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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.

Fromage of the Day, 03.25.14: Andante Minuet

Fromage of the Day, 03.25.14: Andante Minuet.  Silken, buttery and overwhelming, this goat’s milk triple cream is made in California.  It pairs nicely with your favorite Cava, a Brooklyn Sorachi Ace or Freigeist Abraxxxas, or a Slyboro Hidden Star Cider.  … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 03.18.14: Red Hawk

Fromage of the Day, 03.18.14:  Red Hawk.  Funky, creamy and seductive, this cow’s milk cheese is from California.  It pairs nicely with your favorite Riesling, a T’Gaverhopke Extra, a Four Roses Small Batch or a Naked Flock Cider.  If it … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 03.15.14: Doddington

Fromage of the Day, 03.15.14: Doddington.  Tangy, slighty sweet and sharp, this raw cow’s milk cheese is made in England.  It pairs nicely with your favorite Dolcetto, a Stillwater/Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar Remix, an Elmer T. Lee, or a Farnum Hill Dry … Continue reading

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The New York Magazine Article

On the Saturday before the Super Bowl, New York magazine writers Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld spent an hour at my cheese counter talking shop both about cheese and about journalism. I figured nothing bad could come of that, and … Continue reading

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March 4 at Gastronomie 491, Winter Warmers: Cheese and Beer Pairings

New Yorkers rarely arrive at a consensus on anything, but I think there’s more than general agreement that this winter is brutally cold.  There are few better way to combat the cold than with great pairings of  cheese and beer. … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 02.18.14: Hoch Ybrig

Fromage of the Day, 02.18.14: Hoch Ybrig.  Nutty, grassy and malty, this raw cow’s milk cheese is from Switzerland.  It pairs wonderfully with your favorite Nebbiolo, a Local Option Morning Wood, a Castanon Cider, or a Macallan 30.  The next … Continue reading

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The Joy of Cheese and Gastronomie 491 Present The Winter Warmers Series

New Yorkers rarely arrive at a consensus on anything, but I think there’s more than general agreement that this winter is brutally cold.  There are few better way to combat the cold than with great pairings of cheese and wine … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.20.14: L’Amuse

Fromage of the Day, 01.20.14: L’Amuse.  Tangy, salty and sweet, this aged gouda is from Santaport du Noord Holland.  It pairs with your favorite  Single Malt Scotch from Islay,  an Omnipollo Fatamorgana, a Vincent Sauvestre Chablis, or a Castanon Cider.  … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.16.14: Montgomery’s Cheddar

Fromage of the Day, 01.16.14: Montgomery’s Cheddar.  Complex, earthy and sharp, this is one of THE cornerstone classic cheddar from England.  It could make you forget that Americans make cheddar.  Monty’s pairs with your favorite Nebbiolo, an Evil Twin Christmas … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.14.14: Blu del Moncenisio

Fromage of the Day, 01.14.14: Blu del Moncenisio.  Creamy, smooth and earthy, this cow’s milk blue is from far northern Italy.  It pairs well with your favorite Chianti Classico, a Tournay Trippel, an Elmer T. Lee, or an Eve’s Cidery … Continue reading

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