Gluten-Free TV

48 Comments 30 June 2010

I'm sure you are familiar with the saying, "Timing is everything."

Well, I think it is time for gluten-free to go mainstream on TV. What do you think?

I have a little secret to tell you. It’s actually a funny story. Last Fall I just happened to meet the top dog of a huge food channel. My good friend is a serious networker and I attended a charity event that she helps organize. At one point in the evening, she took me over to meet some guy. In true schmoozer fashion she gave me a killer introduction, as if I’m, you know, the best food blogger in the world. I was holding back an eye roll while blushing and thinking  something sarcastic like, “Uh, yeah, OK.” So, she then asks this gentleman if his network is interested in the topic of gluten-free. His reply was affirmative. He then turned to me and asked me to explain what it is exactly that I do. So, without an agenda, because I didn’t know at this point who this random man was, I somehow rattled off whatever the heck it is that I do here on Celiac Chicks. And, no doubt thanks to the help of the mojitos I had quaffed earlier in the evening, I sounded more articulate than usual. (btw, don’t you love it when that happens?!!) So, he mentioned again that the network was indeed interested in the topic of gluten-free. Then he asked if I had any video of me in action. I nonchalantly was all, “Oh yeah.”  At this point I had no idea what I was getting into. He in turn handed me his card and requested that I send it to him to look over.

OK, so the next day, in a stupor due to lack of sleep, I proceeded to look at all of the business cards that I had collected. I found his card and the network and top dog title jumped out at me. I suddenly got nervous. I suddenly was wide awake. I Googled his name in disbelief and lo and behold…oh my…oh no…no way…what?!!!!!!! THAT is WHO I was chatting it up with?!!!!!!! Hyperventilation suddenly set in. What the freak?!!! Then I suddenly found it all very funny. I guess the way it unfolded was best, since I didn’t have an agenda when working the room and I definitely had no clue who I was talking to. I just did what I do best and chatted it up Celiac Chick style.

So, I then mulled it all over for a few days and talked to Kim about it. Even though I’m not really a spotlight person, (ever notice how I rarely post photos of myself on here?) we both decided that this was an opportunity for gluten-free awareness and that we had to give it our best shot, regardless of the outcome. We knew that just the process of making a cute little video would be fun. We’ve made a film before, some of you may be familiar with our Gluten-Free Chinatown video we made years ago, but the info is now outdated. Interestingly, a year earlier I had purchased a prosumer HD video camera that was looking a little depressed and lonely, so that was another “go”.

So here we are launching Celiac Chicks TV. Whooo Hoooo! Any critiques, comments, visions, insights, and verbal tomatoes are completely welcome! We’d looove feedback and especially ideas for future projects you’d like to see.

I’m about to email the link to this video to my contact. We’ll see what happens. I’m not expecting anything, really, but as you know, we have to try. And it was super fun making this. It took a lot of time. I hope it makes you laugh at least a little, even at my expense. That was the overall plan.

Oh, and please please please feel free to share the video as much as possible within your personal and gluten-free networks. I think that the more “viral” it looks with a large amount of views, the more my contact may see that the time is right for this type of show. AND, as I mentioned before, since timing is everything, it is a totally fun and beautiful cowinkidink that Gluten-Free Girl just entered the Oprah’s Own TV Show contest. Please please please vote for her here! We have to spread the gluten-free word to producers everywhere! Even if we don’t end up on TV, it doesn’t really matter. What matters most is that we gave it our all, and together we’ve all done our part to reach and teach others about celiac disease, gluten-free foods, and countless related topics.

As always…THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! I promise I'll get back to doing whatever I do here asap now that this little project is done.




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48 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Aileen says:


    Oh how long I’ve been emailing various ones at said HUGE food network for Gluten free episodes!!!

    You are the BEST Kelly!!!!

    Keep us posted

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    Kelly, I have a TV treatment for an “food allergy show” … ready to go. Been sitting on it after numerous network food producers told me “there is no market for it” last year.
    I am a proud celiac, and my show covers all allergies in a very creative way.
    We need to join forces. Please contact me.
    Thanks! Peter Michael Marino

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    Tia says:


    I reached this post via Elana’s Pantry on FB. And I have to say that I think the video is fabulous. I think you have a great style on camera, and of course, I also feel it is time for a gluten-free show. Whether it’s an on-the-town show, a cook-it-yourself show, or a combination, it is time. Plus, that show feels like it would appeal to all sorts of people. Not just those that can’t have gluten. I have my fingers crossed for you. And I will be checking back often to read more of your site and see how it goes with the show.. Good luck!


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    corina says:

    AWESOME!!!! I sent a video for oprah too! It is about time gluten free gets TV time. Good luck!
    Corina Leavitt

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    So glad to hear they are realizing we are out here! I watch foodnetwork all the time and think what about me???
    Loved your show! The music was fun too.

  6. 6

    wonderful job kelly, it looks great!!

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    allergicgirl says:

    fantastic kel! congrats!

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    Stacey says:

    CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU!! I can’t wait to see the results!! I understand how you feel – similar events are happening to me in the field of photography – DONTCHA LOVE IT!!??!

    Thank you for this site – it’s a great resource AND spot to get a giggle! I enjoy your posts very much! Keep up the good work!


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    M Hill says:

    Great Video Kelly! I live in Canada and cannot get a lot of the premade foods here. I would love to see GF on the Food Network.

    Keep up the good work for all of us.


  10. 10

    Kelly, I just bought my first gluten free cookbook (from “Flying Apron” in Seattle). I bought it for my friend’s little girl who has dairy and gluten issues but haven’t sent it yet. I keep stealing recipes. Did your folks tell you about my knee? Hospital stay?
    Big bummer!
    Hey, your video is two thumbs up!

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    joan popkin says:

    You look gorgeous !And now a new career. I love it,an idea whos’ time has come

  12. 12
    Kelly says:

    Thank Aileen, You are always so supportive and I TOTALLY appreciate it!

  13. 13
    Kelly says:

    Peter Michael Marino you are still around and reading Celiac Chicks?!!! Wow, blast from the past! SO nice to hear from you, man! Email me.

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    Kelly says:

    Tia, thank you so so so much for all of your kind words! It is actually really hard for me to watch myself on video – I kinda cringe and want full on reconstructive plastic surgery! 😉

    I’m especially glad that you thought it would appeal to all sorts of people. Of course, we had never done anything like this before, but we just let it flow and tried to “talk” to everyone, because really, when we go out to eat at these places it has to appeal to our non gf friends too! So, I just kept imagining I was talking to this mixed group.

    Glad to have you join us here, see you around!

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    Kelly says:

    Diana!!! Thank you for noticing and commenting on the music! Kim and one of our favorite co-workers who knows everything French picked the song out. It is evidently an old super famous French song. Someone commented on how cute the “cartoon” music was and we got a little nervous! OH, and here’s a fun music factoid: Kim’s hub is a Grammy award winning sound engineer, so he did the editing and sound. How cool is that?! Of course he could only work with what we amateurs gave him to work with. Ha! Thx again!

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    Ashley Vuckovich says:

    Loved it!

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    Kelly says:

    Stacey…thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support! Glad to make you giggle, luv hearing that! And I’m sooo excited for you too with your photography. Be sure to send me a link to your work via FB sometime. Would like to see. Stay focused! har har, Kel 🙂

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    Kelly says:

    Alice!!!! The publishers sent me that cute little cookbook! I have yet to try anything, so good to know. What did you make? Email me details. Yes, heard about your knee, geesh! you take care! Thanks for the movie review! xoxo and see you soon! Kel

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    Kelly says:

    Joan!!! *blush* Thank you, luv! So nice to hear from you! Oh I need a bagel fix so bad! 😉 Miss you!

  20. 20
    Kelly says:

    Corina, Elyse, Allergic Girl, M Hill, Ashley…Grazie!! You ladies are beyond sweet!

  21. 21

    From the first gf blogger we ever heard of to another new frontier. You are perfect for a show about gluten-free cooking. Hope the network big shot calls back! Or Oprah takes notice! Or the Food Network!

  22. 22
    Betsy says:

    Woo hoo! YOU GO GIRL!! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you! I think the video is so cute (LOVE that opening!!!) and I know the show would be a hit! Good luck!


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    GFree_Miel says:

    This is so awesome! I love the idea of Gluten Free TV and the spreading of awareness through television. Every once in a while I see something gluten free on the Cooking Channel and I get really excited. It’s time for us to spread the word. =D

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    ben cappel says:

    Hey, good work there Kel. Get an external mic! If you want, I could hook you up with a friend who did sound and camera work for MTV. Esp the outdoor shot, you need a boom mic with a good sock to cut out the wind noise…

  25. 25
    Kay Conley says:

    How adorable are you!!!!! I love the video and the blond outtakes. It was great meeting you at the NRA show and I’ve been watching your blog. Just so you know, we no longer have to “shun the bun” because we had a whole pallet of Bertille hamburger buns shipped from Michigan to Seattle. I’d love to catch up.


  26. 26
    Natasha says:

    Kelly, You are a NATURAL. Really awesome video. Besos, Natasha

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    Linda says:


    Great job on the video! You’re a natural. Had a blast w/you in Chicago at NRA show! Your St. Louis BFF,


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    Louise says:

    I see a HUGE future. Hello Food Network?! I wait with breath that is bated.

  30. 30


    Looks great! And you are totally adorable on camera! Keep it up!

  31. 31
    Judloved says:

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  32. 32
    diane eidelstein says:

    Great job Kelly
    One day we will see you on Food TV network.
    Coming to NY next month to see Dr. Green–will surely go to Bar Breton. My mouth was watering.

  33. 33
    Momnivore says:

    Given that “gluten-free” is the largest growing segment of the food market…this would only make sense for a Food Network to pick this up!

    As a mom of a toddler on the GFCF diet, I can attest to the changes I have seen not only in my son’s life, but in mine as well. I’ve never felt better as I do gluten-free(my testing for celiac is underway…which explains the past 20 years of misery).

    I spread the word to every person I meet. I know this blog focuses mostly on celiacs, but families with kids with DD, ADD, and Autism are GF and (CFSF) as well. I’ve been lurking for sometime…this website has been a boon for my family… The GF community is growing rapidly…and families affected by developmental issues are also at the crux of this.

  34. 34

    enthusiasm and joy leads to improve our quality of life, especially when the pain of the disease bother us day to day

  35. 35

    Great video, Kelly! Good luck! You are a natural!

  36. 36
    Judloved says:

    the content is good and is what we look on the internet, I hope you have further comments on medicine, as it is important to know …..

  37. 37
    Judloved says:

    a few months ago my father to colon cancer was diagnosed and what I found out is a very painful, it really did not know that he had acquired the disease and therefore inquire into the net and found in http://www.findrxonline.com/rss/articles/readmeat-cancer.htm is a disease that can happen to anyone, but you are more exposed when you do not make an adequate check from time to time, as can be derived from different organs of our body.

  38. 38
    CLJ says:

    So where’s the galette recipe?

  39. 39
    Tony C says:

    I’m trying to go on a diet – no such luck now lol

  40. 40
    Carolyn says:

    GREAT job on the video! I’m a new GF Blogger and just stumbled onto your site this morning and I’m so glad I did. I’m subscribing and I can’t wait to see you on tv! 🙂

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    Gina L says:

    LOVE your gluten free review and TV-‘blogisode’! Your site is the most informative, and you have really brought it to life with your TV clip. Would love to see more, and to see you on tour! It helps all of us who travel, and gives ideas for eats, plus makes us remember that we are not alone and can enjoy great food.
    Thanks Chicks!!

  42. 42
    Kathi Anderson says:

    Great Job Kelly!
    Hope to be able to visit w/ you when you are here!

  43. 43
    Patrick says:

    Really cute and fun video. Thanks for making it.

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    Becca says:

    Okay, I have to admit that I am stoked about this for selfish reasons- I have the same three sensitivities as you, Kelly, and I’m really happy that more folks will be exposed to the idea of multiple food allergies. It’s not just the lack of understanding- it’s the abject pity once people understand how much care you have to take to avoid contamination. Come on, we still have fun and eat great food! Hell, I’ve traveled more and to more exotic locales, AND eaten more strange foods, since discovering my food allergies than most people do in their entire lives!

  45. 45

    I am really thankful to you guys for sharing this information with us….will be looking forward to more of those!!

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    vigilon says:

    TV show parenthood? As a person with Asperger’s, I already developed some misgivings about that show because the parents of Max Braverman act like it’s the end of the world. They even looked into the gluten-free diet, but that’s another story. My question pertains to this recent episode about the Lauren Graham character freaking out because her 14-year-old masturbates a lot. What adolescent boy doesn’t flog the bishop during his wonder years? No wonder she’s a single mom.

  47. 47
    Ursula says:

    what happened to this wonderful site? No posts since June?

      kelly says:

      Hey Ursula…I feel so loved! : ) I’m happy to say I’m relaunching the brand spanking new site this week! Lots of fun stuff to share! I’ve missed all of you guys!

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