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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.

At The Beer Geeks TV Show blog on Gose

A new home from my scribbles. http://www.ora.tv/beergeeks/article/gose

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Beer and Cheese Pairing Highlights July 20-24

I didn’t blog much about the beer and cheese pairings this week because a lot of it was tried and true stuff. Yes, the sweet florals of the Stillwater Debutante went nicely with the light farmhouse funk of La Tur. … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings July 19

I’ve been a good sport–you could say a team player–for much of the last month when it cones to what goes on the tasting board at Westside Market East Village. What you want that Shandy sampled? Sure, I’ll put it … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings July 17

I made a big mistake on Friday. I not only planned on a certain beer, but I announced to the brewery that I was using that beer and embarking on a campaign to increase that beer’s visibility. The beer in … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings July 15

On a slow night for sampling at Westside Market East Village, all of the action was on the cheese side. 90 minutes of sampling required only one beer, a 12.7 oz bottle, and even some of that was poured out … Continue reading

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Beer & Cheese Pairings July 13

Mondays are tough nights to predict at Westside Market East Village. They are always busy and sometimes the customers are chill and interested in the world around them. Other times they can be hardcore New York Nasties. Last week was … Continue reading

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Beer and Cheese Pairings July 12

The Westside Market East Village isĀ  a big store with 18,000 square feet and probably 75 employees. There’s a fair amount of turnover which often results a new person asking me what do I do. It’s not obvious since I … Continue reading

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