The Joy of Cheese October 2013 Events

cornish yargThe Joy of Cheese, Martin Johnson’s eight year old series of cheese and beverage pairing events has a busy October lined up.  Here are the details.

October 8 at 7 at Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus (bet 83rd and 84th): The Columbus Avenue Match

Fans of cheese and wine have a paradise on Columbus between 83rd and 84th.  There’s West Side Wines, a local institution when it comes to small producer, well priced vino and there’s Gastronomie 491 and it’s widely hailed cheese counter (here’s some praise from the Times, Tuesday, the 8th, Andy Besch, the owner of the wine shop and author of The Wine Guy, will present six stellar wines and Martin Johnson, the lead cheesemonger at Gastronomie, will pair them with six fantastic cheeses.  Tickets are a mere $20 and available via this link,

October 17 at 7 at 92nd St. Y, 92nd & Lexington:  Cheese and Whiskey

Lots of venues do cheese and whiskey pairings now, but we did it first, and dare I say we do it best.  In this latest iteration of the always popular event, Dave Herman will select six whiskeys from all over the world, and I’ll pair them six extraordinary cheeses.  Tickets are $40 and available via this link,

October 22 at 7 at Breukelen Bier Merchants, 182 Grand St. (near Bedford Avenue):  Evil Twin v. The Joy of Cheese

Itinerant brewer Jeppe Janit-Bjergso a.k.a. the Evil Twin (his twin brother Mikkel Borg Bjergso is also a brewer) has created some of the most intriguing an diverse beers to land on the New York market in the last few years and now he’s even opened up his own beer haven, Torst, in Greenpoint.  In this event, his import rep, Maggie Fuller, one of the leading authorities on beer in America, will present and discuss six dynamic Evil Twin beers and Martin Johnson will pair them with six exceptional cheeses from the Gastronomie 491 collection.  Tickets are $35 and available via this link,

October 24 at 7 at The 92nd St. Y, 92nd St. & Lexington: Autumn Wines and Cheeses to Match

Wines change with the seasons and autumnal wines tend to be fuller and richer.  Please join us as Kat Kelly, a leading wine authority, chooses and discusses eight fabulous wines and Martin Johnson will pair these wines with magnificent cheeses.  Tickets are $40 and available via this link,

October 29th at 7 at Gastronomie 491, 491 Columbus Avenue between 83rd and 84th: The 12% Solution

During the last few years, 12% Imports has become known as the distributor of the very highest end beers available in New York.  Their portfolio ranges from new easy drinking beers like Gose to beers whose flavor and ABV are characteristic of the company name.  Tuesday the 29th, Maggie Fuller of 12% will present six beers from her catalogue and Martin Johnson will pair them with six cheeses from the renowned Gastronomie 491 cheese case.  Tickets are $20 and available via this link,

For more information about any of these events contact Martin Johnson at


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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