Bite of the Month: Pica Pica is Surviving and Giving Back

A meal drive has kept this fast-casual restaurant on the front lines The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California is highlighting regional gluten-free small businesses, how they are supporting the community and how we can support them in turn during the pandemic. By Carolyn Neff What do you love most about your family kitchen? Adriana Lopez Vermut grew up with a family in the kitchen in Venezuela, including a father who ran two restaurants. Born out of a love for family time in the kitchen and the opportunity to share little bites of their heritage, Vermut and her father,...

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Food Bank Project

The Food Bank Project is a program of the Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California We are working with food banks and pantries in Northern California to create greater awareness about the need for gluten-free and allergy-friendly food assistance and improve capacity to meet that need. Food insecurity and hunger in the United States have risen dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, with 1 in 5 children reportedly not getting enough to eat. One of our trusted collaborators, the National Celiac Association (NCA), is undertaking a pilot initiative called Giving Gluten Free to help stock eligible food banks around the country with gluten-free food for...

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Bite of the Month: Little Gem Restaurant in S.F.

The Celiac Community Foundation of Northern California is highlighting regional gluten-free small businesses, how they are supporting the community and how we can support them in turn during the coronavirus pandemic. By Carolyn Neff Little Gem’s entire menu at their original Hayes Valley location is available for delivery and carry-out during the stay-at-home order in San Francisco! Plus, family-style meals, such as roasted chicken with seasonal spring veggies (add vino, too, if you like), have been added to make it easier for people to enjoy healthy meals made with seasonal and fresh ingredients—and without having to cook. Order on...

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Bite of the Month: Cult Crackers

 A twist on the cracker game By Carolyn Neff When I attended the San Mateo Nourished Festival as an official blogger last November, I was pleased to find Cult Crackers, which popped out of the crowded field of gluten-free products with enticing taste, versatility and exceptional nutrition. I met the co-founders and quickly learned that they care about avoiding cross-contact as much as I do. Fortunately for me, the Cult HQ just happens to be blocks from my apartment, so I requested a tour of their dedicated gluten-free kitchen to learn more about their high-quality crackers, which also happen...

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The Mochi Mill Transforms Gluten-Free Baking

By Jennifer Iscol If you are visiting the Bay Area or fortunate enough to live within easy driving distance of the Marin Civic Center Farmers Market, pop in on a Sunday to visit The Mochi Mill at its booth (tucked away in the back row between Roti Pakistani and Wild West Ferments) to savor an array of artisanal and comfort baked goods. Owners Jennifer and Robert Schilling encourage visitors to arrive hungry and sample everything. You will be previewing a substantially different new gluten-free product that may become widely available. (Check The Mochi Mill website for latest locations and...

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