GIG’s Advocacy Efforts
1. Chef to Plate: Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program (GFRAP) Chef to Plate is an awareness campaign designed to spread awareness of gluten-related disorders to people all over the world using restaurants which offer gluten-free menu options. The campaign focuses our main activities during Celiac Disease Awareness month in May. During the year we focus on educating food services about the importance of established policies and procedures for providing safe gluten-free meals. In 2012, more than 1300 restaurants participated and the program reached over 8 million people. Please visit www.gluten.net and click on the Programs tab to learn more.
Participating restaurants provide service to people following a gluten-free diet by creating gluten-free meals from their existing menus. Companies such as the Outback Steakhouse, The Melting Pot, Garlic Jims Gourmet Pizza and Cameron Mitchell’s Seafood have used this program.
2. Outreach programs, such as Autism Day and Gluten-Free Awareness Night at the Seattle Mariners baseball game, help inform individuals about gluten sensitivities.
Autism Day is a free, fun-filled event designed for families touched by autism who may be interested in a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free food and information are provided at this opportunity for families to relax in a beautiful setting surrounded by people who understand.
GIG has teamed up with the Seattle Mariners for Gluten-Free Awareness Night. GIG provides a display and is available to answer questions about gluten-related disorders. The stadium has vendors who serve gluten-free concessions, including hot dogs and beer. Reduced ticket prices are made available to those in attendance with GIG.