Karen Broussard is the founder and publisher of the popular GlutenFreeTravelSite and DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app, both which help the gluten-free community find safe places to eat in their area — or wherever they travel. They include thousands of user-submitted REVIEWS of restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, resorts, B&Bs, and cruises – both in the U.S. and around the world.
A graduate of Georgetown University with a degree and career in Marketing, Karen resides with her husband and two sons in the Washington, DC area. She has also lived in New York City and San Francisco – and traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. After using her marketing degree in the fields of merchandising, publishing, and health, Karen became an entrepreneur when she launched GlutenFreeTravelSite in 2008 — several years after her son Ryan was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at a very young age. She and her family found that dining out and traveling could be a real challenge for people following gluten free diets, and she wanted to provide a place where the gluten free community could go to share their experiences first-hand with others who also love to dine out and travel.
The dining and travel reviews on GlutenFreeTravelSite and the companion DINE GLUTEN FREE mobile app (which is free and available for both iOS and Android) are organized geographically and can be searched by state/country — or more narrowly by town/zip code. Visitors to GlutenFreeTravelSite will find many other helpful resources, including a section of the site devoted to national and regional restaurant chains offering Gluten Free Menus, a page of Colleges reviewed from a gluten free perspective, a page outlining the gluten free policies of all the major Cruise Lines (with links to reviews of each cruise line submitted to GlutenFreeTravelSite), a page listing Camps for gluten free kids, and many gluten free Trip Planning Resources and Gluten Free Getaways. Other features of the helpful site include an extensive Resources page, a comprehensive overview of Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, a monthly Featured Review (and contest!), a Blog, Articles, and Interviews with Chefs.
Karen has also published Gluten-Free in LONDON and Gluten-Free in ITALY, two e-books that are both available on Amazon and readable on any e-reader, tablet, computer, or smartphone with the free Kindle app. These guides to navigating the gluten-free dining scene in London and Italy are filled with gluten-free friendly restaurant recommendations near all major tourist sites, maps pinned with hundreds of suggested restaurants, links to reviews, money-saving tips … as well as recommendations on accommodations, sightseeing, and getting around.
Helping the Celiac and gluten free community make their lives easier and more enjoyable remains Karen’s calling, and she also volunteers each summer at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island, where her son Ryan is a camper. She enjoys watching Ryan and the other gluten free campers just enjoy being “normal” kids at a summer camp – where they don’t have to worry about whether the food is gluten free (it all is!). Karen also occasionally speaks to local support groups about dining out and traveling gluten free. GlutenFreeTravelSite has been featured in numerous national, travel, dining, and Celiac-focused websites and print publications.