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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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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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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, 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, 01.16.14: 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, 01.10.14: Bayley Hazen Blue

Fromage of the Day, 01.10.14: Bayley Hazen Blue.  Peppery and earthy in large doses, this wonderful cow’s milk blue is from Jasper Hill Farms in Vermont.  It pairs nicely with an Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break, your favorite Vouvray, Sheep … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.09.14: Rogue River Blue

Fromage of the Day, 01.09.14: Rogue River Blue.  Earthy, fruity and peppery, this leaf wrapped, award-winning, cow’s milk blue cheese is from Oregon.  More than a few cheese aficionados believe that this is the finest American made cheese.  It pairs … Continue reading

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Fromage of the Day, 01.06.14: Stichelton

Fromage of the Day, 01.06.14: Stichelton.  Fudgy, peppery and very very earthy, this cheese is made according to the original recipe of Stilton with raw milk and traditional rennet in Nottinghamshire England.  It takes its name from the medieval name … Continue reading

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