Here we go. We’re heading onto the open road, not sure where we’re going, and doing it all joyfully, gluten-free.
New York, Pennsylvania, and New England — we can’t wait to meet you.
As you might know, we recently launched our latest cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl Every Day. Thank you to the many of you who have written to say how useful you have found it, how many nourishing meals you have made for your family. We’ve loved seeing photographs of your kids eating avgolemono soup, the biscuits and gravy you have made together, and the entire family seated at a table eating fettucine with kale-walnut pesto and oven-dried tomatoes. We love how much you love this cookbook.
But we never stop working around here. We’ve been working on our next cookbook for months. The next cookbook we are creating is called American Classics, Reinvented. We’re taking classic, comfort dishes of the United States and reinventing them, gluten-free. In order to create the best cookbook we can for you, we want to meet you. And we want to experience the foods you love and miss the most in your hometown.
This is an incredible country, far more friendly and connected than the news would have us believe. We want to sit at your tables, shop at your farmers’ markets, and experience life where you live. And then we’ll convert many of your favorite recipes to be gluten-free, so you can share them with your families for years to come.
Starting September 15th, when we land in New York City, we will be doing daily updates from the road on our website, with photos of the potlucks we will be holding, farmstands and restaurants we will visit, the farmers and makers of good gluten-free foods we will have the pleasure of meeting, and the good food we will be eating. We will also be posting frequent photos on Instagram, updates on Twitter, and recommendations on Facebook and Google+. Follow along with us as we hit the road and share the experience with you.
(And this Wednesday, we leave for 10 days in Italy, leading another culinary getaway with Jovial Foods. We’ll be updating here with glimpses of Roman food markets, pizza made in a wood-fired oven in Tuscany, the festival of lights in Lucca, and suggestions for how to order gluten-free in Italian restaurants. September is going to be one exciting month.)
Here’s the plan.
We’re asking everyone who attends to bring the best food of your town to the potluck. Show us how to best represent your part of the country in our next cookbook! If you want, bring the gluten version. (This is especially for those of you who write cookbooks and blogs and can eat gluten.) On one side of the room, we’ll have the gluten foods. Danny will taste every bite and take notes. I’ll take photographs and ask him endless questions about texture and taste! We’ll both ask you questions about why these dishes are meaningful to you and collect the stories.
(Danny and I both know that our recipes will be better if he has tried the original dish. We’re lucky to be a team here.)
And of course, on the other side of the room, there will be a feast for the folks who need to be gluten-free. Danny and I will be making three dishes from Gluten-Free Girl Every Day for every potluck, as well as having copies of the book for sale. We want you to bring your favorite gluten-free dish! We’ll also have the latest and best of the food and cooking products of our sponsors at each of the potlucks. No one will go hungry.
It’s going to be an amazing party.
But for now, we’d love your help.
Starting September 16th, on this gluten-free potluck road trip tour, we’ll be doing 10 potlucks in 12 days, in the following places:
New York City
Hudson Valley, NY
We have places lined up in most of these states and a tentative itinerary of when we will be there. We have a specific place and time for NYC and for the Berkshires. Those are set. But in some of these states, we need spaces. We’re looking for venues and people to help us set this up. All we need is a space. Some kind of big room, community center, someone’s home? We will have all the dishes and glasses and everything we need for serving, plus ingredients for cooking. So we will just need a space, some tables, access to a kitchen and people to share all this food!
We also want to visit a farm every day along the way, to meet and honor the people who make our food. Do you have farms you love you think we should visit? Restaurants that serve great, nourishing food that happens to be gluten-free? Cheese makers? Charcuterie makers? We want to know the best of your part of the country.
We’d love your help with this. And we’d love to feed you.
So, go! Fire away with suggestions and ideas. Feel free to email me at shauna@glutenfreegirl if you don’t want to leave it in the comments section. As venues and times become more clear, we’ll give you exact details in the coming days and weeks.
Danny and Lucy and I cannot wait to meet you.
p.s. Hey folks in the South and the Midwest! We’re coming to you in February and March!
We want to send out a huge thank you and acknowledgment of the good companies that have come forward to sponsor this American Road Trip Potluck Tour for us all.
Thank you to these three companies, as well as the companies that might be joining us, for their sponsorship of this tour.