Gluten-Free Living Conference

Orlando, Florida
Friday, April 04, 2014

April 4-6, 2014   
  Orlando, Florida  

The Gluten-Free Living Conference will bring the pages of Gluten-Free Living magazine alive! GFL’s renowned editorial team, along with medical and lifestyle experts, will present workshops and a panel discussion on topics ranging from the new gluten-free labeling law to cooking and recipe development.

The conference will also feature an exciting show floor where you can sample the latest gluten-free products to hit the market and learn more about the gluten-free lifestyle. Join us for this inaugural event!

Gluten-Free Living Conference
April 4-6, 2014
Show floor open:
Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Special room rate: $138 per night
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Conference attendees will also have the chance to win dozens of raffle prizes, including an all-inclusive trip for two to the El Dorado Royale Resort and Hotel on Mexico's Riviera Maya. The trip is sponsored by our gluten-free travel partner, Travel Leaders. Click here for more details on the trip to Mexico!

Meet our speakers

Alessio Fasano, M.D., is the keynote speaker for the Gluten-Free Living Conference. This world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entrepreneur founded the Center for Celiac Research in 1996. The Center offers state-of-the art research, clinical expertise and teaching for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease, wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. Fasano persevered even in the face of skepticism about celiac disease in the U.S., eventually publishing the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established one in 133 Americans has an autoimmune disorder.

Jillian Lagasse’s talent and passion for food was apparent from an early age. Recognizing her talent, her father allowed her to help in the pastry and dessert department in one of his restaurants. In 2004, the same year she was diagnosed with celiac’s, Jillian decided to follow another passion, moving to London, England, to attend a renowned makeup and airbrush artistry school. Her career immediately took off. She continued to work with her father, moving from the kitchen to the television set, becoming the staff makeup artist. Jillian currently splits her time between New Orleans and London.

Jessica Lagasse Swanson, daughter of famed chef Emeril Lagasse, is the co-author of The Gluten Free Table and the upcoming book The Lagasse Girls' Big Flavor, Bold Taste and No Gluten (due out Fall 2014).  In 2001, she was diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity and had to dramatically alter the way she ate AND cooked.  Her cookbooks are the result of all those years of experimenting, learning, tweaking and adjusting her favorite recipes.  In addition to her cookbooks, Jessie is working on a variety of gluten free projects to help get high quality, great tasting gluten free foods to those who need them.  She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband, Steven, and two sons, Jude and J.P.

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the editor-in-chief of The Healthy Apple. She is a personal chef, culinary nutritionist, professional recipe developer, food photographer and writer specializing in gluten- and dairy-free recipes for the home cook.  Amie lives in Manhattan, where she cooks for a variety of clients, including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Amie's work appears on Martha Stewart radio, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, PBS and The Food Network as well as in Whole Living, Glamour, Clean Eating, SHAPE, Prevention and many others.

Jules Shepard’s career with gluten-free food began with a flour blend that was perfected in two years.
Her company, Jules Gluten Free, was soon founded and now produces her famous flour blend as well as eleven other gluten-free mixes. In addition to running her company, she has authored three highly regarded books and numerous e-books. She logs tens of thousands of miles a year speaking to, teaching and encouraging gluten-free consumers.This mother of two also hosts a popular weekly radio show and personally pens one of the community’s most active gluten-free blogs, Jules Speaks Gluten Free.

  Dr Jerry Kartzinel is a Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. Dr Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism. A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances.

Anne Lee is the Director of Nutritional Services for Schar USA.  Previously she was the nutritionist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, where she was involved in patient care and research. She has authored chapters on celiac disease in nutrition textbooks as well as co-authored a chapter in a gastroenterology text. Anne has developed numerous educational materials on the gluten free diet for patients and both clinical and food service professionals. She completed her doctorate in Nutrition Education in the fall at the Teachers College of Columbia University.

Amy Leger is the family editor for Gluten-Free Living magazine. Amy's daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with celiac disease at 15 months old.  Amy has extensive experience managing (and helping her child manage) the gluten-free lifestyle during activities, school lunch, class, family events and at restaurants. After 15 years working as a television news producer and executive producer, earning two Emmy Awards along the way, blogging was the perfect next step. Her website, The Savvy Celiac, was born in 2008 with the goal of educating and empowering readers to live a healthy gluten-free lifestyle.

Aubrey Everett has been on the Madavor Media editorial team for four years where she has served as editor on titles such as Volleyball magazine, Teddy Bear & Friends and The Writer. She has also helped with various other tasks and company projects including trade shows and industry expos. Aubrey graduated from Emerson College with a degree in print and multimedia journalism and now lives with her husband in the Boston area where she enjoys cooking and spending time with her cat King Felix.

Amy Ratner was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor and freelance writer before becoming editor of Gluten-Free Living magazine. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and has won several newspaper writing awards. Twenty-one years ago her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, and since then Amy has been active in the gluten-free community, speaking frequently about ingredients, labeling laws and lifestyle topics. Amy and her husband Andrew also have two sons, Alexander and Austin.

Pam Cureton, RD, LDN, is a clinical and research dietitian specializing in the treatment of celiac disease. She has worked with gluten-related disorders since 1993. Her current position includes working with Dr. Alessio Fasano at the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital and for the University of Maryland celiac clinic. Her work includes coordinating the clinical management of patients with celiac disease and gluten intolerance; educational programs and lectures for the celiac community, physicians, dietitians and other health care providers; and involvement in research projects at the Center.

Jacqueline Mallorca, Gluten-Free Living’s food editor, unknowingly embarked on a food-related career by designing and writing copy for the original Williams-Sonoma catalogs for cooks. This led to her becoming James Beard’s West Coast editorial assistant and a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle’s food pages. In addition, she has written or co-authored several cookbooks. Then she discovered that she was a food writer with celiac disease. The result was The Wheat-Free Cook, followed two years later by Gluten-Free Italian. And yes, another gf cookbook is simmering on the back burner!

Michael Savett began publishing the award-winning Gluten Free Philly blog in March 2009 with the mission of creating and maintaining a comprehensive reference for gluten-free-friendly restaurants, bakeries, stores and events in Greater Philadelphia. Outside of writing and publishing Gluten Free Philly, he maintains an insurance law practice in the Philadelphia area and is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. He also is a contributing writer at Gluten-Free Living magazine. Most recently, he launched the Gluten Free Philly mobile app for iOS and Android devices.

Cynthia Kupper is Executive Director of the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America (GIG), the nation's first non-profit association with the mission to improve the health and lives of those living gluten-free. In this leadership role for more than 17 years, she has helped GIG obtain a strong national presence and expanded its reach to 90+ affiliate groups in the U.S. She has fostered GIG's ability to support and educate people with gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Mia Moran is the Chief Executive Mom (CEM) at StayBasic, providing busy moms and their families skills, recipes and resources to support clean, gluten-free eating every day. Prior to StayBasic, Mia owned the graphic design studio Emtype, where she directed Boston’s best photographers on diverse projects; she also taught web design and typography at the Art Institute of Boston. When launching StayBasic, Mia quizzed the experts and taught herself how to best feature whole, healthy food in photos online. Mia loves to share her knowledge of and passion for photography and design as she continues to learn, discover and grow.

Ann Whelan was among the first to recognize the need for a publication specifically for those with celiac disease. The black-and-white newsletter she started as Gluten-Free Living nearly 20 years ago grew into the national and international magazine published today. Ann brought her experience in journalism and publishing and her first-hand knowledge of living with celiac disease to the magazine. Prior to GFL’s founding, Ann worked for health-related magazines, helping to launch five publications. A voracious reader and yoga enthusiast, she has two grown children and five grandchildren. She retired in 2012 but continues to consult for the magazine.


Contact Information

  • Whitney Faber
    Phone: 617.315.9162

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