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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.

The Beer and Cheese Pairings Will Return Soon

I’ve been dealing with a flare up of carpal tunnel.

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Beer and Cheese Pairings June 22

Two beers and two cheeses yielded three separate pairings on Monday evening at the Westside Market, East Village. Being a good organizational soldier, I chose to start things off with the Dogfish Head Aprihop and since it went over well, … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

I have two classes in the coming weeks. Summer Red Wines and Cheeses to Match.  Pretty self explanatory, eh?  It’s at the 92nd St. Y, June 25 at 7.  Michael Whidden and I will present five pairings of cheese and … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings June 21: A Few of My Favorite Things

A few days ago, I was at Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., a new smoked meat place near me and while chatting with one of the guys on the counter I told him that I co-manage the beer … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese June 19: Accidents Will Happen

When I arrived at Westside Market East Village on Friday, I immediately got word from two other supervisors that Mark, the store manager and the person with whom I co-manage our beer program, wanted me to demo the Dogfish Head … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings June 17

I call these the beer and cheese pairings largely because left to my own devices, I choose the beer first. We carry about 150 really interesting beers at Westside Market East Village, but we have well more than 200 well-made … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings June 15

It’s taken nearly eight months of sampling beer and cheese to customers at Westside Market East Village, but I finally had a night where no one looked at the board and said “beer and cheese?” as if the pairing was … Continue reading

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