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September 2012 Newsletter

It's almost all about food this month! Have a great start to the fall. 
Delicious news from local businesses

Nut Lace Cookies Mama Baretta  Congratulations to Mama Baretta's for winning the 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair Best of Show for Mama Baretta's Salted Caramel Nut Lace Cookies! They even beat the gluten cookies, though that does not surprise us. Check the website to find them in stores, restaurants and farmers markets in the North Bay and East Bay.


Cosmic Cookie Jar Cosmic Cookie Jar   Find sweet and savory treats from the Cosmic Cookie Jar at the Sebastopol farmers market on Sundays, and at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts market in Santa Rosa on Saturdays. All gluten-free and naturally sweetened, with a great selection of vegan, non-dairy egg-free and grain-free items. They mill their own gluten free, fairly traded and non-GMO grains and build a seasonal menu from fresh, local organic ingredients. Eggs come from their own happy chickens and herbs are from their garden. In addition to that, they compost, worm farm and strive for zero waste in packaging. Leftover products are donated to the local food bank. Wow!


Nature's Serving Nature's Serving  If you are heading up to Eureka, stop in at Nature's Serving. (I know it isn't exactly local, but there's a lot of California left between us and the Oregon border).  Nature's Serving is a new food truck owned by sisters Leira V. Satlof (who just moved from Santa Rosa) and Silvia Mazzone-Clementi with a fresh, locally-sourced Mediterranean menu. Read their blog entry about how we worked together to make almost everything gluten-free and celiac-safe. 


Natural Decadence Natural Decadence   While you are in Eureka, definitely make time for a stop at Natural Decadence, which makes artisan desserts that are 100% gluten-free, plus free of eggs, dairy and nuts. Some are also corn and soy-free. Cranberry chocolate-chip cookie dough or citrus-zest shortbread, anyone?


September Events

  • Would you like to hone your skills in a baking or cooking class?
  • Keeping an eye out for store and restaurant events?
  • Would you like to expand your knowledge at a lecture? 
  • Seeking a support group?
  • Events in the greater Bay Area and Sacramento listed  

Latest News Drawing 


Celiac Disease Foundation

National Education Conference & Gluten-Free EXPO

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Plan ahead to attend this special event 

at the Pasadena Convention Center - -  May 3- 5, 2013

Attending a national celiac and gluten intolerance conference is a wonderful experience that will be with you all year. Hear from the experts, learn a world of new tips and strategies, sample new foods in the Expo, dine gluten-free, and meet lots of new people. Highly recommended!

For more information, or call 818.716.1513

Thai Time Asian Bistro
Thai Time Asian Bistro
Did you know and Gluten-Free Mall are based in Sonoma County? We are such a global epicenter of glutenfree-osity. Founder Scott Adams recommends one of his favorite spots, Thai Time Asian Bistro in Santa Rosa. Olarn Tonverapongsiri, owner and chef, says that most things on the menu can be made gluten-free (fresh pan and utensils) with the exception of anything deep fried. They have a GF menu available in the restaurant. More photos on their mouth-watering Facebook page.
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Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Rosso Pizza Fire to Go Adam White, the general manager of Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar at the Santa Rosa location (also in Petaluma), kindly took the time to describe in detail how they make their new gluten-free pizza. 
They make the dough from scratch using Caputo GF flour blend imported from Italy, and make extensive efforts to keep the ingredients and preparation separate, using preportioned toppings from plastic bags. 
However, Adam, cautions, there is potential for cross-contact because the pizzeria has flour in the air and on the employees' aprons, and all the pizza is baked together in the same oven with some shared equipment. That may work for some of our members and not others, but we all appreciate the transparency. 
Rosso also sells gluten-free pizza dough separately, and they have the most adorable little "Fire to Go" catering truck (see photo) they can use to make gluten-free pizza at your special catered event.


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Will the FDA keep its promise?

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration promised to publish its gluten-free labeling rule by the third quarter of this year. That would be by September 30th. I added a countdown clock to our homepage. Wondering what all the fuss is about? These articles from 2011, when the promise was made, give  a nice overview of the issue: Washington Post and Gluten-Free Living.
Diablo Clinical Research still seeking 
participants for local research
test tubes  Diablo Clinical Research in Walnut Creek is conducting a clinical trial locally for celiac disease. The purpose of the research study is to look at how effective and safe an investigational medication is when it is given to subjects who have celiac disease.


The study  is sponsored by Alba Therapeutics, the company co-founded by Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. Diablo Clinical Research is one of dozens of sites for the research.
The study will include people who have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and have been on a gluten-free diet for 12 months or more before study entry.


To participate in a survey to determine whether or not you qualify and to connect to a study site near you, call Ava at Diablo Clinical Research at (925) 930-7267 or email

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Jennifer Iscol
Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
P.O. Box 1506
Healdsburg, CA  95448