life!" Carol Kicinski, over 20 years living the gluten-free lifestyle, tells her personal story of how going gluten free changed not just her health but her life – informative, always humorous, entertaining and uplifting!


Presenter(s): Carlyn Berghoff

Class:"Cooking Gluten-Free For Your Family & Beyond" Join Carlyn Berghoff and her teenage daughter Sarah McClure as they share their journey, tips and successes of going, living, and cooking gluten-free. Whether you’re just beginning a gluten-free lifestyle or you’re an old pro, Carlyn and Sarah will teach you the gluten-free kitchen must-haves, tips for the gluten-free road and dining out, and even how to prepare for college in a safe, gluten-free way.

Sunday only!! Performance by Radio Disney Chicago
Presented By: Strack & Van Til
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Presenter(s): Radio Disney Chicago

Class:Radio Disney Chicago part of the #1 radio network for kids, tweens and families will be on-site Sunday April 13th from 1:30-3:00pm with the latest hits from Radio Disney. The Radio Disney Chicago Road Crew will be on-site with prizes and interactive entertainment for the whole family. For more information about Radio Disney, log onto


Carol Kicinski

After 15 years of eating and cooking gluten free, Carol Kicinski founded Simply Gluten Free in 2007 as a gluten-free recipe and lifestyle blog and website – her thousands of fans have made it a #1 Google site.  Its purpose is to educate, assist and inspire those with celiac disease or intolerance to gluten, dairy, peanut, grain or other allergenic elements, and also those with vegan preferences.

To date, she has motivated millions to live HAPPY allergen-free lives!  Carol’s core philosophy is “Look at the world of food in terms of what I CAN eat – not what I can’t!”  Her recipe motto is “Gluten-free recipes that are not just “good for gluten-free” but just plain GOOD, period!!”

In 2010 Carol started the highly successful Gluten-free Global Community – putting hundreds of gluten-free bloggers World Wide in communication with each other. She also pioneered “gluten-free” in China in 2009.

Carol is America’s first gluten-free (only) TV Chef with a monthly segment on the NBC Tampa based nationally syndicated show Daytime where she has appeared since July 2009.  (Daytime is nationally syndicated to 1.1 million households.) She was the featured cookbook author on QVC’s Gluten Free Special in April 2011.  Speaker at the Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free EXPO (Chicago, April 2011)

Her cookbook, Simply…Gluten Free Desserts, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011) is rich with 150 delectable recipes for cupcakes, cookies, pies, sweet breads, puddings, cakes and ice creams – all gluten free and many dairy-free as well. Carol is currently releasing her second cookbook, Simply…Gluten Free Quick Meals (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012)   She recently completed contributing recipe development for Cooking Light – The Gluten-Free Cookbook (Cooking Light, 2011). She is a monthly contributor to Martha Stewart’s Whole Living.  Carol also developed her own high quality pastry gluten-free flour blend that TASTES and BAKES like regular flour.

In a professional career prior to her recipe development, Carol was ahead of the sustainable energy curve as she was the Financial Controller for a $32M Solar Corporation. As a humanitarian and adventurer, Carol has assisted the National Red Cross around the world and was one of the first responders at Katrina’s Central Command assisting the troops. She’s lived to tell about being charged by elephants and rhinos (literally) and has dived with Great White sharks in Africa.

Fun, interesting and adventurous, Carol’s simplest passion is making “that great recipe” and having someone else make it, and love it!





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Jen Cafferty

Jen Cafferty
CEO, The Gluten Free Media Group

Jen Cafferty is “all things gluten free.” As founder and CEO of The Gluten Free Media Group, Jen is a nationally recognized expert on connecting gluten-free brands to consumers in ways that help everyone live a better lifestyle. Not only does Jen run the largest gluten-free media group in the US, she and her family follow restricted diets due to a variety health concerns. With years of experience living a gluten-free lifestyle, Jen’s opinion has become the “seal of good housekeeping” for many brands, and she is considered to be one of the foremost experts in gluten-free living in North America.

As a Certified Health Coach and Chef, Jen frequently teaches lifestyle classes, writes articles and collaborates on gluten-free projects. Through the consulting division of her company, Jen collaborates with numerous CPG brands and retailers to ensure they are attaining their full marketing potential when reaching the free-from customer. Combining her personal and professional experience, Jen Cafferty truly has become a proponent for gluten-free and allergen-friendly living. For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Jen Cafferty at or 847-217-1317.

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Kim Koeller

Kim Koeller is a sought after worldwide speaker and award-winning author of Let’s Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free books, apps, travel cards and language guides with 18 quality innovation awards.

As Founder of GlutenFree Passport with celiac disease and food allergies, Kim educates individuals and consults with businesses about safe food and travel throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. She leverages her international business consulting background, worldwide travel experiences of 2.5-plus million miles and 100% gluten & allergy free lifestyle. She is also frequently featured in news media across the globe such as NBC TV, National Geographic Traveler, Food & Drink, Wall Street Journal and USA Today.


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Meriterese Racanelli,MS
MeriTerese Racanelli, M.S.

MeriTerese Racanelli, M.S. is a Food Scientist and Clinical Nutritionist working with Goya Foods internationally. A Celiac and popular speaker, she has almost 20 years as a renowned expert on cultural foods, nutrigenetics, botanicals, phytonutrients, and their effects on the body, disease, allergies and conditions like Celiac. Besides her Master’s of Science degrees in Nutrition and Food Science, Suma Cum Laude from Montclair State University, where she serves as an adjunct professor in Nutrition and Food Sciences, Meriterese completed her Clinical Dietetics and Medical Nutrition Therapy training Magna Cum Laude from MSU, via hospitals in New Jersey, and majored in pre-med/biology in her under-grad degree.

Meriterese also earned the national certification in Child & Adolescent Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association, and completed university Chef training and other certifications. She’s authored books, consumer and celebrity’s recipe books, menus and nutrition plans, and consumer education materials printed in various languages. Her multi-cultural kids nutrition and fitness programs have been used in schools and recreation departments, received awards and partnered with Radio Disney and Nickelodeon.

As Food Scientist and Clinical Nutritionist at Goya Foods, Meriterese guides the R&D teams and other departments on healthy recipe development; product development; government health initiatives; WIC; the Goya MyPlate/MiPlato program; the pros and cons of ingredients and foods ; nutrient and food impact on Celiac Disease, general health, and international cultures (ie Hispanic, African, Asian, Middle Eastern, etc) and much more. Meriterese presents effective health strategies that utilize natural cultural foods, like beans, olive oil, frozen acai and guava, to promote healthier lifestyles and disease prevention.

In private practice, Meriterese works with, a clinical research firm that conducts FDA supervised investigatory medical studies, and with physicians helping patients from cultures around the world. She uses her formal education, training, and the Nutrition Care Process, to effectively research, design and provide multi-cultural Medical Nutrition Therapy to help disease recovery and prevention, for diabetes, hypertension, obesity, food allergies, Celiac, and more.

Meriterese’s background also includes a successful consulting career spanning over 15+years working with Celebrities such as Tony Little, Richard Simmons, Denise Austin, Frankie Avalon; WWF, NHL and other pro athletes; TV Networks like HSN & QVC; national health organizations; supermarket chains; and dietary supplement and food manufacturers. She’s appeared on TV and other media and is also regularly called upon by government , national health and medical organizations (i.e. members of the NIH,HHS , NHMA, and state health departments); health professionals; schools and community groups to share her knowledge and expertise.

Meriterese is a professional member of the American Society of Nutrition, American College of Sports Medicine, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, New Jersey Dietetic Association, Medical Nutrition Practice Group, Food and Culinary Practice Group; Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition; National Hispanic Medical Association and the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine.

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Michael Frolichstein
Michael W. Frolichstein

Michael Frolichstein is a filmmaker and received his MFA in film production in 1999 from Columbia College in Chicago.
After years of work in the commercial and television industry and many years of suffering, Michael was finally, diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 40.

Michael was inspired by his diagnosis and began the Celiac Project to raise awareness of Celiac Disease and shine a light on the struggles most people go through trying to get answers.

In addition to being a filmmaker and editor, Michael is a professional life coach focusing on helping people with ADHD and Celiac Disease lead more productive lives.

Michael lives with his wife and two young daughters in Evanston, IL.

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Stacey Littlefield
Stacey Littlefield

Passionate about natural medicines and a firm believer of utilizing nutritious food to improve overall health, Stacey Littlefield began working in the natural medicine industry in 1998 as researcher for Cloudburst Marketing. There, she specialized in educating the professional market and the sales staff on products and key health food retailers. In 2000, Littlefield refined her leadership abilities when she moved from the office to the field as a sales representative managing over 200 accounts in the Chicagoland area. A Graduate of Valparaiso University with a major in Biology, Stacey began working with Redd Remedies CEO Dan Chapman in 2003. Employing her background in science and her drive for developing a healthful product, Littlefield worked together with Chapman to launch Redd Remedies with the hope of helping individuals put their health in order. By 2005, Littlefield climbed to the position of Product Formulator and Research Director of Redd Remedies’ growing company.

Today, Littlefield continues to lend her expertise to the success of Redd Remedies and enjoys the unique rewards and challenges that each day brings.

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Vanessa Weisbrod
Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod

Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod is the Executive Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine, an international publication geared towards people with food allergies, celiac disease and other medical conditions relating to food. In addition to the magazine, Vanessa also consults for a variety of gluten-free food manufactures and is an active member of the Advisory Board of the Celiac Disease Center at Children’s National Medical Center.
Vanessa is also the author of two gluten-free cookbooks: Beyond Rice Cakes: A Young Person’s Guide to Cooking, Eating & Living Gluten-Free was released in September 2006 and her second book is The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian and Mexican Recipes (Wiley) was released in April 2010.

Vanessa has appeared on numerous television shows as a gluten-free food and celiac disease expert including Planet Green’s Emeril GreenCNBC’s On the Money and CNN’s Newsroom with Heidi Collins. She has been interviewed and quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Washington Woman, Supermarket News, Publix Greenwise Magazine and numerous other local newspapers.

Vanessa received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the George Washington University and a Culinary Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. She also holds certificates in the Practical Applications of Food Allergy Guidelines and Nutritional Analysis for Federal School Breakfast & Lunch Programs. Previously she worked as a health care reporter for the Advisory Board Company’s Daily Briefing and for Cox Newspapers, where she covered health care, politics, immigration and other breaking news for major newspapers including the Palm Beach Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Dayton Daily News.


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