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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.

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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Cheese and Beer Pairings May 11

37 years ago and a couple of months before I packed my bags and moved to New York City, my Godmother took me to lunch to have what she called a “savvy session.” Over lunch we talked and told stories. … Continue reading

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92Y Winter/Spring 2015

March 12th:  The All American There’s more to American whiskey than bourbon and more to American cheese than Pleasant Ridge Reserve.  Come explore the range! http://www.92y.org/Event/The-All-American April 9th: Bruisin’ for a Cruisin':  Big California Cabs and other potent wines and … Continue reading

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Only The Strong Survive

Thursday November 6, Maggie Fuller and I will be teaching a beer and cheese class called Only The Strong Survive: High ABV Beer and Potent Cheeses to Match at the 92nd St. Y.  Tickets are available via this link, http://www.92y.org/Event/Beers-with-High-ABV-and-CheeseContinue reading

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Upcoming Cheese Events at the 92nd St. Y

All classes are $45 except the December wine v. beer class.  November 6:  Only the Strong Survive: Beers with high ABV and cheeses to match Martin Johnson with Maggie Fuller Is it a post mid term election celebration or a … Continue reading

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I may go buy a piece of Roquefort today before it’s gone

Makes no sense. None. http://www.medicaldaily.com/fda-bans-roquefort-other-french-cheeses-due-bacteria-levels-though-theyre-virtually-301638#.VA2vVxNEGdg.facebook

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Possibly the Coolest Cheese Tasting Ever

And I’ve held a lot of them. Here are the details. September 18 and December 4:  The Cheese Pairing Showdown:  Beer vs. Wine Martin Johnson with Maggie Fuller (beer expert) and Michael Whidden (wine authority) Which beverage pairs better with … Continue reading

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