Jennifer D. Harris EXPERIENCE INDUSTRY Guiding businesses on their quest to make gluten-free options available to their customers, while keeping costs at a minimum, and creativity and taste forefront. Think of me as the person to guide you through every step of the process and take the guess work out of the gluten-free journey. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE Gluten Free Go-To Guide. Norcross, GA Owner/ConsultantPure Knead Bakery. Decatur, GA Marketing AssistantReturn to Eden. Atlanta, GA Gluten Free Products Specialist and Direct Grocery BuyerGluten Intolerance Group of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA Program ChairLockwood Greene. Atlanta, GA Marketing Research AnalystHoover Materials Handling Group. Alpharetta, GA Marketing Research AnalystSouthland Life Insurance Co. Atlanta,GA Marketing Services Coordinator SKILLS & EXPERTISE Editorial ContentBrand AmbassadorOn-screen talentSocial Media ExpertiseMenu ReviewRecipe Development Replacement Product RecommendationSafe Handling ProceduresWebsite ContentPOS System ModificationGluten free menu productionEvent Production MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS Atlanta Press ClubAssociation of Food BloggersAtlanta Food Bloggers' Society PRESS All press related to Jennifer D. Harris and Gluten Free Go-To Guide CLIENTS Bagel Boys CafeBantam + BiddyFarm BurgerFox's Pizza DenFrannie's Gluten FreeGeorgia CraftedPure KneadRiverside PizzaSprig RestaurantSugo RestaurantYEAH! Burger RAVE REVIEWS “Hello Jennifer, just wanted to take a moment to thank you on your excellent presentation of all that is gluten-free. You have a thorough, common sense based approach on your recommendations on how to implement a GF program in our bagel shop. Knowledge is thorough, vendor recommendations worked out perfectly. My team and I all felt it was more than worth it to hire you and have you educate us on the gluten free world!”- John Lamb, Bagel Boys Café“My interest in safe gluten free dining originated in my involvement in the autism community. Many parents were experimenting with restricting gluten in their children’s diet to control behavioral issues. I realized that there was probably a significant audience of people that struggle with gluten intolerance and didn’t have any restaurant options. Jennifer helped me train and organize my staff to allow people to have a safe, gluten free dining experience. My passion is families dining together, and with Jennifer’s help, I’ve been able to create inclusive dining experiences without compromising quality at my restaurants featuring many items a gluten intolerant diner hasn’t had for years, meat loaf, fried chicken, corn bread, just to name a few. Jennifer’s been an incredible asset to my business and for that I am very grateful.”- Shaun Doty, Bantam + Biddy“Jennifer Harris was a tremendous asset for Bantam and Biddy as we wrote the gluten free portion of our menus. She provided us with adept and alternative options to wheat flour. She taught me to better understand celiac’s disease, and how to prepare food in a manner that is safe for people who have this disorder. She also assisted us with an extensive product referral. We were able to try several products before we made any final menu decisions. And as a result of this, I am very proud of the gluten free program at Bantam and Biddy.”- Lance Gummere, Bantam + Biddy/Chick-a-Biddy“When Farm Burger first opened up we needed to figure out the proper way to meet the needs of our gluten free guests. Jennifer clearly and effectively conveyed to our Chef and Management all the varying needs of the GF community from dietary to severe allergies. She evaluated our kitchen space and made suggestions to avoid gluten contamination, as well she made suggestion for easy gluten free ingredient changes and proper storage and preparation of our gluten free buns. To this day her training and information have been an integral part of how we train our own staff.”- George Frangos, Farm Burger“In 2009 I wanted to start my company Frannie’s Gluten Free, but needed direction as to what was available on the market and to understand the food allergy community. I was very excited to meet someone with experience and who was recognized for their commitment to the Atlanta community. We met for a consultation when I was in the process of branding. I appreciated your advise to package as a multi-pack, to choose colors true to the organic fruits and vegetables baked in our muffins, and your kind words of encouragement.”- Frances Shaw, Frannie’s Gluten Free“Jennifer’s strong knowledge of the gluten free consumer and then current industry practices provided the clarity and data we needed to move forward and certify gluten free, specifically with GFCO. As our business grew and product lines expanded, Jennifer was a good resource in helping us identify safe and top quality raw ingredient suppliers to further serve the marketplace. As our wholesale business continued to grow and our products began to gain brand recognition, Jennifer recommended a move into the retail market at an opportune time.”- Michelle Kelly, Pure Knead“I just wanted you to know I really enjoyed working with you. We learned a lot from you and implemented many of your suggestions. We are selling a lot of gluten free pizzas and now know we are doing it safely and won’t get anybody sick.”- Al Thompson, Riverside Pizza Jennifer D. Harris Norcross, GAUnited StatesGluten Free Go-To GuideOwner/Consultant twitter | facebook | instagram | linkedin | google+ | website Resume My husband likes to joke that I have worked everywhere, but all of these experiences have led me to become the ‘go-to’ person who works to expand gluten-free options in bakeries, restaurants, and other businesses. Working as a chef in a corporate kitchen taught me that knowing how food is made is half the battle when you have a food allergy/intolerance (e.g. what is roux and how is it used).My fascination with finding new gluten-free products landed me a job as a gluten-free buyer in a health food store where I worked closely with companies. That experience, in turn, lead to working as a marketing specialist for a dedicated gluten-free bakery. There I learned about sourcing gluten-free ingredients in bulk.Today, I spend my time consulting with clients, working on projects, and researching gluten-free products, trends, events, etc. I share all of this information on my blog as The Atlanta Gluten-Free Food Examiner, which allows me to reach and educate people I may never get the chance to meet.My journey and diagnosis with celiac disease began with headaches. As far back as I can remember, I always had a headache. To be more specific, that headache was accompanied by a number of other puzzling symptoms that would come and go, such as muscle pain, bouts of fatigue and depression, stomach aches, memory fog, and frequent trips to the bathroom. I honestly thought it was normal to have daily stomach pain and a bloated abdomen. I suffered from these symptoms for almost two decades, beginning at age seven.When I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease, I had barely enough energy to get up off the couch to feed and bathe myself. I had to wear clothing that was many sizes too big because zipping up my pants caused shooting pain from my giant abdomen. I was also afraid I would be fired from my job because of frequently going home sick after lunch. Fortunately for me, I kept a food journal that showed my reactions to the same foods had no rhyme or reason. The journal, combined with my deteriorating physical state, led the way to my celiac disease diagnosis way back in 1997 at the age of 27.After the initial shock of having an autoimmune disease subsided, I learned how to safely feed myself through extensive label reading and endless trips to the grocery store. Being diagnosed with this disease left me feeling lost and unsure. Conducting research, plus lots of trial and error helped me find my confidence and many products that are still my favorites. Although a lot of these products had to be ordered direct from the manufacturers (outside of the United States) because there were no online ordering sites for gluten-free products at that time.Giving back to the community has always been important to me, and I enjoyed serving as the program chair for the Gluten Intolerance Group of Atlanta, and as the food chair for Camp WeeKaneatIt. Somewhere in the midst of this volunteer work, I started my blog called the Atlanta Gluten-Free Food Examiner to share product reviews, news, events, etc. Now, my writing can be found in Gluten Free Living Magazine and Simply Gluten Free Magazine.