What a difference a year makes! One year ago I was sitting in a café chatting with Sanna Luoto and Pia Heikkurinen and Hanna Hillila, three very ambitious women devoted to building a gluten-free community in Shanghai. Little did I know then that one year later the modest goals of gluten free Shanghai would soon become those of Gluten Free China.
GFS started with a commitment to serve and support expats in Shanghai with celiac disease, of which a gluten-free diet is the only known treatment at this point, and people who are gluten intolerant. As part of this service they also work to educate the expat community on the celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Their work this year has included educational workshops, including the popular GF baking workshops at Sprout lifestyle. One huge accomplishment was the partnership with Bastiaan Bakery to provide delicious gluten-free baked goods the community. Just as big an event as the delicious gluten free baked goods was the introduction last fall of a home celiac test, the BiocardTM Celiac Test for instant detection of coeliac disease.
There is no stopping this group. Sign up for their newsletter to learn about all the big plans for the fall (www.glutenfreeshanghai.com) . Very exciting for me will be the introduction of their online gluten-free grocery directory. No more “hoping” you will find some gluten free products on the shelf, Gluten Free China will find them for you.
Eat Well Shanghai is proud to be associated with Gluten Free China and wishes Gluten Free China the best for this next year !
Well Done Team!
Eat Well, Live Well, Have Fun!