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July 2014 Newsletter

A Conversation with Katie Alin of Miglets

By Vic Dolcourt 

L. to R.: Jamille (Bakery Supervisor), Sarah (Manager), Katie, Sarah H. (Cake and Cupcake decorator) and Brendan (Head Baker)
Katie Alin is a rock of the Northern California gluten-free community and a key supporter of Camp Celiac. The camp is hosted by The Taylor Family Foundation, which is run by Katie's mother Elaine Taylor, so it's a family endeavor as well. Katie spoke to Vic Dolcourt about how her shop came to be the go-to bakery and gluten-free grocery in eastern Contra Costa County.

Vic: Katie, I remember the Miglet's kick-off in 2010 and having one of your delicious cupcakes, but how did you get into the gluten-free baking business in the first place?


Katie: It was a little by accident, but it has been a wonderful accident. I started out working in the Whole Foods bakery here in the East Bay. I was a baked goods merchandiser. At that time we didn't have Udi's or the gluten-free selection we have today. Gluten-free foods of all kinds were strewn throughout the store. I became the de-facto store guide and expert on what was safe for people with celiac disease to eat. I knew what my mom could safely eat, so I brought that experience into the store.  Read more of the interview




The Celiac MD™

10 Tips for a Healthier Gluten-Free Diet
In the past several months we have seen a media backlash on information regarding the gluten-free diet. The diet has been called a hoax, a fad and a litany of other less desirable names. It has become the national punch line in cartoons and late night comedy, while media outlets are trying to understand the topic and separate fact from fiction. As a result, people who have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity are encountering skepticism about their need to follow a gluten free diet.   


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California + Whole Foods Santa Rosa
Upcoming support meetings and tastings:
Wednesday, July 30th 6:00-7:00pm CANCELLED


We have been enjoying our monthly support group meetings at Whole Foods Coddingtown in Santa Rosa. Unfortunately, we must cancel our July 30th meeting due to a scheduling conflict at Whole Foods. We plan to publish a fall meeting schedule soon. See you then!


Our meetings are also posted on our Events Calendar.


THANK YOU! Our Fundraiser was a Success


We raised $1, 615 in our annual spring fundraiser! Thanks to all who donated, and to the Sonoma County Volunteer Center and Human Race for creating the opportunity.


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New Cookbook from Zenbelly 
Simone Miller is the owner of Zenbelly, a 100% gluten-free, Paleo-focused catering company in San Francisco. Her own serious sensitivity to gluten inspired Simone to prove that gluten-free, Paleo cuisine can be gourmet, refined, and artfully presented. She firmly believes that healthy food can be delicious enough to impress the most serious gourmand, and she offers a chef's perspective on Paleo recipes on her blog where she also shares grain-free recipes and encourages readers to roll up their sleeves and have fun creating simple, delicious, healthy food. 


With a focus on quality ingredients and balanced flavors, The Zenbelly Cookbook proves that eating paleo doesn't have to mean restricting your diet. More than 100 real-food recipes cover every course and occasion, from simple, 30-minute weeknight meals to elegant, multiple-course dinners that will impress any guest. The Zenbelly Cookbook also offers tips on Paleo-friendly entertaining, including menu suggestions and time-saving tips that don't sacrifice quality. 


Just a handful of ingredients can compose a healthy, delicious and gourmet-quality dish, and with nearly twenty years of experience, Simone Miller knows how to combine those few ingredients to create restaurant-style food. Whether you're a novice or experienced cook, The Zenbelly Cookbook's easy to follow instructions and creative flavor combinations help you craft wholesome, high-quality, mouthwatering dishes that will have you wondering why you ever ate any other way. 


Preorder Zenbelly Cookbook



Events Calendar for July

Check out our monthly listing of support groups, events, classes and news in the greater Bay Area, Sacramento and Central California.  
Events Calendar


Gluten-Free Job Opportunity at Costco in Roseville

For 4 days only (September 18-24th, 2014)



Arnel's Originals is seeking someone to help introduce their new product line of baking mixes to other gluten-free eaters at Costco in Roseville, CA. Work with Arnel demonstrating pancakes, bread, cake and cookies. Responsibilities include light cooking and baking, talking to customers, giving out samples, arriving at 10am and staying until closing. Pay: $12/ hour. Email Arnel and set up a Skype date:

Questions: (805) 322-6900 Ventura, CA





Note from a family in Marin seeking other kids with celiac


Hi! We are a family with an 8-year-old girl with celiac disease in Marin. We're seeking buddies of similar age in the same area to get together to share resources, stories, advice, and to connect and have special events for our kiddos. If you are interested please contact Christina Forte at




Send us your favorite doctors and dietitians
We are continuing to update our 
physician list  and dietitian list for Northern California. If there is a physician or dietitian who has been particularly helpful to you in diagnosing and treating celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, please send us their full name and the city in which they practice. Let us know if you have questions.
*  If it's not easy to find them online, please include their contact info
*  If you like, please tell us why you found them helpful. Your name and comments will not be published - it's just helpful to us in referring people as needed.
*  At this time, we only provide listings for medical doctors (MDs) and registered dietitians (RDs)
*  Our foundation supports evidence-based diagnostic tests and procedures. We list medical practitioners who use labs and medical practices that are used by celiac disease centers at major medical facilities.
Participate in the CeliAction research study  The CeliAction Study is a clinical research study evaluating an investigational medication for celiac disease. The study will explore whether the study medication is able to improve the damage in the lining of the intestine caused by even the smallest traces of gluten. The study will also evaluate whether the investigational medication improves any symptoms of celiac disease compared to a placebo. While enrolled in the study, you will be asked to maintain the gluten-free diet you are currently on.


The CeliAction Study is sponsored by Alvine Pharmaceuticals in San Carlos, CA. The investigational study medication is called ALV003. ALV003 is a mixture of two different enzymes, which in a test tube can break down gluten into smaller pieces of protein.


To learn more and see if you are eligible to participate, go to or call 1-855-3226-ACT


Participate in a research study on breastfeeding and celiac disease 
Image credit: <a href=''>anatols / 123RF Stock Photo</a>  
Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is conducting a study on the breastfeeding experiences of healthy women and women with celiac disease. If you or a family member gave birth to a child in the last 10 years, please take a few moments to complete our survey. To contribute to the study, we ask that you take just a few minutes to fill out a survey. Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous.


The survey can be found via the following link:
There is no compensation for participating in this study, but the information you provide can help further our knowledge about celiac disease. If you have any questions about the study, please email or Danielle Heller at



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Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California
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Healdsburg, CA  95448