Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
So from that moment on the entire Komarnitsky family has been learning and living Gluten Free.
It has been almost a decade that Dirk, now 12 and younger brother, Kyle now 9, have shared a bond of living Gluten Free. Alek and Wendy realized that Kyle showed similar symptoms as a baby and were able to start him on a Gluten Free meal plan immediately. The family has learned to read labels, even the boys help out when dad forgets to bring his reading glasses into the grocery store. The boys know to ask about food before they consume it. Wendy, mother and Betsy, grandmother, have learned to cook and bake without Gluten so that the boys could live a normal life in and out of school with friends and family.
Alek and his wife also dove into learning everything they could about Celiac disease when Dirk was diagnosed. They found Dr. Fasano at the University of Maryland Celiac Research Center and have been doing quite a bit of fundraising to help increase awareness and research. Alek created a website - "Controllable Christmas Lights for Celiac Disease" , which has raised over $40,000 for Celiac Research.
This story has an unfortunate turn, Alek continued to tell me that his father Oleg Komarnitsky, passed away a few days ago unexpectedly. Oleg was a resident of Bellevue, WA for over 30 years. Oleg and his wife Betsy have been supporters of the Celiac Disease Research since the diagnosis of their grandsons. They have asked that in lieu of flowers that people please donate to the University of Maryland Research Center for Celiac Disease to help find a cure for his grandkids.
Alek and his family were in Bellevue in August and had a wonderful time with Oleg and Betsy. Oleg's love to fix things will always be a lasting memory. Most recently, Oleg found a kitt-car and fixed it up so the boys could race up and down the hills in Bellevue. They all had a wonderful time and as always enjoyed Betsy's Gluten Free treats during this most recent trip. Alek wanted to share this story about his family with me because as he said, " My Dad would do anything to help find a cure for his grandkids and as you know, increasing awareness is a very good thing, since Celiac is often undiagnosed."
See a heartfelt memorial site and tribute from Oleg's family including more info about how to make a donation and offer your thoughts to the Komarnitsky family.
The picture above is from the Komarnitsky memorial site and is of Oleg, Betsy, Dirk and Kyle during a rare Bellevue snow storm.
Oleg Komarnitsky was born on September 2, 1938.
How exciting ... even the Mariners are going to celebrate a GLUTEN FREE Night on Tuesday, August 31, 2010!
Come join at least 100 of your fellow Gluten Free Mariners Baseball Fans at Safeco. I think it is a perfect way to wrap up our summer season by supporting our Mariners and creating more awareness about living Gluten Free. Safeco Field has been offering Gluten Free Food since opening day this year.
Tickets are specially priced at $11 (regularly $20) and a GLUTEN FREE seating section is reserved for GLUTEN FREE FANS! The best part is that the concession stand near SEC 347 will feature a larger selection of GLUTEN FREE FOOD -
Hot Dogs with Gluten Free Buns, Gluten Free Beer and as always in the Terrace Club by SEC 249 ... Gluten Free Fish & Chips!
Play Ball ....
P.S. THANK YOU MARINERS AND GIG!
I think together we can make a difference! I really appreciate your support!
If you are in Port Townsend check out her booth and tell her I said that you must try all of it!
If you are out of the area you can order her products online at Livin' Sunshine.
Wild Alaska Silver Salmon - oven roasted and finished with sndried tomato basil butter.
Please note that you can ask for substitutions like no butter or order the roasted garlic mash potatoes. They are happy to do what they can to make sure you have a great meal.
Gluten Intolerance Group
Annual Picnic for the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsula
Sunday, August 15th, 2010
11 – 4 PM
Chetzemoka Park – 900 Jackson Street, Port Townsend, WA
Special Guest will be Mari Cleven, GIG Teen Tag Leader
Bring your family, friends and teens are encouraged to come to meet Mari!
GIG is supplying the Gluten Free Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Vegetarian Burgers all with Gluten Free Buns!
RSVP by August 12 to email@example.com
Please bring a side dish or a dessert with a written list of the ingredients used to share with the group. Sue will be looking at it to make sure that there are no questionable ingredients and please be aware of cross contamination when cooking or baking in your home.
Sue Eliot says “Drive north through downtown Port Townsend on Water Street until it ends, then turn left and drive on Monroe up the hill to Blaine. Turn right and it will end at the beautiful little gate for the park. There is parking all along Jackson Street so you don’t have to walk far. We have great facilities there and you can either sit in the shade or out in the sun and go down to the beach for some great treasure hunting. If you would like to bring a blanket or chairs that will enable you to also stay after the picnic for the production of Shakespeare’s Tempest which will be performed on the lower hill in the park. Dress warmly for that.”
Don’t for get to please RSVP by August 12, so we know how much
Gluten Free Food to prepare!
Sue Eliot firstname.lastname@example.org
I know I will be there and look forward to meeting y’all there too!
I have been driving by Stella's at 19980 10th Avenue NE in Poulsbo, every time I go to Central Market. I have somewhat of a chant or mantra that goes something like this ...
So I guess the Gluten Free gods were listening and made it happen!
When I walked into the restaurant I was surprised and happy to see such a warm, spacious and tastefully decorated establishment. I felt as if I were walking into someone's home. Fun and creative artwork on the walls, nice lighting and warm rich woods. This is the kind of place where you could hang out with your family and friends for hours and eat really great Gluten Free Pizza!