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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.

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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Rosters: Rieslings and Cheese, 92Y 07.31.14

Cheeses and Rieslings 92Y July 31, 2014 Instructors: Martin Johnson (Gastronomie 491 & The Joy of Cheese) and Michael Whidden (AI Selections)   Cheese: Berkswell (raw sheep’s milk, England): a buttery, nutty sheep’s milk cheese that splits the difference between … Continue reading

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Fall Preview: Cheese and Alcoholic Beverage Classes This Autumn 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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Self Portrait

Martin Johnson thejoyofcheese@gmail.com   Goal: I want to employ my editorial, merchandising, social media and point of sale skills to make artisanal, small producer cheese, beer, cured meats and wine accessible to the highbrow culinary mainstream.   Press Coverage NY … Continue reading

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The Biggest Threat to the Artisanal Cheese Movement Yet

If the FDA has its way, cheese as we love it will be gone. http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/06/09/fda-may-destroy-american-artisan-cheese-industry/

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Upcoming! Sipping Rums and Cheeses to Match at 92Y May 15

Rum has gotten a terrible reputation thanks to fruity drinks & mixing with copious amounts of cola. But well-made rum rivals whiskey and brandy for depth of flavor, complexity and ability to match with bold foods. And it goes beautifully … Continue reading

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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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