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Foodlab Gathering: Los Angeles, CA, 3/17/08

April 1st, 2008 · by Cyndi · 7 Comments

Foodlab is an internet mailing list for sharing recipes, tips, support and more while discovering and living with food allergies/intolerances. Monica started the list a couple of years ago, after realizing that off-topic discussions of food allergies were starting to take over a parenting list. Most of the folks on Foodlab (the active posters anyway) are parents whose kids have food intolerances and many of the parents have reactions themselves.

It’s an international list, with most subscribers living in the US. Monica lives in Los Angeles, and I got to meet her when I was in LA for Expo West last year. This year, we planned a potluck and invited all local Foodlab members. Unfortunately, there were some last minute cancellations, but we had a lot of fun.

Miriam, Cyndi, Jessica, Monica

(Miriam, Cyndi, Jessica, Monica)

Monica and Matt, and 3.5 year old son Donovan, hosted the event. Jessica came with 2 year old daughter Roxie. And Michael and I (Cyndi) were there with barely 3 year old Miriam.

Monica & Jessica in the Kitchen

(Monica & Jessica)

Cyndi & Monica in the Kitchen

(Cyndi & Monica)

Our first order of business was to go through the several supermarket-sized bags of samples and literature I’d brought from Expo West to share.

Jessica & Monica going through Expo West Booty, with help from Roxie

(Jessica, Roxie, Monica)

Next we started cooking.

Jessica making curry

(Jessica making vegan curry)

Jessica & Cyndi Making Tortillas

Jessica & Cyndi Making Tortillas

(Jessica & Cyndi making tortillas)

And then we ate.

Miriam, Donavan, & Roxie ready to eat, with Michael in the background

(Miriam, Donovan, & Roxie ready to eat, with Michael in the background)

All of the food was amazing. We banned any ingredient that none of us could eat (dairy, gluten) and anything that would cause a problem for someone if they got a trace (soy, canola, orange, egg, chocolate). We allowed but discouraged foods that one or more people had a problem with (reaction or a choice) but where a trace wouldn’t matter (meat, corn). And it was a given in this group that everything would be fresh and free of food additives.


(Jessica’s vegan curry)

Here’s what we ate:


Olive bread
Crab cakes
Misc pre-dinner snacks (veggies & chips)


Keifer (non-dairy keifer grains fermenting apple juice)
Hummus with eggplant
Cashew cream with fresh strawberries (similar to my recipe)


Pickled red onions
Corn tortillas (made on site with Jessica)
Halibut ceviche


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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andy B // Apr 1, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Ooooh, someone else sensitive to the GI poison known as Canola?!

  • 2 Gluten-Free Olive Bread | Norwitz Notions // Apr 1, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    […] Another fabulous recipe by Monica of Foodlab, served at our recent Los Angeles Foodlab potluck. […]

  • 3 Crab Cakes | Norwitz Notions // Apr 1, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    […] Foodlab listmom Monica, who has graciously allowed me to post it here. She made them for our recent Los Angeles Foodlab potluck and I took some […]

  • 4 Halibut Ceviche | Norwitz Notions // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    […] made this a few times now. The pictures are from the most recent time, the Los Angeles Foodlab gathering, and, I have to say, it never really came together. It was good, but never felt like a cohesive […]

  • 5 admin // Apr 1, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Andy: Yep, one of the kids. But I don’t seem to do well with the stuff myself. I avoid it pretty much but am now working to avoid it 100% (which I did ages ago when it first became popular). Much too fake for my taste, even the organic version.

  • 6 Natural Products Expo West - March 2008 | Norwitz Notions // Apr 17, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    […] next few weeks/months, I’ll be blogging about what I discovered. I shared some finds at the Los Angeles Foodlab get together and I have many more bags of samples and literature to go […]

  • 7 Anne // Jan 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    What great fun, thanks for linking these pics to your recent Foodlab post!

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