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2nd Annual Celiac Awareness Walk
Mark your calendars for October 11 as that is the date for our 2nd Annual Celiac Awareness Walk!  Registration is open at You can form a team  and come up with a team costume to go along with your walk t-shirt for more fun!  The walk will be held in the downtown skywalks with registration being held at the Hotel Fort Des Moines. There is free parking to the west of the Hotel Fort Des Moines in the Allied parking garage.  Follow the signs to the registration area.  We are asking everyone to bring a gluten free food item of your choice that will be donated to the Des Moines Area Religious Council's Food Pantry for those in need with celiac disease.  Please register by Sept. 13 to guarantee your T-shirt.

Please help us get the word out about the walk by printing off the attached flyer and posting it in areas where you do business, work, worship, work out, your doctor’s office, etc.  We hope to exceed last year's attendance figures (150 participants) and last year's amount of money raised for research and local awareness ($4,000).  Please help us spread the word!

Like us on Facebook at Making Tracks for Celiacs:  Des Moines. Any questions or if you want to volunteer can be emailed to

Next Pot Luck will be on September 20th

Our Pot Luck will be September 20, 2014 at 11:30 am at Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway.    If you haven’t marked your calendars you’d better do it now!  Our theme is Tailgating, so be thinking about what you would like to bring for your item!  It’s football season, so I’m sure you all have had some experience with making something to take to a game.  We are going to provide walking tacos with all the trimmings. 

We are putting together raffle baskets for the Dr. Fasano event in November.  If any of you have ideas for a basket and would like to donate it for the raffle, that would be appreciated.  We are collecting a fantastic array of donated items for the raffle.  It’s going to be the best raffle ever!!!   Huge prizes worth hundreds of dollars!!!

Amy Anderson is the troop leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.  At one of the last GF potlucks, we talked about the Girl Scouts offering GF cookies in the DSM area.  Each troop (not girl) is allowed to get between 1-4 cases (12 packages per case).  Each package sells for $5. The new Trios aren't just completely gluten free—they are delicious!  If you are interested in getting some of these cookies in the Spring you can contact Amy at 515-480-4140.

In the Ames area you can contact Ami Frank at for Girl Scout Cookie orders!  She too is planning on ordering some cases of the cookies.

The Winsor Heights Hy-Vee dietitian, Amanda Hagenow, asked me to tell you that her Hy-Vee will be offering some gluten free items for tasting throughout the day, Sept. 7from 10:00 am -5:00 pm.  Amanda also mentioned that she has a stack of Sonoma Flatbread coupons to give away!

I’m sure you all know that it is extremely important that you bring dishes that are completely gluten free!  Make sure you read the ingredient labels of the products used in your recipe, and if you are unsure if the product is GF, contact the manufacturer.  We want to maintain a standard of safety at our pot lucks for all our gluten free friends.

We will have some samples, including those from Specialty Cakes and More.  There will be gift baskets to give away, so you don’t want to miss this fun GF pot luck!!!


All your dishes should have your recipe placed by your dish on the table, and your name should be on the recipe.  It is important for those with multiple allergies to know what ingredients are in the dish (and the name brands used in the recipe).  I have had questions from people wanting more information about a few recipes in the past, but no name was on it for me to contact.  We ask for a recipe to be placed in the recipe basket at the registration table as well.


Please try to email your recipes to me prior to the pot luck so I can get started on putting them in the newsletter.  Otherwise they need to be in to me no later than September 26th.  If I could please ask that your recipes be sent in a WORD doc so they can be copied easier.  Scanned recipes are very difficult to transfer to the newsletter and I usually end up having to retype them along with all the others that are not emailed.


As you know we always have give-aways.  It was suggested that it would be so easy and quick to put one of your address labels on your ticket so we could easily read your name.  What an idea!!

Dr. Allesio Fasano is coming to Des Moines!

Dr. Alessio Fasano will be coming to Des Moines to do a presentation on Celiac Disease (CD) and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS).  This will take place Nov. 15 at the Bridge in Johnston (part of Meredith Drive Reformed Church).  The address is NW 62 Ave. and 100th St.   We can seat about 600 people in that worship center, and it will be open to the public.  You are not going to want to miss this incredible opportunity to hear this world renowned expert on CD.  He is here just for us!  So please mark your calendars and plan to come.  We want to have a full house!  There will be no charge to attend.  Staring at 11:30 a.m. there will be a vendor fair and raffles for fabulous prizes.  Our hope is to raise money for the Center for Celiac Research.  Dr. Fasano will give his presentation at 1:00, and following that he will do a book signing for his new book Gluten Freedom .  Bring your books with you; purchase can be made on or Barnes and Noble will order it for you.

Making Tracks for Celiacs will be held October 11 starting at Hotel Fort Des Moines.  Join us for this second annual walk through the skywalk downtown.  Free parking.  More information will be included in the next newsletter.

2014 Annual Iowa Celiac Conference Iowa City, IA

The annual Iowa Celiac Conference is in Iowa City, IA this year on Saturday, October 4th, from 7:30 am until 4 pm.  For more information, click here to view the conference flyer.  Hope to see you all there!




JUNE POT LUCK MEETING 2014 – We had a great turnout for our summer pot luck! And the Italian theme worked really well. Amazing how many things you can do with GF pasta! The sides and desserts were fantastic! Thanks to all who attended and brought such great items for us to taste! And thanks to all who emailed your recipes to me for the newsletter before and after the pot luck! I really appreciated that, since it takes me lots of hours to retype all those that were not sent, along with all the ones that don’t have email, so saving me time is much appreciated!

February 2014 Newsletter and Recipes

Thank you all for coming out to our “Brunch” themed pot luck on February 1st. It wasn’t supposed to be that cold! But we are a tough breed, aren’t we!? We had some really incredible casseroles and coffee cakes and desserts, and lots of things in between. The pancakes were fantastic that were made by Lucy, Jan and Kay! We had several of our members who offered to come and help us out for the pot luck, and I want to thank them…Kathy and Ken Roth, Nancy Young and Micca Guyler, and Barbara Moore. Thanks to Angie for organizing the sample tables, Christie for registration, Lisa, Ella and friends for the Children’s Program, and Steve and Jeff for all their help. And we can always count on Colleen Meyer for donating the Friedrich’s Coffee and Kathy Titus for planning the Children’s program and making the copies of the newsletter for mailing to those without email. What a wonderful team we have!

Disclaimer:  The Central Iowa Celiac Connection is a chapter of the CSA/USA.  We have attempted to compile accurate information in this newsletter for the benefit of the members of this group.   However, food manufacturers may change the ingredients in their products or their manufacturing process at any time, so always check the ingredient labels.  Call the manufacturer if you have questions about their product.  Consult your physician if you have any medical concerns.

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