This Week at The Joy of Cheese

The cheese tastings resume this week with events at Clerkenwell, Stella, and a special collaboration with the folks at Noble Rot.  Here are the details.

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

You can pay cash at the door, just alert me that you are attending at

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,

You can pay cash at the door, just alert me that you are attending at

Wednesday the 10th, we will participate in a special cheese, chocolate and wine event with the renowned wine folks at Noble Rot.  For more details visit



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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