Nutty: The Joy of Cheese November Events

Nutty:  The Joy of Cheese November Events

Alpine cheeses are one of the best starting points into the world of high end cheese.  They deliver familiar flavors–their primary overtone is reminiscent of roasted hazelnuts, cashews, almonds or macadamia nuts, or put more concisely, they are nutty–but the latest arrivals from Switzerland, Germany, France, and yes, the United States (yes Alpine can refer to just a style of cheesemaking) offer much more.  There are strong overtones of fresh meadow, spicy herbs, and malt in the new cheeses.  And those are just the firm cheeses.  There are many delicious soft cheeses from Switzerland too.  In November we’ll explore all of this in four separate events.

November 9 at 7:30 at Clerkenwell, 49 Clinton St. (between Stanton and Rivington), Way Beyond the Obvious:  Swiss Cheese After Gruyere and Emmenthal. We’ll start our Nutty month with a survey of the finest cheeses from Switzerland and nearby areas.  We’ll include the finest Gruyere and Emmenthal just as points of reference and then demonstrate how much broader the Swiss tradition is with seven other cheeses, including several soft cheeses and maybe a blue.  Tickets are $25 and you pay for your drinks separately.  For ticket information visit

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November 11 at 7:30 at Stella Manahattan Bistro, 213 Front St. (near Beekman): The Red Menace. Red wines are harder to pair with cheese than white wines, but it can be done and alpine cheeses are often the best way to begin finding the right match for your tannins.  At this event we will pair eight or nine cheeses with five red wines from the Stella menu and Jason Spingarn will discuss the wines.  Tickets are $25 and available via Brown Paper Tickets,

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November 16 at 7:30 at d.b.a Bklyn, 113 North 7th ST. (between Berry and Wythe): The Dark Side. Autumn is prime time for Porters, Stouts and other darker beers, and their coffee-ish and  chocolately overtones are an ideal match for the nutty flavors of Alpine cheeses.  At this event we will sample and discuss seven of each.  I’ll discuss the cheeses, and Ray Deter will discourse on the beer.  Tickets are $25 and available via Brown Paper Tickets,

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November 17 at 7:30 at Culturefix, 9 Clinton St., (near Houston St.), Red, White and Beer: American Alpine Edition. You can’t see the Alps from anywhere in America, but the cheesemakers feel the spirit.  Great alpine cheese is being made in Vermont, Michigan, Wisconsin, Virginia, and even on Long Island.  We’ll survey these by giving attendees a white wine, a red wine and a beer and let’s see which beverage pairs best with each of these six notably versatile cheeses.  Tickets are $30 and available via BPT,

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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 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 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.
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