Well, among the many delightful activities I was part of this weekend, I had the privilege of meeting GrandeMocha [who needs to get her own snarktastic blog] for CHEESEFEST 2011 - The Cheesening.
GrandeMocha and I met at Zingerman's Deli, where we had an appointment with a cheesemonger to sample cheese.
[FULL DISCLOSURE - Zingerman's has no idea I'm a blogger and that I was going to write about this. In all probability, they'll never see this post.]
Anyway, we went to Zingerman's and ate a metric ton of cheese samples.
|Don't you kind of want to make out with all this cheese? I do.|
|You can't see how PACKED this place was. GrandeMocha and I were thinking about putting on aprons and helping out.|
It was a blast.
We were treated to samplings of so much delicious cheese that I actually hit a lactose-intolerance wall and had to drop out for a bit. GrandeMocha kept going strong, and we both tried cheeses that were absolutely sublime.
It was like drunks at an open bar.
Except with less belligerence.
Paul, our cheesemonger, provided samples.
|This is Paul, handing us cheese. If you look on the wall behind him, you'll see a caricature of Paul. BECAUSE HE'S FAMOUS! Also, fun and flirty.|
|Nutty and gorgeous. I bought some, but probably won't share with the family. Did you know you don't have to store this in the fridge? BLEW MY MIND.|
|Who doesn't want to buy a goofy-faced ball of fresh mozzarella? The devil, that's who.|
And each cheese had a story.
The parmesan tastes nutty because it was made by Italians who were tired of waiting for the Swiss to bring them cheese. Nice job, Italians. Suck it, Swiss.
|I could just start gnawing on this.|
|It's Katie the Creamery lady! She made my ball of cheese! And she was really sweet. I am NOT stalking her. She knew I took her picture.|
One of the blue cheeses was made by this guy who studied at Roquefort and was gifted with a strain of mold and who now makes this delectable cheese out on the west coast.
One of the cheddars was made in Vermont by a creamery where you have to place your order two years in advance.
We got A LOT of cheese.
|You do dairy, right? You should.|
Which we had for dinner.
|Some romaine, fresh mozzarella and homemade balsamic dressing and the achingly good baguette. Drool|
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some snacking to do.