Editor's note: Alissa Malerman's Saturday column showcased some simple recipes to keep you going through the busy season. Part 2 of her column offers events that either cater to special diets or would be fun for everyone!
Shopping isn't the only thing keeping special dieters busy this holiday season. There also are plenty of events to participate in around Oakland County.
Celiac Specialties in Rochester Hills is holding a cookie class at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Learn how to make roll-out sugar cookies, gingerbread people and pizzelles without gluten! The $10 cost includes tasting and recipes. Call 586-598-8180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today because seating is limited to 30!
Come celebrate the holiday season with your family in an autism-friendly environment at the Judson Center in Royal Oak from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 10. Make sure to RSVP by Dec. 5!
At the event, hosted by Autism Connections, enjoy:
- holiday-themed games, crafts and activities
- caroling with a certified music therapist
- private photo session with Santa
- Buddy's Pizza (gluten-free/casein-free available), hot cocoa and holiday goodies
- tin can auction to benefit scholarship program featuring items from local restaurants, universities, salons and retailers
Cost is $15 per family payable at the door. Must RSVP by Dec. 5. Call 248-837-2047 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sometimes food is not the priority, which is a good thing for special dieters. The focus of these events is on community, fun and giving back:
- Aish in the Woods in Oak Park is having a Chanukah Boutique starting at 10 a.m. Dec. 4. If you want to get your holiday shopping done, stop by to see what kind of specialty goods they are offering.
- Aish also offers a Chanukah Carnival 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 18 with lots of holiday fun.
- Temple Israel’s Robert Sosnick Family Life Center in West Bloomfield needs help from the community this Hanukkah. As part of its commitment to “No Temple Families Without Chanukah,” the group is in need of volunteers and donors to be a “Shamas” or “Chanukah Helper” (a Shamas is the candle used to light all other candles in the menorah). Check out ways to be a Shamas this holiday season, including donating gifts on Dec. 1.
- Stay tuned: I will fry up some family favorite latkes for an upcoming column!
MotorCity Casino Hotel presents Holiday Ice & Winterfest Market on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11 with fantastic Michigan on Ice themed-sculptures by World Champion Carver Tajana Rakaur. The North Pole will be located at Schiffer Park where kids can talk to Santa and pose for free photos. Also on hand, Santa's reindeer and free hayrides. Holiday Ice sculptures will be viewable Saturday and Sunday.
Get some help baking during the holiday season and have some questions answered at a cooking class offered at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. During this class, pastry chef Lisa DeBastos will share some of her delicious and creative recipes designed for people with gluten sensitivity. A member of the hospital's gastroenterology department will answer questions regarding dietary restrictions and Westwind Milling will provide samples and information about their new gluten-free mill. The class is $19 and includes food samples, information and advice from Henry Ford physicians or registered dieticians. The class will be held in the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital's demonstration kitchen.
Stop into Buddy's Pizza in Auburn Hills to purchase tickets for this Dec. 10 event. The store will accommodate gluten-free diners with a slice of its gluten-free pizza. Ask in advance. Doors will open at 10 a.m. for the event, which includes a lunch with Santa and a visit with his Reindeer from 10 a.m. to noon!