The Joy of Cheese Spring Events (so far)

After spending nearly three months getting Gastronomie 491’s Cheese and Charcuterie department up and running, the Joy of Cheese tastings will spend the spring coming back up to full speed.  There’s stuff all over town in April and May.

April 19 at 7 at the 92nd St. Y Uptown (92 & Lexington) Better Than Wine

8 rare beers, 8 special cheeses, 90 minutes of information comprise the left side of the equation.  Lotsa fun is on the other side of the equal sign.  $40.  For more information visit

April 24 at 7:30 at Kupersmith, 49 Clinton St.  The Great Return

It’s been a while, no?  In our first public event at Kupersmith since January, this tasting will showcase some of the newer cheeses to hit the NYC marketplace during our absence.  Expect fantastic camemberts, exceptional goat’s milk cheeses and maybe, just maybe Winnimere.  We’ll investigate nine cheeses overall.  Tickets are $25; you pay for your beverages separately.  For more information visit,

May 1, 8, and 15 at 7:30 at Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Ave (83rd-84th)  Gastronomie 491 Presents The Joy of Cheese Miniatures

Great cheese, superb wine, knowledge on each, and a comfortable setting.  These are all cornerstones of The Joy of Cheese events for seven years, but on three Tuesdays in May, the 1st, 8th, and 15th, we’ll offer a new twist.  You can *buy* the cheeses afterward.  Please join us for one or more of these short events that run from 7:30-8:15.  We’ll present four cheese and wine pairings (and yeah, there will be a mystery cheese).  I’ll discuss the cheeses and noted expert Michael Whidden will regale us with information about the wines.  Tickets are $20; the fun is unlimited.  For more information, visit

May 3rd at the 92nd St. Y (Uptown, 92 & Lex) Cheese and Tequila

Yes, maybe we’ve finally lost our minds, but this seemed like an irresistible challenge.  Find a bunch of cheese and tequila pairings.  Dave Herman, the Grand Tsar of Malt (he co-led our wildly successful cheese and whiskey classes) and I will preside over this 90 minute-two hour exploration.  This event will feature at least four cheese and tequila pairings (we were originally going to do a wine pairing and a beer pairing but we may just do six tequilas, who knows).  Tickets are $40 and available from the Y’s site,

For more information in general about public and private Joy of Cheese events, contact me at


photo by Dennis Curran at Von Trapp creamery and brazenly stolen from the FB page of the Cellars at Jasper Hill


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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