Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin February meeting

Posted on January 9th, 2010 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

Our next meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will take place on Monday, February 8. We will discuss medical and food topics, and as always, there will be raffle prizes!

Whether you have Celiac Disease, are gluten-sensitive, or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we look forward to seeing you at the February 8th meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin! New members are welcome.

To be added to our group email list and/or to RSVP to this event, email us at: glutenfreemarin@yahoo.com.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Monday, February 8
  • 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,
Sheila and Alison

Meet the Co-Founders of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin:
Sheila Wagner, PT, CN has been an Orthopedic Physical Therapist for 29 years. Discovering her Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance 12 years ago prompted Sheila to become a Certified Nutritionist and integrate that service with her Physical Therapy private practice. Sheila is known as an expert in evaluating and treating orthopedic conditions and discovering their connections to food incompatibilities and metabolic dysfunctions. www.sheilawagner.com.
Alison St. Sure was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002 and is the mother of a daughter with multiple food allergies. Alison was inspired to create SureFoodsLiving.com to provide information to others who are living with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity andor other food allergies. Alison’s website and consulting services are known as an exceptional source of information and assistance.


Gluten-Free Bay Area October/November Events

Posted on October 14th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | 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.

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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 www.hbofm.org 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 www.glutenfreeexpert.com.

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

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 www.hippkitchen.com.

HEALTH & FITNESS CHARITY EVENT in San Jose (Oct. 17)

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 conamor@sbcglobal.net. Space is
limited.

$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 www.amicis.com.

MOLLIE STONE’S GLUTEN-FREE DAYS (weekends in October)

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

GLUTEN SENSITIVITY AND CELIAC FORUM in Menlo Park (Oct. 24)

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: www.healthnowmedical.com.

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: www.celiaccentral.org

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


Mollie Stone’s Bay Area Gluten-Free Food Tasting Event

Posted on September 24th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Restaurants/Stores, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

Mollie Stone’s markets are having gluten-free food-tasting events throughout the Bay Area during the month of October. For those of you who haven’t visited a Mollie Stone’s before, you will be pleasantly surprised by their gluten-free offerings!

mollie_stones_marketCome by and sample yummy GF foods on these dates:

  • Oct 3rd Saturday
    Greenbrae store in Marin
  • Oct 4th Sunday
    Sausalito store in Marin — I will be at the store representing the Gluten Intolerance Resource Group — come by and say hi!
  • Oct 10th Saturday
    Burlingame store
  • Oct 11th Sunday
    San Bruno store
  • Oct 17th Saturday
    San Mateo
  • Oct 18th Sunday
    Palo Alto
  • Oct 24th Saturday
    Tower in San Francisco
  • Oct 25th Sunday
    Grand Central in San Francisco

Some information about their gluten-free foods can be found on the Mollie Stone’s website, but they really carry more than is listed there. Also, you can find these gluten-free items in the bakeries:

  • AG Ferrari Torta di Amaretto
  • AG Ferrari Torta di Ciocollato
  • French Meadow Brownie GF Tub
  • French Meadow Macaroons GF Tub
  • Mariposa Biscotti Almond Gluten Free
  • Mariposa Brownie Mocha Gluten Free
  • Fabe’s Pie Gluten Free Apple 6″
  • Flax 4 Life Muffin Carrot Raisin 4Pk
  • Flax 4 Life Muffin Wild Blueberry 4Pk
  • Flax 4 Life Granola Banana Coconut
  • Flax 4 Life Granola Cranberry Orange
  • Taza Bar Chocolate 60% Organic
  • Taza Bar Chocolate 80% Organic
  • Crave Tart Franpane Apple GF
  • Crave Tart Franpane Apricot GF

Thank you to Mollie Stone’s for helping the gluten-free community!


Gluten Intolerance Resource Group of Marin October meeting

Posted on September 9th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

Whether you have Celiac Disease, are Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerant or are learning more about gluten free living for yourself, family or friends, we look forward to seeing you at the October 5th meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Resource Group (GIRG) of Marin! NOTE NEW LOCATION: Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center.

Be sure to sign up to receive email updates about this group by emailing us at: glutenfreemarin@yahoo.com.

There will be interesting topics, discussion, news, handouts, samples, and raffle prizes!

The Gluten Intolerance Resource Group of Marin will meet:
Monday, October 5th
7:00 to 9:00pm
Community Room at Corte Madera Town Center (upstairs at south end)
770 Tamalpais Dr. Suite 201, Corte Madera, CA, 94925

Topics for this meeting include:
Part 1 of: “I’m Gluten Free and I Still Don’t Feel Well!”
Sheila will present some of the reasons why you may still have symptoms even though you are gluten-free. Plenty of time for discussion to follow!
plus…
Halloween and Thanksgiving are coming! Are you ready?
Alison will share her annual Halloween candy safe list and some Thanksgiving tips. We hope you will share yours too! Do you have a gluten-free Thanksgiving recipe? Bring copies for the group if you wish, or we can discuss trading recipes via email. (We will not have access to a copier at the meeting.)

We look forward to seeing you,
Sheila and Alison

Meet the Co-Founders of GIRG:

Sheila Wagner, PT, CN has been an Orthopedic Physical Therapist for 29 years. Discovering her Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance 12 years ago prompted Sheila to become a Certified Nutritionist and integrate that service with her Physical Therapy private practice.  Sheila is known as an expert in evaluating and treating orthopedic conditions and discovering their connections to food incompatibilities and metabolic dysfunctions.
www.sheilawagner.com

Alison St. Sure was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2002 and is the mother of a daughter with multiple food allergies. Alison was inspired to create SureFoodsLiving.com to provide information to others who are living with Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity and/or other food allergies. Alison’s website and consulting services are known as an exceptional source of information and assistance.


Gluten Free Cooking Spree in San Francisco Oct 30

Posted on August 8th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

sfcookingspreeThe Gluten Free Cooking Spree is coming to San Francisco! This is a fun party where you can eat gluten-free and socialize with the GF community of the Bay Area.

Here is the event information:

Watch 10 top chefs, 10 health professionals and 10 members of the media compete to make the best gluten-free meals!

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) invites you to the San Francisco Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. The Gluten-Free Cooking Spree is an event that joins together the medical and lifestyle aspects of celiac disease to educate both doctors and chefs about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

When:
Friday, October 30, 2009
6:30pm-9:00pm

Where:
Treasure Island
Building 1 (Administration Building)
San Francisco, CA
‘middle’ of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

What:
Enjoy hearty gluten-free hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer and other beverages.

Here’s how it works:

* Top chefs, doctors and reporters will be put on to teams of three. Each team will have one chef, one doctor and one member of the media. Together, the doctor, chef and media representatives will work to create the best gluten-free meal.
*  Attendees will sample the food cooked by the chefs and enjoy a large assortment of other gluten-free food options. Come hungry!
*  All attendees will take home a fabulous goodie bag filled with treats from a variety of gluten-free vendors.
*  A three-person expert panel will judge recipes.

And more!

* Visit the Dieititans Corner to get the answers to your questions about the gluten-free lifestyle.

* A silent auction and raffle will offer guests a chance to win valuable prizes!

*  Enjoy the Marketplace where vendors will share samples of their products, give product coupons and sell their wares.

*  Enjoy gluten-free hors d’ouerves, desserts,  beer and wine.

Tickets:
General Admission: $50
At the Door: $75
Children (12 and under) and Students: $35
Children 5 and under: Free ($5 donation suggested)
Order tickets online

More information available at
www.CeliacCentral.org

Judges:
NFCA is proud to announce that Dr. Phillip G. Zimbardo will serve as a member of the panel of judges for the San Francisco Gluten-Free Cooking Spree. Dr. Zimbardo is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Stanford University, two-time past president of the Western Psychological Association, and past president of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Zimbardo is an internationally recognized scholar, educator, researcher and media personality, winning numerous awards and honors in each of these domains. He has been a Stanford University professor since 1968, having taught previously at Yale, NYU and Columbia.

Dr. Zimbardo is noted for his books that bring the study of psychology to the public. His most recent book, “The Time Paradox: The New Psychology of Time That Will Change Your Life”, was published in 2008 by Free Press preceded by “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” (Random House, 2007).


Food Allergy Walk 2009 in San Francisco – please donate or walk!

Posted on July 13th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Food Allergies, SF Bay Area, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

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My daughter has several food allergies, ranging from moderate to severe. We carry the Epi-Pen and thankfully, because we are always so careful, have never had to use it. She starts kindergarten this fall and I have to admit I am a little nervous about the difficulties we will face as she gets older. I have high hopes that one day there will be a cure for food allergies so I am walking in the Food Allergy Walk to help raise awareness and money to find a cure.

The Food Allergy Walk 2009 in San Francisco will take place on September 12. It is a beautiful walk in Golden Gate Park with fun activities for the kids! Will you join me or donate?

To DONATE on behalf of TEAM SURE FOODS LIVING:

  1. Go here: http://www.foodallergywalk.org/goto/TeamSureFoodsLiving
  2. Click on a team member’s name (it doesn’t matter which one… it all goes to the overall team goal)
  3. Click on Support Me and go through the donation process

To WALK with TEAM SURE FOODS LIVING:

  1. Go here: http://www.foodallergywalk.org/goto/TeamSureFoodsLiving
  2. Click on “Join Team Sure Foods Living” and go through the registration process. Each family member will have to be registered separately. If you are having trouble with the registration process, email me (alison AT surefoodsliving.com) and I will send you more detailed instructions.

WALK DETAILS:

When: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Time: Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.; Walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
Location: Golden Gate Park, Music Concourse, near the Japanese Tea Garden and de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA 94118
Distance: 2 miles

WHY WE ARE WALKING

  • To find a cure for food allergies
  • To increase awareness of food allergy and the effect it has on a community
  • To provide understanding, hope, and an opportunity for a child with food allergy to simply be a child
  • To save a life!

According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), more than 12 million Americans, or one in every 25, have food allergies. Included in that number are 3.1 million children. Scientists cannot explain why this number has doubled in the U.S. over the past 10 years. For many, food allergy is more than just hives – an allergic reaction can be deadly.

Over the years, FAAN has been at the forefront of progress in food allergy research. Findings from research studies have been used to change federal and state laws, improve school policies, raise public awareness, improve the daily lives of individuals with food allergy, and provide education for patients, caregivers, and health professionals.

Please donate to my team to help raise money to advance FAAN’s mission of education, advocacy, research, and awareness. Read about current food allergy treatment studies to learn how some of the money is being used!

Thank you for your support!
Alison


Gluten Intolerance Resource Group of Marin

Posted on May 8th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Sure Foods Living News, Upcoming Events | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

Are you gluten intolerant or have you been diagnosed with Celiac Disease?  Maybe you’re wondering if gluten is involved with your children’s health?  Perhaps you’ve seen that gluten-free products are on the rise in many stores and wonder what that’s all about. Whether you know about gluten, want to know more or are simply curious…..

PLEASE JOIN US
TUESDAY, August 4, 2009.
Time and place to be determined.
(We are looking for donated space in Marin County to accommodate our growing group!)

Please email alison@surefoodsliving.com
to be put on list to receive updates regarding the meetings.

These meetings are packed with up-to-date information about the medical aspects of Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance, the latest and greatest gluten-free food finds, samples, book sales, and a chance to ask your questions and share your experiences. Don’t miss out on being part of the gluten-free community right here in Marin! Questions? Call 415-785-4980 or email alison@surefoodsliving.com.

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Meet the co-founders of the Gluten Intolerance Resource Group (GIRG) of Marin:

Alison St. Sure founder of  www.surefoodsliving.com has Celiac Disease and is a mother of 2 daughters, one with multiple food allergies. Intimately connected to gluten and other food allergies, Alison’s website and consulting services have become known as an exceptional source of information & assistance in the world of food allergies.

Sheila Wagner, PT, CN, discovering her Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance, was inspired to integrate her Orthopedic Physical Therapy practice with Certified Nutritionist services. Sheila has been practicing for 29 yrs. and is known as an expert in evaluating and treating chronic pain and orthopedic problems and discovering their connections to food incompatibilities and metabolic dysfunctions.


Celiac Disease Foundation Conference & Food Faire

Posted on March 24th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

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The Celiac Disease Foundation will be holding its annual Education Conference and Food Faire on Saturday May 2, 2009. If you have celiac disease or are living gluten-free, this is a fantastic event to attend!

The speakers include two of the best-known doctors in the celiac world.

  • Dr. Stefano Guandalini is a pediatric gastroenterologist and the director of the Chicago Celiac Disease Center.
  • Dr. Joseph Murray is an adult gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

There are other speakers, including a pharmacist, parents of celiac children and registered dieticians.

The program also includes:

  • continental gluten-free breakfast and lunch
  • gluten-free goodie bag
  • gluten-free pizza and beer tasting
  • vendor displays with gluten-free food samples and sales

WHEN:

May 2, 2009 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

WHERE:

Pasadena Convention Center Ballroom
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91101
(Parking included with validation)

COST:

CDF MEMBER, FAMILY & FRIENDS DISCOUNT:
Register before April 10, 2009 with family member(s) or friend(s)
Save $15.00 per CDF member individual registration fee of $90 = $75 .00

CDF MEMBER:
Registration before April 10, 2009
No increase in the registration fee for the past three years = $90.00
Registration after April 10, 2009 = $130.00

NON – CDF MEMBERS:
Registration before April 10, 2009 = $115.00
Registration after April 10, 2009 = $130.00
Become a CDF member for the annual fee of $35 per family and save $25 on an early CDF member individual registration. Bring a family member or friend and take advantage of additional member discounts.

YOUTH (under 14 years) = $45.00
There will NOT be a supervised Children’s Program this year.

REGISTER


Gluten-Free Cooking Spree in Washington D.C.

Posted on March 24th, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

dc-gf-cookingspreeIf you’re gluten-free and live near the Washington D.C. area, go to the Gluten-Free Cooking Spree! I attended this event in San Francisco last year, and not only did I get to eat delicious gluten-free food, I also got to connect with other gluten-free people from around the area. It was a fun, social and yummy event!

Here are the details for the D.C. event:

Watch top chefs, doctors and reporters compete to make the best gluten-free dish!

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness invites you to participate in the Gluten-Free Cooking Spree, an event that joins together the medical and lifestyle aspects of celiac disease to educate both doctors and chefs about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet.

  • Top chefs, doctors and reporters will be put on teams of three. Each team will have one chef, one doctor and one reporter. Together, the doctor, chef and reporter will work to create the best gluten-free dish.
  • Attendees will sample the food cooked by the chefs and enjoy a large assortment of other gluten-free food options. Come hungry! All attendees will take home a fabulous goodie bag filled with treats from a variety of gluten-free vendors.
  • A three-person panel will judge the recipes and award a prize to the winning team.

Enjoy gluten-free hor d’oeuvres, desserts,  beer and wine.

All food will be gluten-free!

WHEN:
Friday, May 01, 2009 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

WHERE:
Hyatt Regency-Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

COST:
Early Bird Admission (tickets purchased before Apr 15, 2009) = $50
This event was sold out in 2008 so we encourage you to register early. Use your confirmation as proof of purchase when you arrive at the Hyatt Regency-Bethesda on May 1st.
General Admission after Apr 15, 2009  = $75.00
Register


Sign up for Camp Celiac now!

Posted on February 2nd, 2009 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Upcoming Events | ADD A COMMENT »

campceliacRegistration is open for Camp Celiac 2009, a gluten-free camp at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, California! Amazingly, because of generous support by the Taylor Family Foundation and several other organizations, each camper only has to pay $25 and provide their own transportation!

Camp Celiac is an overnight camp offering fun activities including rock wall climb, challenge/ropes course, boating, swimming, sports, arts & crafts, and nature . The camp is for kids ages 9 to 17 years old who have celiac disease or are otherwise restricted to a gluten-free diet. Campers ages 15, 16 and 17 years may volunteer (if they choose) as junior counselors, and assist the adult volunteers.

All meals and snacks will be gluten free (no need for your camper to ask, “is this gluten free?”). Elaine Taylor, of the Taylor Family Foundation, is herself on a gluten free diet and is excitedly planning a delicious gluten free menu. The kitchen will be cleaned twice before the kids arrive.

Here are the details:

Camp dates: July 26-31, 2009
Registration starts: February 1, 2009
Campers Ages: 9-17
Cost: $25 registration fee

Register online

See Sample Menu

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