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September 2014 Newsletter

The Cheesecake Factory Expands its Gluten-Free Efforts

By Jennifer Iscol

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes




The gluten-free menu is now available at all Cheesecake Factory locations - and it has over 70 items on it. It has a lot going for it, and the company has made a strong and sustained effort in taking its gluten-free endeavor chain wide over the past year, but there are still a few kinks to work out. So gluten-free diners may want to check it out, but with a bit of caution and a list of questions. Read more



The Celiac MD™

Triggers for Celiac Disease: One possible answer


What triggers celiac disease? How can someone who has eaten gluten their entire life suddenly become ill after ingesting it? Researchers at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center may be close to finding an answer to these questions.  This is exciting news, as the discovery of potential triggers may lead to the development of therapies for the prevention of celiac disease. 

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 Iamori - Cookies, ravioli, pizza and more  

Vic Dolcourt sat down with Irene Kwock of Iamori to learn how the South Bay company came about, its specialties and challenges, and Irene's thoughts about where she wants to position her company in terms of Bay Area food trends. Irene's experience as a pastry chef, and her dedication inspired by her family, have served her well in this well-established and beloved business venture.  Read more


Gluten Free Canteen: Autumn baking 

Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel, the writing and photography team behind the blog Gluten Free Canteen and authors of  Nosh on This: Gluten Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen, share their favorite autumn recipes, including Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cupcakes, Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Cookies, Tipsy Pumpkin Butter Pie and Apple Streusel Coffeecake. Who could resist - let's get baking. Read more


Sign up now - Celiac Disease Foundation

At the beginning of every month I receive the Celiac Disease Foundation's InBrief update by email and it's always full of news, helpful tips, advocacy and research updates. Keep up with our national community by signing up for the Celiac Disease Foundation's FREE email list here We have strength in numbers!


Win a cookbook in our fall contest! 

Congratulations to our member Tiffany Ehrmantraut, who won our August contest for the Yummy Supper cookbook by Erin Scott!

Author 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. 

TO ENTER: Just send us a sentence or a brief paragraph by September 30th describing a way in which the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California or Camp Celiac has been helpful or had a positive impact on your life. That's it! 

Send your entry to with "Cookbook contest" in the subject line. 


~ We will publish everyone's comments on a testimonials page on our website so make sure you are comfortable with having your comment published


~ You must include your full name to enter, but indicate if you prefer to have just your first name or initials published with your comment

Cookbook contests coming up later this fall:



100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster The book's 100 recipes are designed for busy lifestyles and most can be made in less than 30 minutes.  They focus on main dishes, breakfast, breads, grains and pasta, and desserts. Plus, I offer many tips on shaving precious time from meal preparation including how to use slow cookers and making one-pot meals. This cute little book, complete with gorgeous photographs, makes a terrific holiday gift.








Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking From a Jewish-American Kitchen features over 100 recipes for the gluten-free baker who craves traditional Jewish baking. From Apple Upside-Down Cake to Cherry Chocolate Mandelbrot and more, there are recipes for cookies, cakes, pies & tarts, bars & brownies, pastries, cupcakes, donuts, macaroons, quick breads, muffins, and biscuits, breads, savories, matzoh, and crackers. There's even a bonus "Out of the Box" chapter for making the most of a gluten-free mix. Every single recipe is paired with a full-page photograph that provides the readers with an expectation of the result. Many recipes are Dairy-Free or include a Dairy-Free option. 




 Cate & Co. is shipping!



Don't live close to Napa? Not a problem! Cate & Co. Is excited to announce we will start shipping nationwide this September! We are starting with our breads and larder first, with more to follow after. If you would like to sign up on our e-mail list to be notified as soon as that happens, send an e-mail to with the subject "Mailing List." 


Events Calendar for September

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


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




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