I’m know around the country as Gluten Free Dee and passionately serve restaurants, gluten free doctors and authors and gluten free product companies as a marketing consultant. I recently moved back home to Denver after raising a family in Northern Colorado for the last 30 years. It’s exhilarating to discover the hundreds of restaurants with gluten free menus and options within a 30 minute drive of my home in the Highlands. I’m available to speak to chef, product manufacturing and restaurant associations to create an understanding of why it’s worth the time and expense to develop gluten free menus and options to serve the very loyal Celiac and gluten free customer.
I founded the National Gluten Free Food Bank Movement in December 2009 so parents around the country did not have to decide between feeding their kids food they knew would make them sick or not feeding their kids at all. There is much work to be done nationwide, but in the fall of 2012, there are more than 15 gluten free food banks around the country. In the summer of 2011, we shot a Food Network “Chopped” style TV show, The FOOD BANKquet Showdown. It playfully encourages more purposeful giving with local chefs preparing food from the local food bank and having an assortment of kids judge their creations! It was a blast to create and will be integrated into the opening of new food banks around the country.
I’ve been gluten free since 1992 and was diagnosed with Celiac Disease after delivering my youngest child. I’ve had digestive issues all my life. One of my three kids has issues with gluten and lives gluten free. My father died at the age of 49 from cancer in his esophagus and stomach. I suspect he also had undiagnosed Celiac Disease. My niece and nephew also feel better without gluten in their diet. None of my 3 siblings have been tested for Celiac Disease despite presenting issues.
I co-founded the Celiac Sprue Association Support Group in Northern Colorado 17 years ago, and served as the Senior Advisor to a group of gluten free young adults in Northern Colorado.
In 2009, I worked with Udi’s Gluten Free in Denver to develop national brand recognition, create an online buzz and help Udi’s Gluten Free go “From Unknown to In Demand in 90 DaysTM” As a vital part of the Udi’s team, there was a 300% increase in production during the 90 days I was most heavily involved. In addition, their out of state orders dramatically increased. They received 6-8 orders a month from around the country before I began working with them. After 2 months, they received 15 orders from out of the area, before noon each day! They quickly adopted an online ordering process. I measure the gluten free world as pre-Udi’s and post-Udi’s.
I have a Master’s in Public Relations and Education from CU Boulder and Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Pepperdine University. I was a TV news anchor, reporter and talk show host. These skills have be honed during press conferences and in developing media worthy events. When I launched the Gluten Free Food Bank Movement, more than 100 stories, blogs & interviews appeared worldwide covering the newsworthy event. I make it easy for the time starved reporter or producer to tell a good story with compelling visuals and a heartfelt, impactful message.
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