Kansas City GFAF Wellness Event 2015

4 Oct

What a lovely, busy weekend I had during the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event when it stopped near Kansas City, at the KU Edwardsville Best Conference Center in Overland Park, KS.  Thanks to the hard work from all of those involved. I was amazed by the boundless energy possessed by those wonderful ladies in charge.

I can’t summarize things much better than my GFF Kathleen from Soul Food Heals did. She is likely much more thorough than I could be. I am so fortunate that I had the opportunity to spend some extra time with her during her stay in Kansas City.

Check out her recaps here:

GFAF Wellness Event Kansas City 2015

I concur with everything she said, and I have a very special place in my heart for KC Natural BBQ Sauce. This local Kansas City company has recently released a nightshade-free sauce – their Mastodon Sauce – and it is out of this world. Folks at the GFAF Wellness Event in Kansas City had the opportunity to try that sauce, along with the Original and Sriracha-Q Sauces as samples.

I highly suggest checking out what the Food Equality Initiative is up to as well. Great people, with an inspiring vision. I hope to see more of them in the near future. It is such a thrill to see something like this right here in the midwest.

For those who are needing more dairy-free options, the Mean Vegan booth was a great stop. They had their unbelievably delicious “cheese-y” & saucy jackfruit tamales, that just happen to be vegan (but you would never know it).They also had some of their other products out to sample. My cohort was quite happy with the mushroom jerky (also vegan).

My find for the event, that I had never tried, and was delighted to be able to enjoy were the allergen-free products from The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet . O M G !  I was able to eat multiple things from this booth. And they were all insanely good. I think that my favorites were the Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Paleo Coco No Bake Cookies, and the Paleo Almond Sea Salt Chocolate Bar. So good! And grain-free. This makes me so happy.

Make sure to give some love to the organizations and companies involved with this event. Please check out their websites below. It is heartwarming to see the growth in people who want to support this community. I am so very grateful.

It was a great experience for me. I look forward to attending more of these events in the future. Be sure to also check out some of my photos from the event here:

GFAF Wellness Event Kansas City 2015

Return of the deadly nightshades – living nightshade-free – & AIP friendly BBQ Sauce

23 Sep

And it happened again. I was exposed to nightshades. And not in an extreme way either. Typically this happens when I either neglect to ask for every single detail (including spices used) if eating food prepared by others. OR there are times when I have covered all of my bases. But somehow the ignorance about what nightshades are/aren’t ends up being the culprit. Meaning that if someone says they require a meal to be nightshade-free, this means NO nightshades in any form. Even if it was just a tsp of paprika or cayenne in the entire dish, this can and will still cause a reaction. Which to the person who is not familiar with the term, a tiny sprinkle of something likely seems so insignificant. But to the contrary, that little tiny bit triggers inflammation in my body; some of which can last for a few days after even just one bite of something that likely had just a speck of a powder spice form of a nightshade.

As I sit here in pain from swollen and tender joints, with unattractive skin eruptions (that also hurt) covering my face, feeling angry that a mistake of taking one bite of something that I thought only had black pepper on it could do this much damage, I also have a contrasting feeling of hope and contentment.

My happy place during this post nightshade exposure time is found courtesy of a local Kansas City company who makes gluten free, all natural, certified non-GMO BBQ Sauce. This company – KC Natural recently released a Feud With Food approved, nightshade free BBQ sauce called Mastodon Sauce. This is a huge deal for me since I have pretty much not consumed condiments at all since going gluten free. And once I realized that nightshades were an issue, the odds of finding anything in the condiment world that was safe were pretty unlikely.

This sauce is not only safe for me to eat. But it’s pretty flipping delicious, too. I actually think I might have a problem with now wanting to put it on absolutely everything. I am in love with this new found option of deliciousness. It tastes great on Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burgers, as well as on Mean Vegan ChickUn.

KC Natural will be at the Kansas City Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event on Sunday, September 27th, and I will be there singing their praises. For those who are not following an AIP (Autoimmune Protocol), or needing to be nightshade free, I still suggest trying not just the Mastodon Sauce. But please check out the other varieties as well. I would love to hear your feedback (since I sadly cannot taste the ones with tomatoes & peppers).

I will be writing more about this sauce, KC Natural, the GFAF Wellness Event, AND other allergen free topics again soon. So stay tuned.

Check out the Mastodon Sauce : KC Natural Mastodon BBQ Sauce

Join us at the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event in Kansas City – Sunday 9/27

22 Sep

Check out some of the sponsors for the event Sunday, September 27th from 10am-3pm in Overland Park, KS (near Kansas City). This will be a great opportunity to connect, learn, and try gluten free products.  For more information:

Kansas City Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event Blog

Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event: Next Stop KANSAS CITY – WIN TICKETS

1 Sep

Stay tuned for FREE Tickets to the 2015 Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness event, as it stops in Kansas City.  Well, actually the event itself will not be in Kansas City, MO proper.  But instead in neighboring Overland Park, KS. Which is not too far from a few of my favorite  places that offer gluten free options. Feud With Food will be giving away some tickets in the coming days.

Be sure to like Feud With Food on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. And please spread the word about this great opportunity to learn, explore gluten free options, and build community.

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Find the details on the GFAF Wellness website.

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Countdown for the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event 2015

14 Aug

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For those of you near Raleigh, NC the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event is coming to you this Saturday, August 15th. Check out all of the information on their website.

Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event

I am excited to be a part of this year’s series of events ; as Kansas City will be hosting the #GFAFEvent on September 27th. Stay tuned for more information, giveaways, and a full report from the event itself.  I am thrilled to have this event coming to me. I normally travel for these things. But it will be nice to experience this locally for a change.

June is finally here – let’s travel gluten free/dairy free/nightshade free

8 Jun

It is finally the time of year where I start using more of my PTO from work to head some place on a plane, and feel more motivated to take road trips. So where shall we go this June?

My list thus far consists of:

Minneapolis, where we will head to St. Paul to drink some gluten free beer at Burning Brothers Brewing, and then consult my Yelp bookmarks for the delicious gluten free food options that I visited during our last trip.

Chicago is a must. Friends and food. It never disappoints.

Omaha is still calling us to enjoy some vegan fare at Modern Love.

And the beloved Northwest is again on the list. We were just there. But I have to go back. I have been craving Cultured Caveman since we returned home from Portland. And there are so many other places I still need to try.

What are some of your favorite gluten free travel suggestions?

Who wants to win tickets to the Vida Vegan Con Vegan Bazaar?

28 May

Feud With Food has a pair of tickets to give away for the Vida Vegan Con Vegan Bazaar, Friday May 29th in Austin, Texas.

To win :

*Follow Feud With Food on Twitter @feudwithfood, then find Feud With Food’s recent tweet about their favorite local vegan company from Kansas City who just launched their Kickstarter campaign.  Retweet that tweet.


*Like us on Facebook Feud With Food Facebook  and share the recent post about the Kickstarter campaign launched by this same vegan company who uses jackfruit and mushrooms to create amazingly delicious plant based products, that just happen to be vegan.

Here is the Kickstarter video for a hint . . . Mean Vegan Products Kickstarter 

Vida Vegan Con 2015 in Austin

28 May

If you are in Austin, TX or able to get there any time starting right now through this Sunday (5/28-5/31), you must check out some of the happenings surrounding the Vida Vegan Con 2015.

Thursday 5/28 from 3-6pm:  Unofficial (totally official) Meet & Greet at Buzzmill Coffee & Beer House

Friday 5/29 from Noon- 7pm:  Opening Day Vegan Bazaar at The Marchesa Hall & Theatre (open to the public)

For more information, follow Vida Vegan Con on social media. There will be vegan food trucks, tons of people in town, and even a scavenger hunt.

The official conference itself, which is being held at the AT&T Education & Conference Center – Vida Vegan Con III is sold out.

One of my favorite hometown plant based companies will be making their Austin debut at the conference and Vegan Bazaar. Mean Vegan out of Kansas City, MO loaded up a massive amount of tamales, and hit the road to Texas. Feud With Food had plans to be in attendance this year.  But some unfortunate autoimmune related flares surfaced this week, and the trip would prove to be too draining to attempt. I am quite sad to be missing this 3rd and final version of VVCIII.

I was in Portland during VVCII in 2013, and had a blast at the Vida Vegan Con Galarama at Staver Locomotives. A plethora of cheese plates courtesy of Miyoko, coupled with a build your own sundae bar from So Delicious made for a fantastic evening. And I topped it off with a root beer float, some dancing, and the photo booth.  I look forward to living vicariously through those lucky folks who are attending the VVCIII in Austin this year.  Please eat all of the cheese, and have so much fun FOR me.  And don’t forget to check out Mean Vegan at the Bazaar. They will have t-shirts for sale, too.

I want ALL of the vegan ice cream.  So Delicious made it easy with their sundae bar at VVCII in Portland.

I want ALL of the vegan ice cream. So Delicious made it easy with their sundae bar at VVCII in Portland.

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month

22 May

How are YOU celebrating? For anyone who suffers from Celiac Disease, or knows someone who does, this is the time to be taking extra steps to educate, advocate, and continue to share everything you can.  Things are slowly improving. But there is still so much room for additional progress. Keep your eyes peeled on social media for all of the giveaways, educational opportunities, Twitter parties, and promotions that are still going on. Then continue to take the stance once this month has passed, to advocate for yourself or someone else.  Check out what the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness has to say here:


May 13th is Anaphylaxis Awareness Day

13 May


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