I’ve needed to do this for a while.
The Joy of Cheese is a fantastic and fun way to taste and learn about the amazing world of hand crafted cheeses that are available to New Yorkers. These cheeses aren’t merely strong or mild, they have distinctive overtones and a full narrative to their flavor (for instance, a cheese like Dante, a firm sheep cheese from Wisconsin might start out buttery, continue with herbal notes and finish with a touch of sea salt). Our public events feature between seven and nine astonishingly good cheeses (private ones feature more), plus there is a mystery cheese (sort of like a midterm but without the anxiety), program notes and chocolate at the end. Some events also feature beer included in the price of admission others involve buying wine from a list that includes recommendations to match the cheese. The goal is to provide an affordable way to people to learn about cheese, connect the dots between what they like and why they like it, and feel more comfortable and confident when ordering cheese at a shop or in a restaurant or wine bar. It’s also a great way to meet New Yorkers who share a passion for fine food.
Launched in 2005, the Joy of Cheese is Martin Johnson’s brainchild. He has worked in and around specialty cheese since 1984. During that time he has managed the cheese departments at several leading retailers and worked at several others. In addition to conducting Joy of Cheese events, he teaches cheese and beverage pairing classes at the 92nd St. Y and he runs two blogs. One of them, thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com always features an up to date schedule of upcoming public events. The other, thejoyofcheese.wordpress.com is Martin’s cheese information blog; it hosts a daily feature called Fromage of the Day, in which he takes a high caliber cheese, defines it in a sentence, recommends beverage pairings, and compares it to a piece of music (which is linked in via youtube). He is also the cheese columnist for The Huffington Post Food Section. For more information on Joy of Cheese events, contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.