Friday, July 29, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Gluten-Free Awareness Night
White Sox vs. Mariners
Safeco Field, in downtown Seattle, WA
Round up your friends and family members and join the Seattle Mariners and the Gluten Intolerance Group for Gluten-Free Awareness Night ! Special discounted group seating has been reserved and is available for you to purchase online. More information regarding concessions coming soon. It's also Mariners Fleece Blanket Night for the first 15,000 fans (21 & over) through the gates, so be sure to arrive early!
The Gluten Intolerance Group will be at a table on the concourse outside Section 319 to answer any questions you may have. The Gluten Intolerance Group of is a 501c3 non-profit organization who is a leader in patient and professional support nationally through outreach programs and services. GIG fulfills its mission of supporting persons living with gluten intolerances through programs directed to consumers, health professionals and the public. GIG programs provide support and education, awareness and advocacy, research awareness and support.
- DEADLINE TO PURCHASE: at NOON
- Game Date: Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:10 p.m.
- $15 View Reserved (normally $22)
- $4 from each ticket sold will benefit the Gluten Intolerance Group!
- The Portland to Seattle Amtrak train drops you off right near Safeco field - easy walking distance, or a quick taxi ride.
Please note: This special offer is online only and is not available at Team Stores or box office outlets. Please use the link below:
Monday, July 25, 2011
4401 NE 122nd, Portland OR
If you are a gluten free vendor or have services for the gluten-free community, let us know about you!
This is an opportunity to purchase goods, and order items for the upcoming winter festivities, parties, get-togethers, for presents and for yourself.
Keep an eye here for more info to come.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
For a limited time, SUBWAY is offering a coupon on this link, as well as a BOGOF for July 20th for their gluten free sandwiches. You can also find which Subway restaurants offer the GF bread by entering your zipcode on the link. There are 100 in Oregon, and they are much more spread out than just the Portland area and Bend area.
The suggested retail price for their GF bread sandwich is $1 additional, and for their brownie is $2. Each Subway is individually owned, so prices may vary.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I spoke to Katherine Orr, Director of Operations and Michelle, the DA (District Agent) in charge of Western Oregon, inc. Bend and SW Washington. Michelle also happens to own that Subway restaurant on SW Bond. The bread that they used was by Rich Products out of NY. Looks like they were a conventional bakery and then acquired a GF bakery. They look to be like a big food-service company offering GF items out of Buffalo.
The bread was more of a hamburger bun, smaller than the typical Subway roll. They washed their hands before every GF order, and put on new gloves. They open a bag that contains an individual GF bun, place it on a piece of paper, and sliced the roll/bun and toasted/warmed it. Then the toppings were added. Any meat is gluten-free except the teriyaki, meatball and seafood which contain gluten. They also offered samples of GF brownies. Some employees couldn't say if the brownies were also dairy free (they are) and were confused by that question.
I haven't eaten in a fast food restaurant in years, and before I was gluten free I rarely ate in one anyway, so I don't have much to compare it to. I think I ate one Subway sandwich ever in my life in the early 1990's. The GF bun was soft and not chewy or fragile/crumbly. My kids (19, 21) were happy with their meal. My daughter is also GF so she was happy. My husband ordered a sandwich which required double-toasting and felt that his bread fell apart a bit. One of my friends thought the bun was bland. Two non-GF folks like the sandwich and didn't have a problem with it at all.
Subway said that they test marketed this GF sandwich process in Texas for 1.5 years (since January 2010) with 300 restaurants offering GF sandwiches. They claim that they had zero complaints of contamination or sickness in the 1.5 years. Oregon is the second location to go GF for Subway. Though a quick internet search shows some have been in place in Texas since earlier this year only.
There were some attendees last night who were worried about crumbs of GF bread cross-contaminating w/ the meats and veggies. Valid point. Subway's response: we just dig deeper into the meats to get a piece without crumbs. What(???!!) As if crumbs can't fall deeper into the pan? Definitely a potential problem. And touching the handle of the oven, I could see some issues, too. So some cross-contamination issues are possible. Turns out the employee who made most of the GF sandwiches is a higher-up in the company. She was very efficient and was correcting some of the other employees on hand washing, etc.
A great turnout last night. When I left they thought they had passed out 120 sandwiches and were willing to continue throughout the night until the store closed at 11pm, or their inventory of 180 buns was gone. It was bustling when I got there.
Next Monday, July 11th 100 Subway restaurants, (97 in the Portland Metro area and 13 in the Bend/Redmond area) will offer the GF bread for sandwiches. Each Subway restaurant is individually owned and operated, so I'm not sure which ones will offer GF. Last week there was a massive training of personnel on cross-contamination issues, and they used Texas' manual and procedures to get the same results. The sandwiches will be sold at $1 extra. Rich's GF brownies will be $2.
Portland Corporate Subway was told that they were the next test market two weeks ago, and I found out a day after that. They don't even have a website up, and advertising is scrambling.
I called the Irvington Subway store (NE 13th & Broadway) nearest my house and asked if they were going GF and they said, "I doubt it. I haven't heard anything about it." I then called the Park Ave Subway (near my office downtown) and they very excitedly and knowledgeably told me that all 6 downtown Subway stores "from Alder, down" have the goal of offering GF sandwiches on Monday 7/11 if their inventory arrives on time. I understand that that Subway inside PSU and the 24-hour one outside PSU will offer them also. (very smart to capture the university crowd).
Well, that's what I have to report. Pretty interesting, huh? A fast-food type restaurant offering a real GF option! Who'd a thunk it? And not just GF McDonald's french fries, but a meal (well, a fast-food meal). Feel free to share the info.
- Lisa, GIG of Portland branch manager
Friday, July 1, 2011
SUBWAY COUPON BELOW TO PRINT!!
No need to travel anywhere for your coupon. Yay!
Corporate SUBWAY Oregon gave us the green light to post a pdf of the coupon for distribution. The first 150 people with a coupon will receive the trial GF sandwiches. See you there.
Subway employees were in a big training about cross-contamination all day Thursday. (yes!)
Hope to see you there. Lisa S. will also be there with some paper invites as well. Tell all your friends. Lisa M. is from SUBWAY Corporate. Thank her profusely for this opportunity to give feedback to corporate America that we need GF options.