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Celiac Awareness Tour/San Diego, CA

Gluten-Free Awareness Tour

Daily Event: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)

Del Mar, CA

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General Admission   more info Mar 17, 2013 $15.00 $1.37
Two-Day Pass   more info Mar 17, 2013 $25.00 $2.37
Avoid the Long Line Special Feb 28, 2013 $13.00 $1.71
Group Rate Two-Day Pass   more info 1 hour before event starts $20.00 $2.09

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The Celiac Awareness Tour Comes to San Diego
Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17

Sponsored by Enjoy Life and Rudi's Gluten-Free Bakery.

Meet top medical experts, watch live cooking demonstrations on the Rudi's Gluten Free Bakery Stage and enjoy gluten-free food samples from dozens of local and national companies.

(Scroll down to check some of them out below!)

 Win Gluten-Free Prizes! • Visit our Children's Pavilion • Take Yoga Classes
 Attend Expert Presentations • View Cooking Demonstrations 

General Admission Tickets  $15
Two Day Pass • $25
Tickets available at door (Cash only)
Children Under 12 Receive Free Admission

 For info call (440) 799-4344 or visit


Meet a few of our Presenters:

Kimberly P. Newton, M.D.
Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics, Director of the Pediatric Celiac Disease Clinic, Interim Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplant, Director of Clinical Operations, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition •  Rady Children's Hospital/UC San Diego 
Topic: Pediatric Celiac Disease: Gluten-Free For Growth 

Dr. Kimberly NewtonDr. Kimberly Newton attended medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, completed her residency in Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell, and fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Hasbro Children’s Hospital- Brown University. Dr. Newton also completed an advanced fellowship in Pediatric Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at Mount Sinai Hospital/School.

Dr. Newton currently directs the Pediatric Celiac Disease Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Newton also serves as the interim Medical Director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at Rady Children’s Hospital, which has performed over 40 liver transplants to date, with excellent success rates and outcomes.

Dr. Newton is primarily interested in pediatric celiac disease. She directs the Pediatric Celiac Disease Center at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and is associated with the Warren Medical Research Center for Celiac Disease at UC San Diego. Dr. Newton is creating a comprehensive database for pediatric celiac disease patients that will serve as an important resource for the further understanding of genetic, environmental and immunologic factors that contribute to celiac disease development in childhood. Specific research endeavors will focus on the investigation of gut microflora and its relationship to celiac disease onset, in addition to the evaluation of potential biomarkers for monitoring celiac disease activity and dietary compliance.

Brian Gansmann
Author of the best selling book "Defeat Wheat: Your Guide to Eliminating Gluten and Losing Weight".  
Topic: Defeat Wheat

Brian’s love of food began at a very young age, as his parents owned several restaurants and recently celebrated their 26th anniversary in business. He grew up learning to prepare, know, and love not just ordinary food, but great food. In fact, it was this early passion for wholesome cuisine that led him into the retail advertising industry. In 2008, Brian, his business partner, and a Swiss-born chef (who is a member of the American Culinary Federation) founded a successful brokerage firm that creates new items for a number of national retailers and shopping clubs. You may have even seen Brian on NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC, and QVC talking about the benefits of adopting an all-natural diet. His advertising tenure has also included working with the following companies: The Kroger Company, Robert Mondavi Wines, Idaho Potatoes, Hillshire Farms, Red Lobster, Sam’s Club, and other well known food/beverage brands. Sometime over the course of working with these companies, Brian was appointed the Director of Marketing for Cedarlane Natural Foods, the second largest frozen organic food company in the nation. While at the helm of Cedarlane, he sold the first “made-with-organic” frozen line that Wal-Mart ever carried. Additionally, he worked one-on-one with Dr. Barry Sears, the author of the New York Time’s Best Selling Book The Zone Diet. The Cedarlane Team and Dr. Sears advanced the development and launch of the Zone Diet frozen meals. These meals adhered to the rigorous standards set forth by Dr. Barry Sears in The Zone Diet and other books that he has written over the years. Brian eventually became the spokesperson for the entire Zone Diet frozen line, appearing with Dr. Barry Sears on several national and local mediums. Today, Brian lives in Denver, Colorado, with his lifelong partner. They have celebrated being together for over sixteen years. They are also the proud owners of two adopted dogs, Weimer, a Weimaraner, and Zoe, a Dalmatian.

Susan Algert, PhD, R.D.
University of California Cooperative Extension •  Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Advisor
Topic: Understanding the Gluten-Free Diet

Susan Algert, PhD, RD

Dr. Algert curently works for the University of California Cooperative Extension in Santa Clara County managing 1 million in nutrition education contracts from the US Department of Agriculture. Formerly she was the Clinical Reseach Nutritionist at the Warren Celiac Center, University of California, San Diego Medical Center where she developed a clinical care and research program for adult and pediatric patients. Her advice on gluten free diets can be viewed online; she is one of the featured speakers in two Warren Center lectures on Celiac Disease featured on UCSD television–over half million people have viewed the lectures since they were posted in 2008.

Karen Fine
Fine Cooks..Everything Gluten Free • San Dieo, CA
Topic: How We Eat Without Wheat (for children ages 1 and up!) 

A retired Navy pilot with a Master of Business Administration, Karen Fine found her true calling when her eldest son was diagnosed with celiac disease at 22 months old. Motivated by the lack of information available, Fine began researching, experimenting and eventually blogging about her experiences. Her first blog, Mom Cooks Gluten Free, won the 2010 Leading Moms in Business competition sponsored by In 2006, Fine co-founded the Gluten Free Foundation to “provide resources to enhance the lives of people living a gluten free lifestyle.”

Fine is the author of three children’s books, How I Eat Without Wheat, Veggiesaurus Lex and Nature’s Candy and will soon be releasing her fourth entitled Water Rocks! She inspires both children and adults to embrace the gluten-free lifestyle for better health though her speaking engagements, cooking classes and blog Fine Cooks… everything gluten free. 

Meet a few of our Chefs:

Chef Peter Klarman
Chef of the Future • Louisville, KY
Dish: Magic Quinoa  

Chef Peter Klarman from Chef of the Future will cook up delicious and healthy recipes from his book "Better Food for a Better You" which will be out this spring. While overcoming some personal health issues, Peter began learning about more food and nutrition and how to apply basic foundational health principles to his recipes. Since completing a culinary training program four years ago, he has presented many food demonstrations locally. He has work experience in various restaurants in Louisville, Kentucky and the food service kitchens of Wild Oats and Whole Foods Markets. In addition, he has served as a personal chef for clients with various health concerns. Having tried different  approaches and nutritional interventions, he recognizes the importance of empowering himself and others about making better lifestyle choices.

Clea Shannon, CHC, AADP
Eat Inspired Today,LLC • San Diego, CA
Dish: Hip, Simple, Fabulous - Feel Your Best with Gluten-Free Meals in Minutes

Clea Shannon is a Board Certified Health Coach (AADP), Founder of Live Inspired Today, a web-based wellness company and the creator of Hip, Simple, Fabulous™ recipes and life-changing wellness advice on her award-winning blog  

Her professional turning point came when Clea’s own health diagnosis required that she make profound changes to her diet and lifestyle. Today she applies these tools and experiences towards her wellness coaching, collaborating with highly successful individuals, professional athletes and corporate leaders from around the world to achieve their personal goals, feel their best and perform at their highest potential. Instead of quick fixes, Clea offers clients a wellness lifestyle based on her customized blend of adaptive fitness, functional nutrition and inspirational leadership. By establishing daily rituals and providing step-by-step instructions for Hip, Simple, Fabulous™ meals, Clea successfully creates an achievable lifestyle in which ANYONE can Live Inspired Today and every day.  

Clea is recognized nationally as a Health Coach Advocate for Celiac Disease and an Ambassador for IIN. In 2012, Clea received the prestigious Health Leadership Award. Clea is passionate about motherhood, writing Hip, Simple, Fabulous™ articles, cooking with her family, practicing yoga, growing edibles in her garden, traveling, and coaching. A Colorado native, she now lives in San Diego, California, with her daughter. Learn more about Clea and her unique approach to supporting you to achieve your goals. Visit Clea can always be reached at:

Chef Chris Decker
Decker Brothers Gourmet • San Diego, CA
Dish: Gluten-Free Irish Potato Soup 

Chris Decker brings a vast knowledge of unique flavors, exotic recipes and gourmet tastes to The Decker Brothers Gourmet with years of experience in high-end catering and event productions from Palm Beach, Florida to Washington D.C. Years as an amateur and professional chef come together to produce divine creations that will keep your guests coming back for more.

Decker Brothers Gourmet Soup is owned and operated by brothers Chris Decker (on the right) and Karl Decker (on the left). Both having grown up on the East Coast, the Decker brothers moved out to sunny California to enjoy the surf, sun and sand, but quickly noticed a culinary void. While out in the water one chilly January afternoon, Chris and Karl began to reminisce of mom's legendary soups and the warming effect on one's soul.

Years of planning and hundreds of soup recipes later, Chris Decker and Karl Decker are now proud to offer gourmet soups from around the United States and the world. Catering to the health conscious market of San Diego, the Decker Brothers not only offer sublime flavor, but a healthy alternative for an active lifestyle.

Decker Brothers Gourmet cares about what you eat! We only use the finest ingredients and spices to create our vegan and vegetarian gourmet soup recipes. Our culinary creations will satisfy your appetite for fine food and will fill your need for a healthy, fresh alternative. We encourage you to look over our nutritional information and ingredients. Our fresh soups not only taste great, they are great for you!

Chef Katherine Emmenegger
Executive Chef, Great News! Cookware and Cooking School • Pacific Beach, CA
Dish: Gluten-Free Cooking with Chef Katherine Emmenegger

Chef Katherine Emmenegger has had a love of cooking since her early youth.  Her experience after a culinary apprenticeship began in restaurants and other food service institutions.  She has been teaching for the past 20 years and serves as the Executive Chef of Great News!  Cookware and Cooking School in Pacific Beach, Katherine has also been featured on cooking segments for our local news stations. Go to to see all of her upcoming Gluten Free classes and more! She also contributed to Great News! first cookbook Great Food! where you can find some of her favorite family friendly gluten free recipes, purchase your copies online or at Great News! today.   



Chef Laurie Gerber
Owner of Laurie Gerber Personal Chef and Catering Services

Dish: Crab Frittatas and Paleo Banana Muffins with Nut Flours

Chef Laurie Gerber's personal chef and catering business was born from her lifelong love of good food, Her enjoyment of the whole food preparation and cooking process, and her observation of how few people can take the time to lovingly prepare excellent food that will nourish their bodies and spirits! 

And if just getting to the grocery store and kitchen weren't enough of a challenge, many people (including several in her family) have to confront food sensitivities and health conditions that make the easy and familiar foods and recipes unavailable, and demand development of a whole new repertoire of techniques, and skills for working with new ingredients! Fortunately, there are many delicious alternatives to wheat and gluten containing foods. Laurie helps make special diets doable and delicious!


Yoga Classes:
We invite you to start the event off right with yoga classes for digestive health.  We will have a class at 9:15am and 10:15am on both days.  Yoga mats will be available to rent for $1.  

Diane Roberts
Foundation Yoga and Wellness Center • Solana Beach, CA
Class: Yoga for a Happy Healthy Belly

Diane RobertsDiane Roberts (founder of the Foundation Yoga Center) is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Yoga Therapist who has been studying alternative therapies for almost 30 years. She created Foundation Yoga, a synthesis of the most healing styles of Yoga, and healed her own serious back injury. She then began helping others to recover from injury, illness, and chronic pain through individualized Yoga practice. Roberts teaches weekly classes, leads retreats and workshops and has written for Family Circle. She has been interviewed by ABC's 20/20, CNN, Health Magazine, San Diego Union-Tribune, and the Yoga Journal for her work with pain relief, stress relief, and healing through yoga.

Yawi Griffini
Pilgrimage of the Heart • San Diego, CA
Class: Yoga for Good Digestion

Yawi Griffini, RYT 200, is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance and recently obtained her Yoga Teacher Training Certification at the Pilgrimage of the heart yoga. In her classes, she likes to emphasize the real value of Yoga that goes beyond fitness and body awareness, “asana practice (the poses) should give you tools for life: patience, humility, sincerity, non-violence, courage and purity are just a few qualities we can cultivate on the mat with the goal of implementing them in our life”.

Yawi discovered the link breath-movement first through dance; she taught, choreographed and performed contemporary dance for 5 years in Mexico, but it was Yoga what showed her that this breath-movement connection has higher levels which can help you find your spiritual path.

Kelly Luvera, H.H.P.
Balance Aromas • Encinitas, CA
Class: Gentle Yoga for Everyone

KellyKelly has been practicing massage therapy, yoga and Ayurvedic health & wellness since 1993. Combining a variety of modalities with the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda she enables the body and mind to find its own balance. When we have balance in our lives we naturally gravitate towards choices that will enhance our physical and emotional well-being. Our conscious choices enliven the nourishing connection between mind, body and soul.

Kelly is a Chopra Center University certified Vedic Master, teaching classes in Perfect Health Ayurvedic lifestyle, Primordial Sound Meditation and Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. Kelly is also a graduate of Sundara school of Yoga advanced studies.

Kelly also travels the country teaching Yoga and Meditation workshops for small groups and provides training and consultation services for organizations to enhance and grow existing programs.


It's A Gluten-Free St. Patrick's Day:

Irish Dance Performances
Donna Means School of Irish Dance • Escondidto, CA

Donna MeansThe Donna Means School of Irish Dancing was established in 1977. It is under the direction of Donna Means King. Before opening her school, Donna competed throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland. Donna retired from competition as the undefeated California, Western States, and Western Canadian champion.
The students of the Donna Means School of Irish Dancing have a long history of success. Many of Donna’s students have gone on to follow in her footsteps, representing the Western United States at the North American and World Championships.
The dancers enjoy entertaining during the year, especially on St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick's Day Picture

Gluten-Free Beer Samples
Think you have to miss out on all of the festivities just because you're gluten-free?  Think again! We will have gluten-free beverage companies to increase your holiday enjoyment.  Please sample responsibly. 

Coloring Contest
Let your child's imagination run wild as they participate 
in our St. Patrick's Day Coloring Contest


Children's Pavilion:

Got gluten-free kids?  Your children will not want to leave this fun and gluten-free environment!! 

Creative Entertainment

Creative Entertainment at our event to provide hours of fun with balloon twisting and face painting.  

Check out for a sneak peak!



Have questions about Celiac Awareness Tour/San Diego, CA? Contact Gluten-Free Awareness Tour


Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd
Del Mar, CA 92014


Gluten-Free Awareness Tour

The Gluten-Free Awareness Tour promotes celiac disease awareness and gluten-free food and beverage products.

Each stop on the Gluten-Free Awareness Tour features presentations by celiac disease experts and gluten-free food and beverage exhibits from local and national gluten-free food and beverage manufacturers.

In 2013 over 100 gluten-free manufacturers exhibited and thousands of gluten-free consumers attended the events in cities across the country, including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Houston, San Diego and San Francisco.

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