Free Seminar: Top Foods To Include on the Gluten Free Topic

gluten free pop-up in Kelowna

Join Selena Devries, RD October 3rd at Choices Market in Kelowna for a free seminar “Top foods to include in a  gluten free diet.”  The event runs 11 – 1 pm with Selena speaking at 12.

Choices Offers Cooking Classes

ChoicesThis month the Choices Nutrition Team is conducting some interesting cooking classes, and hands-on cooking sessions, and film screenings that could be appropriate for patients, dietitians, or other health care staff.

The Kelowna classes,  at 1397 Harvey Avenue, are as follows:

Cooking Class for Food Sensitivities: Cook Without Compromise

  • Conducted by Choices’ Chef Antonio and Nadene Shirtliff (with a Masters in Nutrition and a former RD).
  • Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6 pm-8 pm (cost $20)
  • Are you struggling with food sensitivities? Do you dread cooking meals at home to suit your specialized diet like: dairy free, gluten-free or low FODMAP Choices’ Chef Antonio and nutritionist and former Dietitian, Nadene Shirtliff, are here to help you enjoy meals again! Join them for this cooking class for recipe tasting, and learn how to cook delicious food within your dietary guidelines. Recipes will be provided.

GMO OMG Screening & Discussion

  • Thursday October 23, 2014 7 pm-9 pm (FREE)

For all upcoming event registration  call 250-862-4864 (for Kelowna) or visit Customer Service in store.

How to sign up for “Cooking with Antonio” at Choices

Choices Market LogoWe had a call from Choices who have been doing a great job of promoting our Gluten-Free Expo next Saturday at the Delta Grand as well as a special session “Cooking with Antonio” that will be held at Choices Friday morning.

Apparently there is some confusion about how people can sign up “Cooking with Antonio” so here’s the scoop:

“Cooking with Antonio” is an optional session of the Canadian Celiac Association National Conference in Kelowna next weekend.  You do NOT need to attend the conference to just attend the “Cooking with Antonio“.

To sign up for “Cooking with Antonio”, complete our conference registration form and just check off “Cooking with Antonio” as the session you want to attend.

We are also offering an optional session called “The Art of Gluten Free“.  It’s lead by two Kelowna dietians and it is perfect for new comers to the gluten-free diet.

Click to register Cooking with Antonio
 via secure credit card

There is limited space in each session so be sure to sign up soon to avoid disappointment.

See more details about these optional sessions after the break.


Optional Friday Event – Cooking with Antonio

Antonio Cerullo is Choices Markets’ Executive Chef. Choices is one of Kelowna’s largest health food stores. After running a successful fine dining restaurant on the shores of Lago di Como in Italy, a love of the outdoors and healthy living brought Antonio to Choices. Antonio is always cooking up a storm; when he is not developing delicious dishes for Choices Markets’ deli, he is creating recipes for newsletters, cookbooks and his wildly successful cooking classes. This 10 am – 2 pm session includes breakfast, transportation to and from Choices, the cooking class, goodie bags, a store tour, and samples of Antonio’s creations. Registration is $50. Limit 40.

Mavis Molloy

Optional Friday – The Art of Gluten-Free

This seminar is for people who have recently adopted a gluten-free diet or for those who need a refresher on the latest diet information and label reading. Co-presenting the seminar are Mavis Molloy and Mary Hicks, clinical dietitians at Kelowna General Hospital. The seminar is Friday 8:30 am – 1 pm and includes breakfast, lunch and nutrition breaks. Registration is $75. Limit 50.

Gluten-Free Health Fair SATURDAY!

Choices Markets and the Canadian Celiac Association have joined forces once again to host the Fifth Annual Gluten-Free Health Fairs.

Gluten-free living doesn’t have to be boring—this is what Choices’ Annual Gluten-Free Fair hopes to make clear for those living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. From 9:00 am–5:00 pm, the event will kick off with lectures by the following experts:

• Gluten-Free Guides by Choices’ Chef Anionlo Cerullo and Dietitian Nicole Fetterly, RD
• Naturopathic Treatments for Celiac Disease and Wheat Sensitivity by Dr. Balow, ND
• Dr. Hugh Freeman, MD, Gastroenterologist, Researcher & Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Those who are new to the gluten-free diet will gain a solid understanding of Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet. For Celiac veterans, this event will offer insight about the many conditions associated with Celiac Disease and how to maintain optimum health.

Choices’ Dietitian, Desiree Nielsen stresses the importance of helping people get past simply surviving without gluten: “Living Gluten Free is about more than just finding gluten-free foods. As we learn more about the nature of gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease, we have the opportunity to go beyond just gluten-free. We have the resources to help people thrive with a nutritious diet that explores new foods and cuisines and makes food fun again.”

Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people, but 97% go undiagnosed. Some of the many symptoms of celiac disease include unexplained low iron, recurring or persistent diarrhea or constipation, stomach pain, bone and joint pain, depression, infertility, recurrent miscarriages, and migraines.

Space is limited and registration is necessary for Choices gluten-free fairs. All who register for the lectures will receive a complimentary gift bag full of coupons and delicious gluten-free goodies.

Admission fee is $18 at the door by pre-registration is strongly recommended. 250-862-4864

Gluten-free ice cream cones at Choices!

Great news – Choices Market now has GF ice cream cones!

They come 12 to a box in 3 different styles.

Just in time for summer.

Nadene Shirtliff B.A., MSc.
Nutrition Consultant
Choices Market, Kelowna

Volunteers needed for Celiac Awareness Month

By Angela Petrie

Hello everyone!

It is that time of year again.  I am looking for volunteers for awareness month.  We will need people on May 8th for the GF Fair at Choices and Nature’s Fare has said we are welcome any day during the month of May.

Regarding Nature’s Fare will be a 4 hour shift.  Times are flexible but she said the busiest time in the store is between 10-2.  Their busiest days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  We can do it any day you choose, those are just the busiest days.  We will have the demo lady on hand to demo products so that people will actually approach the table.  I already have 1 person set to do a Wednesday.

Regarding Choices The fair is from 9-4, on May 8th [Sat]. The seminar is from 9-12.  We will need someone to be at the store by 8:30 to help with set up (I will be one of those people) and available for the rush before the seminar begins.  We will need at least 2 people to be at the table at all times.   I would like 3 or 4 people at the table at peak times: just before the seminars begin, lunch break (if they have one) and at the end of the seminars.

Also, I have asked Choices, but not received a response about, store tours.  Whether they need someone to do that we really determine the number of volunteers needed.

Please contact me with your availability and by that point I hope to have heard from choices about exactly what their  needs are.  You can call me at 250-868-3830 or email me with your availability Angela Petrie D_N_A@telus.net.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Angela