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.

Pizza Potluck May 1st

gluten-free-pizzaOne next Celiac Meeting is Sunday, May 1st.

This will be a special gluten-free pizza themed potluck!

This is a CHANGE from regular meetings.  Please just bring a salad or dessert. The chapter will pay for the pizzas.

Celiacs & their families, can each enjoy their two slices of gluten-free pizza.  A great time to bring the kids and your teenagers.

We need to know who will be coming by April 24 so we can order enough pizzas. Please email Marie at [email protected] or phone 250-763-7159 if you plan to attend.

Non-celiac members will pay $5 for the 2 slices.

Lake Country Winfield Seniors Activity Centre, 9832 Bottom Wood Lake Road

Doors open at 12:00-noon

We will ask adults to each donate a ‘toonie’ to defray the hall rental costs.

Gluten-Free Pizzas not necessarily for Celiacs

canadian-2-for-1-disclaimerMany pizza restaurants are jumping on the gluten-free bandwagon, offering “gluten-free” crusts.  As businesses they are trying to capitalize on the gluten-free trend by many non-Celiacs.

For Celiacs, we’d like to offer some advice: read the fine print.  Know what you are getting. Don’t assume that so called “gluten-free” pizza is in fact free of gluten.

Many pizza restaurants can’t guarantee gluten-free due to cross contamination.  Others characterize their gluten-free pizza as a “low-gluten option”.

Thanks to Moyra Baxter who sent us this disclaimer from Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza.  We tip our hats to responsible restaurants like Canadian 2 for 1 who warn Celiacs of cross contamination issues.

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

Popcorn with pizza flavouring

This is great as a snack while watching movies or anytime of the day!

  • 12 cups popcorn, freshly popped 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pop the popcorn. You can use microwave popcorn, air popped, or pop it on the stove.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  • Add the oregano, basil, and red pepper and cook for a minute or two.
  • Pour the butter over the popcorn and add the cheese. Toss to coat. Eat right away or store in plastic bags.
  • Podd the cheese. Toss to coat. Eat right away or store in plastic bags.