Friday, May 02, 2008


Restaurants that claim to serve gluten-free food are not all alike. Some independently declare their own food to be gluten-free, while others open themselves up to guidance from the Gluten-Free Restaurant Awareness Program GFRAP.

The latest local addition to the GFRAP roster is S'MAC. This well-liked macaroni-and-cheese joint in the East Village is a one-star GFRAP restaurant, which means that its GFRAP guidance includes "a complete packet of education and training materials, a review of the restaurant’s GF menus, and the assistance of a Resource Person to answer questions." (The most involved level would be "three-star.")

S'MAC's gluten-free web page includes links to raves the restaurant has already received from members of the gluten-free community.

In other news, Bistango remains on an indefinite hiatus (perhaps returning mid-May or early June). And I am, sorrowfully, finally going to give up on Tropica, which was closed more than a year ago and reportedly due for relocation by early 2008.

And, finally, Risotteria is seeking waitstaff. Anyone who wants experience in the gluten-free food serving industry should contact the restaurant for more information.

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