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


Carlyn Berghoff
Carlyn Berghoff

Carlyn Berghoff, CEO, Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group, is a multi-faceted businesswoman committed to her work, to her family and to her role in the community.

Author: Carlyn Berghoff wrote a best-selling cookbook, The Berghoff Family Cookbook (Andrews McMeel, 2007) and published her second, The Berghoff Café Cookbook: Berghoff Recipes for Simple, Satisfying Food, in September 2009. Her third cookbook came out April 2013 –Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love as told from Carlyn and her teenage daughter, Sarah’s perspective. Check out their blog ( for more info.

A chef, caterer and restaurateur: Carlyn is a chef who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, one of six females in the class of 1982 and president of the Student Body. She received her bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Florida International University in 1983. In 1986 she opened Artistic Events, a premier off-premise catering company that she has operated ever since. In 2006, after her parents closed the Berghoff restaurant, she purchased the assets, moved her catering company to the historic Berghoff building, and now operates the bar, dining room and café there. In 2008, Carlyn renamed her company the Berghoff Catering & Restaurant Group.

Wife and mother: Carlyn is married to Jim McClure; their family consists of two daughters and a son. Despite her demanding schedule, Carlyn cooks with her children on weekends and most weeknights.

At ease with the public: A 25-year catering veteran, her company has staged events for heads of state, celebrities, and Fortune 500 companies. Carlyn is a seasoned “meeter and greeter.”

Committed industry advocate and civic leader: Raised and educated in the restaurant business, Carlyn is deeply committed to her industry and has played a lifelong role in hospitality and Chicago tourism. Carlyn understands the economic impact her field has on the city’s long-term viability and is an active member of several industry and civic organizations including: the National Restaurant Association, Culinary Institute of America, Washburne Culinary Institute, DePaul University College of Commerce Advisory Board as well as University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center Advisory Board. Carlyn has served on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Choose Chicago and is currently a member of the Chicago Rowing Fundraising Team.


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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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Deepa Deshmukh, MPH, RD,CDE,BC-ADM

Deepa Deshmukh, MPH, RD, BC-ADM, CDE has a unique background that includes training in food science and nutrition.  Her clinical expertise as a dietitian and a diabetes educator has helped people suffering from pre-diabetes, diabetes, weight issues, multiple food allergies, Celiac disease, IBS, infertility, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, chronic fatigued and those who are constantly feeling a low state of energy or “Powered Down”

Deepa practices functional and Integrative medicine.  She focuses on correcting underlying nutritional deficiencies along with dietary modification.  She will not only tell you “why” you need to change your eating habits but “how” to change them.  Her recommendations are based on the principles of the ancient Ayurvedic System of Medicine where the focus is on healing and nourishing the body and mind by eating natural and wholesome foods.  Deepa’s passion for wholesome food is evident by her ability to create recipes using in-season, natural, ethnic ingredients that fit into one’s daily plan.  She uniquely blends eastern and western principles of nutrition to achieve optimal health.

Deepa offers her clients practical and cost effective tips to further enhance their well-being.  If needed, a referral is made to a massage therapist, chiropractor, chef, and a medical doctor to improve the effectiveness of the care.

Deepa loves understanding the food cultures of various ethnicities and cultures.  As she travels around the globe, she takes time to learn about ancient health related practices and food habits of the cultures she visits.  Deepa converts this knowledge into practical tips for clients of all ages in a fun and engaging manner.

Deepa is a well known speaker and has had presented at the GFAF Expo, the Autism Research Institute Conference, and the Autism One conferences held around the country.

The ”Power ME UP Now” program is a brain child born out of Deepa’s years of practice working with a variety of patients who complained of not having enough energy.  Based on the strategies that were successful with her patients, she has developed this easy 7 Step program which patients can follow for 11, 21, or 31 days to regain their energy.  Please join us & learn how to:

Remove Toxins

Replenish Nutrients

Restore Gut Health

Reset Body-Clock

Reduce Inflammation

Restart Metabolism

Regain YOUR power

Power Me UP Now program will help you learn ‘How To Stop Eating And Start Nourishing’

Other products and services offered by Deepa Deshmukh are:

Lens Culinaris: a comprehensive product line consisting of Lentils, particularly lentil flakes infused with therapeutic compounds such as turmeric and fenugreek combined with goji berries, raw cocoa, nuts, and chia seeds.

The Power Me Up Now lifestyle assessment and program is a complete manual that consists of 7 steps to regain your energy.  It includes a menu planning tool, an “oh I want to change but” worksheet, anti-inflammatory recipes, a grocery list, a stress management tool, and many other useful resources.

Dupage Dietitians offers personal “one on one” medical nutrition therapy.  To learn more about how to set up an appointment visit

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Mayer Eisenstein, MD
Dr. Mayer Eisenstein

Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH, is a graduate of the University of Illinois Medical School, the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Public Health, and the John Marshall Law School. In his 40 years in medicine, he and his practice have cared for over more than 50,000 children who were minimally or not vaccinated at all. There is virtually no autism, asthma, allergies, respiratory illness, or diabetes in our unvaccinated children, a telltale revelation when compared to national rates.
He is the founder and Medical Director of the Eisenstein Medical Centers. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He is also a member of the Illinois Bar.

His latest book, Don’t Vaccinate before You Educate, 3d Edition; goes along with his other books Making an Informed Vaccine Decision ; Unavoidably Dangerous – Medical Hazards of HRT and Unlocking Nature’s Pharmacy: Give Birth at Home With The Home Birth Advantage; Safer Medicine, Unavoidably Dangerous – Medical Hazards of HRT and Unlocking Nature’s Pharmacy. Some of his many guest appearances include: “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Hannity”.

Using the ‘Eisenstein Metabolic Syndrome and hCG Protocol” since September 2009 he has lost over 100 lbs. In March 2010 he started “The Eisenstein Metabolic Syndrome and HCG Weight Loss Clinic” based in the same protocol that he followed. His Metabolic Program in the first 3 years has helped over 1,000 patients lose more than 20 tons.

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Kim Koeller

Kim Koeller is an international business executive, sought-after speaker and the award-winning author of the Let’s Eat Out Around the World Gluten Free and Allergy Free series of 25-plus books, ebooks and mobile apps. Trusted by customers in over 60 countries, this pioneering series has won 18 quality innovation awards for 8 consecutive years and most recently released a 4th edition 2014 book.

After years of misdiagnosis, Kim has been 100% gluten and allergy free for over 12 years due to celiac disease and several food allergies. Leveraging her personal health experiences coupled with 2-plus million miles of travel, she founded GlutenFree Passport in 2005 to help the worldwide community and empower people to safely eat, travel and live across the globe.

With 17-plus years of strategic consulting and public speaking expertise as a former partner with Accenture, Kim is an internationally recognized presenter educating consumers and businesses about market trends, best practices and proven advice at conferences around the world.

As an authoritative expert on gluten and allergy free lifestyles, her media interviews include NBC and ABC TV, Radio New Zealand, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, National Geographic Traveler and hundreds of others globally. With a Master’s in International Management, Kim also consults with cross-industry clients about customer innovation, food management and transformational solutions.

Connect with Kim at and Follow Kim on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn and Slideshare.

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Radio Disney-1
Radio Disney Chicago

Radio Disney is the #1, 24-hour radio network devoted to kids, tweens and families. Kids help pick the music that is played and are encouraged to interact via a toll-free phone line to the Radio Disney studio. The network’s current playlist, driven by listener requests and representing major record labels, includes recording artists Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Cody Simpson, Mindless Behavior, Hot Chelle Rae and Adele The network is available on 31 owned terrestrial radio stations and is also available via, Sirius and XM satellite radio on channel 79, iTunes Radio Tuner, mobile phones, the Radio Disney iPhone and Android Apps, and the Radio Disney Facebook page.

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Tiffany HInton
Tiffany Hinton

As an adult with health issues, Tiffany learned she was gluten and lactose
intolerant. This turned her life upside down. Not knowing where to start
she found pre-made gluten free items overpriced and she still wanted to
eat family favorites. Experimenting in the kitchen began with research and
practice. Tiffany can now turn any desirable recipe into gluten and dairy
free, without sacrificing the taste. Tiffany started blogging in June of
2010, while going through treatments for infertility. Like many others;
she struggled to talk about her experience, leading to an online journal
for sharing emotions and heart. Following the birth of her first child she
began to share gluten free substitutes for her favorite family recipes on
her blog After three children in just three years,
gluten free cooking has become a necessity. Discovering she was not alone
in the challenge to feed a gluten free family, opened the path to writing
Gluten Free Mom Certified. She creates and shares GF recipes each week on
her blog to help GF mothers meet the challenge of GF cooking. Tiffany’s
mission persists today to re-create the foods she grew up eating, into
gluten and dairy free.

Books and Publications:
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Winter Thyme 2012
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Spring Thyme 2013
Gluten Free Mom Certified 2013
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Summer Thyme 2013
Bittersweet Walnut Grove: Fall Thyme 2013
Gluten Free Mom Certified 2013
Overcoming Mediocrity 2013
Mom Certified Celebrates Heritage 2014

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