Baking a Difference Gluten-Free Baking Class July 12, 2014

Posted on June 21st, 2014 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | Read 2 Comments - Add Your Own »

Baking a Difference Gluten-Free Baking Master Class
a fundraiser for GIG of Marin

Saturday, July 12
11 am to 4 pm
at a gorgeous private kitchen in Tiburon, CA
Purchase tickets ($200 donation)
Space is limited!

Baked Goods by Jeffrey Larsen

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin is delighted to offer you the chance to delve deep into the secrets of successful gluten-free baking with master baker and recipe developer, Jeffrey Larsen.

Take the mystery out of gluten-free baking and learn how to make satisfying bread and pizza at home while connecting with a sought-after teacher and a small group of others who share your interest in all things gluten-free.

Only 11 tickets will be sold for this exclusive chance to learn hands-on how to make bread and pizza, the gluten-free items that frustrate people most.

Jeffery will lead you step-by-step through the recipes he’s spent years perfecting; recipes that create bread and pizza you will be proud to serve to anyone (without using xanthan or guar gums, additives you’ll find in most store-bought GF items but which can cause allergic reactions for many people).

Bread by Jeffrey LarsenHighlights will include:

  • Comprehensive review of gluten-free baking – flour varieties, baking techniques and tips, setting up a gluten-free kitchen
  • Demonstration and hands-on instructions on how to make
    • whole grain bread plus dinner rolls, hamburger buns and hot dog buns
    • rye bread created in a bread maker
    • everyday bread – an easy weeknight bread made with baking soda (no yeast)
    • pizza and focaccia – deep dish and thin crust
    • crackers and breadsticks
    • scones and biscuits
  • Tastings and special instructions on converting your favorite recipes

After your in-depth hands-on class, you will leave with 11 recipes for the items you’ve made and tasted (recipes for breads, pizza, biscuits, scones and crackers–not available any where else) and a folder full of baking techniques, resources, tools and simple ideas for recipe conversion that Jeffrey has perfected over years of experimentation.

Bring your apron and a notebook and get ready to gain a new understanding of gluten-free baking that you can put to work in your own kitchen! Your whole family will enjoy these recipes and no one will miss the gluten-filled stuff.

Jeffrey LarsenJeffrey Larsen is a food stylist, recipe developer, pastry chef and cooking instructor, specializing in allergen free cooking and baking. He served as a stylist on nine books for Williams-Sonoma and on almost every issue of Sunset Magazine for the last 10 years. His allergen-free journey started when he began developing recipes for his dairy- and gluten-intolerant mother 11 years ago. Jeffrey gave himself a head start when he discovered that he is also gluten and dairy intolerant. In addition to teaching, Jeffrey now consults with individuals and businesses on developing menus and products and creating allergen free kitchens. Recent styling projects include: a gluten-free baking book, Flourless, by Nicole Spiridakis, to be released August 12th and a gluten-free baking book for Williams-Sonoma, Gluten Free Baking, by Kristine Kidd to be released January, 2015.

Please join us for this unique opportunity to develop your gluten-free baking skills with master baker Jeffrey Larsen!
Note: Jeffrey is generously donating his time and talent to GIG of Marin, so that we can continue to provide education and resources to those who need our support.


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin February 2014 Meeting

Posted on January 8th, 2014 by Alison | Posted in Autoimmune Disease, GIG of Marin | ADD A COMMENT »

gigofmarin1UPDATE: We have many wonderful vendors attending this meeting, including Bread SRSLY and Odd Bagel, who will be SELLING their breads, Good Eggs – a grocery delivery service, and samples from Mary’s Crackers, Simple Squares, and Larabar. Please RSVP by email or Facebook if you will be attending this event so we can let our vendors know!

Gluten can trigger many autoimmune conditions:

  • Hashimoto’s, Grave’s Disease & other thyroid conditions
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Vitiligo
  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Balance & Movement Disorders
  • Alopecia
  • and others

Autoimmune diseases as a group are the third most common medical condition in America, affecting over 50 million people. And new research indicates that the two leading medical conditions–heart disease and cancer–can have an autoimmune component too.

For some people, autoimmune symptoms and the risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions can persist even after eliminating gluten. But there are actions one can take to alleviate symptoms and reduce risk.

Join us at the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin’s next meeting on Tuesday, February 4 to learn more with Dr. David Lepp of The Bay Area Autoimmune and Thyroid Center.   

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.

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.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Tuesday, February 4
  • 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!


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin November 2013 Meeting

Posted on October 29th, 2013 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin | ADD A COMMENT »

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Whether this will be your first or fiftieth gluten free holiday season, navigating this social, food-filled and tradition-laden time can be challenging!

Our next meeting will give you some strategies so you can be safe and satisfied at your holiday events.

With eleven years of gluten-free holidays under her belt, local blogger Alison St. Sure (Sure Foods Living) will share strategies for how to stay safely gluten free during the holidays, including knowing where gluten can hide in holiday foods and addressing the social challenges of parties and family gatherings.

Local chef, Amy Fothergill (The Family Chef), will join GIG of Marin to share her new cookbook, The Warm Kitchen, that includes a chapter dedicated to holiday recipes and will be available for purchase. “If living gluten-free makes you feel like you are missing out on some of your favorite foods, then this book is for you,” says Amy.

Mark your calendar now—don’t miss Amy’s demonstration of how to make a gluten free pie crust that will wow everyone around your holiday table, whether they eat gluten free or not. Also, we will hold a special raffle featuring cookbooks and holiday foods.

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.

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.

The Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will meet:

  • Tuesday, November 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!


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin Sept 2013 Meeting

Posted on August 1st, 2013 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | ADD A COMMENT »

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Is Today’s Food Damaging Our Kids’ Mental and Physical Health?

Marin pediatrician Michelle Perro, MD is sounding the alarm: serious conditions are on the rise among the Marin County children she sees in her practice–from neurological and autoimmune disease to asthma and digestive issues, including celiac disease and gluten sensitivity–and she believes the food we feed our children is causing many of these disorders.

“For the first time in modern history our children will not be as healthy as their parents,” says Dr. Perro. “As pediatricians, we are seeing an epidemic of digestive, immunologic, and neurologic abnormalities that is changing the face of families, schools and society.”

Many of the children Dr. Perro sees are suffering with behavioral disorders that affect their ability to function at school and at home. In addition, Dr. Perro is seeing babies who won’t stop crying and are not thriving on any kind of nutrition and children who have unusual skin disorders, early puberty and other endocrine issues ranging from obesity to failure to grow. Dr. Perro cites a growing body of research that shows that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) which permeate our food supply are wreaking havoc on our children’s health, largely via intestinal damage which is linked to the high rise of other disorders.

Dr. Perro is a Yale-trained, board-certified pediatrician, who integrates Western medicine with homeopathy and functional medicine. She practices at The Institute for Health and Healing in Greenbrae and San Francisco.  Since 2002, Dr. Perro has been recognized annually as one of “America’s Top Pediatricians” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.  She is a board member of a local non-profit organization committed to reducing childhood exposure to household and environmental toxins.

Mark your calendars, and tell your friends about Dr. Perro’s talk at GIG of Marin’s next meeting on Tuesday, September 17.

Purchasing tickets in advance will be necessary for this special event.  Reserve your space to learn more about this urgent issue by buying tickets here. The fees collected are used 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, September 17
  • 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!


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin June 2013 Meeting

Posted on May 1st, 2013 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area, Travel | ADD A COMMENT »

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TRAVELING GLUTEN FREE

Just in time for summer traveling, GIG of Marin’s next meeting on Tuesday, June 11th will feature Laura Emmerson, creator of the blog Gluten Free Traveller.

Originally from Scotland, Laura now lives in San Francisco.  Bit by the travel bug early in life, she refused to let her celiac diagnosis in 2009 curtail her love of exploring the world.  Laura will be joining us in June after having spent the month of May in New Zealand.

Says Laura (who, being from the UK, favours British spellings): “Staying safely gluten free can be difficult enough when you’re at home in your crumb free kitchen never mind when you’re travelling somewhere new. Each country has their own unique gluten free labelling laws, different gluten free products and varying levels of awareness of coeliac disease and gluten free dieting. Travelling is arguably the most arduous area of gluten free life for coeliacs hence my decision to start my website. I’m writing it for you. I want you to spend your time making wonderful travel memories, not searching in vain for something safe to eat!”

Also featured at the meeting will be free samples related to travel so you can take them on your next trip!

Plus, CONTINUE READING »


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin March 2013 Meeting

Posted on February 12th, 2013 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | ADD A COMMENT »

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Beyond Gluten: Identifying and Living With Multiple Food Reactions

Our next meeting of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin will take place on Monday, March 4th at 7:00.

Has being gluten-free solved all your problems? If not, you may be experiencing cross-reactivity with other foods or you may have multiple food sensitivities or both! Did you know that foods other than gluten can create antibodies against gluten even though you are gluten free? This could be one reason why you still don’t feel well even though you are vigilant about your gluten free diet.

Come and learn about how foods in addition to gluten may be affecting you or your kids and how to live more easily with multiple food intolerance. Our presenters are our Co-Leaders Sheila Wagner PT, CN and Alison St. Sure who welcome your questions and input!

Also joining us at this meeting will be Natalia Barr from Barr Necessities, offering a variety of organic and seasonal products that are entirely gluten-free, some of which are grain-free and sugar-free as well. Barr Necessities sources high quality ingredients to serve those with food allergies with products that not only meet their dietary guidelines- but satisfy their taste buds in a delicious and guilt-free manner. This product line stands out with its use of bold flavors, wholesome ingredients, and a very apparent artisanal quality.  By using low glycemic sweeteners such as raw coconut nectar and high quality oils such as olive and grape seed, Barr Necessities strikes an uncommon, but sought after, balance: healthful decadence.

Please welcome Natalia Barr to our meeting and enjoy sampling and purchasing from some of her most popular items:

  • Italian Herb Almond Flatbread (grain free)
  • Cherry Chocolate Vegan It’sa Meal (grain & sugar free)
  • Raisin Walnut Vegan It’sa Meal (grain & sugar free)
  • Turkish Coffee Biscotti
  • Triple Ginger Lemon Pear Muffins

We will also be providing gluten-free samples from several other manufacturers as well.

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.

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:

  • Monday, March 4
  • 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!


Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo is coming to San Francisco

Posted on January 14th, 2013 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

The Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo, which originated in Chicago and will have five locations in 2013, makes its first stop of the year in San Francisco on February 9th and 10th.

According to the event’s website:

The Expo is the premier gluten and allergen free event in the US. Whether you are looking for specialty products that taste great or trying to learn how to cook and bake to meet your dietary needs, the Expo is the place to be!

The best gluten & allergen-free deal in town!

What do you get with your Expo Ticket?

  • Sampling and purchasing from over 100 specialty vendors
  • Membership in the GFAF EXPO CLUB – with exclusive online offers and news emailed to you every month
  • Free lectures about gluten & allergen-free living and cooking
  • The best cookbooks and the ability to meet the authors and get a signed copy of your book
  • A free gift bag to carry all of your loot
  • All products are labeled by allergen
  • Coupons for future purchases
  • Take home samples of of your favorite and new products
  • Purchase hard-to-find products
  • Shop at the new Expo Store – featuring gift products that can only be found at the Expo
  • Kids area

I will be attending this event on behalf of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin, so I hope you’ll stop by to say hi and learn more about our group if you aren’t already in the know! (I won’t be there the whole time, but my GIG of Marin colleagues will also be attendance.)

Here are some important links if you are planning on attending the Expo:

General Info for San Francisco Expo

Buy tickets and see which vendors will be there

Schedule of speakers and classes

 


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin Holiday Potluck 2012

Posted on November 8th, 2012 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, Holidays/Special Events | Read 1 Comment - Add Your Own »

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Mark your calendars and get out your recipe books: our Holiday Potluck is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 4. With a start time of 6:30 pm, this annual tradition offers more time for socializing among members and enjoying delicious gluten free foods together.

We are delighted to announce that this year our special guest will be Elaine Taylor, president of the Taylor Family Foundation and founder of Camp Celiac. In the spirit of the season, GIG of Marin will be giving the donations we collect at the door to The Taylor Family Foundation to support their goal of preserving the wellness and enhancing the quality of life for Northern California children with life-threatening or chronic illness, including celiac disease.

We will also hold a special raffle to raise money for the Taylor Foundation so bring extra cash or your check book!

Elaine Taylor has celiac disease herself, and is an advocate for education about gluten.  Her daughter, Katie Alin, is the owner of Miglet’s Gluten Free Bakery in Danville.  Read an interview with Elaine here.

Elaine Taylor and daughter Katie Alin at Miglet’s.
For the potluck, please bring a savory or sweet item to share with a card identifying the ingredients in your dish–particularly ingredients that are known to cause reactions in some people like eggs, dairy, corn, etc–so that all can find foods that are safe for them to enjoy.
And, if you can, please stick around at the end to help clean up the room–many hands make light work.
Because we need to provide enough supplies for everyone to enjoy the potluck, RSVPs are particularly important for this meeting. Please do so on our Facebook event page or by sending an email.
Help us spread the word and reach more people seeking support for their gluten free lives: visit our website for a printable flyer that you can post in public places and share with your friends, family and medical practitioners.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, December 4th
  • 6:30 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!


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin Special Event Sept 27th

Posted on September 5th, 2012 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | ADD A COMMENT »

gigofmarin1GIG of Marin invites you to their first special event featuring internationally renown gluten sensitivity expert, Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN, on September 27th, 2012. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are limited, so buy yours today!

O’Bryan is a board-certified nutritionist with a passion for educating people about the many manifestations of gluten sensitivity, both in the digestive system and beyond.

If you have been successfully managing a gluten free life due to celiac disease or gluten intolerance, O’Bryan’s presentation will provide you with the latest medical research about your condition. And since O’Bryan is well-regarded for his ability to clarify the confusion around conditions relating to gluten sensitivity, this is an excellent event to bring your friends and family who are curious about whether gluten may be impacting their health or even those people who are skeptical about “the whole gluten thing.”

Identifying and Conquering Gluten Sensitivity
Thursday, September 27
6 pm   Food samples offered by a selection of local restaurants
7 to 9 pm  Lecture by Tom O’Bryan

At The Mill Valley Hotel (previously known as The Larkspur Hotel)
160 Shoreline Highway, just off 101

$10, advance registration

A sought-after speaker, O’Bryan lectures around the world including to The Royal Society of Medicine, London and the American College for the Advancement of Medicine. He was selected as one of 5 nationally recognized presenters on endocrinology by the International Symposium on Functional Medicine.

Trained as a nutritionist and chiropractor, O’Bryan is also a graduate of the Institute For Functional Medicine’s hallmark program Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice. In his clinical practice he is known as a “Sherlock Holmes” for finding the root cause of chronic disease and metabolic disorders. He is an independent clinical consultant to Cyrex Laboratories, which recently debuted testing for gluten sensitivity.

Generously serving samples from their gluten free menus at the special event will be

Lydia’s Sunflower Center
Lotus Cuisine of India
PF Chang’s
Sans Gluten Free Grocery
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria

Plus Flour Craft Bakery, owned by Heather Hardcastle who recently presented at a GIG of Marin meeting, will be offering samples of their confections which will be available at her new bakery in San Anselmo, opening this fall.

Buy your tickets now and invite your friends to this special opportunity to hear internationally-known gluten sensitivity expert Tom O’Bryan on September 27th.


Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin August 2012 Meeting

Posted on July 24th, 2012 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | ADD A COMMENT »

gigofmarin1Gluten Free Resource Exchange

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

What is your the “go to” resource that supports your gluten free life?

 Perhaps it is a book you read when you first were diagnosed.  Or maybe it is the doctor or other health professional who has stuck by you through a difficult diagnostic  and recovery process.  You might read –or even write– a blog that connects you with scores of other people living gluten free.  Or maybe you have a favorite appliance that makes cooking gluten free easier.  Is there a product on your grocery store shelf that you buy and use regularly?  Or a restaurant you know of that “gets it”?  Perhaps your resource is a friend–who eats gluten free, or not–someone who listens well, understands the challenges you face and makes you feel welcome at the table despite your diet restrictions.

At our next meeting on Tuesday, August 7, we invite you to share the resources you’ve discovered and depend on to make living gluten free work for you.  We will open up the discussion to exchange our experiences so that each person will leave this meeting with new ideas to enhance their gluten free lives.  Bring along your resource or come and be inspired.

People who are new to the gluten free diet are especially encouraged to attend.

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, August 7
  • 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!