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September 2013 Newsletter
We have lots of news and some nice articles for you this month. Enjoy!
Mill Valley Film Festival: The Trouble With Bread

Trouble With Bread

At the Mill Valley Film Festival October 3-13, 2013

Co-presented by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

"Michael Pollan (author of "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation") told me my gluten intolerance could all be in my head. I half agree with him, because, frankly, the number of Americans buying into the $4.2 billion "gluten-free" industry is disturbing. There is so much more to learn about wheat - and how it has changed in just the last couple of generations - before we completely sign it off. In this film, I journey from farm to mill to table on a quest for answers about gluten intolerance and a hunt for the perfect loaf, one I can eat without getting sick. Along the way, I make some unexpected discoveries about crucial changes to the wheat itself and how it is processed and fermented. Let's just say that bread as you know it, is not what you think."
The Mill Valley Film Festival film schedule will be online on September 10th and tickets for the general public will go on sale on September 15th.
 Maggie Biedelman 
Filmmaker: Maggie Beidelman recently graduated from the documentary program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she made this film. Coming in October on
: "An Interview With Maggie Beidelman."



Sista Sandwich in Berkeley
By Vic Dolcourt
Sista Sandwich  
"My sister Sharon and I regularly met at Starbucks, and I could never get anything that I really liked - just yogurt, nuts and chips. Nothing there was gluten free and nourishing. It was a real drag." explained Laura Tucker when I asked her about the origin of Sista Sandwich. "It came to us in a flash. There was definitely a nutrition hole, and we knew how we could fill it. Other gluten-free people needed something to eat. It was not just me." Read more


Is Gluten Really the Culprit in Gluten Sensitivity?

The Celiac MD™
Amy Burkhart, MD, RD
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity is poorly understood and no valid test exists to diagnose it. A new study questions whether gluten is really the cause of symptoms in gluten sensitive individuals who do not have celiac disease. An article published in the journal
Gastroenterology in August looked at a possible link between non-celiac gluten sensitivity symptoms and fructose malabsorption. 
Read more 



FDA Rule Impacts Restaurants


Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake  

By Jennifer Iscol - Launching an extensive and celiac-safe gluten-free menu in a gluten-filled environment is a tall order, and the Cheesecake Factory is approaching the endeavor with appropriate caution. The company is taking some extra time to evaluate the impact that the recent FDA gluten-free labeling rule may have on its efforts.  


The National Restaurant Association posted a statement on its website advising restaurants to comply with the new FDA gluten-free labeling rule. Without details and guidelines, however, the statement leaves a good deal open to interpretation.  Read more



 Gluten Free Canteen: Rosh Hashanah and Fall Harvest Baking
Gluten Free Canteen Crostata  
In their new quarterly column for the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California, Bay Area locals Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel share some favorite fall recipes from their popular and mouth-watering blog, Gluten Free Canteen, including Apple Honey Crostata (left), Honey Cake Muffins, Pumpkin Apple Muffins and a quick Challah. Read more

Nosh on This book cover
Looking for more great recipes from Gluten Free Canteen? 
Newly published and now available for purchase on The Experiment.


 Meet cookbook author Jacqueline Mallorca

Jacqueline Mallorca  

Meet celebrated Bay Area gluten-free cookbook author Jacqueline Mallorca at the Farmers' Market in scenic Point Reyes on Saturday, October 12th. 


 She'll be the Guest Chef at an indoor presentation and book signing in the hay barn from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. (yes, there are seats) and will offer a wealth of insights on living well without gluten. 


Jacqueline Mallorca's Bread  

Sample her new gf pumpernickel bread, plus a glorious Thanksgiving cake and cookies from her books

The Wheat-Free Cook andGluten-Free Italian. In addition, you can take advantage of the fabulous market bounty that's available, and explore the upscale shops in this charming community.

Local business news

Gluten Free Grocery  

Gluten Free Grocery in San Francisco

 has sourced a wonderful selection of nourishment for the Jewish holidays this month. We are fully stocked with delicious gluten free Round Challah, Round Raisin Challah, Kosher Home Style Gefilte Fish, Local Bay Area Honey, and a beautiful Large Braided Challah bread display!  


Also, Gluten Free Grocery will be attending the Gluten Free Awareness Tour on September 21-22 at Fort Mason in San Francisco! Our store will have a full booth with all of the latest and greatest products are store has to offer.


Get plugged in to the latest international news and research  


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get exciting up-to-the-minute news from this event in late September. Three board members of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California will be attending.


Sheraton Chicago   

15th International Celiac Disease Symposium

Chicago, IL -- September 22-25, 2013



Save the Dates!
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Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo returns to the Bay Area on January 25-26, 2014, at the San Mateo Convention Center

Celiac Disease Foundation National Education Conference & Gluten-Free Expo
June 7th and 8th, 2014, in Los Angeles


Events Calendar for September 

Latest News Drawing  


Check out our monthly listing of support groups, events and classes in the greater Bay Area and Sacramento. Try something new!  



NEW! Volunteers Needed for Genetic Study on Celiac Disease


  • We are conducting a study to understand the genetic basis of celiac disease.  Families with at least one member with celiac disease are encouraged to enroll together. Children can participate in the study.
  • The study involves a one-time small blood donation. The blood will be drawn at Stanford. It's possible that we might be able to arrange to travel to the participants if the whole family is available at one time. The participants will not be charged.
  • Participation requirements: A documented diagnosis of Celiac Disease in the participant or a family member.
  • Stanford University's celiac studies are for academic purposes to improve the understanding of celiac disease.
  • For more information on the study, please contact Dr. Arnold Han at  For general information about patient rights, please contact 1-866-680-2906.
Participate in Celiac Research by Alvine Pharmaceuticals  


test tubes

Alan Goldsobel, MD, in San Jose will be conducting a research study for a potential treatment for celiac disease on behalf of Alvine Pharmaceuticals in San Carlos.  The study drug, when taken with meals, degrades gluten up to 96% and renders the peptides non-immunogenic.



The study is currently recruiting interested participants, ages 18-80, with a history of MD-diagnosed celiac disease, previous positive endoscopy, who are on a gluten free diet, but still having breakthrough symptoms.  The study med is taken 3 times a day with meals.  There will be 2 endoscopies during the study.  All of this is at no charge to the subject and they are compensated for their time.


Alvine Pharmaceuticals
More information regarding the study drug (ALV-003) can be seen on the Alvine Pharmaceuticals website you would like information about participating in the study, please contact Rosanna Hernandez rhernandez@allergycare.comKristi Annecone RN,FNP, or Nancy Branon RN


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