GF Culinary Productions Launches First Gluten-Free Baking Invitational™ at Johnson & Wales University in Denver this April

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Along side leading Colorado gluten-free baking experts, learn the basics and more advanced strategies of gluten-free baking in this weekend conference for the public featuring ten gluten-free baking lectures/demonstrations, two interactive panel discussions with the presenters, and six public judging events to decide the gluten-free recipe winners in the Student and Professional Divisions. There will be 26 Johnson & Wales University (Denver Campus) Baking and Pastry students competing for $1500 worth of scholarship funds with their signature gluten-free recipes in several categories including Best Gluten-Free Cookie, Best Gluten-Free Muffin, Best Gluten-Free Yeast Bread, and Best Gluten-Free Brownie. Attendees of the conference can vote for their favorite competing recipes.

For anyone interested in learning the basics and more advanced nuances of gluten-free baking, a new conference offers an educational retreat to savor. Brought to you by the producers of The Gluten-Free Culinary Summit™, the 2008 GF Baking Invitational™ is a new educational conference for the public that focuses strictly on gluten-free baking and will take place on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2008 at the Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts campus in Denver, Colorado. Denver is the first city to host this new event.

Featuring some of Colorado's preeminent experts in the field of gluten-free baking, this two-day conference will immerse inquiring gluten-free minds into a palate-pampering experience that combines both essential foundational know-how with cutting-edge methods and techniques. With its two days of back-to-back gluten-free baking lectures, demonstrations, and tastings that focus on key topics of importance for successful gluten-free baking such as ingredients, structure, texture, taste, nutrition, equipment, and more, the 2008 GF Baking Invitational covers the spectrum in gluten-free baking instruction taught by a cast of Colorado talent that includes: Mary Capone, The Wheat-Free Gourmet (Longmont); Melissa Degen, Sweet Escape Pastries, LLC. (Longmont); nationally renowned cookbook author Carol Fenster, Savory Palate, Inc. (Centennial); Chef Instructor Marcia Kramer, Johnson & Wales University (Denver); Monica Poole, Deby's Gluten-Free, Inc. (Denver); Jessica Rayfield, The Bakery at WaterCourse Foods (Denver), Deanna Scimio, Fruition Restaurant (Denver); and Certified Master Baker Chadwick White (Castle Rock).

In addition to the gluten-free class series and tastings, attendees will have the opportunity to experience the deliciously exciting intrigue of competition while tasting and casting their votes for competing gluten-free recipes created by Johnson & Wales University baking and pastry students and local chefs and bakers. The competition's categories include Best Gluten-Free Muffin, Cookie, Yeast Bread, Quick Bread, Dessert, and Brownie. A panel of judges consisting of local culinary and baking experts will also cast their votes which will combine with the audience votes for a total score that will determine the winners in the Student and Professional Divisions.

Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc., Expandex® modified tapioca starch from Corn Products International, and GF Culinary Productions, Inc. will present $1500 worth of scholarship funds for three winning Johnson & Wales University baking and pastry students.

For event schedule information and to register, please visit http://www.theglutenfreelifestyle.com or call 303-368.9990. Conference packages include recipe tastings, receptions, and delicious gluten-free breakfasts and lunches featuring competing recipes.

The 2008 GF Baking Invitational™ is a presentation of GF Culinary Productions, Inc. and is sponsored by Bob's Red Mill Natural Foods, Inc., Expandex® modified tapioca starch from Corn Products International, GF Culinary Productions, Inc., and Johnson & Wales University.

About GF Culinary Productions, Inc.
GF Culinary Productions, Inc., is a path finding company that specializes in developing and presenting leading gluten-free culinary education special events for the public featuring notable culinary institute chef-instructors, restaurant chefs, cookbook authors, and industry experts from across the country. Devoted to building awareness of the gluten-free lifestyle nationwide from the perspective of abundant options, great taste, and sound nutrition, GF Culinary Productions, Inc. produces the following annual events: The Gluten-Free Culinary Summit™, The Art & Science of Gluten-Free Gastronomy™ Lecture Series, and The GF Baking Invitational™.

Media Contact:
Suzanne Bowland / Executive Producer
GF Culinary Productions, Inc.
303-368-9990

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