Yesterday I posted a review of the blogger dinner at YaYa’s Euro Bistro (which was fantastic). Today I’m posting more about the event itself. While working at the Enjoy Life Foods booth at the GFAF Wellness Event in Kansas City, I got to meet some of the other vendors and bloggers and learn about what they do for the food allergy community. Here’s a look at some of the awesome people I met:
Feud with Food
Marisa Bode, the blogger behind Feud with Food, quickly became one of my good friends (or GFF – Gluten-Free Friend, as we call it) in the allergy community after our trip to Sprouts Market. Not only did she recognize me from my blog (omg!), but we bonded over both having multiple allergies and our mutual love of chocolate and dessert. And she makes GF DF stuffed dates with cacao and vegan cheese that are delish! She was gracious enough to give me a ride to the airport after the event on Sunday, and made sure to introduce me to the dairy-free milkshakes at Cafe Gratitude (why don’t we have one of those in NC?!?!). Now, we are going to be pen pals. True #GFF status, if you ask me.
Be Free Bakers
Jennifer from Be Free Bakers picked me up from my hotel before the dinner and drove us to Sprouts and the new Whole Foods (which is incredible). She’s the awesome owner of Be Free Bakers, and has developed her own line of allergy-friendly baking mixes for a variety of baked goods. I loved getting to meet her and hear about how she got started with her business. She just has so many cool ideas! I’m definitely looking forward to trying out the Chocolate Bomb mix she’s sending me (seriously — how good does that sound?!?!)
Nikki introduced me to Brendon, one of the owners of this brand. Guess what they had….tomato-free barbecue sauce!!!!! I’ve heard stories of nightshade-free barbecue sauce, but I’ve never found the time to make it. I got to try a sample of the sauce, and it tasted just like the regular sauce I used to have. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take home a bottle because I didn’t check a bag, but I will be receiving one shortly so stay tuned for a more detailed review!
I spoke with Courtney a bit before traveling to Kansas regarding her new cookbook and doing guest posts for each other’s blogs, so I was excited when I finally got to meet her in person! She is so sweet, and I was so glad to make another new friend. I just got an electronic copy of her brand new cookbook, and after flipping through it, I can’t wait to try some of her recipes. I’ll be doing a review and giveaway in the future for her as well so keep checking back for that.
This was the 4th event in a year that I’ve been at an event with Jen Cuevas, the owner of Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet! We are GF besties, and I am always so so happy to see her. After 4 events, she always makes sure to save me a box of her amazing chocolate chip cookies, and this time, she even threw in a loaf of pumpkin bread (which is equally amazing). I absolutely love her and I can’t wait til the next event we both work at.
This is a brand of veggie burgers that is sold in stores nationwide. I love beef, so I don’t usually like veggie burgers because they are just not the same as regular burgers. These, however, I do like. I got to try the roasted root vegetable burger and the original one and both were super good. And a nice change from the normal soy veggie burgers that I’ve usually seen. Now that I know they’re sold over here, I’ll probably start buying them!
This is another local bakery that makes fantastic pumpkin spice cupcakes that are gluten, corn and dairy-free. They also make really good herb bread and banana bread, but the pumpkin cupcakes (with frosting!) were definitely my favorite. The bakery is completely free from gluten/wheat, dairy, soy, corn, preservatives, artificial flavors/colors, peanuts and tree nuts and have a storefront in Overland Park. That’s very impressive because I’m pretty sure I could eat almost, if not all of their products. I wish they were located in NC!
It was really cool to travel literally halfway across the country and meet new people and new vendors that aren’t as well-known in North Carolina. And it was so fun to represent Enjoy Life while doing it! That gave me a chance to interact with a lot of the consumers as well, which was fun. One little girl even came up and gave me a big hug, which absolutely made my day. 🙂 Can’t wait for the next event this weekend!