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Gluten-Free Bay Area October/November Events

Posted on October 14th, 2009 by Alison Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »

More and more gluten-free events are popping up around the San Francisco Bay Area! What a change from when I was first diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. A few October events have already passed, but here’s what’s coming up for the rest of the month and November. If you have an event you would like me to add, please contact me.


GLUTEN-FREE COOKING CLASSES in Novato (Oct. 15, 22, 29)

Fresh Starts Cooking School in Novato has planned a series of three classes featuring gluten-free recipes in our new demonstration kitchen at The Next Key Center in Hamilton. Fresh Starts Cooking School is a project of Homeward Bound of Marin, the chief provider of shelter and services to homeless families and adults in Marin. The school is an offshoot of the culinary job-training program and provides not only revenue to support their programs but also work experience for students who help with class prep. Register online at and click “Take A Cooking Class.” Or call 415‐382‐3363 ext. 243 to reserve a seat.

GLUTEN-FREE EVENT at The Pasta Shop in Oakland (Oct. 17)

Jacqueline Mallorca, author of the cookbook The Wheat-Free Cook will be signing copies of her brand new book, Gluten-Free Italian. Chefs will be handing out  samples of selected recipes,
and selling gluten-free foods from the book from their deli counter. The Pasta Shop carries
all kinds of gluten-free foods, including the best Italian-made pasta Jacqueline has yet found! Her website is

Location of the book signing: The Pasta Shop, Rockridge Market Hall, 5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618 Telephone 510.250.6005

HIPP KITCHEN debuts restaurant certification program and a dinner
to help people with FOOD SENSITIVITIES in San Francisco (Oct. 17)

Hipp Kitchen (Hipp is short for Hippocrates), created by personal chef Tom Herndon and nutritionist Willie Victor, is dedicated to creating fun, rich, and healthy dining experiences for people with food allergies and sensitivities.

They are focusing on a restaurant certification program where they work with the chef to develop prix fixe menus free of gluten, soy, dairy, shellfish, peanuts and processed sugar.  The menu reflects the chef’s culinary point of view and then becomes part of the restaurant’s portfolio. Their intention is to provide LOTS of choices for the allergenista community and to increase the pleasures of dining out.

You are invited to the debut of Hipp Kitchen’s first certified menu on October 17 at Daffodil, on Bush Street near Powell.  The prix fixe menu is $50 per person.  For more information and to register, visit


Curious about a gluten free/dairy free diet? This is the day for you! Cost is $15. Proceeds benefit Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and is 100% tax deductible!

Health Talks schedule:
12:30-1:45- Celiac Disease-this is the gluten free discussion you don’t want to miss!
2-3:15- No wheat, no dairy, no problem! Nutrition and Autism
3:30-4:45- Nutrition for weight loss and fitness!
Plus: Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Zumba health talks, healthy food, some cool prizes and lots of fun! Come for one class or stay for them all!

Saturday, October 17th, 12-5pm
Location: KB Fitness, 672 Blossom Hill Road, Sunrise Plaza Shopping Center, San Jose, CA 95123
You may pay at the door or to reserve your spot now e-mail Space is

$5 off AMICI’S PIZZA (October Tuesdays)

In recognition of Celiac  Awareness Month, Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria will offer $5 off all Gluten-Free Pizzas on any Tuesday during the month of October. Locations offering the Gluten Free pizza are Menlo Park, Mountain View, San Jose, Dublin, Vacaville, and Lombard Street in San Francisco. Location information is available at


Mollie Stone’s markets are having gluten-free food-tasting events throughout the Bay Area during the month of October. The next ones are: Oct 17th in San Mateo, Oct 18th in Palo Alto, Oct 24th at Tower in San Francisco, Oct 25th at Grand Central in San Francisco


Don’t miss this one-time opportunity to listen to three clinicians who are authors, public speakers and passionate supporters of the gluten-free lifestyle. Speakers are pediatric gastroenterologist Dr Rodney Ford, MD, co-founders of the HealthNOW Medical Center and authors Dr Vikki Petersen and Dr Richard Petersen. For more information, visit their website:

GLUTEN-FREE COOKING SPREE in San Francisco (Oct. 30)

Don’t forget to buy your tickets and come out to have a great gluten-free time and help the raise awareness! For event details, including participants (they keep updating!), go to the NFCA’s website:

GLUTEN-FREE FOOD FAIR at Draeger’s in Danville (Nov. 8 )

The Draeger’s Gluten-Free Club will have another event, this time at the Danville store. The theme will be on cooking, eating and entertaining “gluten-free” during the holidays. Jacqueline Mallorca will be speaking (you have to sign up for the talks as space is limited in their demonstration kitchens). Vendors will be situated throughout the store, sampling their gluten-free foods. As always, Draeger’s will be fully stocked with an incredible variety of gluten-free foods. For more information: Draeger’s Gluten-Free Club

Location: Draeger’s, 4100 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville CA 94506
Telephone 925.648.5800

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  1. Hi,

    Just wondering if there is an updated/current list of gluten free cooking classes or other gluten free events in the Bay Area?


  2. hi Betsy,
    North Bay Celiacs has a good list:
    I haven’t kept up with these announcements!

  3. Hi Betsy:
    I was wondering if there are any gluten free cooking classes in the North Bay area . Do you have a current updated list?


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