Last week we had the pleasure of participating in our first Nourished Festival, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in southern California. We have been part of this event in the past, when called the GFAF Expo, and it was fun to see people coming to visit who follow a Keto, Paleo or Plant Based diet, in addition to those with gluten and nut allergies. And it felt really great to be able to say, “You can buy our products locally at Bristol Farms and Lazy Acres stores,” when last time we were able only to let customers know how to access Gem City Fine Foods desserts online. For those of you who shop in other stores, we are always working on getting our products into new locations so you can enjoy. Meanwhile, if you are in SoCal, please do check out the stores noted above, and give them some love.
Best of all, because we had a helper, we were able to leave the table to network with others. I found myself at the back of the hall hobnobbing with the food allergy authors, and am happy to share some of their information with you. First I stopped to talk with Tracy Hill, author of two beautiful cookbooks: Delightfully Free, with 141 gluten- dairy- and sugar-free recipes, and Even More Delightfully Free, with 166 gluten-. dairy-, refined sugar-, corn-, yeast-, soy-, oats-, peanut-, dye- and artificial sweetener-free recipes. See more at www.DelightfullyFree.com.
Then I enjoyed a conversation with Elizabeth of www.YourComfortForLife.com, a wellness strategist and lifestyle mentor who holds classes and has written a few books, most recently Bone Broth Meals. I was particularly interested in her book Survival for Sensitive & AutoImmune Skin, as someone who has experienced an increase in allergic reactions to skincare products in my own life recently. Elizabeth and I discussed the myriad ways chemicals can encroach through everyday life and the products we choose to use, including food.
Next was a visit with Angela of The FLog Journal. This is an incredibly comprehensive 6-month journal for people searching for their own food sensitivities. I wanted to purchase The FLog Journal, but it is large enough I wasn’t sure I’d have room for it in my suitcase! It’s available online, and in e-book format, so I can have it after all, and so can you. Check this gem out, and learn Angela’s story as you go through the pages on your own journey.
Before heading back to our table in the Nut Free Zone, I stopped to talk with Kathlena The Allergy Chef of Free and Friendly Foods about food allergies, and purchased The Corn Free, Gluten Free & Top 8 Allergy Free Cookbook, a brief hard cover book I found especially alluring because of the resources in the front. And super fun: Free and Friendly Foods has a blog all about allergy friendly foods- and Legos! Check that out at www.foodandlego.com.
If you happen to get in touch with any of the authors mentioned here, please let them know I sent you and that I truly appreciated the opportunity to meet each one last Sunday in Del Mar. And if we at Gem City Fine Foods haven’t met you yet in person, please take a look at our Events and Expos page to see where we will be next. We look forward to the opportunity!
With respect and commitment,
Lisa Cox, CEO/ Sales and Marketing Manager