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 thejoyofcheese@gmail.com so that I can be sure to have enough cheese on hand.


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 thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. 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 www.theroot.com. 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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