Thursday, December 16, 2010

Raleigh CSA Support Group 11-18-2010 Meeting Recap

Special thanks to Gail for taking meeting minutes during the last North Raleigh Celiac Support Group meeting on 11-18-2010. Below is a recap for those of you that could not make the meeting.

North Raleigh Celiac Support Group
CSA Chapter 108
November 18, 2010 7:00-9:00 PM
Rex Hospital Private Dining Room, Raleigh, North Carolina

Pat distributed Celiac Sprue Association membership applications and welcomed new members to join our national organization. Membership includes a subscription to Lifeline their quarterly publication which provides useful, reliable, and easy-to-understand health and diet information for those on a gluten-free diet. Their web site is or e-mail at

The Meeting Dates for 2011 have been set: January 20, February 17 (at Solas Restaurant), March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, September 15, October 20 (special location to be announced), November 17, and December 15. All meetings begin at 7:00 PM in the Rex Hospital Private Dining Room, unless otherwise indicated. The focus of the June and December meetings will be for the newly diagnosed.

Special guest for the meeting was Lee Tobin of Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Bakehouse. He gave a brief personal history of his celiac diagnosis in 1996 in Chapel Hill and the eventual founding of the dedicated bakery located in Morrisville, NC. Lee described some of the process necessary to develop and bring products to market. This one bakery supplies fresh baked and frozen gluten-free items to about 300 stores nationwide. Lee noted the Whole Foods Market website lists gluten-free products and has some recipes for special diets.

Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Bakehouse is trying to meet the growing demand for both gluten-free and dairy-free baked goods. Lee provided a tasting of many current Bakehouse items as well as their new gluten-free/dairy-free sandwich loaf. Lee is looking for feedback on how the new Light White Sandwich Bread is received by our members. His e-mail is Lee is looking for comments regarding taste, texture, appearance, shelf life and how much you are willing to pay to purchase a loaf.

Harmony Farms offers our support group a discount of 5% and cards will be distributed. The Raleigh Cel Kids group has quarterly events and they are having a High Tea on December 11 at 3:00 which is open to all.

Pat gave everyone a copy of her recipe for gluten-free/dairy-free Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. Gail mentioned some tips used while traveling in the U.K. this year, but most important is to plan ahead and pack something safe to eat in case of doubt about food content.

A G-F Holiday Cookie Exchange is planned for our next meeting on Thursday, December 16, 2010. Please bring three dozen gluten-free cookies of any kind to share, holiday recipes for cookies or other special items, the name of any purchased product, and a container to carry food home.

Submitted by,
Gail Harris


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