What's Going on in Sacramento?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New to the Gluten Free World?

Gluten Free Specialty is hosting a gluten free for beginners class on September 21 from 6-7pm. Dietitian Meghan has been gluten free for 10 years and has become an expert on living the lifestyle. She can teach you what exactly is gluten, how it might be affecting your body, how to set up your kitchen, tips for meal planning, and share simple recipes. She will also share tips on how to heal your gut through eating natural foods and truly nourish your body. Registration required; limited space. The class must have 5 people registered by the morning of September 19 or the class will be canceled. Cost is $10 or free with $100 purchase. Make sure to express your interest!

Gluten Free Specialty
2612 J Street Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95816

Meghan O'Hara, Registered Dietitian, Health Counselor
Sacramento Naturopathic Medical Center

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Celiac Support Meeting Sept 11


Wheat and Gluten Free Cooking/Eating!

Our speaker will be Trudy Scott, an expert in the field of nutrition and anxiety.  Trudy specializes in “Food for Mood” resources.   She will discuss poor digestion and food in tolerances, nutritional deficiencies and lifestyle changes that can help us reduce stress, sleep well and improve our moods.  Her presentation will include information on how what we eat, what we don’t eat, and what time we eat are related to worry, fear, and anxiety.  She also has information on ending sugar and carb cravings. 

The meeting will be held at Federated Church:  Placerville,1031 Thompson Way, Placerville, CA 95667 Contact Information:  Kathleen Hughes 530 672-1104

There will also be time for additional questions, comments, and support for those who are newly diagnosed.Experienced Celiacs are urged to bring healthy g-f snacks to share.  Please include copies of the recipe for homemade items, or packaging materials for store-bought.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Woodchuck Fan Commerical Contest

Woodchuck is a gluten free cider and they are running a big contest until November.
Woodchuck doesn't advertise but if they did… What would it look like? Chance to win $2000, $1500, or $1000.

Check out all the rules HERE!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FREE Gluten Free Cooking Class

I recently spoke with someone at William Sonoma, and I knew they offered free technique classes and such on Sunday mornings, but surprise, surprise! August 28 is a gluten free day across all William Sonoma locations. This a free gluten free cooking class opportunity, you just need to preregister.

Santa Rosa Celiac Support Meeting

The Sonoma County quarterly support group meeting in Santa Rosa will be this Sunday, August 14th, from 2-4 PM (directions below). Guest speaker: Healthy Habits Coach, KATHY NICHOLS, R.D.:

* Kathy Nichols, R.D., a partner in our awareness campaign, will be available to answer your questions about nutrition and the gluten-free diet. More about Kathy on her website at http://healthyhabitscoach.wordpress.com/about/.

* We will have take-home samples available for everyone of delicious cheese sauce from Riega Foods http://www.riegafoods.com/ (Yellow Cheddar, White Cheddar, Alfredo and Pepper Jack). Plus other samples and many coupons!

* An update on gluten-free labeling: What happened last week at the FDA and the timeline from here, why the FDA wants to hear from you

Next Santa Rosa support group meeting: Sunday, November 13th, 2-4 PM  GLUTEN-FREE HOLIDAY FOODS
At our fall meeting, Jennifer Torrey will offer a presentation on getting those traditional holiday foods back into your diet by making them gluten-free, and the entire family won't even know they are eating gluten-free! Jennifer teaches many varied, delicious, well-priced, gluten-free cooking classes through the City of Santa Rosa and through her Gluten-Free Cooking Club in Bennett Valley. She is teaching three Gluten-Free Cooking Classes at the Finley Center this fall. For more information on her classes see the city's website and Fall/Winter Adventure Guide and you may also hear radio ads on KZST promoting the gluten free classes!

Information on her Gluten-Free Cooking Club is on our Bulletin Board under North Bay.

Jennifer Iscol
Celiac Disease Foundation - North Bay Celiacs Chapter
Sebastopol, CA

Santa Rosa support group meetings location: We meet in Conference Room D at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital at 1165 Montgomery Drive. Directions. Enter the building by the main hospital entrance, walk down the hall that is to the right of the welcome desk; the conference rooms will be on your left through the doors to the cafeteria. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Movies for $5 or Less

Don't miss out on the fun selection of movies from both Movies on the Big Screen and Screen on the Green.

Movie on the Big Screen Selection are shown at The Guild 2828 35th St, Sacramento.  Upcoming movies include:

Sunday, August 14, 2011  7:00pm  Admission: $5.00 suggested donation 

End of the Line

screening In conjunction with Slow Food Sacramento and the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-o

Panel discussion (participants TBA) will follow.

Sound the global alarm. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing at the current rate, the planet will run out of seafood by 2048 with catastrophic consequences. Based on the book by Charles Clover, "The End of the Line" explores the devastating effect that overfishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans. With Clover as his guide, filmmaker Rupert Murray crisscrosses the globe, examining what is causing the dilemma and what can be done to solve it. Industrial fishing began in the 1950s. High-tech fisheries now trawl the oceans with nets the size of football fields. Species cannot survive at the rate they are being removed from the sea. Add in cofactors of decades of bad science, corporate greed, small-minded governments, and escalating consumer demand, and we're left with a crisis of epic proportions. Ninety percent of the big fish in our oceans are now gone. Murray interweaves glorious footage from both underwater and above with scientific testimony to paint a vivid and alarming profile of the state of the sea.

Sunday, August 21, 2011 7:30pm Admission: $5.00

Back to School Night at MOBS: The Sex and Violence Edition

screening It's that time of year again, when all you kids gotta be getting some schoolin' after a long summer of doing nothing. And learn you will, with this collection of the most "up-to-date" information from these 50s, 60s, and 70s educational films! This year, we'll be focusing on Sex and the intentionally wide-open category of "Violence," making it a lot easier for us to figure out what to, um, teach you. So make the scene and check out these informative, uncomfortable, weird and often hilarious "lessons" from the past!

Advance Tickets Available Here

Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:30pm  Admission: $5.00 

The Red Machine

screening Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy's dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game. Together, they devise an intricate scheme to outwit the people trying to use them.

"Two thumbs up! A lean, intense thriller... Here's a film with an elegant simplicity. It may remind you of a 40's B crime movie, and I mean that as a compliment." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

"Intriguing... plot turns climaxing in a caper-flick triple cross" - Variety

"Delightfully intelligent, delectably subversive and highly entertaining" - Huffington Post

Sunday, September 11, 2011  7:30pm  Admission: Free!

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

screening It's the 5th Anniversary of Movies on a Big Screen! So we figured we'd bring back the indie Star Trek film - technically, a fan film, but when it's a fan film directed by Tim Russ (Star Trek: Voyager) and starring Nichelle Nichols, Walter Koenig and a slew of others from various ST shows, you know you're in for much more than just a "fan film!" And ST:OGAM delivers just that!

The year is 2306... Twelve years have passed since Captain James Kirk was swept away by the Nexus while saving the crew of the Enterprise-B. Sadly, one year later, Commander Montgomery Scott was reported missing along with the passengers and crew of the USS Jenolen, and to this day has not been found. The remaining crewmembers of the USS Enterprise have gone their separate ways. Captain Spock and Doctor McCoy have spent the last several years on Khitomer, continuing their work to establish peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, though it is wondered if they will ever establish peace between themselves. Captain Hikaru Sulu and his Excelsior crew are on an extended mission beyond the outer reaches of the Alpha Quadrant. Captain Pavel Chekov, although serving a high post in Starfleet Security, feels his career has stalled, leaving him to thoughts of retirement. Captain Nyota Uhura has been serving as Director of Starfleet Linguistics, a post she finds extremely interesting, though she feels there may be something missing in her life. Now, forty years after their first mission, Chekov and Uhura, along with John Harriman, former Captain of the Enterprise-B, come together for the dedication of a very special ship. However, their reunion is cut short when they receive a distress call from an all-too-familiar planet, where they meet up with an almost-forgotten face, and in an instant something happens that presses the three friends to embark on a mission that will forever change their lives...

With Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Tim Russ, Alan Ruck, Chase Masterson, Garrett Wang, and many more from the Star Trek universe! Directed by Tim Russ.

Screen on the Green Movies are FREE for all and include:

Aug 13 Shrek Forever After
August 20 Secretarist
August 27 Toy Story

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Addicting Gluten Free Almond Crescent Cookies

Did you know that Elizabeth for Pure Pantry is coming to Sacramento in October?  She's cranking out the recipes and had to share this recipe....

Addicting Almond Crescent Cookies - no one we know can only eat one!

1 package The Pure Pantry Organic Sugar Cookies Mix
1 cup (128 g) organic almond flour
1 cup (226 g) unsalted organic butter (or butter substitute)
1 large organic egg
1 tsp. (5 ml) vanilla
2 tsps. (10 mls.) almond extract
1 pound confectioners’ sugar for dusting cookies

Using electric mixer, cream together butter (or butter substitute) and egg (or egg replacer) until well blended. Mix in vanilla and almond extracts. Add contents of package and almond flour. Mix until all ingredients are combined and dough forms into a ball.

Remove dough ball from bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350˚F  Grease two cookie sheets or cover with parchment paper.

Remove dough from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. On work surface covered with gluten free flour (rice flour or cornstarch work well) roll dough into long log. Using a knife, cut log into ½ inch (12 mm) slices (about 1 tablespoon dough each). Using your hands, roll each dough slice into a crescent shape and place on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove cookies from oven and let cool for 2-3 minutes. Place half the confectioners sugar in a 9 x 12” (23 x 30 cm) baking pan. Place slightly cooled cookies in the pan and pour remaining confectioners sugar over cookies. Roll each cookie around in the sugar to coat. Let cool in sugar for at least 30 minutes. Remove cookies, shake off excess sugar and store in air-tight container.

Find more recipes on ThePurePantry.com

Monday, August 8, 2011

GF Specialty has Full Fall Line Up

WOW Giveaway! Between July 25 and Aug 7, for all customers who make more than a $33 dollar purchase, they will be automatically entered for a chance to receive a WOW Baking Sampler Pack.

Enjoy Life Gifeaway! Between July 25 and August 8, for all customers who make more than a $33 dollar purchase, they will be automatically entered for a chance to receive an Enjoy Life sample cookies, water bottle, coupons, and a reusable grocery bag.

Simpli Giftbag! Between August 8 and August 21, for all customers who make more than a $53 dollar purchase, they will be automatically entered for a chance to receive a Simpli Giftbag that includes 2 boxes of certified oats and 2 boxes of apricot oatmeal, and of course the fabric reusable grocery bag.

Virgil’s T-shirt Customer Appreciation Giveaway! Between August 22 and September 4 two people will be randomly selected to receive a Virgil’s t-shirt. All black or psychedelic.

Sun Flour Cookie Giveaway! Between September 5 and September 18 for all customers who make more than a $43 dollar purchase, they will be automatically entered for a chance to receive a Sun Flour Baking Company Cookie Gift basket.

Gluten Free Mama Giveaway! Between September 19 and October 2 for all customers who make more than a $73 dollar purchase, they will be automatically entered for a chance to receive a Gluten Free Mama goody bag which includes 4 GFM mixes, a cute notepad, and of course, a nice reusable bag

Demo’s & Special Events

***Please note Gluten Free Specialty offers store tours every Thursday from 2:30-4pm. Open to all. No rsvp required.  Suggested for those new to the gluten free diet, teachers, and & health care professionals alike.***

Namaste Brownie Sampling. September 2 1-7pm or while supplies last.
Grab a taste and enter your name into the bowl for a chance to win a reuseable grocery bag and/or the Namaste Cookbook.

Zico Coconut Water Demo September 3 Time to be announced.

Frosting Queens September 3 12-3pm
Come have a taste of a locally produced gluten free frosting, ready to spread. *does contain dairy.

Labor Day at GFS: The store will be open limited hours this holiday from 12-4pm.

Gluten Free for Beginners with Meghan O’Hara Wed September 21 from 6-7pm.
Limited space. Preregistration and payment required.

Fancy Gluten Free Cupcake Sampling.October 1 Time TBA
Come support a new local bakery.

Book Signing with Elizabeth Kaplan from The Pure Pantry.Saturday, October 8 at 12:30pm
Meet the woman behind The Pure Pantry product line and pick up her new cookbook.

Gluten Free Specialty is located at 2612 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816.  916-442-5241
Find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

New to Gluten Free? Live in Sacramento?

New To Gluten Free Living? Weekly Food Guide & Store Tours at The Gluten Free Specialty Market Every Thursday, 2:30pm.

If you are new to Gluten Free living or looking for more great food opportunities The Gluten Free Specialty Market will host weekly store tours every Thursday at 2:30pm. No pre-registration is required.

Making food selections should not be a chore. If you are new to gluten free living we know how daunting the task can be. It typically takes six months to learn how to read labels. We offer thousands of products, and with everything in the store being thoroughly researched to be gluten free you so you can feel safe in knowing what you are eating is gluten free. Find your way to a Healthier You by knowing that your food is gluten free.

Looking for more options? We have the largest selection of quality gluten free products available. We are staffed by people like you – gluten sensitive and celiac. We know what’s good and can share tips with you.

Need expert advice? The Gluten Free Specialty dream team knows all about symptoms and can offer great advice from technical talk to great cooking tips. We also specialize in many other allergen food products like dairy free, soy free and nut free.

Tours will last approximately 15 minutes with a question answer session at the end. In store individual assistance always provided as store customer load level and time permits. For more information call (916) 442-5241.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Celiac Support in August

If you're not currently signed up for the Celiac Sprue Association Chapter 24, Sacramento newsletter, here's a copy for you to read.....

Downtown Support Meeting, Wednesday August 10, 7:00-8:00ish pm
This month we’ll discuss our celiac complications (those things that linger despite our gluten-free diet) and our solutions.  Join us at SMUD’s Customer Service Center, 6301 S Street, Room 3 (S Street is immediately north of Highway 50, straight across from the 65th Street exit intersection for those who traveled west on 50).  Gluten-free snacks always welcome.              

Lemon Grass Restaurant Outing, Wednesday, August 17, 11:30-12:30ish
Given our successful dinner outing here 10 months ago, it’s time to share with the lunch bunch!  Gluten-free luncheon menu at http://www.starginger.com/files/gf_LUNCH_web_all%20pages.pdf. Please join us at 601 Munroe Street (just north of Loehmann’s Plaza).  Please RSVP (so restaurant can arrange to seat us) by return email (dcraig101@hotmail.com), by Monday 8/15.

Sacramento Support Meeting, Sunday, August 21, 1:30-4:00 pm
Our speaker, Trudy Scott, CN, is a Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, speaker and author of The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood & End Cravings (June 2011, New Harbinger).  Trudy has a nutrition practice with a focus on Food, Mood and Women’s Health. She is President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and is a member of Alliance for Addiction Solutions and Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Trudy’s topic is Gluten Elimination: One of 9 steps to Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Mood & End Cravings.  Don’t miss this inspiring meeting! 

At St. Marks UMC, 2391 St. Marks Way, Sacramento, Fireside Room (E25, upstairs or elevator).  
Everyone, please bring one new-to-you information item (product, restaurant, recipe, vendor, resource, research, or personal health milestone).  Experienced celiacs, please bring a gluten-free snack to share, together with recipe and/or ingredients for those with additional food sensitivities.

In September:  Placerville meeting and Davis meeting, plus CSA Annual Conference in San Diego (see below) which replaces Sacramento meeting. CSA 34th Annual Conference, San Diego, September 15-18 (all or parts). For conference information, call 877-272-4272, or www.csaceliacs.org, or Lifeline 2011 Vol XXXI No 1.  For carpooling and/or for other sleeping accommodations, contact Diane at 916-483-8546 or dcraig101@hotmail.com. Note that conference accommodation discount rate expires 8/22 and conference discount rate expires 9/1.