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Appetite for Awareness: NFCA 5th Anniversary Celebration

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)

5th Anniversary


VIP Reception On the Ice: 5:30 pm-7 pm

Main Event: 7 pm-9:30 pm

Accolades for Awareness to Honoree

Philadelphia Magazine

David Lipson, President

On Wednesday, September 24th, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness will celebrate its 5th anniversary at The Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The event will further the NFCA’s mission in raising awareness and funding for celiac disease by featuring chefs from 35 of Philadelphia’s highly acclaimed restaurants who will demonstrate their gluten-free cooking capabilities and compete for gluten-free dish of the year in an Iron Chef-like competition.

The event also will feature music, wine, gluten-free beer, an auction, raffle, and an all around great time. All of this is thanks to the generous donation of The Wachovia Center by Ed Snider, who is a member of the NFCA Board of Directors.

Step into a world of grace, health and fun on the ice at the VIP Reception. As a VIP at Appetite for Awareness, you will be escorted to the ice level at The Wachovia Center and step onto our Ice Lounge where you will enjoy a wide array of exquisitely prepared gluten-free hors d'oeuvres and cocktails provided by our talented and gracious catering sponsors: Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop, Blommer Chocolate, Culinary Concepts, Ketel One, Legal Sea Foods, and Rosen Catering. You will be entertained by the Philadelphia Area free and synchronized skaters and performances by pairs skaters who compete at the national and international levels.

Don't miss this world class moment to underscore the mission of NFCA. It will be a night to remember! 

In conjunction with the 5th anniversary celebration, NFCA intends to sustain the involvement of the 35 restaurants by working with each to develop an alternative gluten-free menu and have their kitchens certified by NFCA’s gluten-free kitchen protocol training program (GREAT), thereby establishing a Philadelphia Gluten-Free Neighborhood.








Confirmed restaurants as of August 6, 2008 include:

Amada Capital Grille Pearl Pasta Pomodoro La Fontana Della Citta
Cochon Little Fish Tinto Talula's Table Distrito
Rouge Osteria Vetri The Palm SOLA
Memphis Taproom Bourbon Blue The Reef Seasons Culinary Horizons Cafe Estelle
Cadillac Grill Bar Ferdinand General Warren Inne Whisk & Spoon Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro
Sovalo Bindi Lolita Rae Gayle
Melograno Devil's Den Leslie Rosen Catering Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop Culinary Concepts
Legal Sea Foods The Ugly American La Campagne    


The event and sustained participation of Philadelphia’s most dynamic and cutting edge chefs is intended to establish Philadelphia as the leading gluten-free and celiac-friendly city in the United States and will serve as a template to be replicated in other cities around the country.


Individual Sponsorship Information:

Master Chef: $25,000
Executive Chef: $10,000
Chef de Cuisine: $5,000
Sommelier: $2,500
Chef de Partie: $1,000
Culinarian: $500


For more information about benefits and to confirm sponsorship, please contact Alice Bast at abast@celiaccentral.org or Larry Kagan at Laurence_Kagan@ml.com .



*Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are Available.


*Your donation, less $25, is tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

Have questions about Appetite for Awareness: NFCA 5th Anniversary Celebration? Contact National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

When & Where

Wachovia Center
3601 South Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19145

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

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Through empowerment, education, advocacy and advancing research, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness drives diagnoses of celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders and improves the quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.

We believe in a patient-centered healthcare model that is grounded in science, promotes collaboration and supports a comprehensive approach to health and wellness.

Visit www.CeliacCentral.org for information.      


Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Left untreated, people with celiac disease can develop further complications such as other autoimmune diseases, infertility, thyroid disease and some forms of cancer. An estimated 1% of the population has celiac disease, but 83% of those who have it are still undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

The only known treatment for celiac disease is a lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet.  

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