Chicago, IL – April 12-13, 2014
When & Where
The Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Parking is free!
You may purchase your tickets ahead of time to avoid the lines. Tickets 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.
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!
Founder and CEO, The Gluten & Allergen-Free Expos
President, Gluten Free Classes, LLC
Corporate and Restaurant Consultant
Host, Living Free TV
As Founder and CEO of the Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo (www.gfafexpo.com) and Host of Living Free (www.livingfreetv.com), Jen Cafferty is a nationally recognized expert on cooking and living gluten & allergen free. She considers it her personal mission to help others who follow a restricted diet learn delicious, nutritious and convenient ways to live a happy and healthy life. Cafferty, her husband and two children follow a restricted diet due to a variety of health concerns. Cafferty is a Certified Health Coach and Chef.
Cafferty founded the Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo in 2008 to introduce attendees to some of the leading culinary and health experts in the field. The Expo has grown to reach over 20,000 attendees per year throughout the United States and Canada. Cafferty and her team of notable chefs, cookbook authors and nutritionists present cooking demonstrations and educational sessions. In addition, the event includes a Vendor Fair featuring over 200 companies sampling and selling their products.
Through her award-winning website (www.gfreelife.com) and culinary classes, Cafferty teaches others how to prepare healthy and delicious GF meals at home and educates them about the wide variety of ingredients that are readily available today in grocery and natural food stores. Cafferty is a knowledgeable resource on both shopping for GF foods and dining out with dietary restrictions. Through the consulting division of her company, Cafferty consults with numerous food retailers and restaurants to ensure that they are offering the most delicious and safe products as well as that they are following proper allergen procedures for their customers.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Jen Cafferty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-217-1317.
Shauna James Ahern
Shauna James Ahern is the author of the cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, named one of the best cookbooks of 2010 by The New York Times, and the food memoir, Gluten-Free Girl. She is also the author, photographer, and head baker at Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, her wildly popular food blog (www.glutenfreegirl.com), which she creates with her chef husband, Daniel Ahern. Her work has been published or recognized by The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Babble, The Guardian, Gilt Taste, CNN’s Eatocracy, and The Washington Post.
Her latest book is Gluten-Free Girl: Everyday.