Upcoming Meetings

Eggstravaganza will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UT Gardens Center on Neyland Drive.  Children's Easter crafts, spring activities and visits with the Easter Bunny will be held on the Gardens' Friendship Plaza.  This year we are partnering with Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) to help raise awareness about food allergies. Celi-ACT will be a sponsor and is excited about this wonderful community event!  We will host two food-free egg hunts, one starting at 10:15 and another at 11:30. The final two egg hunts will include food, but will be peanut free. Those hunts will be held at 12:15 and 1:30.  You must register your children for your preferred egg hunt.  Additional information can be found at

Past Meetings
  • July 22, 2013
    Celi-ACT is joining with the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (F.A.C.E.T) to co-host an informative Back to School meeting.

  • November 7, 2011
    Dr. Youhanna Al-Tawil, Medical Director for GI for Kids, PLLC spoke at our annual meeting at the Outback Restaurant on North Peters Road in West Knoxville.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011
    at 5:30pm- Earth Fare/Turkey Creek. Cooking demonstration, refreshments, and store tour. Please join us.

  • July 21, 2011
    Spirit of Service Awards

  • March 12, 2011
    3rd Annual Gluten Free Vendor Fair

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2011
    We had our meeting at EarthFare in Turkey Creek, with cooking demonstrations and free samples.

  • Monday, November 15, 2010
    Our annual holiday dinner at Outback. We had around 60 attendees - may new to celiac - who enjoyed dinner and hearing from our sponsor, Dr. Youhanna Al-Tawil of GI for Kids, PLLC. Dr. Al-Tawil always provides valuable insight as he provides Q&A to our group.

  • Monday, September 13, 2010
    "Cooking Tips" with "Gluten Free Bake & Taste"
    A panel of expert cooks offered tips on baking with alternative gluten free flours, additives, helpful cooking aids and problem solving during Q&A. 

  • Gluten Free Summer Camp 2010 was held in July at Camp Wesley Woods. This is always a special time for our GF kids - an opportunity to experience summer camp in a worry-free GF environment. 

  • Monday, July 12, 2010, 6:00 - 7:30
    Our annual meeting with tips on how to help your kids' teachers understand the challenges of the GF lifestyle. 

  • Monday, May 10, 2010, 6:00 - 7:30
    Traveling Gluten Free!
    Guest Speaker was Adria Farr, Head Majorette at the University of Tennessee Diagnosed with Celiac Sprue at the age of 14, Adria Farr has the experience of dealing with Celiac Sprue through high school and four years of college. Adria is from Windham, New Hampshire. She is a Senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, where she is majoring in History and minoring in Political Science. While at UT, she was a majorette, feature twirler, and Head Majorette with the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. She also competed in Miss Tennessee where she came in the Top 10 and won preliminary talent. She will be competing in Miss New Hampshire in April. Her personal platform is "Against the Grain" Celiac Sprue Disease Awareness and Support. She promotes this platform throughout the community. 

  • Monday, March 8, 2010
    Dr. Andrew Singer of Allery & Asthma Affiliates joined us to discuss living with food allergies. Many of our families deal with multiple food allergies and this will be addressed by Dr. Singer.

  • Vendor Fair Followup
    Saturday February 27, 2010
    Our second annual Gluten-Free Vendor Fair was very successful with over 800 people attending and enjoying the vendors that were there.. See the Knoxville News Sentinel Story here.

    We look forward to next year and have already begun working on some new ideas to add to the success of the Vendor Fair. The Vendor Fair committee wishes to thank you for coming and supporting this event.
    See you next year! 

  • Monday, January 11, 2010
    "Putting Celiac in its Place"
    Dr. Regina Hummel, Clinical Child Psychologist at GI for Kids, PLLC
    An interactive talk geared towards kids to help them understand how to deal with food situations that are out of their control ie: birthday parties, church socials, eating out, etc; decreasing social anxiety to help increase compliance, effective communication skills to avoid confrontation, plus more. 

  • Monday December 7, 2009
    Our fourth annual meeting at this fun-filled space with giant inflatables for kids (and adults). 

  • Monday November 9, 2009
    Dr. Youhanna S. Al-Tawil joined our group at Outback Steakhouse for what has become an annual tradition, a chance to share a GF meal and the opportunity to "ask the doctor." 

  • Saturday, September 26, 2009
    Boogie Down Baby hosted a dance party at Carabba's Italian Grill. Great event with a lot of fun and prizes. 

  • Monday July 13, 2009
    "Helping Your Child’s Teacher Help Your Child” Distributed packets for your child’s teacher for the first 50 families with information about classroom needs on a GF diet as well as a general explanation of living a GF lifestyle.
    Mary Lou Henry, Director of Food Services for Knox Co Schools, was our guest.
    A representative from Camp Wesley Woods shared some news about our first Celiac Camp. 

  • Monday May 11, 2009
    Joining us via teleconference was Tricia Thompson, MS, RD. She discussed the nutritional quality of the gluten free diet. Thompson is a nutrition consultant, author, and speaker specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She has written numerous articles for both scientific and popular readers. The call was very informative with a lot of Q&A. Thanks Tricia! 

  • May 2, 2009
    Celi-Act Gluten-free Vendor Product Fair was a Great Success!
    Our first GF Vendor Fair was a huge success! We had 698 people attending and they were able to sample food from 30 different vendors! We wish to thank everyone for coming and showing their appreciation for this event! People stood outside in the rain waiting to come inside and were happy to be there!
    Many of the people coming were able to share their stories of how much better they have felt since going gluten free! It was great to see how many people are in better health since following a gluten free diet!

  • Monday, March 16, 2009 "Cooking techniques with the experts." Local GF chefs fielded a variety of questions about cooking gluten-free. 

  • Monday, January 19, 2009- Events at Sherlake. Our third annual meeting at this fun-filled space with giant inflatables for kids (and adults) to play on. 

  • November 10, 2008, Outback Steakhouse. Dr. Youhanna S. Al-Tawil with Children's Pediatric Gastroenterology at Children's Hospital fielded questions from the group. Always an informative evening when Dr. Al-Tawil is with us. 

  • September 19, 2008 – Special Guest Presentation 

  • Cleo Libonati, RN, BSN, the author of "Recognizing Celiac Disease," gave her presentation, Celiac Disease: Symptoms, Nutritional Deficiencies and How to Achieve Wellness Living Gluten-Free. 

  • July 21, 2008 –Helping Your Child’s Teacher Help Your Child” We distributed packets for your child’s teacher for the first 45 families with information about classroom needs on a GF diet as well as a general explanation of living a GF lifestyle.
  • May 19, 2008 – Review of recent media coverage highlighting some members of our group. Learned about a new GF catering business in Knoxville, The Happy Badger. Welcomed a few new members and met Ashley Rogers, RD, new dietician on Dr. Al-Tawil's staff. Our July meeting will cover back-to-school issues, and will further discuss upcoming visit by Cleo Libonati, as well as the annual golf tournament in September. 

  • March 10, 2008 –Meeting was held in the waiting room of Children's Pediatric Gastroenterology, PC, (Dr. Al Tawil's office, 5th floor, Children's Hospital Medical Office Bldg.) Group discussed an upcoming event at the Knoxville Zoo, plans for a summer camp for celiac kids, and a new meeting group, the "lunch bunch." Dietician Sandy Altizer gave a presentation, "Celiac Sleuth: Find what's missing in your diet." 

  • January 21, 2008 – Children's Hospital, Presentation and discussion with representatives of Nature's Pantry, which is increasing its stock of gluten free foods. 

  • November 12, 2007 – Outback Steakhouse, 330 N. Peters Road. Our largest meeting of the year included Dr. Youhanna Al-Tawil from Pediatric Gastroenterology P.C. answering questions. 

  • September 17, 2007 - Events at Sherlake. This was a fun opportunity for kids to play on indoor inflatable slides, obstacles, and other games, while the parents met. We discussed the recent golf tournament and thanked the sponsors, who also attended. 

  • July 16, 2007 - Back to school preparations include a tentative plan to hear from a Knox County School official about 504 plans. (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). 

  • May 21, 2007 - Dr. Carmen Tapiador, Pediatric Endocrinologist, spoke on the challenges of diagnosing and living with celiac disease, and its relationship to other auto-immune disorders, including diabetes. 

  • March 19, 2007 -We discussed a group of our celiac kids enrolling in a gluten-free cooking class, enjoyed samples of gluten buns, discussed cooking and recipes, and tried out a lot of samples from PureFit, Glutino, Ener-G and Foods Alive, among others. Thanks to all these vendors for their support. 

  • January 15, 2007 - We had a very productive discussion about forming a strategy to approach local restaurants. A small team will work together to produce educational materials and identify restaurant management to present to, with the goal of having more local restaurants offer gluten-free items. 

  • November 13, 2006, 6-7:30 - We had a great turnout for our first GF dinner at Outback Steakhouse. Dr. Al-Tawil fielded questions on a variety of topics related to celiac, and we welcomed several new members. 

  • September 18, 2006- Had a fun evening at Events at Sherlake, an indoor playground with hugh inflated slides, obstacle courses, and other games for kids (ok, and adults too.) Also heard from Dennis Chapman with KeHe Food Distributors about GF offerings at Food City and how the grocery store supply chain works. See the photos from this event here.  
  • July 17 2006 - Brainstorming session-generated thoughts on the future of our group. How can we best serve celiac patients? What would you find really useful? 

  • May15 2006 - Dr. Jerry Griffith, psychologist spoke about coping skills and adapting to change. 

  • March 27th, 2006 at EarthFare, Turkey Creek - Gluten free cooking demo.

  • January 16th, 2006, first meeting of the group.