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Draeger's GF Club - "Laughter is Brightest Where Food is Best!"

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Draeger's Market, San Mateo

222 East 4th Ave. · San Mateo, CA

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Classes will be held in the upstairs Cooking School and Private Dining Room, Vendors Throughout

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Draeger’s Gluten-Free Club Prepares for St. Patrick's Day. We're Meeting Early at 9AM!

This is a FREE Event!

Please sign-up for the individual session(s) you wish to attend by noting it in "comments". Thank You!

“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” Irish Proverb And the best foods will be available to taste from vendors throughout the store.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS (see bios after listings) :

9:00 AM - Amy Fothergill - The Family Chef and Author

Top O’ the Morning To You - Try a mouthwatering Gluten-Free bagel with a wee bit of green spread for breakfast. Chef Amy will take you through the whole process and show you just how very easy it is! Be here by 9 AM sharp, fill your cup with a spot of Irish tea or coffee and enjoy the class.


10:30 AM - David Traver, MD, FAAP

"The issues run much deeper than gluten, this is just the tip of the iceberg."

Everyone will benefit from this talk, *especially women of childbearing age and parents. Bring paper & pen / electronic notepad.

According to the CDC, 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2008. Sadly, that number is increasing, along with PDD and ADHD diagnoses. Dr. Traver has the passion and knowledge to help you find the solution for your child through a multidisciplinary, holistic biomedical approach.

• Gluten: Allergy and Sensitivity vs. Intolerance

• Beyond Celiac: The Immune Issues Interfacing the Ingestion of Gluten

• Testing Needed for the Gluten-Challenged Individual

*“Are you thinking of having kids? Listen to this talk first!” Mary Claire Draeger

12:30 PM - Amy Burkhart, MD, RD Integrative Medicine

Dr. Burkhart will present her “SIBO” talk, which was so well received in Blackhawk last October!

• “SIBO” - Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

• What is it and what does it mean to those with Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease?

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth occurs when there are too many bacteria in the small intestine. This happens for many reasons — two of which are Celiac disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. SIBO can cause a variety of symptoms and be the basis for ill health in many people in the gluten intolerant community.

2PM – Certified Gluten Practitioner, Kim Rice - Gluten Sensitivity Testing

Frustrated with your test results for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity? Are you testing negative and still having issues with gluten? Coach Kim Rice will walk you through the various options for gluten sensitivity testing and explain why sometimes these tests can give a “false negative.” She will explain the difference between celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and the various immune responses in the body to gluten and other foods.

2:45PM – Nutrition Consultant, Marlese Carroll

• Discussion: Anemia and Celiacs

• Foods that rob you of iron if you don't cook them correctly

• Testing for Anemia - Discuss the CBC, ferritin, iron binding and physical symptoms

“It is in the shelter of each other that people live” Irish Proverb


Amy Fothergill was trained at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration. She never thought her culinary skills would be necessary to manage her family’s special diet, but has found her cooking knowledge has come in handy. Currently she is a cooking instructor, consultant, blogger, and writer. She is the author of a gluten-free cookbook, “The Warm Kitchen”. Her business, The Family Chef, encompasses her belief that meals should be prepared simply and with whole ingredients. Whether she’s teaching others how to cook creatively to avoid gluten and other allergens or just to master the basics, Amy’s experience of leading cooking demonstrations has taught her how to craft recipes with the ultimate goal of setting her customer up for success.

David Traver, MD FAAP is a board certified pediatrician who received additional training at Stanford University’s Division of Child Psychiatry in the PDD/Neuropsychiatry Clinic as well as the ADHD Clinic. His practice focuses on the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders by primarily employing a holistic biomedical approach. He embraces the latest interventions discussed by The Autism Research Institute, Stanford, UCSF, and UC Davis MIND, and he emphasizes natural preparations although he also invokes the use of pharmacologic agents as well. He believes strongly in a multidisciplinary approach in order for his patients to achieve the maximum benefit from all treatments pursued. He has focused on autism for the past 14 years, has attended national autism conferences, including ARI and MAPS, and has spoken both nationally at conferences and locally at school and parent support groups.

Amy Burkhart, MD, RD, Integrative Medicine is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician and a Registered Dietitian. She received her MD degree at University of California, Irvine College of Medicine. She completed an emergency medicine residency at the Highland Hospital/UCSF program. After her residency, Dr. Burkhart completed a two-year fellowship in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. Prior to her medical training she completed her undergraduate degree and internship in nutrition and clinical dietetics at University of California, Berkeley and earned her certification as a registered dietitian. As a Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity Specialist, she focuses on treating celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and digestive ailments.

Kim Rice is a certified health coach/gluten practitioner and mother of three children. She writes and speaks about nutrition and its effect on families’ health and brain function. In her practice she assists parents of children with special needs, such as autism and ADHD, to make dietary changes to optimize brain function and behavior. Having lost over 60 pounds, she also facilitates a nutritional program to help clients lose weight and resolve chronic health issues.

Marlese Carroll, Nutrition Consultanthas been a practicing nutritionist for nine years. She is a graduate of the Bauman College in Berkeley, CA. As a private nutrition consultant and educator she has worked with individuals, colleges, compa­nies, including health food stores over the course of seven years.

She currently works as a broker in the exciting industry of health and natural beauty products. Her healthy food product lines include: XO baking, Aroma Naturals, Trinity Hill Farms, TAste of India, NEO water, Natures Hol­low, Glee Gum, Vermints, Linwoods Flax seed blends, Perf Pom, Pro Yo, San Franola Granola, Revive, Korean Ginseng, Spartos, Jelina Chocolates. Inbalance and bars, Organic Food Bar and many more.