Events, Restaurants

Redbridge Party At Centrico

11 Comments 08 March 2007


This last weekend Redbridge beer hosted an invitation-only benefit dinner for the NFCA at Centrico restaurant.


Centrico chef and Food Network star, Aaron Sanchez, created a completely gluten-free gourmet mexican dinner. He emanated a totally sincere vibe as he gushed about what a privilege he felt it was to create a special gluten-free dining experience for us. (Some girls claim that Aaron is quite the dish himself!)


Of course, Redbridge brew flowed freely and was the perfect compliment to the spicy mexican flavors.


Here is Alice Bast of the NFCA introducing Kristi Zantop, one of the Anheuser-Busch brewmasters behind the creation of Redbridge. Everyone was really excited to meet a woman brewmaster. Kristi explained how they want us to drink Redbridge out of a glass. You should pour the beer so that it doesn’t run down the side of the glass, but hits smack on the bottom of the glass. This creates the perfect head along with releasing some of the carbonation, resulting in a more defined taste. She told us that beer even compliments certain desserts, like the coconut flan we would be enjoying later that evening.


Here Elisabeth Hasselbeck and friends listen intently to the brewmaster. I met Elisabeth later that evening and she was super nice. She told me to tell you that The View is doing an in depth segment on celiac disease this next Wednesday March 14th.  Also, remember my little stunt at The View?  Well, she actually did get the CeliacChicks tshirt! She explained that the reason it’s taken her so long to "come out" about celiac disease, was because she was self-diagnosed and until she was able to get the gene test to confirm it, she didn’t feel it was very responsible to claim she had a "disease" when  she wasn’t sure. That makes sense to me, especially for a public figure.


Here, Heidi Collins, the new official spokesperson for the NFCA and friends have a good laugh. I actually sat across from Heidi and her husband Matt at dinner. Very nice, down to earth people.

My photo of the mahi a la veracuzana entree didn’t do it justice, so I decided to spare you. Here is a photo of my smoked pumpkin soup with canela cream. Isn’t it pretty? There were so many different flavors going on in this, especially smoke and cumin. Very interesting.


Ahhh, coconut flan!  MMMmmmm.  The evening couldn’t have ended any sweeter. For those of you who know I don’t normally do dairy, yes, it was worth the rash!

We’d like to give a big thank you to everyone that helped to make this evening a success!

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  1. 1
    Mona says:

    Oh man I am soooo envious!
    That sounds like a fabulous evening!
    I am Mexican American, and luckily it is one of the world’s cuisines that is most easily adapted to Celiac Disease. The only thing I miss is making the traditonal flour tortillas. I’ve tried twice using GF flour mixes, and well, they were not very good. But I do make corn tortillas from scratch, and the family is getting used to it. I haven’t tried to make the Teff ones yet. It’s hard to find Teff flour in my part of California. I’m in the boondocks.

    Anyway, sounds like you guys had a star studded, fun filled night, and how glamorous too…what a dishy chef..woo hoo, btw, is his cookbook mostly for GF cooking? Would you all recommend it as far as being easily translated to GF.

  2. 2
    sheila says:

    would you know if they have a regular GF menu? i would LOVE to try it out!

  3. 3
    Karina says:

    OMG! I am so totally envious as well. It sounds like a wonderful night. I’m so happy for the NFCA and everyone who worked so hard on this event, and the Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. Amazing work. Thanks so much for sharing your fab photos and tidbits of the party. I wish I could have been there. xoxo

  4. 4
    shauna says:

    Oh goodness, how much do I wish I could have been there.


    Thanks for letting us share in this, just a little bit.

  5. 5
    Chris Burger says:

    Hey! My wife and I were actually at this event. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to meet the famous celiac chicks! My wife was at the taping of the View a few weeks prior and ended up talking to Elisabeth for about 10 minutes after the show about our 2 1/2 year old who was diagnosed about 2 months prior. Anyway, Elisabeth took my wife’s contact information and we figured that we would never hear anything from her. On the Monday before the dinner, we got a call from Elisabeth’s assistant, inviting us to go to this dinner. I can’t say enough about what a genuine and extremely nice person Elisabeth is. I think she gets bullied a bit on the View and she doesn’t get to come off how she should, but I guess that’s the price of being on that show.

    What an amazing event that was. We got to hobnob with an editor from People (my wife is a People junkie, so she was in 7th heaven). I sat next to the brewmaster who developed the Redbridge Beer (so I was in heaven). The food was amazing – THAT SOUP!!! and the chef seemed genuinely excited to be cooking Gluten free for us. (Did you see the ‘naked’ picture of our chef with his blender on the back of the bathroom doors? My wife sure did) What an awesome event. And we were able to get out without our three kids… As I said to my wife, “Is it wrong to pimp out our daughter’s disease for a night out amongst the rich and famous?

    The table that Heidi Collins had at the event were definitely fans of the Redbridge. They certainly got a bit rowdy!

    I love your blog. Keep it up.

  6. 6
    Kelly says:

    Chris- Thanks for sharing that great story!! I love it! I really wish I could have met you and your wife. The evening flew by and it was midnight in no time, right?

  7. 7
    Leslie says:

    Hi! I love your website! I always stop by to find new restaurants to try out. When you guys have a chance you need to stop by Gourmet Land – on the upper east side. Great Chinese food and they just introduced a Gluten Free Menu! They’re suppossed to be hooking up with the Gluten Free Restaurant Awareness Program and Dr. Green. The first Gluten Free chinese food i’ve found in NYC so far.

  8. 8
    Kelly says:

    Thanks Leslie! We’ll have to check it out asap. I heard their gf menu is very limited, but hey, it’s a start!

  9. 9

    Sounds like a fantastic evening. I have not yet had the chance but am looking forward to trying Redbridge beer. That was an interesting that Kristi advised to not pour the beer down the side of the glass but in the center. I will have to remember to try that.

    I also just wanted to let you know it is Coeliac Awareness Week in Australia this week. If you are interested I have all the updates on my blog

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    Cyn says:

    Let me get this straight…you got a rash from coconut milk flan. Do you know how to make this?? There is no dairy, hon. The word “milk” is more a euphemism. Consider your dairy problems psychosomatic. For the record, I AM a celiac and make EVERYTHING from scratch. Including coconut “milk” flan.

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    suzy says:

    hello all. this is my 1st time to this site. i was checking out the pics and when i came across the one where the gentleman was serving Redbridge…well, i just had to write and share MY experience with Redbridge. I also have celiac and was excitied to see a new/different beer avaliable so i purchased a case of Redbridge from my local distributor. Needless to say, i became very ill. I contacted Anhauser Busch to question them as to whether or not Redbridge was actually gf. They said they are still trying to perfect it and he said they can not put the gf seal on it as of yet. They sent a courier to my place to pick up 2 full bottles of the beer from the case i had purchased. So, until they perfect the beer and make it most definately, without a doubt, gluten free i will continue drinking my Ramapo Valley! anyone else out there in gf land have the same experience? sincerely, suzy

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