Gluten Free Food Fair

Please join the
Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group for the 4th Annual . . . .

Gluten Free Food Fair

Saturday, May 21, 2011         12 noon to 4 pm

Bellingham Public Market,    1530 Cornwall
        at the corner of Cornwall and York
Gluten Free food sampling from local dedicated facilities as well as other manufacturers, even some old favorites! Store tours to help you find all the gluten free products you know and love. Healthcare practitioners to answer your questions or help with further medical questions.  Cookbook author, Karen Robertson, answering your cooking questions and selling her new digital cookbook.
A BGIG information table with our BGIG team members and the new survey we are working on with Dr. Stevenson, PhD.


If you have a few hours on Saturday and would like to help out, we could use about 6-7 individuals who are interested in lending a hand. Please call Kelle 332-7435 or email to volunteer.
Thanks ! we look forward to seeing you at the Food Fair !

Next Meeting

Tues., June 7,  7-9 pm
St. Luke’s HEC

Topic – Planning for
October Community
Awareness Event

No meetings for July
and August.
BGIG Coffee meetings
continue on the 3rd
Wednesday of every
month 9:30-11 am at
the Bellingham Public

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Circles of Friendship and A new(ish) Book that everyone should know about.

Bellingham is a small community, the kind of place where you find yourself bumping into the folks you know over and over on a Saturday’s errands.
You know, you meet someone at the Farmers market, then again at the Coop and once more at Terra Organica and even at the library.

Funny how folks seem to travel the same paths.

Or you meet someone at a networking event, then at Avelino’s as you pick up a gluten-free muffin and a cup of coffee and then at the Whatcom Community College class that you decided to sign up for on a whim.
Well, I am fortunate to have in the circle of people that I meet a couple who truly understand god food.
Ali Segersten and Tom Malterre are a wonderful pair of friends here in Bellingham. They have a family that needs to follow a gluten-free diet, and they are also the parents of twins!
Ali is an amazing chef- creative, caring and delightful.
Tom and I serve together on the Board of the Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group. Tom is a tireless researcher, one of the best sources of information about nutrients, vitamins and their interactions.

Tom and Ali’s new book The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook includes evidence-based information on whole foods; usable information on food sensitivities; a complete guide to stocking your whole foods pantry; allergy-free recipes, including ways to adapt recipes with gluten, dairy, or eggs; an attractive assortment of breakfast recipes; scrumptious vegetarian recipes along with delicious fish, poultry, and meat recipes; amazing whole grain recipes; an abundance of ideas for fresh vegetable dishes; wholesome dessert and snack recipes; a schedule for introducing solid foods to infants; and a proven 28-day elimination and detoxification diet.

I hope you have a chance to get a copy. Although not all of the recipes are gluten-free, lots are. Even more manage to avoid multiple sensitivities and still create wonderful tasty delights.

6th Annual Gluten Intolerance Community Awareness Day

November 3, 11 am to 3 pm 2007 COMMUNITY AWARENESS EVENT

Ferndale Senior Center.
A great day of learning, sharing, manufacturers samples, silent auction, book and bake sale, GF refreshments and great information.

Dr. Wendy Ellis, ND from Tahoma Clinic in Renton. Founded by Dr. Johnathan Wright of Prevention Magazine fame. Her topic is “Gluten Intolerance – Not JUST a Digestive Problem”. Presenation is at 11:30, panel discussion with Dr. Ellis. Her topic is “Gluten Intolerance – Not JUST a Digestive Disorder”, starts at 11:30 AM.

There will also be gluten-free manufacturers samples (while supplies last), silent auction, book and bake sale, GF refreshments, a “Ask the Nutritionist” with Tom Maltere, CN, a “Ask the Naturopathic Physician” with Dr. Jean Layton, ND and live entertainment.

At 1:15 there will be a panel discussion with Dr. Ellis, Mr. Malterre, Dr. Layton AND surprise guest, Ron Hoggan, Ed.D. co-author of Dangerous Grains.

Please note: times are approximate.

Classes to come

I have several classes to come in the future and would love for all of you to attend if you have the time/energy.
I LOVE to teach!

So in order of timing:
Our First for Whatcom Community College!

A Harvest of Gluten Free Desserts
Have you recently discovered that you or someone you know is gluten-intolerant? If so, this class is designed for you with the upcoming holidays in mind when we all enjoy sharing luscious goodies with friends and family. Dr. Jean Layton will unveil three stunning recipes–all are elegant and tasty, use seasonal fresh products, can be prepared ahead, and, best of all, no one will ever guess they are gluten-free! You will sample a divine Molten Lava Cake, a Fall Harvest Fruit Tart with almond paste, and a yummy Pumpkin Cheesecake with glazed pecan topping. Dr. Layton will be joined by Kelle Rankin-Sunter, support leader for Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group, to answer questions and give tips and tricks to cooking and living with gluten-intolerance. You will leave with a wealth of information and the confidence to serve stunning gluten-free desserts for your friends and family during the holiday season ahead. Class is held at Sehome High School.
F8053 / 1 session
M from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
$35 Start Date:10/22
End Date: 10/22
Sehome High School A-9

And at the Community Food Coop
Gluten-Free Baking: The Dark Flours
with Jean McFadden Layton, ND
Tuesday, November 13, 6:30-9 pm
$24 members, $28 non-members
Are all the gluten-free baking recipes you find based on white flours-Tapioca, Potato, White rice, Arrowroot? Are you concerned that these are lacking in nutrition and flavor? Come over to the dark side! Together we’ll explore the world of darker flours and flavors. We’ll create wonderful Teff Baking Powder Biscuits, Toasted Buckwheat Onion Crackers and Apricot Quinoa Bran Muffins. Dr. Layton is a naturopathic physician, former chef, and facilitator of the ROCK (Raising Our Celiac/Gluten-Free Kids) support group. Come prepared to ask all those pesky gluten-free baking questions. All recipes can be made dairy-free as well, if desired.

Gluten-Free Holiday Treats
with Jean McFadden Layton, ND
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30-9 pm
$24 members, $28non-members
Holiday baking is one of the most special gifts you can give a loved one. But how do you bake special treats for a gluten-free friend or family member? Dr. Jean McFadden Layton, naturopathic physician and former chef will lead the group through the conversion of classic recipes to gluten-free. We will create Tangy Lime Bars with a Shortbread Crust, Rugelach (a pastry made with cream cheese dough, and filled with dried fruit, preserves, nuts, etc.) and Butterscotch Brownies–just in time for the annual Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group cookie swap! If you have a special recipe from your family, feel free to bring it and Dr. Jean will help you convert it to gluten-free.This class is gluten-free but not dairy-free.

Dream Dinners, The Easy Entree and Classes

Yesterday I taught my most recent class at the Community Food Coop. This one was gluten free turnovers with yummy vegetarian and meat fillings.

We had a lot of fun putting together pasties, pirogies and empanadas.
I say we, but only 5 people came. Want to know why?
Cause we scheduled this class opposite the Bellingham Gluten Intolerance Group’s special event at Dream Dinners, that’s why!

What is Dream Dinners? It is a meal preparation business that makes meals the easy way. It is a bit like having your own prep cook. They take care of all the shopping, dicing and sauce making and you get to go and put together the perfect meal.
And now they have gluten-free night once a month! Just let them know when you schedule a session.

So when I have a new patient who needs to go gluten-free, I can send them to one of TWO meal preparation companies in Bellingham, and be certain that they will have healthy and wonderful gluten -free meals in their freezers.
The second business is The Easy Entree. I really like this one because the owner is a local business woman and she has the ability to adapt all of her recipes herself. She also has a daughter that just got diagnosed as celiac, so she has a greater reason to be diligent about cross-contamination.
Dream Dinners is a franchise and needs to stay within the franchise structure for recipes.

Now if only one of them could do gluten-free and organic foods, we would have the best of both worlds.
So I only had 5 people at my class but they were really special- curious, interested and fun!
We have made sure for the rest of my classes that there isn’t any overlap so the gluten intolerant of Bellingham can learn and get the support that they need.