February NCA News


Monthly e-newsletter serving the celiac and gluten-free community

Together with the Celiac Program at Harvard Medical School, we are busy planning the second collaboative symposium. Medical Myths and Milestones will take place on Saturday April 1st from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration for Medical Myths and Milestones is open; register now to take advantage of Early Bird pricing! Hope to see you there!

Yours in health,
Lee Graham, Executive Director

2017 Celiac Symposium

This full day event will be held on Saturday April 1st at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA. It will include gluten-free breakfast and lunch. Vendors will be present.

Speakers and topics will include:

  • Alessio Fasano, MD: The Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders
  • Kate Scarlata, RDN: GF Alphabet Soup: IBS, FODMAPs, SIBO
  • Dan Leffler, MD:  Looking Ahead in Celiac Disease Research and Treatment
  • Sara Ahmed, DMD: Celiac Disease and Dentistry
  • Debbie Mitchell, MD: Celiac Disease and Endocrinology
  • Wendie Trubow, MD: Food and Mood: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes
  • Dascha Weir, MD: The Kids Speak
  • Chef Oonagh: Cooking Demo
  • Panel discussions with Ciaran Kelly, MD, Rupa Mukherjee, MD & Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN and Jocelyn Silvester, MD, PhD & Alan Leichtner, MD

Register early to take advantage of early bird pricing and to save your seat at this event.

Gluten-Free Foodbank Valentine’s Fundraiser

  • This Valentine’s Day, spread the Gluten-Free love and donate to the Gluten-Free Foodbank. Did you know that the Gluten-Free Foodbank (formerly Pierce’s Pantry) is now part of National Celiac Association? Your donation will support financially vulnerable individuals and households who have a medical need for gluten-free food.

Monthly Group Meetings

membership-necoGroup meetings provide the opportunity to talk about managing celiac disease and living gluten-free. There are no set agendas, pre-registration is not required and there is no charge to attend. Just drop in!

Visit our Monthly Group Meeting event page for the full schedule and location of each meeting. Contact the group leader if you have questions about any of the group meetings. Here is the schedule for the upcoming meetings:

* The Westborough Monthly Group meeeting is cancelled on February 9 due to weather. This group is meeting at the Westborough Ted’s Montana Grille for their March meeting on March 9, 2017. The address for Ted’s Montana Grill is: 400 Union Street, Westborough, MA. The meeting will start at 6:30PM. Anyone interested in joining needs to RSVP to Mary at 215-859-8637 or by email.

The Boston area meeting is on hold. Should you have any questions or wish to meet with a group leader, please contact Lauren or Charlotte.

Other Upcoming Events

Finz Seafood and Grill in Salem, MA is hosting a completely GF dinner featuring Gillian’s Foods products and Bantam Cider beverages on Thursday February 9. Click here for more information and to register.

The NCA Advisory Board will meet on Monday February 13 at 7:30pm. Contact Lee if you would like to attend or would like more information about what happens during these insightful and spirited evening meetings.

  • Chef Shilpi, of EZ Compliments, is running many gluten-free Indian cooking classes. Mention that you are a NCA member to get a $10 discount on registration.

Jennifer Lee’s Bakery is holding a cookie decorating class on Saturday February 11. Click here for more information and to register.

The next Gluten-Free North End Market Tour will take place on Saturday March 11.

  • Register through Newton Community Ed for Gluten-Free Baking for Beginners or Easy as Pie, gluten-free cooking class taught by Sharon Wanunu. The Baking for Beginners class will take place on Wednesday March 1 and Easy as Pie will meet on Wednesday March 8. Both classes run from 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Join Chef Oonagh for a 6 hour demystify gluten-free baking class at Southern Maine Community College in Portland Maine on Monday March 27 from 9 am to 3 pm. Overnight accommodations are available on campus at the Sea Point Inn. The day will start with gluten-free pastries and participants will make gluten- free pizza to go with soup and salad for lunch. The all day event will include lectures, demonstrations and hands on activities. More details will be available on Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh’s page once Southern Maine Community College has posted them.

Celiac Disease and Gluten-Free in the News

Webinars and Podcasts

Celiac Disease Foundation is running a webinar on February 24 at 12 noon Eastern Time. The title of this webinar is How to Become a Celiac Disease Patient Advocate. Click here for more information or to pre-register.

Click here to watch Chef Oonagh make Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry.

The Celiac Project has some new podcasts covering a variety of relevant topics.

Annual Appeal and Other Ways to Give

As NCA wraps up our annual appeal, it is a great time to remind members, friends and supporters of some alternative ways to support NCA.

United Way Giving

For many people, this is the time of year where employers launch their annual United Way campaigns. When participating in a United Way campaign, you have the option to direct your gift to a specific not-for-profit. Please consider selecting NCA as your gift recipient.

Company Matching Program

NCA has been fortunate to receive several gifts from members which in turn have been matched by their employers. Most companies have their match program guidelines, including specifics regarding match giving available on the company intranet site, in an Employee Guidebook or inquire through your Human Resources Department.

Shop Through Amazon Smile

Support us when you shop this holiday season! Amazon Smile will donate a portion of your eligible purchases to NCA. Simply select National Celiac Association as your preferred charity or follow this link.

Giving Instructions

When considering these options, you may need NCA’s corporate information as follows:

National Celiac Association
P.O. Box 600066
Newtonville, MA 02460
Not-for-profit tax id: 16-1616413
Primary Contact: Elizabeth Graham, Executive Director, 781-461-2405 or info@nationalceliac.org

Dining Out Notes

A member recommends Pure Organic Cafe in Rye, NY for anybody traveling to the Westchester area.

A member dined at Red Heat Tavern recently and was impressed by both the service and the menu. The restaurant does not use any all purpose flour and everything on the menu except the pretzel appetizer is or can be made gluten-free.

Have you had a positive dining out experience that you’d like to share with others? If so, let us know.

Product Finds & Notes

  • Gluten-Free Watchdog Tricia Thompson recently released her test results of Tenera Grains Brown Teff Flour, which is labeled gluten-free. She found that it tested above 20 ppm, and the manufacturer traced the problem to a shared milling facility. Until they find a new miller, they do not recommend celiacs use this product.
  • Kettle Cuisine Soups has recalled 24 oz containers of Chicken Soup with a use by date of 2/17/17. The recalled soup was labeled Chicken Soup but actually contains Italian Wedding Soup, which contains eggs, milk and wheat not listed on the label.


  • Schar has some new products, including Butter Cookies and Ricotta and Chard Ravioli which can be found in the freezer section of stores that carry Schar products.
  • Feel Good Foods, makers of GF dumplings and egg rolls, has a new line of frozen empanadas. Available in Beef, Chicken or Vegetable flavors, they are inspired by Latin cuisine.
  • This limited edition Love Grown chocolate and strawberry cereal is available now.
  • Snyders of Hanover has new “Wholey Cheese” crackers available in Mild Cheddar and Smoked Gouda flavors.
  • Gillian’s Foods has a new product: mini cupcakes!


  • Chickapea Pasta contains just two ingredients – chickpeas and lentils. Read about it here. Cooking Light magazine has a legume-based pasta primer with reviews and tips.

Recipe of the Month

Getting ready to cook? Snap a few photos of your recipe in process or the final yummy result, and submit them to be added to our website!

Individual Fallen Chocolate Cakes
Looking for a special dessert? This is heaven on a plate. Rich, gooey, and delicious. Doubles easily.

Get the Recipe!

NCA Giveaway

Congratulations to Mary from Grafton, MA, who won the January giveaway, a copy of Gluten-Free Quick and Easy by Carol Fenster, PhD.

This month, you can win a copy of Coping With Celiac by Aileen Bennett.

To enter, simply send us an email with your name and mailing address by February 17.

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