Whether it's because of an allergy or simply by choice, there are many Long Islanders who eat a gluten-free diet -- which means avoiding ingredient items like wheat, barley, rye and malts. And while there are plenty of edibles on the market that work just fine for those who pass on said grains, securing beer that's free of those elements is practically impossible (for they are, in fact, the key to the average brew).
But leave it to the ale-minded people at The Cortland in Bay Shore to help find a way around such a snafu: On April 30 (from 5 to 7 p.m.) they will be presenting a menu of foods paired with craft beer that will be gluten-free. For $15, ticketholders will receive a menu created by Chef Michelle Gillette of Bayport's Ms. Michelle's Urban Gourmet that opens with a cold noodle plate followed by some chicken and vegetable toasts. At the main lies a rustic "baguette" sandwich -- all to be closed by a "sweet treat" dessert yet to be named.
We also mentioned, however, the suds served will meet the de-grained goal -- and to that end each of the day's courses will be matched with such brew labels as Green's, St. Peter's, Redbridge and Estrella Daura -- all of which are good to go for the glutenless.
The Cortland: 27 W. Main St., Bay Shore, 631-206-2220.