Western New York Gluten Free Diet Support Group
Local Chapter #33 of the Celiac Support Association
Welcome to the Western NY Gluten Free Diet Support Group Website

 

The Western New York Gluten Free Diet Support Group, Inc. (hence WNYGFDSG) is a member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports individuals and families  living with Celiac Disease (CD), Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) and gluten intolerance.  The WNYGFDSG has been in existence for 25 years and is a growing and dynamic organization, drawing from a very large geographic area in Western New York.  We have over 250 current members. This website lists our monthly meeting schedule, group dinners and social functions, as well as information about the upcoming events important to Celiacs and their supporters.   Additionally, you can find information about Celiac Disease,  Celiac testing, and Celiac Follow-up care.  

 

If you would like to speak to someone from our group about Celiac Disease or other related issues, check the contact names and numbers for more personalized support. Need/wish to write to us? Our address is: WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group, P.O. BOX 1835, Williamsville, NY 14231

 

 

Welcome to the Homepage of the Western NY Gluten-Free Diet Support Group, Inc.

Check out the many useful links on our site to help you enjoy living a healthy, Gluten-Free life.

 

The WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group typically (but not always) meets one Saturday a month from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. The usual meeting location is Mount Mercy Academy, 88 Red Jacket Parkway, just off Abbott Road, close to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo. We meet in the dining hall, located in the lower level of the school. All meetings offer special counseling, ability of dues paid members to purchase deeply discounted books and borrow educational materials from the honor system lending library, and a sampling of GF goodies prepared by Group members and donated from vendors. We often have speakers on various topics of interest to the celiac/gluten free community.

Wegman's Food Markets provides a complimentary grocery bag of GF food products for individuals recently diagnosed with CD and who are first time meeting attendees. Hope to see you there!

Let us know if you are new to our group. We would love to meet you!

Upcoming Events

 

 Saturday, June 14th, 10:00 am at Mt. Mercy Academy. This meeting will include support, a brief annual meeting and a pancake breakfast.

(Advanced reservation will be required for the breakfast. Send a $3.00 check per person to Marilyn Hauck, 39 Ainsley Court, Williamsville, NY 14221) 

Upcoming meetings - Check out the link above to find out dates and speakers/topics of the next meetings.

 

 

Did you miss the last meeting? Check out the minutes to find out what you missed. 

 

BUFFALO AREA GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANTS MAP

You're hungry - You want to eat out. So where are all the great gluten free restaurants in the Buffalo area & how do you get to them? Our group now has a quick and easy way to locate GF friendly restaurants & stores in our area. Try using our Google map and let us know what you think.

Please note: The map will be updated as the group hears of more restaurants/food stores carrying gluten free options. Please email us if you have an addition for our map or know of a current listing that needs updating or has closed. 
email:
Buffaloglutenfree@gmail.com

 

 

A Few Words About Area Gluten Free Pizzerias

There have been a growing number of pizzerias in the Western New York area offering Gluten Free pizza options. This is both good and bad news for those of us trying to manage the GF diet and safely eat a Buffalo favorite. Some restaurants use a pizza that has been prepared in a GF facility and baked in a way to avoid cross-contamination. Others use a GF crust and add their own ingredients. Some restaurants have very good GF kitchen protocols in place while others do not. We have had members tell us of positive and negative dining experiences at the same establishments! With such a large number of restaurants now offering GF pizza, it would be difficult to include them all on our website. Instead, check out your local pizzeria that has GF pizza options and ask how the pizza is made: Are GF toppings kept separate - Do kitchen staff change gloves - Do they bake the pies in a separate oven/pan - Do they use designated GF utensils?
Only you can determine if the pizza you eat is actually safe for you. Be your best advocate. Educate your local establishments. Many places would like to accommodate the GF diet but do not have a full understanding of it. Also, use the Facebook page to let others know what you've learned.
Mangia!

 

 

 New GF Restaurant Location!

Orazio's Italian Crepes and Gelato

Now a location in the Walden Galleria Food Court.

They really understand Gluten Free! And what could be better than taking a break from shopping for a crepe?

Vin-Chet Pastry Shop/Gluten Free Baked Goods

2178 Kensington Amherst, NY 14226

839-0871

Get more information on their website.

 

 Vin-Chet has achieved Gluten Free Certification from the National Celiac Support Association. Congratulations to them and a huge thank-you for all their efforts on our behalf!
Please Check out their website -
Gluten Free Baked Goods

 

 

Bon Bon Gluten Free Bakery
1298 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, New York 14224

716-704-5993

Bon Bon's Bakery is a new baked good store that is 100%  gluten free, without the sacrifice of taste.
They are open Wednesday - Friday, 3 - 7 PM & Saturday 9 - 3.  Bon Bon's has GF cookies, filled cupcakes, "twinkies", danishes, rolls and more.
            

 

Heard about the newest Gluten Free bakery in Lockport?

A Better Way Gluten Free Bakery

621 West Avenue, in Lockport

Check out their website at the link above. Thye also have a facebook page. Great to have a GF bakery in the northtowns!

"We are a bake shop with the mission of creating baked goods that taste great and, "by the way...", are also Gluten Free. We carry pizza and pizza crusts, rolls, muffins, cakes and cupcakes, cookies, corn dogs, pierogies, quick breads, pies and pie crusts. We keep adding menu items and take special orders as well."                      

 CELIAC NEWS - LOCAL AND AROUND THE WORLD

 

Check out our Facebook Page!

Interesting Article - Check it out!
New Blood Test Could Diagnose Celiac Disease in 24 Hours

 

Our group has a Facebook group page.This is a place to share and discuss everything about gluten free living in the Buffalo area. You can start discussion threads, ask questions, and share your gluten free ideas. Click here for the Facebook page.


Did you know that the Center for Celiac Research has moved from Maryland to Boston, Massachusets?  Check out the information here.

 



 

 Triumph Dining Cards and products - since 2005

Since 2005, Triumph Dining has helped over 40,000 people with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity enjoy delicious gluten-free foods. Whether you're staying local or traveling, their guides and cards will help you eat at home, go out, or do both! What's available?

 
Dining Cards: Order restaurant meals safely in 10 languages
Restaurant Guide: Find gluten-free restaurants across the U.S.

Grocery Guide: Shop gluten-free in any store nationwide

 

Check out GlutenFreeTravelSite.com

Visitors to the site will be able to quickly and easily access travel reviews organized by geographic region and read about others’ personal experiences traveling and dining out in any part of the world. The site is user-based and you are encouraged to submit a review sharing your experience from a hotel, resort, cruise, or favorite restaurant. Pass the word along to your friends & family. So...let's put Buffalo, New York on the map as a Celiac friendly community by posting reviews to our restaurants. 


Do you like to cook and bake? Our group has a number of copies of  Pleasing the Gluten-Free Palate, a wonderful resource for Gluten-Free cooking, ready for you to purchase. Also, our library has a number of wonderful Gluten-Free cookbooks for you to borrow (when you become a member) and create to your heart's (and stomach's) content. Also, check out this website's list of GF recipes. Do you have a favorite recipe that you could share with us? Let the webmaster know!

We LOVE to share!