Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) Announces Speakers for Generation GF Teen Summit at Culinary Institute of America at Copia

AUBURN, Wash. (May 11, 2022)—The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG), one of the largest nonprofit gluten-free advocacy organizations, announces that two well-known influencers in the gluten-free community will be speaking at the 2022 Generation GF Teen Summit being held June 30-July 1 at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Copia in Napa, California. Jules Shepard, CEO and founder of gfJules, a major U.S. gluten-free flour and baking mixes company, and Erica Dermer, a digestive health expert, blogger and influencer who runs the Celiac and the Beast blog, will join the event’s educational sessions for campers and families.

Shepard, a celiac disease patient diagnosed in 1999, has written three award-winning books and is a champion for the gluten-free food labeling movement. Her educating and lobbying efforts helped her garner the first ever “Gluten Free Person of the Decade” award.

Dermer, diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009, is known for her work covering trade shows and conferences, searching for the best gluten-free products and celiac disease research. She has served as a patient advocate for digestive health conferences like Digestive Disease Week and the American Gastroenterological Association James W. Freston Conference.

“We’re excited that these two inspirational women, both of whom have made strong efforts to make life easier for those living gluten-free, will be joining us at our annual Teen Summit to share their experiences, insights and advice with the teen chefs and their families,” said Channon Quinn, COO of GIG.

In addition to the Summit’s education sessions, campers will experience an immersive, hands-on culinary adventure led by CIA chefs, some of America’s top cooking instructors, in CIA’s professional kitchen.

GIG is offering six scholarships for the event, along with a sweepstakes to win a trip to the Summit. For more information, to register and for scholarship and sweepstakes information, visit:


About The Culinary Institute of America 

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. For information, visit


About the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)

The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association funded by private donations, sponsorship opportunities and food safety programs. It relies on tax-deductible contributions to support its many innovative industry, service, social and awareness programs. GIG has been a highly respected leader in the gluten-free community since it was founded in 1974. In addition to more than 80 local support groups across the United States, GIG has increased its presence internationally to 50 countries. GIG’s mission is to make life easier for everyone living gluten-free and it does this through consumer support, education and its food safety programs. The Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), a program of GIG, is a leader in the verification of quality, integrity and purity of gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free Food Service (GFFS) program is a proven model of established best practices for foodservice facilities offering gluten-free options. GIG is committed to ongoing food safety research to assure customers and consumers the highest level of excellence in its gluten-free programs and services. For information, visit


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