Special Event – Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk? An evening with Rodney Ford, MD

Posted on September 3rd, 2014 by Alison | Posted in GIG of Marin, SF Bay Area | Comments Off on Special Event – Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk? An evening with Rodney Ford, MD

gigofmarinPioneering gastroenterologist, Rodney Ford, MD from New Zealand will be the featured speaker at a special Gluten Intolerance of Marin event on Tuesday, September 30 at 6:00 pm.

Dr. Ford began investigating adverse reactions to gluten 30 years ago when a gluten-free diet was prescribed rarely and only for a then-little understood condition called celiac disease. Decades before his medical colleagues recognized the prevalence of celiac disease, Dr. Ford suspected it as the culprit causing his patients’ symptoms, including eczema, dermatitis, rashes, bloating, sore tummy, abdominal pains, diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel, gastric reflux, heartburn, headaches, migraine, tiredness and low energy. He was also an early-adopter of trying a gluten-elimination diet to treat a variety of complaints presented by his patients that seemed unrelated to celiac or gut health. He coined the term “gluten syndrome” to describe the array of symptoms affecting the gut, skin, brain and other body systems that are caused by gluten.

Dr Rodney Ford “The main food culprit is gluten! I came to this conclusion after seeing tens of thousands of sick children. I observed that many of these children responded quickly to a gluten free diet but they did not have celiac disease. This fact has launched me into the realm of gluten intolerance,” says Dr. Ford.

Internationally recognized as a dynamic speaker, Dr. Ford is coming to Marin to speak on Is Eating Gluten Worth the Risk?

GIG of Marin will be reaching out to the wider SF bay area community about this special opportunity to hear Dr. Ford. Our event will feature gluten-free hors d’oeuvres, wine, and vendors focused on gluten-free living all in the lovely Cascade Room at the Mill Valley Community Center.

EVENT DETAILS:
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location: Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, MV, 94941
Tickets: $35 if purchased before the event, $45 on the day of the event. Buy tickets here.
Includes gluten-free hors d’oeuvres, wine, and samples.
For more information, call 415-322-8105 or email glutenfreemarin@yahoo.com

More about Dr. Ford:
Dr. Ford graduated with honors from the University of New South Wales, Sydney in 1974 (MB. BS). He is fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in pediatrics (FRACP). He has studied food allergy/ intolerance problems in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Otago University, New Zealand, he directed the pediatric allergy and gastroenterology clinic at Christchurch Hospital, for more than 15 years. He now directs the Children’s Clinic and Allergy Centre, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 


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!

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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 | Comments Off on Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin February 2014 Meeting

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 | Comments Off on Gluten Intolerance Group of Marin November 2013 Meeting

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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!