On the Lower East Side this Saturday, Saxelby Cheesemongers is hosting an event they're calling Bread and Butter. The event is a fundraiser to help send the Evans family, dairy farmers from upstate New York, to Turin, Italy for this year's Terra Madre festival, Slow Food's annual meeting of artisanal food and beverage producers from all over the world.
The Bread and Butter event will feature tastings of dairy products made from the milk of Evan's Farm, including yogurt, organic cheese, creme fraiche, and sweet cream butter, and of course the creamline milk itself. The menu will be created by
For instance on May 30th, the Artisanal newsletter arrived, featuring "Incredible Cheeses of the Northeast USA." Three days later, on June 2, the Murray's newsletter touts the all-too-predictable theme "Murray's Gone Local." In this case, it is possible that
But their cheese counter rivals some of the best in America. I was on business in Ann Arbor recently, and I got to see first-hand the bounty they offer. They have a nice array of cheeses from around the world, although I was expecting to see more
However, as excited as I am about browsing the cheese counter at this new branch, I will probably stay away from the place for at least six months. Anybody who's familiar with Brooklyn knows that Red Hook is very poorly served by the subway. Add to that the fact that you're going to want to buy many more things than you could possible carry in your arms, a car is pretty much mandatory here. Then again, driving anywhere in Brooklyn is
They will offer the usual American favorites such as Maytag Blue, as well as some exclusive varieties like
For many, February is best known as Black History Month, a month when we celebrate the many contributions African Americans have sewn into the fabric of our country. But the Curd Nerds at Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro have a different idea: February is Fondue Month.
With such temptations as Comté with Date-Almond Chutney, and Munster d'Alsace with
Winners of the Second Annual American Artisanal Treasure Awards have been announced. What are those awards, you ask? Norbert Wabnig, proprietor of the The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, created the awards to "honor producers of handmade specialty foods across the United States." Aside from cow, goat and sheep's milk categories, Wabnig also hands out awards for best olive oil, best condiment, best bread, best sausage, best marmalade or preserve, best honey and best sweet.
Regardless of where you stand on the Transit Strike, you can't help but notice how it affects the world of cheese. A visit to the Bedford Cheese Shop's Online Catalog displays a sad message: We apologize for the inconvenience, but the online cheeseshop is closed during the MTA strike. I wonder if the brick-and-mortar store is also closed.