February 2016 Newsletter

Have Some Cake Therapy!

By Vic Dolcourt  -  "I didn't originally plan to go into business selling gluten-free Paleo baking mixes. It just happened. Circumstances conspired, and I'm glad they did," said Monica Espinoza, the talent behind Cake Therapy, and also a full-time community college counselor in San Jose. "It all started with my mom." 

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD

Gluten Causes "Chicken Skin": Fact or Myth?
According to "Dr. Google," the tiny bumps popularly known as " chicken skin" that occur on the backs of arms and on cheeks and thighs can be cured by eliminating gluten from the diet. Is there truth to that claim or is it yet another Internet myth?  Found in up to 50% of the world's population, and known in medical terms as keratosis pilaris, these tiny bumps can be cosmetically unappealing, but don't typically cause other symptoms or harm. But their presence can cause significant emotional distress.  Read more

Cookbook:  The New Yiddish Kitchen

From two local leaders in the Paleo cooking community, The New Yiddish Kitchen is a fresh and healthful take on a beloved food tradition. Packed with over 100 traditional Jewish foods plus bonus holiday menus, this book lets you celebrate the holidays and every day with delicious food that truly nourishes. Authors Simone Miller and Jennifer Robins have selected classic dishes - like matzo balls, borscht, challah, four different bagel recipes, a variety of deli sandwiches, sweet potato latkes, apple kugel, black & white cookies and moreall adapted to be grain-, gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free, as well as kosher. The book is a fun mix of new and old: modern with the whole-foods Paleo philosophy, and nostalgic with the cooking tips of Jewish grandmothers just like your own bubbe.

Support group meetings in February
For details please see our Events Calendar

Tonight! Celiac Disease Foundation - Marin Support Group 
Next meeting: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - 7pm to 8:30pm.

Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California - Sonoma County
Next meeting: Saturday, February 27, 10am-12pm

Gluten Free Discussion Group in Walnut Creek  
Next meeting: February 18, 7 PM
Celiac Support Group (Sacramento area)
Next meetings: February 7 in Sacramento and February 20 in Davis

Central Coast Celiacs
Next meeting: 5:30 pm Friday, February 26th in San Luis Obispo 

Peninsula GFFs (Gluten-Free Friends)
Next event: Painting Party, February 12 in San Jose

Camp Celiac Logo
Camp Celiac - Summer 2016!  
Session 1:   July 11-14
Session 2:  July 14-17

The initial registration period for campers, counselors and volunteers is February 1-14, 2016, on the Camp Celiac website.  
Questions? See the website for contact information, FAQs, photo gallery 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.

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If you enter the Amazon website through Amazon Smile and choose the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California as your charity, Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to our all-volunteer foundation. Same Amazon products, prices and service and it costs you nothing! Please share with friends and family. Thank you for helping us provide free community services!

Little Gem: New gluten-free restaurant in San Francisco!

Little Gem, a Modern California eatery opened in San Francisco celebrating fresh ingredients, preparations and elevating the notion of fast-casual cuisine.  Founded by Eric Lilavois, formerly COO of the Thomas Keller Group, Little Gem features produce that is responsibly grown, without harmful chemicals, processing, or modification.  Menu spotlights seasonal produce, meat and fish.  All of the cooking is naturally free of gluten, dairy and refine sugar. Little Gem is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Location: 400 Grove St., at the corner of Gough. http://www.littlegem.restaurant/

Yummy Supper: Almond Blood Orange Cake

By Erin Scott - A rich, moist almond cake with a hint of cardamom and blood orange zest, with a simple side of blood orange slices... yep I gotta say, this cake is really working for me. I'm a total sucker for almond flour, my favorite ingredient in GF baking. I deeply appreciate that almond flour creations don't even try to mimic your standard wheat flour baked goods. Instead, almond flour treats have their own distinct flavor, texture, and magic deliciousness that no other flour can achieve - and I like that everything is packed with nutty protein.  

Participate in Research at Stanford and U.C. Irvine

U.C. Irvine:  Participate in research at U.C. Irvine by taking a brief survey. A research group is looking into designing and developing a low-cost, easy to use, rapid gluten detection device for celiac and gluten-sensitive patients, meant for patients to check their food, makeup, etc. We love to see young researchers studying gluten-related disorders and getting support!

Stanford Campus Stanford: An interdisciplinary research group of Stanford graduate students in medicine, business and engineering are studying the feasibility of developing a saliva-based test for celiac disease (the current standard is a blood test that measures antibodies to gluten). The group is conducting a survey about whether or not a saliva test for celiac disease would be of value to patients. 

Culinary Institute of America's Gluten-Free Baking Class
Saturday, April 9th, 9:30am-2:30pm

The Culinary Institute of America is offering a gluten-free baking class at its Greystone campus in St. Helena. The class will include sweet and savory recipes straight from the pages of the CIA's Gluten-Free Baking cookbook. The cost is $250 for the 5-hour class. Please register by March 1st because this class will be cancelled if there aren't enough sign-ups. More details and registration

Feeling social? If you would you like to attend a class, special event or support group, take a look at our monthly 

Save the date for 
Celiac Disease Foundation's National Conference
& Gluten-Free EXPO

April 30-May 1, 2016 at the Pasadena Convention Center in Los Angeles!
Get the latest information from medical and nutrition experts on celiac disease and gluten-free living that is guaranteed to help you and your loved ones live a happier, healthier gluten-free lifestyle.  CDF Conference and Expo

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

They say when you're in love...you get Mariposas in your belly... Give them some of these Mariposas for Valentine's Day! http://www.mariposabaking.com/

*Dainty little Linzer Cookies filled with raspberry preserves
*A pair of our Sweetheart Cookies delicately filled and drizzled with chocolate, wrapped up in a red bow
*Heart-shaped 'Butter' Cookies' dusted with sweet pink sugar
*Strawberry filled Chocolate Whoopie Pies - just for the holiday
*Valentine's Mini Cupcakes, the perfect little desserts for parties
*Heart-Shaped Chocolate Cakes for a heartfelt chocolate indulgence to share

Jennifer Iscol


Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California

P.O. Box 1506

Healdsburg, CA 95448



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