Secaucus, NJ – Sept 6 & 7, 2014

When & Where


September 6-7, 2014


Free Parking!  Click HERE for a map and directions.

Concessions will be open for beverage purchases only.

Eventbrite - The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo


Meadowlands Exposition Center
355 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094



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.


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Class:"Beyond Gluten Free: Meet the Low FODMAP diet" If your gluten-free diet has helped improve your digestive wellbeing somewhat, but there's still room for improvement, there may be something other than wheat that's bothering you. Meet the FODMAPs, several families of poorly-absorbed, fermentable carbohydrates that can trigger digestive distress in sensitive individuals. This presentation will: introduce you to the various families of FODMAPs and how they exert their effect on the gut; explain why going gluten-free sometimes helps people without celiac disease feel better; list which foods contain FODMAPs and which do not; describe how you can determine whether a carbohydrate intolerance may be the culprit behind your ongoing gastrointestinal symptoms


Presenter(s): Stephen Wangen, N.D.

Class:"Understanding Gluten Sensitivity" Gluten sensitivity is a real problem regardless of the criticism that it has taken. It's so real that the similarities between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity may shock you. Don't miss this highly informative talk by Dr. Stephen Wangen


Presenter(s): Amy Fothergill

Class:"The Best Gluten-Free Tips for Cooking and Baking" Chef, mom, and author, Amy Fothergill, recognizes that the success of good cooking and baking hinges upon knowing good tips and techniques. When it comes to gluten-free, you will need a whole new bag of tricks. Please join her where she will share some of her best secrets for how to successfully cook and bake delicious and easy gluten-free food for the whole family. Her philosophy is make one meal or dish that everyone will love.


Class: "Can your Gluten Free Diet cause other health problems?" Join popular food scientist, nutritionist, author and speaker, Meriterese Racanelli,MS for a workshop on how to become a more savvy, empowered consumer, with tools to help your Gluten Free Diet meet your individual needs. Meriterese will discuss the pitfalls of a Gluten Free Diet and the various strategies to help avoid becoming at risk for other diet related health problems, including weight gain, diabetes, hypertension, failure to thrive, and malnourishment in children and the elderly.

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Presenter(s): Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod

Class:"Nutrition and Gluten-Free Baking" Curious about the dozens and dozens of gluten-free flours on the marketplace? This presentation will look at some of the most popular gluten-free flour replacements (white rice flour, brown rice flour, almond flour, teff, millet, coconut flour, sorghum flour, soy flour, etc) and teach attendees how to convert their favorite baking recipes into gluten-free alternatives. Furthermore, the presentation will look at the nutritional properties of each of the gluten-free ingredients and explore how to boost nutrition in household recipe favorites. The class will also look at gluten-free all-purpose flours and help participants decide which blend is the best for their family.


Presenter(s): Kathy Smart

Class:"Gluten-Free Belly Be Gone" Join Kathy Smart, North America's Gluten- Free Expert and Dr. Oz Guest for a jam packed seminar where you' ll learn how she has helped thousands of people lose weight without counting calories or points. She will unlock the hidden reason why you can't get rid of that belly and share her gluten- free secrets to shed it once and for all!


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!


Class: “Gluten Free Latin Kitchen-part 1” Join popular food scientist, nutritionist, author, and speaker Meriterese Racanelli, MS for her workshop on how International cultural foods work in a Gluten Free Diet. Meriterese will provide you with a glimpse into the vast world of delicious, nutritious Latin foods from around the world and help you separate food science facts from internet hype and fiction. She’ll discuss recipes and cooking techniques to boost nutrition, what’s found in foods, and how they affect Celiac, digestive disorders, child growth and development, and more.


Anne R. Lee, EdD, RDN, LD
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Eric Kaplan, DC, DACNB, FACFN

Dr. Eric Kaplan, DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABVR, FABCDD, is a Board Certified Functional Neurologist and Functional Medicine Practitioner. After being in practice for over 12 years and studying the most recent gluten research, he has discovered the best ways to get off gluten without causing cross reactivities and abnormal autoimmunity. Always updated on the latest neuroscience and gluten studies, Dr. Kaplan has learned the most advanced techniques to help with the many gluten health problems that may continue to occur even after quitting gluten.

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Marissa Vicario

“Marissa Vicario, AADP, is an award-winning, board-certified Integrative Health and Nutrition Coach and Author of the best-selling book, Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment. As a Women’s Health & Lifestyle Expert/Blogger, she teaches women how to trust themselves to make slimming, nutritious, energizing choices without fad diets.

Based in NYC, Marissa shares her own health secrets, get-fit tips and the cooking expertise that has inspired countless women to end their love/hate relationship with food and turbocharge their health in a way that’s fun and fearless. No crazy diets or all-juice cleanses required.

Marissa is a sought-after speaker on health and wellness. She has been featured as a wellness expert on Dr. Oz, Glamour, Entrepreneur, amNY,Fab Fit Fun, Vital Juice, eHow,, Yahoo Health and more. She regularly publishes on her own blog,

Marissa received her nutrition training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She has a BS in journalism from Northwestern University and an MA in Marketing from New York University. She has taken cooking classes at the Natural Gourmet Institute and holds a certification in Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from the University of California San Francisco. “

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Melinda Arcara

As the baby or, as her dad nicknamed her, “the Bebe” of ten children, Melinda got through the first forty years of life with lots of family support and love, but she never felt healthy. Suffering from unexplained symptoms (stomach pains, anemia, anxiety, weight fluctuations, gas, joint pain, migraines, infertility, etc.) most of her life, she now sees her gluten intolerance as a “blessing, not a curse.” Bebe learned how to be gluten-free by buying and trying different gluten-free products and figuring out what worked. Now she wants to save you time and money through her 3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living.


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Myron H. Brand, MD

Dr. Brand is currently on the teaching staff at Yale University School of Medicine where he is a Clinical Professor of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Yale-Shoreline Endoscopy Center in Guilford, Connecticut. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine where he graduated in 1972 as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He completed his postdoctoral training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology at Yale in 1977.

Dr. Brand has received the Best Teacher Award by the Yale Gastroenterology section on three occasions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and served three terms as Governor of the college representing Connecticut’s gastroenterologists on state and national issues. While governor, he received the Freshman Governors Award for service to the college. He has been awarded mention in “The Best Doctors in America” database and voted by his peers to Connecticut Magazine’s “Best Doctors” annual award every year from 2011 to date.

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Robert Landolphi

Robert Landolphi is a 1991 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. He also completed a Certified Culinary Arts Instructor program at Central Connecticut State University. Rob has enjoyed a variety of food related occupations including several years as a Wedding Coordinator/Banquet Manager at Glastonbury Hills Country Club, and owner and operator of the Sugar Shack Bakery in Storrs, Connecticut. He currently serves as a Certified Culinary Arts Instructor and Manager of Culinary Development with the University of Connecticut. Rob is a member of The National Association of College and University Food Services, the American Culinary Federation, Slow Food International and the National Restaurant Association. Rob has entertained audiences all the country with his unique cooking style, personality, and down to earth, yet informative demonstrations.

Rob’s media credits include producing and hosting the “Mangia Radio” show, 91.7 FM-WHUS, and writing and hosting the cooking show “Food for the Journey.” He appeared on Food Network’s “How Do You Iron Chef?” promotion program while hosting the University of Connecticut’s Annual Culinary Olympics, and on the new cable food program “Boy Meets Still.” Rob has appeared on CBS “The Early Show” to demonstrate the intricacies of gluten free cooking during their “allergy free cooking” week. Local appearances have also been made on WTNH “Connecticut Style” News, NBC 30 News and the “Better Connecticut” talk show program. He has also been interviewed on numerous “Food Talk” radio programs, including “Everyday Food” on the Martha Stewart Living Satellite Channel, and has shared recipes and industry food trend information with many magazines and newspapers nationally.

Rob is married and has three young sons. He was introduced to the gluten free lifestyle in the year 2000, when after a lengthy illness, his wife was finally diagnosed with celiac disease. Since that time he has made it a personal mission to create and perfect gluten free recipes which will satisfy even the harshest of critics, including those who do not NEED to be wheat and gluten free. He is the author of “Gluten Free Everyday Cookbook”, “Quick Fix Gluten Free Cookbook”, and “Cooking Light” Gluten Free Baking.

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