Thursday, November 3, 2011


As part of an ongoing weekly post yours truly will be picking one food menu item and pairing it with one of our 150+ bottle beers from our monster beer menu. Stay tuned each week for an informed, tried and true suggestion.

This weeks' winning couple is:

Mudville's crisp Caesar Salad and the always gluten free Bard's Sorghum Malt Beer


The Chemistry:
And oh boy, is there chemistry involved for those of you who suffer from Celiac's disease, deal with dermatitis herpetiformis, or have that pesky wheat allergy. Well you're not alone as we see more and more restaurants and hotels include options for the intolerant. In fact, (and I'm not sure how accurate this is) I heard through the olive vine that Julius Caesar may have been gluten intolerant. But that doesn't really matter because this creation was named after chef Caesar Cardini. Who knew?!
I digress.
So what better match for this week's choice than these two. Now granted, this salad is going to be a little salty from the anchovy essence, (which was originally created by adding Worcestershire sauce not anchovies!) a little tangy from the lemon juice and a little creamy from the dressing and parmesan cheese. That's okay -- the Bard's, is not only made with gluten-free sorghum, but is an American Pale Ale so it's tangy, a little hoppy, and refreshing. This translates into a great and citrusy balance (from the hops) to the salty anchovy (Worcestershire!) dressing and cheese. To make this truly a gluten-free meal simply ask to remove the croutons. Voila!
Bon Apetit! 
P.s. For a nice addition our grilled asparagus side dish is also gluten-free. 

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