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February Update
Dear Members,

We are working on a special series of articles for a combined February/ March newsletter. In the meantime, we have a few updates below about Camp Celiac, a meeting in Santa Rosa this Saturday (see below to register), a news round-up, and some tips from members. There's also a reminder about the Celiac Disease Foundation National Conference and Gluten-Free Expo in Los Angeles in May. 



Support Groups


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California


Santa Rosa:

We partner with Whole Foods in the Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa to offer quarterly gluten-free support meetings on Saturday mornings. The events are free and open to the public. We meet in the community room next to the Customer Service Desk.

Next meeting: Saturday, February 21, from 10:00am-12:00pm. Discussion, Q&A, goody bags. RSVP to by 8pm on February 18 to receive a goody bag. If you didn't register in time to receive a goody bag, we hope you'll join us anyway (and we may have a few extra). We hope to see you there. 

Future meeting: Saturday, May 23 (tentative)



A quarterly support group for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity meets at the Culinary Center of Whole Foods in Napa, 3682 Bel Aire Plaza. Admission is free. Members of the public are welcome and sign-ups are not necessary. Meetings will include a Q & A with physician Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, a specialist in gluten-related health issues. Meetings are sponsored by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California and Whole Foods Market, Napa. Questions? Contact  

Upcoming meetings: Apr. 25, Aug. 22, and Nov. 14. Most meetings are Saturdays, 9:00-10:30am, but check the

Events Calendar as we get closer.


Los Gatos: 

We are partnering with Whole Foods in Los Gatos, CA, to bring support, awareness and education about celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity to the local community there. If you live in the Los Gatos area, keep an eye out in our newsletter and on our Events Calendar for events currently being scheduled for 2015. 


If you would like to be involved in helping plan events, or would just like to offer some feedback about what services or events would be helpful to you, please contact the Los Gatos Whole Foods Marketing Team Leader, Sandy Mariscal, at Sandy is committed to gluten-free community outreach and support. We hope to see you there in 2015!


For meetings in 
Walnut Creek, Sacramento, Davis
 San Luis Obispo, 
check out the 

Don't see an event in your area? We are an all-volunteer organization. If you would like to help start a support meeting in your area, send us a note. Contact Jennifer at


Favorite News This Month


Cheerios is going gluten-free! (Sort of). Read about it in the Wall Street Journal, and check out Gluten-Free Watchdog's blog post on it.

"Beer Pairings for Your Girl Scout Cookies" Yes, that sounds disgusting, but it's pretty funny. The last pairing is GF.
"University of Washington Gets an "F" at Accommodating Our College Student" A detailed and jarring account of what can happen when a celiac student goes to college.

P.F. Chang's is getting sued for charging extra for its gluten-free dishes. The Celiac Disease Foundation announced it does not support the lawsuit. G-Free Foodie started a #dineGF Twitter campaign
to support restaurants that serve GF. 


Camp Celiac
Camp Celiac 
Summer 2015

Session 1:   July 19 - 22

Session 2:   July 22 - 25


Camp update:  Sign-ups for counselors and campers started on February 1st on the
Camp Celiac website. If you signed up by February 14th, you will hear from camp by the end of February.  Spots are still available at this time.    Questions? See the website for contact information and more.


The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California administers Camp Celiac at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA, in partnership with The Taylor Family Foundation.


Events Calendar for February

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


Don't miss the only celiac disease and gluten sensitivity conference in California!


Celiac Disease Foundation's National Conference & Gluten-Free Expo

Join us May 2 and May 3, 2015, in Pasadena, California to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. 

You'll receive the latest medical information surrounding celiac disease, hear from world renowned celiac disease experts, and get one-on-one support from dietitians and nutritionists to help you live a happier, healthier gluten-free life. This is an event you won't want to miss! Network with hundreds of people, including your favorite gluten-free vendors, authors, and bloggers, to support you and your loved ones and optimize your health. Visit for more information.


Tips from our members

Debbie McCkay

I don't know if the group already knows about the Cosmic Cookie Jar. They are a local bakery business that makes all their products gluten free, and some are dairy free too. They don't have a retail space, but sell their goods at the Sebastopol Farmer's Market on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. They have the best gluten-free bread I've tasted. It is a multigrain loaf. I slice it and put it in the freezer and take out a slices as needed. Their baked goods sell out fast, so I email them my order on Saturday and it is saved and ready for pick up at the Farmers Market on Sunday. If you don't order ahead of time, it's a good idea to get there at 10am on Sunday to have the best selection.


One of the things I miss now that I'm gluten free is a great sandwich.  I recently discovered that Ike's Place on Mendocino Ave. in Santa Rosa has a great gluten-free baguette that you can request with any of their sandwiches. The sandwiches are excellent. The baguette comes from Mariposa Bakery in Oakland, and it tastes like the real deal. [Check out our article Ike's Place: Gourmet Sandwiches for Everyone.]


I would like to give a shout-out to a local restaurant here in Davis called Our House. They have great food and are extremely gluten-free friendly. I think about 75% of their menu is marked as gluten-free, including delicious desserts! It is my husband's and my go-to place for date nights, and we even bring our kids there on occasion. Thank you, Our House, for providing wonderful great gluten-free dining! 


Sign up now - Celiac Disease Foundation

At the beginning of every month the Celiac Disease Foundation sends out its 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



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