Founder of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo
As Founder of the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo and President of Gfreelife.com, Jen Cafferty is a nationally recognized expert on gluten-free living. She is the premier liaison in the gluten-free market helping businesses and consumers connect.
Cafferty founded the Expo in 2008 to introduce Chicago area attendees to some of the leading culinary and health experts in the gluten free field. Now approaching its 6th anniversary, The Expo has expanded to numerous cities and has helped thousands of attendees through the large vendor fair, cooking classes and lifestyle sessions.
Through her award-winning website (www.gfreelife.com), recipe apps, cookbook, culinary classes, and presentations, Cafferty educates others how to prepare healthy and delicious gluten-free meals. She is in high demand as a recipe developer, writer, marketing and culinary consultant. She consults with numerous gluten-free businesses and has produced a gluten-free cooking DVD series as well as co-authored the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Cookbook. When she is not helping people in the gluten and allergen free world, Cafferty, her husband, and two children all live happily and gluten free in the Chicago area.
Growing up in an Italian household filled with restaurateurs and great cooks, Mary Capone learned the foundations of classic Italian cuisine from her family’s boisterous kitchens. As a celiac, she has since reinvented this scrumptious cuisine to meet the needs of gluten-free dieters in her popular book, The Gluten-Free Italian Cookbook: Classic Cuisine from the Italian Countryside. Her articles and recipes have appeared in The Herb Quarterly, Energy for Women, Eatingwell.com, Living Without Magazine, Livingwithout.com, Delicious Living Magazine and Delight Gluten-Free. She is the director of The Wheat Free Gourmet Cooking School, www.wheatfreegourmet.com and has taught over 1500 student from around the world. Mary’s newest venture, Bella Gluten-Free, Beautiful Food…Simply Delicious www.bellaglutenfree.com features an allergen-free line of dry mixes. She lives in Boulder Colorado with her loving family.
Cindy’s career in the health and nutrition business has spanned over 20 years and has included organizing and managing health food stores, providing nutritional consultations for gyms, chiropractors and individuals, including many clients in the sports and entertainment fields in Los Angeles, to teaching nutrition classes for a large supplement company and training employees in their stores across the country.
Cindy briefly supplied a health restaurant in Los Angeles with gluten free muffins before moving to Dallas, where for two years she hosted and produced ‘Alternative Healthtalk with Cindy Freeling.’ It combined Cindy’s extensive knowledge of health, nutrition, food, fitness and alternative healing with expert guests.
When Cindy first baked a cake from scratch by herself at 8 yrs old, she followed a recipe. After going gluten free in the early 1980’s she started developing her own recipes, as there weren’t many already in print… She is now contracted to develop GF recipes for manufacturers, distributors and restaurants who want to offer a healthier option for their clientele.
Combining her nutrition knowledge with her love of food and kitchen skills,Cindy believes baking and cooking can, and should be ,both delicious AND healthy.
Amy Green, M.Ed., authors Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free, a blog about eating well, eliminating refined sugars and wheat, and maintaining a healthy weight. She has been living free from white sugar and wheat since 2004 and, as a result, is maintaining a 60+ pound weight loss. Over the years she’s learned that eating healthier doesn’t equal deprivation.
Amy has finished her first cookbook, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free, released in March 2011. She’s also a field editor for Healthy Cooking Taste of Home, freelance writer, does recipe development, teaches local sugar-free, gluten-free baking classes, and was the featured FoodSpring.com blogger for the Summer 2010 Fancy Food Show. She lives with her husband and four dogs in Dallas, TX.
Amy Hull Brown, HHP, NC, HC is Founder and Owner of Well Amy, LLC, a multi-faceted, consumer-oriented, food, health and nutrition-based company. As a practitioner, Amy works with special needs children, adults with chronic health issues, and individuals with allergies and sensitivities to food and environmental toxins. Her focus on nutritional healing began several years ago after her twin sons were diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. Not finding answers for their health issues using conventional (allopathic) medicine, Amy turned to complementary treatments including dietary changes, detoxification, sublingual immunotherapy, homeopathy and organotherapy to recover her sons and, unexpectedly, improve her health as well. Once sensitive to over 30 different foods, Amy and her family know firsthand what it is like to follow a restricted diet, and today, they continue to be gluten-free and cow’s milk-free. Based on the frustrations and successes of her personal journey, she was inspired to create the Market by Well Amy (www.wellamy.com), an online market specializing in all-natural, allergen-free and eco-friendly products (set to launch in September 2012), to give others easier access to healthy living.
Amy Hull Brown is a board-certified Holistic Health Practitioner, Nutritional Consultant and Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received her degrees from the Global College of Natural Medicine and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is also certified as a Natural Chef by the Natural Kitchen Cooking School and continues her clinical studies in biotherapeutic drainage, homotoxicology and phytotherapy with leading experts in the field of natural medicine. Prior to her life as a stay-at-home mom, Amy worked for ten years in the financial services industry in New York City and received her MBA in Finance and Accounting and BA in Economics and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.
Hilary Kass, MPH is a public health nutrition educator, life long creative cook, cooking instructor and creator of Ancient Grains Bakery, a whole grain gluten free, dairy free and egg free bakery in Lawrence, KS. Hilary strives to inspire all people to eat well and enjoy preparing whole foods using the wholesome, interesting and nutrient dense Ancient Grains. To learn more visit our web site: www.ancientgrainsbakery.com.
International Gluten Free Business Consultant
As President and Founder of GlutenFree Passport®, Kim Koeller is an internationally acclaimed speaker, global consultant and award-winning co-author of the Let’s Eat Out with Celiac / Coeliac & Food Allergies! book series. This series is the winner of the Best Language Guide Award and finalist for Best Health & Diet Book, Best Health & Wellness Book, Best Travel Guide and Best First Book Non-Fiction Awards.
As an international business consultant, Kim has spent the last 20-plus years eating 80% of her meals in restaurants around the world while managing over a dozen food related allergies/sensitivities and celiac disease. She has traveled over 1.5 million miles across the globe, dined in 25+ countries while living 4 continents.
Kim earned her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and is fluent in the French language. She also has been a guest speaker at national and international celiac and food allergy conferences worldwide including London, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto and throughout the US.
Alta Mantsch is a gluten-free, dairy-free blogger at TastyEatsAtHome.com. Tasty Eats At Home started in 2007 simply as a way to share recipes with family and friends. But after dealing with worsening health issues, and understanding the ill effects gluten caused on her other family members, in June 2009 she decided to remove gluten from her diet in an effort to find wellness once again. Soon after, she was on the road to healing, and now focuses her efforts at Tasty Eats At Home on sharing nourishing, delicious gluten-free, dairy-free food that will bring your heart joy and that the family will actually eat. Her mission is to show people that gluten-free and dairy-free doesn’t mean taste-free. There is a bounty of delicious things you CAN eat! Alta regularly visits her local farmers markets and subscribes to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) in order to stock up on the freshest of local foods. Through her blog, she assists readers how to use various gluten-free products and ingredients in delicious and innovative ways. Alta has been published in the Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook, is a contributing writer to the website The Balanced Platter, is a Community Leader in the Udi’s Gluten-Free Living Community, and is currently working on her first e-book, which will highlight gluten and dairy-free foods made from wholesome, real ingredients.
Raised an Italian-American, Karen Morgan lived a very gluten-rich life until a sobering diagnosis with celiac disease met her palate’s fate in 2002. While beginning to adapt to her drastic lifestyle change, she found a wasteland of gluten-free products; cardboard imitations of the baked treats she had forever loved, cannibalized the shelves. Broken hearted by the nonexistence of quality and taste within the market, she decided to do something about it and subsequently embarked on her self-taught, empirical journey to find the perfect gluten-free recipes for everything.
It was not until the summer of 2006 that the gluten-free Gods crowned her a bona fide gluten-free virtuoso. With nearly 100 recipes mastered under her belt, she decided to put her work to the test. Without telling the patrons or the owners of the chateau where she was baking in France, every dessert she made was gluten-free. To the audience’s amazement when she leaked her secret, she was lauded with a standing ovation every night.
Upon her return to Austin, Texas, she immediately posted her recipes on her first food blog, The Art of Gluten Free Cooking. In 2008, Blackbird Bakery was born. The online gourmet, gluten-free bakeshop catered to gluten-free gastronomes nationwide by shipping her handcrafted treats. The uniqueness of her style married with the uncompromised quality of carefully culled ingredients soon had her catering to celebrities like Ben Harper, David Arquette and pro surfer Kelly Slater, as well as marquee events among the ranks of the Grammy Awards, Sundance Film Festival, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Wanderlust, and SXSW.
Her first cookbook, Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free, (published by the house of Chronicle Books) is a compendium of delectable gluten-free desserts that are just as good, if not better, than their gluten inspirations. She is now the star of Whole Food’s new cooking show, Gluten Morgan. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, About, The Daily Candy, Gluten-Free Girl, Silvana’s Kitchen, Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Spa Magazine, The Oregonian, The Austin American Statesman, Living Without, Yoga Journal and on NPR.
She lives, bakes and works in Austin, Texas with her son, Leo.
Dr. Christina O’Brien, DC, RD, CNSC, LMT, LAc has been in the healthcare field for over 15 years. She began her career as a Registered Dietitan 15 years ago and went on to become a Chiropractor, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Licensed Acupuncturist. Her philosophy is a holistic one and she believes that the power that made the body also has the ability to heal the body. She has seen her vision come true in the wellness center she has created in Lewisville, TX. Complete Health & Wellness is an all-encompassing clinic where people come to get help with many conditions, ranging from back pain to autoimmunity. Dr. O’Brien specializes in helping autoimmune conditions and working with children on the Autistic spectrum.
Naomi Poe is the founder and CEO of Better Batter Gluten Free Flour LLC, a gluten free products company. Naomi began the company in 2008 after her family members were diagnosed with celiac disease, nonceliac gluten intolerance, and autism. Naomi is a nationally recognized lifestyle expert and speaks throughout the country about transitioning to the gluten free, casein free lifestyle. Better Batter products are sold throughout the United States and Canada, and are available online. Naomi is married to John Poe, and is mother to Zion, age 11, and Caedon age 8.
Amy Ratner, editor of Gluten-Free Living, has been researching and writing about the gluten-free diet for nearly two decades. She joined the magazine when it first started publishing shortly after her then two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. Amy has covered all aspects of the gluten-free diet and lifestyle, with expertise on ingredients, labeling, medical news, nutrition and more. She is a member of the board of the American Celiac Disease Alliance.
She is also active in the gluten-free social media world, where she blogs about both news and personal experiences for Gluten-Free Living. The magazine’s Twitter (@gfliving) and Facebook pages are read by thousands of followers.
Amy was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer before joining Gluten-Free Living. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and has won several newspaper writing awards. Her daughter, Amanda, was diagnosed with celiac disease 20 years ago. Amy and her husband, Andrew, also have two sons, Alexander and Austin. Yes, it’s a family of five A’s.
Elizabeth earned a degree in business and marketing in 1995, where she started her own business in south Florida. She moved to Mississippi in 2001, where she started having multiple health problems and visiting the hospital on a monthly basis. In 2004, she was diagnosed with celiac disease and has been on a gluten free diet ever since. Since the disease was not caught in a reasonable time, Elizabeth now battles numerous health issues on a day to day basis. As Elizabeth became more knowledgeable about the disease, she found that there were numerous people with the disease who were not. Therefore, she went back to school and received her certificate in nutrition. Since then, Elizabeth has been counseling individuals and families with celiac disease, started her own websites, founded the Gulf Coast Celiac Foundation and worked with restaurants and the medical community to teach them about celiac disease and nutrition.
Elizabeth found that there is an overwhelming need in the U.S. for a service whereby a newly diagnosed celiac patient can discuss the disease with someone one-on-one. She understands the confusion, anxiety and stress that comes with first being diagnosed. Elizabeth has learned how to simplify the learning process of this disease and she tries to make it as stress free as possible.
Rita arrived in the United States from Australia in 2003, finalizing a 30 year career as a Registered Nurse to focus on her fascination for baking. Rita discovered some years ago that a gluten-free life style represented a major improvement in her well being. It was a considerable adjustment to regain her personal standards baking gluten free, but the effort was well worth it. The Little Aussie Bakery & Cafe™ became the medium in which those high standards were regained, through personal reinvention, culminating in national recognition in 2011 as one of America’s top ten artisan bakers. Rita continues to tantalize the taste buds of all who sit at her table, with or without food restrictions.
Trevida Trevino holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science and is the Austin, (Guadalupe St.) Texas Natural Grocers, Nutritional Health Coach. Learning about nutrition and sharing the knowlege with others is Trevida’s passion and through Natural Grocers, she offers free individual coaching sessions and group classes for the community.