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Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin June 2012 Meeting

Posted on May 13th, 2012 by Alison Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

gigofmarin1Tips and Techniques from Gluten Free Chefs

Our next meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will take place on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00.

If you are new to gluten free cooking and want to know where to start or if you’re already cooking gluten free and looking for fresh inspiration, please come to our next meeting to hear from three local chefs, all of whom discovered their own gluten intolerance when they were well into their food-related careers.

Our panel of chefs has a broad range of experience from cooking in restaurants, to directing a cooking school, to food styling.  Uniting them all is the journey each has made to adapt their professional cooking careers to meet the needs of gluten free eaters, including themselves.

Amy Fothergill trained at Cornell University and enjoyed a varied career as a restaurateur, caterer, and food service manager.  FothergillHer daughter was put on a gluten free diet in 2007. Applying her cooking experience to this new gluten-free cuisine, Amy created recipes that satisfied not only her daughter but everyone who tried them.

To better understand the customers in her gluten-free cooking classes, Amy changed her own diet to gluten-free. Within a week, she felt lighter, had better digestion and was sleeping better.  Based on how much better she felt she committed to gluten-free living a month later. In the following years, Amy’s son and husband also switched to eating gluten free.  Her family does not have celiac disease but each family member had found their gastrointestinal and other symptoms relieved by eliminating gluten. Chef Amy now considers herself an advocate for gluten-free living and cooking. She is currently working with Second Helping, a new gluten-free frozen food company to help create delicious, gluten-free food for the consumer market.

Jeffrey Larsen is a food stylist, recipe developer, pastry chef and cooking instructor, specializing in allergen free cooking and baking. As a food stylist, he Jeff Larsonassisted on nine books for Williams Sonoma and has worked on almost every issue of Sunset Magazine for the last ten years. His allergen free journey started 10 years ago when he began developing recipes for his dairy and gluten intolerant mother mother who lives in Montana and had absolutely no support and no information when she received her diagnosis. In helping his mother, Jeffrey gave himself a head start when he discovered that he is also gluten intolerant. In addition to teaching, Jeffrey now consults with individuals and businesses on developing menus and creating allergen free kitchens. He recently developed the breakfast menu for a new gluten free inn in Napa, Inn on Randolph.

Laurie Gauguin has been cooking professionally for restaurants and catering companies as well as for doctors and dieticians and as culinary director of a health-focused Laurie Gauguincooking school. When her health started to wane, she consulted several doctors, but no one was able to determine what was wrong. “I felt miserable every time I ate, and many nights I spent curled up in the fetal position, feeling depressed and listless,” says Gauguin. Through her own elimination diet she discovered her gluten intolerance.  Laurie’s mission became to help gluten-intolerant people celebrate their newly-found health by embracing the enormous variety of foods that will keep them healthy. “I show people that eating deliciously on a gluten-free diet is not only possible, but doable for everyone.” Visit Laurie’s blog for recipes and tips about shopping at the farmer’s market.


This meeting will offer a rare chance to meet all three of these trail-blazing gluten free chefs and learn practical tips and techniques that you can put to work in your kitchen.  Don’t miss it! 

You can RSVP here or on our Facebook page.  RSVPs help us plan logistically for the meeting, but if you haven’t RSVP’d, please come anyway!  You are always welcome.

This is an excellent meeting to bring friends or family who are new to gluten free living!  Our speakers will offer many practical ideas plus their energetic and positive approaches to living gluten free.  Please spread the word about this meeting.  You can find a flyer for distributing or posting by visiting our website and clicking on GIG of Marin Flyers For Mailing or Printing on the banner across the top. 

Please let your gluten free friends and family know about this fun event. The meeting is free; however, we appreciate a donation of $5 or more to cover the costs of renting the meeting room, printing the handouts, etc.

Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we welcome you to the GIG of Marin. New members, friends, and loved ones are always welcome.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Tuesday, June 5
  • 7:00 to 9:00pm
  • Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (upstairs at PF Chang’s end) 770 Tamalpais Dr. Suite 201, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

We look forward to seeing you!

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  1. I’m really looking forward to this. I hope you’ll all join us!