May 1, 2012

National Celiac Awareness Month, a Month You Should Actually Be Aware of, Starts Today

By Evan Sandsmark -  

It is the first day of May, making it May Day, as many already know. What is probably less well known is that today is also the first day of National Celiac Awareness Month, and given our relentless preoccupation with the gluten-free scene in Boulder, it is only proper that we mark this important month by announcing the arrival of its beginning. We call the month “important,” and you might find this questionable given how many awareness days, weeks, and months there are every year (and the list only seems to grow longer). Periods of awareness are a dime a dozen, you might think, making them cheap, just as the idiom implies. Be this as it may, National Celiac Awareness Month is important for the simple reason that Celiac disease is precisely the type of thing that awareness months seek to illuminate: more people do need to be aware of Celiac disease and the gluten-free diet it requires. Around three million Americans have Celiac disease, but the overwhelming majority of these people – about 95 percent – don’t even know it. Perhaps this percentage is less dismal in Boulder, where gluten-free eating has more or less become mainstream, but the lack of awareness about Celiac disease really is a problem, and hence the month and the importance we assign thereto.

The timing of National Celiac Awareness Month is slightly ironic, however, as the primary reviewer for this site just so happens to be drifting about Europe. (Greetings from Munich, Germany, where this reveiwer presently writes, no gluten-containing beer in hand.) But we won’t let the Atlantic Ocean come between us and our commitment to explaining the gluten-free options available at Boulder eateries, and this is doubly true during National Celiac Awareness Month. So over the next few weeks, while your intrepid reviewer explores Europe, we will post information about additional restaurants around Boulder that provide gluten-free offerings, and then follow up with a review of those restaurants when we return to our homeland. We already have our first article lined up for publication – it’s about Bogey’s Eatery and Spirits – and we hope to post at least a few more remotely written articles before we return at the end of the month. Consider this our small salute to National Celiac Awarenss Month. We want to keep the site bursting with information, no matter our physical proximity to Boulder during this month of awareness.

We are, as always, looking for restaurants that have gluten-free selections, so if you have recommendations, please email us a tip here:

In addition to keeping up on our dispatches from Europe, you should also check out The Happy Gluten-Free Vegan, a site published by the same company that operates Gluten Free in Boulder. The Happy Gluten-Free Vegan will publish 31 gluten-free and vegan recipes this month, one for every day of National Celiac Awareness Month. The first recipe is for one of our favorite dishes: Vegan, Gluten-Free Huevos Rancheros. Yum!

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