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About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.

Upcoming Cheese Events at the 92nd St. Y

All classes are $45 except the December wine v. beer class. October 23: Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles and cheese. Martin Johnson with Michael Whidden Sparkling wines go wonderfully with rich creamy cheeses.  Please join us as we explore six pairings. For … Continue reading

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I may go buy a piece of Roquefort today before it’s gone

Makes no sense. None. http://www.medicaldaily.com/fda-bans-roquefort-other-french-cheeses-due-bacteria-levels-though-theyre-virtually-301638#.VA2vVxNEGdg.facebook

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Possibly the Coolest Cheese Tasting Ever

And I’ve held a lot of them. Here are the details. September 18 and December 4:  The Cheese Pairing Showdown:  Beer vs. Wine Martin Johnson with Maggie Fuller (beer expert) and Michael Whidden (wine authority) Which beverage pairs better with … Continue reading

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Upcoming! The Fall Cheese and Beer/Wine/Whiskey Classes at the 92nd St. Y

September 18:  The Cheese Pairing Showdown:  Beer vs. Wine Martin Johnson with Maggie Fuller (beer expert) and Michael Whidden (wine authority) Which beverage pairs better with cheese, beer or wine?  Join us as we explore the issue by pairing five … Continue reading

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At Wall Street Journal on new Barrel Aged Beers

This was fun to report, fun to write and fun to edit. Barrel-Aged Beer Is Making a Comeback A growing cadre of brew masters is aging beer in casks that once held bourbon, brandy or wine. Email Print 0 Comments … Continue reading

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That NY Times Story

It came up three times today, so those of you just tuning into the narrative, here’s that NY Times story, a story about me rather than by me, but happily a story about writinhg that I’ve done, albeit on cheese … Continue reading

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On The Utterly Weird Experience of Being Refused Service

  Yeah, I didn’t think THAT happened anymore. I run the cheese, cured meats and beer program for an upscale retail market and cafe on the Upper West Side called Gastronomie 491.  My boss loves the Buon Italia bresaola, and … Continue reading

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