February 2011

This is a quick note to those local to me. There is a recently re-opened Coldstone Creamery in Orland Park, on LaGrange Road. I visited there today, inquiring about gluten-free cakes. One of the new owners stated that there are a few cakes that are naturally gluten-free from the start. However, she also told me that they have a chef, Johnny, who can work with us and design a cake specifically to our instructions. He will  discuss each aspect of the presentation as well as ingredients.

Thank you Coldstone Creamery. How refreshing it will be to have an ice cream cake instead of “Mom’s” homemade birthday cake every once and a while.


Simply a save-the-date note for the University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center annual spring benefit, Spring Flours.

This year it will be held on Friday, May 6th at the Swissotel downtown Chicago. Every year, this event turns out to be more spectacular than the year before. The proceeds benefit very important research being done at U of Chicago on celiac disease.
For more information, go to www.celiacdisease.net. I hope to see all of you there!

Huge news out of University of Chicago’s Celiac Disease Center. Dr. Bana Jabri  has been able to isolate an inflammatory compound, Interleukin-15, as a main area of research in the treatment and possible prevention of celiac disease. Through a mouse model of celiac disease, developed at the University of Chicago,  it was found that elevated levels of interleukin-15 caused signs and symptoms synonymous with early onset celiac disease. It was further found that when the pathway to this compound was blocked, there was regression in the disease. Moreover, it was discovered that all of the mice with celiac disease-type symptoms had an elevated level of interleukin-15.

Further study will, of course, ensue. Many more answers will follow. But, for the moment, we will revel in the fact that advancements are on the horizon. I hope my children’s’ children will not need to know what a gluten-free diet is. For the present, however, I would like to congratulate and thank the researchers at University of Chicago for their tireless efforts in finding a cure for this disease!

To read more about this study, follow the link below.