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 with artisanal cheese. Join me and Dave Herman from Dave’s Drinks as we show off some rums an cheeses that will open your mind alongside cheese that will delight your tastebuds.

For tickets & info, click here:
http://www.92y.org/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=103817&utm_source=92Y_HP&utm_medium=cal_buy&utm_campaign=Institutional

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Fromage of the Day, 03.25.14: Andante Minuet

Andante MinuetFromage 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.  If it was a jazz trumpet great, it would be Clifford Brown, smooth and potent.  There will be Joy of Cheese events in April.  I just have to confirm them.

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Fromage of the Day, 03.18.14: Red Hawk

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFromage 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 was a Secret Society tune it would “The Neighborhood,” driving and straightforward with an edge.  The Joy of Cheese returns with events in late April and early May, watch this space for details.

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Fromage of the Day, 03.15.14: Doddington

20101228-Serious-Cheese-DoddingtonFromage 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 Cider.  If it was a Darcy James Argue and Secret Society tune, it would “The Neighborhood,” complex and accessible.  The Joy of Cheese Cheese and Champagne event, rescheduled from 02.13 will take place March 20th at the 92nd St. Y.

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The New York Magazine Article

Yes, it's Rogue River Blue!

Yes, it’s Rogue River Blue!

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 indeed something very positive has.  It was an eight page story in the issue of the magazine with Alec Baldwin on the cover, and this slideshow at Grub St.  http://grb.st/1c4QnJx

Yes, it’s a big positive because the shop I work at is featured as are many cheeses that we carry, but it has potential to be a much bigger game changer.  It could begin an important change in the way people shop for cheese.

I think there are three levels of shopping when it comes to something like cheese and it’s best illustrated by the parallels in wine and beer.  Level one is someone who just drinks a mainstream mass market beer or wine (Bud, Yellowtail, whatever).  Level two are the people who have forsaken the mass market but have settled on Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada or a particular bottle of Bordeaux.  Level three are the people who are into exploring; they go to beer bars eager to see what’s new or visit wine shops with an eye toward expanding what they know.

In cheese thousands and thousands of people have advanced from level one (supermarket crap) to level two, but far too many of them are stuck at Manchego, St. Andre, Cave Aged Gruyere, Taleggio, or yep, Humboldt Fog rather than moving deeper into the cheese case and discovering the wonders that await them.  I understand the reluctance.  A wine or beer that doesn’t agree with your preferences is still an alcoholic beverage.  A washed rind cheese that is past its prime is for most people just a smelly mess.

Rob and Robin’s article whether in print or in the nifty slide show via the Grub St. link, offers people a solid checklist of other cheeses they should be checking out.  It’s like a road map into level three.

I’d say the fact that I’ve had far more customers in the last week ask about Winnimere than complain about the price of my Roquefort is a solid sign that a change is gonna come.

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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.

Crooked Stave Hop SavantPlease join us  March 4, we will switch the beverage to beer and offer six dynamic pairings of cheese and beer.  Maggie Fuller of 12% Imports, possibly the leading importer of small producer craft beer, will select and discuss beverages from her amazing portfolio and I’ll match them with great cheeses and a topical joke or two.  Tickets are $20 and available via this link, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581314

Gastronomie 491 is located at 491 Columbus Avenue between 83rd and 84th.  Both events figure to run until a little after 8, just enough time to shop for your favorite cheeses and then shop from our beer case which is next to the cheese case.  We hope to see you for some amazing pairings.

For more information contact me at thejoyofcheese@gmail.com

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Fromage of the Day, 02.18.14: Hoch Ybrig

Hoch YbrigFromage 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 Joy of Cheese event is a wine and cheese pairing February 25th at Gastronomie 491.  For details visit, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581263

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