Photos: Over 30 Attend Gluten-Free Pizza Potluck

Kelowna Celiac 2017 Pizza Potluck Group

Over 30 attended this afternoon’s pizza potluck at the Lake Country Senior’s Centre. That’s the best turnout we’ve had in awhile.

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Thanks to Selena De Vries and Irene Wiseman for the photos.

Jim’s Place in Vernon provided the pizza and Schar sent a great assortment of products for us to try.

Aside from the food, Selena De Vries, our Chapter dietitian answered many questions that our members had.

Our next meetings are September 10th and November 12th.

Annual Pizza Potluck Sunday May 7, 2017


Jim's Place pizza boxesOur next Kelowna Celiac Chapter meeting is Sunday, May 7, 2017 at noon at Lake Country Seniors Activity Centre, 9832 Bottom Wood Lake Road.

This is a gluten-free pizza-themed potluck!  It is a replay of last year’s successful event if you attended.  The chapter will pay for the pizzas from Jim’s Place and everyone brings either a salad or dessert.  Celiacs & their families, can each enjoy their 2 slices of gluten-free pizza!

The chapter will pay for the pizzas and everyone brings either a salad or dessert.  Celiacs & their families, will enjoy two slices of gluten-free pizza.

This is the perfect meeting to bring kids and your teenagers!

May-1-2016-pizza-meeting (6)Note: All food brought for the luncheon must be gluten-free.  Ideally, you’d have a card next to the dish listing the ingredients in case there are any other allergies.  Please remember to bring your own plates and cutlery etc.

At each meeting, we ask adults to donate a toonie to defray the hall rental costs.

Our other meeting dates for 2017 are September 10th and November 12th.

Jim’s Place offers gluten-free pizza in Vernon!

By John Green

Jim's Place Exterior

I am with Jims’ Place in Vernon. We started a couple of weeks ago, and the response has been quite positive.

We started by just advertising on a sign on the side of our restaurant. People noticed it from the highway, and came in to inquire. Since then we have had several repeat customers from up and down the valley, from Salmon Arm to west Kelowna. The reviews have been good, and we are encouraged to provide more product.

What we provide is a 12 inch gluten-free crust (rice based) that is made for us by Valarosa in Kelowna. They also provide us with a triple strained tomato pizza sauce that is made in Italy, absolutely nothing but tomatoes, no dyes or preservatives. It is called Casar.

We have also been in touch with a lady in Salmon Arm who is willing to provide us with a deep dish crust that will be available to us within the next little while. Our gluten-free toppings include all fresh veggies, tomatoes, green peppers, onions, sun dried tomatoes, pineapple, mushrooms, olives, banana peppers, jalapenos and new grilled vegetables such as eggplant and yellow peppers.

We have fresh grilled chicken, sirloin and a gluten-free 100% lean ground beef, all made off premises. Freybe sausage in Vancouver is supplying us with sliced pepperettes, cervalet salami and capicolla ham, all gluten-free of course.

We cook the gluten-free on its own pans, in its own oven, cut on their own cutting board with a special knife. The pizza paddle is even exclusive to gluten-free product only.

The greatest of care is taken so no chance of cross contamination. We pride ourselves in that. The pizza is then placed in the box with a wax paper insert on the bottom. The feedback has been very positive. We are now connected to Facebook thru our website.

Our website is The site is very comprehensive and easy to navigate.

We have worked diligently to try to satisfy a need for a gluten-free product in Vernon. We feel we have done our homework and we are confident we have a good product.

The pricing is $16.95 for a 12 in pizza, cut into 8 slices. It is more than a conventional 12 inch but as you probably know the cost is quite substantially more when buying gluten-free ingredients.

Jim’s Place is located at 1600 32nd Avenue [Highway 97] just across up the hill from the hospital. You can call them at

KT’s in Vernon offers Gluten-Free Menu

KT’s Heritage Restaurant in Vernon is on the ball for Celiacs.

All their pizzas are available on an 8” gluten-free crust.  Their gluten-free pasta choices are: Lasagna, vegetarian lasagna, Spaghetti, fettuccini and penne and they are available with meat sauce, Alfredo sauce, marinara sauce, spicy tomato sauce, Rose sauce and Bombay sauce.

They also have gluten-free chicken fingers and fries, burgers, desserts like apple cinnamon pie and butter tarts.

Their children’s menu includes kid’s 6’ pizza, kid’s chicken fingers and kid’smacaroni and cheese. They also carry a gluten-free beer.

KT’s is located on 30 Ave [Main Street] next to the Royal Bank building
on Highway 97 (32nd street).  Click for a map. Takeout and delivery available!

The street address is 3127 – 30 Ave, Vernon or call 250-545-3228.  Click their logo above to go to their website.