Celiac Support Association

CSA San Diego Chapter #57 

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    CSA Chapter 57, Support Group Meetings in 2017

    4 specific support group events and outings were planned for 2017 as we have in the past.  

    Upcoming Meetings:

    Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm - Annual CSA Picnic and Pool Party for Adults, Teens and Children at noon iat Village Park Rec Club #4 in Encinitas; more details to follow; RSVP to Michele Vargas at sandiegoceliacs@gmail.com 


    -  Sunday, November 5, 2017 Time TBD - Dining Out Event; Location TBD;  RSVP to Michele Vargas at sandiegoceliacs@gmail.com 

    Interested in helping the support community for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity in San Diego?  Contact Michele Vargas at sandiegoceliacs@gmail.com to learn about Board Member openings for our chapter.  We have openings for a Treasurer and Children's Group Leader.

    Click here to join the non-profit Celiac Support Association (CSA) of San Diego Chapter 57 for 2017.  

    It's just $15/year per family (including dependents).  To join our support group for those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, simply come to one of our meetings with this form and your $15 payment (credit card, cash, or check) or use our secure online payment processing to become a member for the 2017 year.  Feel free to email Michele Miller at smnamiller@cox.net for more information.

    The San Diego Chapter of CSA/USA was organized in 1993 to support those with celiac disease and other gluten related disorders. All are welcome and encouraged to attend our events.

    Our non-profit CSA Support group meetings for those with gluten-related food restrictions are open to the public.

    Feb. 25, 2017 - Thank you SO MUCH to Jamie Wolosin, MD, head of the Gastroenterology Department for Sharp Rees Steely, for graciously putting together such a brilliant, comprehensive presentation for our support group on Feb. 25, 2017.  The meeting had fantastic attendance and yet he stayed to answer everyone's questions!  We also greatly appreciated Dr. Wolosin letting us video tape the event, so we can share your presentation with others who could not attend.  Look for more details on getting a free copy of that through the support group in March.  Details will be posted on this website and sent out through member email.

    Dr. Woloson Feb 25 2017

    Jamie Wolosin, MD Speaking About Celiac Disease to Our Support Group:

    Exciting news for CSA Chapter 57 members:  The legal paperwork is in process for our national and local support group to affiliate with an extremely well-respected national celiac organization. We will continue to operate as a chapter as we begin this exciting process.   Your CSA Board unanimously voted to move forward with CSA and the merge, and an overwhelming majority of CSA voters across the country resoundingly supported this.  We are all very excited to leverage our new connections to many of the best-known clinicians in this field in the world and our additional resources soon!

    Of Special Interest to Parents of Children or Teens with Celiac Disease or

    Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

    • If your children have been newly diagnosed with celiac disease, you might find these resources from  Boston Children's Hospital's Celiac Program (a Harvard Medical School Hospital) very helpful:
    • Nationally renowned celiac dietitian from Boston gives overview to kids on what to expect on a celiac-safe gluten-free diet: The Celiac Support Association Presents Celiac Dietitian Melinda Dennis’ Kids Chat
      • Includes healthy gluten-free snacks, quizzes for kids on a gluten-free diet, tips to get a celiac-safe gluten-free pizza at a restaurant, ideas for what to say to other kids who ask why you can't eat gluten
    • If you're a parent of a child with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity and are having a hard time getting your child's 504 plan established, we can give you references to contacts who have helped other members in the past.
    • If you'd like to take a more active role for children in the area please contact Michele Vargas
    • See below for two studies on being gluten-free for medical reasons in college, and a prep guide for college.
    • Learn how to cook gluten-free at the Curious Fork cooking classes.  Their variety of gluten-free cooking related classes are perfect for children and teens and they offer them approximately every month or every other month.
    • Contact Michele Vargas and we can setup a get together within a couple of weeks near your part of town with other families whose children have celiac disease or gluten-related disorders.  We also have other parents you can connect with that are in town.  Children, teens, and parents are always welcome at our support meetings, and sometimes we have special events and activities just for the kids.

    News You Can Use

    Some of the San Diego Area Gluten-Free Restaurants & Bakeries

    Some Dining Out Tips:

    -Check to make sure any restaurant is using purity protocol oats, not just oats that are certified gluten-free.

    -Check to make sure the restaurant's flours are at least labeled gluten-free, since cross-contamination can be a problem with many naturally occurring gluten-free grain flours, including rice flour

    - You may choose to be especially careful at pizza establishments serving "gluten-free" pizza - some are not as safe as others (see slide below, courtesy of Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN).  The answer is ALL of these steps are needed to keep gluten-free pizza safe.

    • 2Good2B in Encinitas, CA is a dedicated gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free bakery and restaurant.  They are also well known for their exquisite custom cakes and offer catering options as well.
    • Curious Fork in Del Mar, CA.  They have wonderful gluten-free food and pastries, plus gluten-free baking and gf cooking classes for beginner, intermediate, and expert cooks.
    • Healthy Creations in Encinitas, CA.  They offer delicious, organic, gluten-free take-and-make meals, and a terrific bakery and in-house menu.
    • Starry Lane Bakery in Santee, CA is a dedicated facility, free of all of the top 10 food allergens, including; gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts. See their website for holiday food items and recipes.
    • You may want to try saving time this busy holiday season with DoorDash.  This is an app which can be downloaded on your phone or accessed from the web.  The service will make deliveries from several of the locations above for a small fee, and in some cases the delivery fee is free.  They let you schedule your delivery time or choose for the food to be delivered asap and you can track where your driver is at.

    Download the 10-inch gluten-free spice bundt cake recipe (from Gluten-Free & More magazine) from the Feb. 27, 2016 CSA Chapter meeting.

    Watch Our Free Videos from the 2015 CSA Chapter 57: San Diego/National CSA Hosted Thriving Gluten Free Conference, featuring Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN and Anthony Colatrella, MD:

    Other Past CSA Events in San Diego...

    There's no replacing the personal contact that you get from a support group with other members who have celiac disease, non celiac gluten sensitivity.

    Chapter meetings with yummy gf food, GF Expo event in Feb. 2016, Dr. Newton educational lecture, Dr. Crowe educational lecture, learning new labeling laws with registered dietitians including Kelli Gray Meisner, specializing in gluten-free nutrition, Thriving Gluten-Free Seminar featuring Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN and Anthony Colatrella, MD, Kids Gluten-Free Halloween Party, Rosio Hernandez, MS, RD, CNSC talks with children who eat gluten-free, EA Stewart RD educational talks with children,  Annual Gluten-Free Pool Party/ Picnic, GF travel tips, GF Bread and Cake Tasting Event, GF restaurant sampling event, Shelley Case, RD lecture, Annual Thanksgiving Catered Event, Dining Out at Mountain Mikes, the Trails Eatery, 2Good2B, Healthy Creations, plus catering from Potapas, Deanna's Gluten-Free baked goods and more!

    Directions to CSA San Diego Chapter Meetings at Rady Children's Hospital: 

    Where: The Rady Children's Medical Office Building is at 3030 Children's Way, San Diego, 92123.  Dining Rooms A-B-C at Rady's are reserved for most of our meetings.

    The parking structure directly across the street has free parking on Saturdays. 

    • Directions:
      • Park on the top level of the North Parking Structure on Children's Way (the same one that we've always used).
      • Cross the footbridge to Entrance #5 and go straight through two sets of automatic glass doors.
      • Straight ahead is the Hahn Center. Use the Cafe doors, and walk through the cafe to the meeting rooms on the right side of the hallway.
      • The meeting is in a conference room off of the Cafe (enter through the Cafe doors).
    • Rady Children's Hospital Map Link

    When other locations are specified, addresses and directions will be given with the announcement of the meeting.

    Who comes: Anyone interested in information and support for celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, or gluten sensitivity. There are newly diagnosed as well as long-term diagnosed persons at every meeting. Newcomers are especially welcome and encouraged to come.

    Meeting formats: The meetings may include guest speakers, discussion groups, potlucks, and more.

    Contact Information

    President, Jan Pruitt


    • Join the San Diego CSA chapter for 2017.  Contact Michele Vargas to learn more about that at sandiegoceliacs@gmail.com .

    Treasurer, Michele Miller


    VP Membership and Events, Michele Vargas


    Our non-profit chapter has supported those with celiac disease and gluten related disorders across San Diego for 21 years.

    • Over 100 members

    CSA Chapter 57 at the Gluten Free/Allergy Fest

    CSA Chapter 57 literature at GF/Allergy Festival

    Expert Celiac Dietitian Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN Presents at the CSA Thriving GF Event in January 2015

    Expert Celiac Dietitian Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN at the CSA Thriving GF Event in January 2015

    CSA San Diego Board & Founder Lunch 2014 with Youth Volunteers

    2014 San Diego Celiac Support Association Chapter summer picnic, pool party, and talk with gluten-free nutrition specializing registered dietitian, Kelli Grey Meisner

    CSA/Girl Scouts Gluten-Free Kids Halloween Party October 2015

    CSA San Diego Chapter/Girl Scout Troop 1264, Kids Gluten-Free Halloween Party

    2014 CSA San Diego Pinata "Attack" by some members of CSA Youth Group at the

    Annual Picnic/Pool Party

    CSA San Diego 2014 "Marco Polo" Youth Pool Party Pictures

    2014 CSA Youth Kids GF Label Reading Class with EA Stewart, RD

    2014 CSA Youth Group Trampoline Party/Catered Event


    2014 CSA Chapter 57 Youth Group Beach Party in Orange County




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