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November 2012 Newsletter

Have you seen our new website? We are very excited about it. It gives us lots of space and flexibility for our community news, resources, social media and some special new features on our home page.
Photo Credit:  
Our deepest appreciation to the team at Design2Market in San Jose for donating their time and expertise in creating our logo and website, and for providing ongoing support. This flower heart is for you, guys!
Featured Restaurant: Hot Spud

Hot Spud's Shrimp Spud

Almost entirely gluten-free, Hot Spud in San Francisco is serving up gourmet loaded baked potatoes, salads, homemade desserts and more. Read more.

The Celiac MD™
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
Ongoing Symptoms After Starting a Gluten-Free Diet
By Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
In a new monthly column for us, Dr. Burkhart explains the top five reasons for persistent symptoms after going gluten-free. Learn what you can do to protect your health.  Read More.          
* * * Gluten-Free Disaster Aid * * *
Red Cross shelter
We can provide assistance to people affected by Hurricane Sandy by donating money to the Red Cross. We can also provide gluten-free food aid by donating to food banks in affected areas that are accepting, labeling and setting aside gluten-free products for those who need them. 
Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun in New york did the research and lists helpful food banks in her blog. I noticed one of them, Food Bank of NYC, even accepts direct shipments you can order through Amazon. Individuals and gluten-free manufacturers in Northern California can make a difference.
Gluten-Free Labeling One Step Closer to Enactment
27,000 Signatures and Counting...
White House
Success! It was a nail-biter to the very last minute, but we obtained 25,000 signatures on the White House gluten-free labeling petition by the 30-day deadline. Now we wait for the administration to respond. 
You can still sign! The petition will be open until the administration issues its official response. The more signatures we have, the stronger our collective voice. 
Sign here: White House petition 

Thanks to the American Celiac Disease Alliance for its ten years of leadership in advocacy for our community! 

Local Companies Feeding Us Well for the Holidays!

Flour Craft goodies Flour Craft Bakery achieved success in their Kickstarter campaign! It was fully funded with only minutes to go (it inspired me not to lose hope for the labeling petition). Now we can look forward to the 100% gluten-free Flour Craft Bakery opening in Marin. See you there! Congratulations to owner Heather Hardcastle and thanks to everyone for support of our local businesses. Place your Thanksgiving order by email by November 18th.

Zest Bakery
Zest Bakery in San Carlos will brighten up your holiday with its sweet and savory Thanksgiving Survival Kits (order by Nov. 14th). Zest is also hosting a book signing by Jeanne Sauvage, author of Gluten-free Baking for the Holidays, on Nov. 30th at 4 PM.

Amy Fothergill 
The Family Chef Amy Fothergill is offering a Gluten-Free Holiday Meal e-book. The recipes are easy and delicious, using real ingredients, with plenty of tips, photos and details. Order from her website for $5.95. For every book sold, Amy will donate $1 to the Hurricane Sandy relief fund.

Citizen ChefCitizen Chef, a new company in San Francisco, makes delicious gourmet stir-fry kits in flavors including Thai Sesame Stir Fry, Tuscan Limone Garlic Sauté and Hawaiian BBQ Stir Fry. You might also like to try their new entrée salad kits. Meals can be made in 15 minutes. Find Citizen Chef at Costco, Whole Foods, and other specialty stores. More on the company at

Mariposa's Pecan Pie Mariposa Baking has a tantalizing new website, just in time to showcase its Thanksgiving offerings: Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Cheesecake & Apple-Cranberry Galettes, Pull-Apart Rosemary rolls, Dinner Rolls & Bread Cubes for Stuffing! Call or email now to place an order.

Gluten Free Grocery
Gluten Free Grocery is settled in its new location at  234 Townsend street in San Francisco. Visit the store to buy a vast array of gluten-free products. Can't make it to the store?  Check their  website
 list of 1,200 products you can order online for delivery by mail! It's amazing just to browse.

Feel Good Foods 
Feel Good Foods Get a discount coupon for your next box of gluten-free dumplings by going to the Feel Good Foods website. If you haven't tried them yet, you are in for a rare treat made from high quality, natural ingredients right here in the East Bay.


Events Calendar for November 

Latest News Drawing  

Support groups, events and classes in the greater Bay Area and Sacramento are listed.   


Arsenic in Rice
 Much of what has been written on this weighty topic this fall is 
not geared to people on a gluten-free diet, who may be at higher risk due to increased rice consumption.
So Ellen Switkes, the former leader of the Oakland Celiac Support Group, posed some thoughtful questions to Dr. Luis Espino, Rice Farm Advisor at the University of California Cooperative Extension. 

Dr. Espino's thoughtful and informed response might help you decide what steps you may wish to take to protect your health and your family's health.
 Read the questions and answers by Luis Espino, Ph.D.


Save the dates for 2013 

GF Expo Logo  

Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo

Tickets available now!

Burlingame, CA -- February 9-10th, 2013 




CDF Logo Celiac Disease Foundation

National Education Conference & Gluten-Free EXPO

Pasadena Convention Center - -  May 3- 5, 2013 or call 818.716.1513

Wonderful New Educational Resource:
BIDMC LogoThe clinicians of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, are creating an educational website dedicated to the nutritional and medical management of celiac disease. launches on November 14th. Definitely worth a visit AND bookmark!

They kindly gave us a preview and we were impressed by the three levels of information on each topic; you can get a quick skim or go deeper for more advanced information. The topics include celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, nutrition, dining out, budgeting, a comprehensive list of resources and more.
Opportunities to Participate in Celiac Research
Penn State University
Penn State One of our community support group leaders in the South Bay, Kelly Velez, and her son Sam participated in a study being done through Penn State on children with celiac disease and how it affects their school experience and education. Kelly reports that it was "super easy," they provide the questions in advance if you like, and the phone interview took only 15-20 minutes. 

The research goal is to improve the school experiences of children who need to eat gluten free. Children in grades K- 12 and their parents or guardians are invited to volunteer. Parental consent is required for minors to participate.

Principal investigator and contact: Kay Chick, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State Altoona. 724-349-4495
Stanford School of MedicineStanford University School of Medicine is conducting government-sponsored studies to improve the understanding of celiac disease, not for profit. For information on participating in the studies, please contact Dr. Arnold Han at  



Diablo Clinical Research Diablo Clinical Research in Walnut Creek is conducting a clinical trial locally for celiac disease to look at how effective and safe an investigational medication is. 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