November 2015 Newsletter
Enjoy the fall and our latest newsletter!

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

Cold Sores, Canker Sores and Gluten

This month I write about two disorders that some might consider trivial, mere nuisances to be quickly forgotten - canker sores and cold sores. These painful and annoying eruptions may, however, be a clue that something else is amiss. Canker sores and cold sores are both very common and frequently confused. Their presence is usually seen as a bother that is not worthy of mention by patients in my office. I typically have to inquire about them or they are not discussed. Patients ask, "Everyone gets them, don't they?"  Read more 
Gluten-Free Friends (GFFs) - A New Support Group for Parents and Kids in the Bay Area!

Gluten-Free Friends is a new support group run by several Bay Area parents to organize events for gluten-free kids.
  • Goals: We plan to bring children together to make new friends, have fun and provide support for one another, and provide a source of information for parents.
  •  Ages:  The group is for children and teens up to age 20. Events will be organized by age range.
  • Get involved: The group is still evolving. If you would like to help organize an event or be in charge of a geographic area (we are looking for help with North Bay, San Francisco and East Bay) please email us.
Upcoming Events with Gluten-Free Friends
Gluten-Free Cookie Decorating - Dec. 14th 1:00pm-5:30pm in two time slots for different age groups. More info and sign up here

Gluten-Free Social in the Park in San Carlos - 
Saturday, Nov. 21 2-5pm. More info here.

The Gluten Free Wife Bakery

By Vic Dolcourt -  Michelle Belanger's motto is, "Everybody deserves a wedding cake or a birthday cake," and she puts that into action as the owner of  The Gluten Free Wife Bakery, based in the beautiful coastal town of Pacifica just south of San Francisco. Living up to her motto can present a challenge to her baking skills. Michelle told me about an order for an upcoming wedding cake: "The bride needed a beautifully decorated cake that was not only gluten-free but also free of milk, egg, grain, soy and corn.   Read more
Napa Whole Foods Culinary Center

Upcoming Support Meetings

These support group meetings for celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders are free public events offered by the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California in partnership with Whole Foods. More details here  under "North Bay."
Napa | Whole Foods
Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 9:00-10:30am. Free. The meeting will be an opportunity for informal discussion and include a Q&A with Amy Burkhart, MD, RD. No sign-up necessary.

Santa Rosa | Whole Foods at Coddingtown Mall
Saturday, December 5th, 2015 from 10am-12pm. Free. The meeting will be an opportunity for informal discussion and include a Q&A with Amy Burkhart, MD, RD. No sign-up necessary but if you register by sending an email to jiscol@celiaccommunity.org by Nov. 29, you will receive a Whole Foods goody bag.

Laura Klipp of Gluten-Free Klippy's will join us at both meetings with samples of delicious cookies freshly baked from her frozen cookie dough, which is now available in stores throughout the Bay Area!

The Gluten-Free Baking Class that had been scheduled at Culinary Institute of America at its Greystone campus in St. Helena for October 24th was cancelled. It will be rescheduled in the spring. Watch for sign-ups in early 2016.

Mariposa Baking:  Oakland & S.F. Ferry Building Bakeshops  

It's never too early to prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration! Pre-order all of your holiday essentials on pickup.mariposabaking.com. Here's what to look forward to in November:

  • Fresh Pumpkin, Apple, Apple Cranberry & Pecan Pies
  • 6" New York Cheesecake available for a limited time only
  • Pull-Apart Rosemary Rolls & Cornbread Muffins - soft, aromatic rolls for your holiday meal
  • Bread Cubes, a great start to your family stuffing recipe
  • New! This year we will be baking our own Cornbread Stuffing - ready to heat and serve!

Place your pre-orders online by Monday, November 23rd, for a stress-free holiday shopping experience. 

We are seeking a Napa support group 

The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California runs a quarterly support group at Whole Foods in Napa. We are seeking a kind, organized and responsible local resident to co-lead the group.

You do not need to be an "expert," and you can be recently diagnosed or the parent of a child with celiac disease.  You do need to adhere to our mission of evidence-based support. 

It's light duty, well supported by our foundation, and it is an essential role in our support network. For more information, please contact Jennifer Iscol jiscol@celiaccommunity.org.

Would you like to attend a class, special event or support group?
Take a look at our monthly Events Calendar

Celiac Disease Foundation
Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace

Underscoring its role as a leader in online tools for the gluten-free community, Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) launched the Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace, a retail destination hosted on celiac.org. The Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all of your gluten-free and allergy-free needs, and is also available as an App! Start browsing today

Jennifer Iscol


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

P.O. Box 1506

Healdsburg, CA 95448



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