There’s a long story about my friendship with Ray Deter that deserves telling and will get told sometime in the next few days, but rather than spew a couple of thousand words, the long story short is quite simple and I’ll tell it here. Ray was—and yeah, it still feels wrong to use past tense—a man of passion. He understood that passion needs to be more than a good idea, or something to be applauded in others; passion was the cornerstone of his life. He grasped that a life lived according to one’s passions could have messy ramifications, but he preferred the mess to the anxieties of a life lived suppressing one’s passions. He is missed.
Tonight’s tasting at d.b.a is both a survey of eight great cheeses and a celebration of Ray as those eight cheeses will be paired with four outstanding beers, all of which were favorites of Ray. Tickets are $25 and available here, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/185911
Or you can just pay cash at the door, but drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can be sure to have enough cheese on hand.