The pandemic has affected so many businesses, and for the Gluten Free Expos and Festivals more people attending these large gatherings means more success. So Jen Cafferty, the founder of everyone’s favorite gluten free and allergy friendly Expo, the Nourished Festival, didn’t just fold up her tent when COVID-19 struck. Instead, she got right to work creating an innovative new online platform. Learn all about the amazing work that Jen is doing to bring this exciting version of the Nourished Festival to you!
You don’t need us to tell you that this has been a summer like no other,. That said, Mike and Cam each want to take some time to reflect on the top five things that have kept us in a positive head space during the pandemic. We are so honored that you choose to listen to us each and every week and bringing the podcast to you is certainly high on our list of things that are keeping us moving forward. Thanks for your support!
Mike and Cam are pleased to sit down with returning guest, Josh Schieffer, owner and founder of the Gluten Free Buyers Guide and Gluten Free Awards. Josh gives us a fascinating look behind the scenes at how the Buyers Guide and Awards are put together, including how you, the consumer, ultimately pick the winners! Josh also tests Mike and Cam’s Springsteen knowledge with a unique quiz bridging “The Boss” and gluten free.
Blogger and world wide traveler, Jen Fitzpatrick, of the Nomadic Fiztpatricks, has found creative ways to bring travel home during the pandemic. Though most of us aren’t doing much extended travel right now, including Jen, she is bringing various cultures to her home by cooking different world cuisines and then taking a deep dive into each given culture. She is also exploring her own town and community in ways she hadn’t done before. Also hear about her exciting new E-book coming out this September.
Cam recently had his first ever camping experience with a couple of buddies. Despite being a novice, he brought his A-game to this adventure. He became the de-facto chef for the excursion, and in doing so, made this mere camping trip into much more of a high end outing. In fact, Mike introduces the term glamping to Cam and believes that he might just be a full on “Glamper.”
In part 2 of our dynamic conversation with attorney, Mary Vargas, we revisit the historic J.D. v. Colonial Williamsburg case and talk about the outcome and why this was such a landmark case for defending the rights of those with celiac and food allergies. We also talk to Mary about a current case in which she is representing a former University of Maryland student who was given far from equal treatment by the food services at the school.
Attorney, Mary Vargas, has been a maverick dealing in cases concerning Disability Rights. This week, Mary shares how she became interested in Disability Law and her thoughts on the FDA temporary policy change on food labeling requirements. Next week in part 2, Mary updates us on her client’s well publicized and historic case, J.D. v. Colonial Williamsburg and also shares another dramatic case involving a celiac student at the University of Maryland.
People with celiac disease or gluten intolerance are constantly monitoring what we put in our bodies, but what about what you put on your body? Our guest, Dr. Liia Ramachandra, co-founder and CEO of Epilynx, has made it her mission to formulate skincare products that are safe for people with celiac disease, allergies and other autoimmune conditions. She also makes a hand sanitizer that is safe for your skin and not on the long and scary list of recalled hand sanitizers out this week.
We have way too much fun in part 2 of our summertime spectacular featuring Cam’s dad, Brian and Mike’s nephew, Sam. Topics include summer grilling, both meat and meatless options, some amazing donuts that Sam has fried up, and a seltzer that tastes a little too much like suntan lotion. Mike and Cam also realize during the podcast that Mike’s affection for seltzer is likely greater than the three of them combined.
It’s summertime and although we are still sadly dealing with the realities of the coronavirus, we aren’t going to let that ruin our fun. Mike and Cam sit down with Cam’s dad Brian and Mike’s nephew, Sam (from a social distance) to taste and rate a couple of adult beverages and talk about what they have been cooking up during the pandemic. Part 1 includes Sam’s foray into gluten free sourdough, a strange wedding you won’t believe plus Brian’s quest to find yeast. They also try High Noon Sun Sips Vodka & Soda and Odd Side’s Fuzzy Navel.