This is a picture of my afternoon yesterday. Round after round of great cheese at the Artisanal Premium Cheese Center in Chelsea.
You might spot some coffee cups there in the background, that's because Matt Russo and Waldemar Albrecht-Luna of Artisanal, and I were trying out our ideas for our upcoming Coffee and Cheese class.
Some of the combos were actually kind of mind-blowing. I was afraid the fattiness of the cheese would just overwhelm the coffees. And in fact that was the case with a few pairings. But there were many others that brought out amazing combinations of complimentary and contrasting flavors. I highly, highly recommend this activity for coffee lovers, and cheese lovers too! Makes a great breakfast treat, and a great dessert.
Here's my promo lit for our class:
Wednesday, April 15th, turn in your taxes and come try some delicious cheese and coffee pairings! I'm teaching a class at Artisanal Premium Cheese in Chelsea, with one of New York's foremost cheese experts, Waldemar Albrecht-Luna.
Many of you are probably already familiar with Artisanal, the company behind chef Terrance Brennan's restaurant Picholine's groundbreaking cheese program, and the home of Max MacCalman, author of "The Cheese Plate." They have the only working cheese caves in New York City, and oh my goodness is it a great place if you like cheese.
Artisanal does a lot of wine/cheese classes, but recently they have branched out into roasting fresh specialty coffee. So Waldemar and I thought it would be a no-brainer to do some pairings with coffee.
We've worked out a delicious, educational, and surprising menu for the evening. You'll be able to ask cheese questions of Waldemar and coffee questions of Daniel (me!). And as always, bring your taste buds!
It's Wednesday April 15th and will start at 6:30 with a reception of gougeres, fondue, cava and cheeses from the Caves. Artisanal's Cheese Center is at Tenth Avenue between 36th and 37th, and the formal address is 500 West 37th Street. Go to Artisanal's website to sign up!
Hope to see you there.