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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.

Beer and Cheese Pairings May 25

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Memorial Day as I approached the store on Monday. I brought my computer in case, it turned out to be a routine Monday where I did purchasing and merchandising until 6 then sampled … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings May 24

Beer and Cheese Pairings May 24 We did fewer pairings today than a usual Sunday. In part that reflects the slow pace of business on the middle day of a holiday weekend, and it reflects that some of my time … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese May 22

Beer and Cheese Pairings May 22nd The powers that be left me three cheeses to sample on Friday which made me chuckle.  The Friday late afternoon/early evening of a three day weekend is going to be slow.  In fact as … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese May 20

Beer and Cheese Pairing, May 20. The cheese manager requested that I sample her latest addition, a mixed milk Manchego.  It was made from the milk of sheep, goat and cow.  The flavor was smooth yet complex; there were the … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings Monday May 17

Monday night’s beer and cheese pairings were dictated by the fromage. I had hoped to shine a spotlight on the Slyboro Hidden Star, a bright delicious if ever so slightly sweet cider from Vermont, but the cheese manager had left … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings May 17

On Sundays we do lots of pairings. Sometimes I’m on the floor for six or seven hours hawking beer and cheese. Naked Flock Cider and Provolone Piccante (5 year old Auricchio) In the last couple of weeks, we’ve significantly bolstered … Continue reading

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Cheese and Beer Pairings May 13 and 15

May 13 Haystack Mountain Snowdrop with Westbrook White Thai (Belgian Wheat brewed with ginger and lemongrass) Cabot Clothbound Cheddar with Gaverhopke Bitter Sweet Symphony (Belgian Pale Ale) May 15 Friday’s cheese and beer pairing was Beaufort (big smooth, very nutty … Continue reading

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