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Who's coming with? - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Who's coming with?
I just figured out that between now and mid-April, I could attend four (and maybe five) cheese classes in Cambridge. This is even skipping Whole Foods' "Coming of Age: The Maturation of Cheese" that's happening tonight. What lies ahead:

2/27 FK Tasting
3/15 Cheeses of Britain and Ireland
3/16 Great Cheeses of America
3/? FK Tasting
4/13 April in Paris

Outlay for the solid dates is all of $80, which I rate as educational expense.
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bbbsg From: bbbsg Date: February 23rd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
silly me. here i've been looking for a sugar daddy, when what i should have been looking for is a cheese daddy!
komos From: komos Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well sure.... you get that instant rush from sugar, but cheese just satisfies on so many levels.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: February 23rd, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have to skip the 2/27 FK one but the rest are totally doable.
komos From: komos Date: February 23rd, 2005 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah... Sam mentioned that there were doings in the works. When do you anticipate things starting?
starflow From: starflow Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oscars start at eight, so I'm advertising coming over around 6 or 7 for pre-oscary goodness. There will be ballots and the person who guesses the most correctly will win a fantastic prize, as determined by me!
komos From: komos Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds pretty sweet. No rush on the post... was just curious is all.
starflow From: starflow Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be sending this email out sometime tonight.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: February 24th, 2005 03:13 am (UTC) (Link)
That day? Poker at 3:30, anyone welcome any time after that for carousing, booze and Oscar fun.
mittenstein From: mittenstein Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
What are the details on the "Great Cheeses..." classes, friend?
komos From: komos Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
3/16 and 4/13 are at Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge. 3/15 is at WF in Fresh Pond. In all cases, the classes begin at 6:30PM, cost $15.00, are limited to 15 attendees, and appear to come with wine.

The FK tastings are at Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Street. Again with the cheese and wine, not sure how many can attend, but 15 is probably their limit as well. Cost there is $35.00, but they generally bring some pretty rare/unusual stuff to the table.
mittenstein From: mittenstein Date: February 23rd, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool. I need to expand my cheese horizons.

Too bad ratecheese.com went the way of the dodo.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know such an animal had existed. Why'd it belly up?
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 23rd, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a presnt for you: the same cheese book you got me last year got given to me as a late Christmas present this morning. It's all yours :-)
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2005 12:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Groovy. Sometimes regifting is Way Cool.
iterum From: iterum Date: February 24th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"Coming of Age: The Maturation of Cheese"

That was a good one, but it's too bad they couldn't get Malkovich for the sequel.

Let me know what they count as the Great Cheeses of America. We have some ideas ourselves, of course.

J. has made contact with a local "cheese historian" who is working on some Best Cheeses of the World project, but is entirely ignorant of New World cheeses (and not interested, the bastard).
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
They've listed Cypress Grove's Humboldt Fog from California and "Vermont Cheddar" in the course description, and just guessing based on what they carry, we're likely to see Massachusetts' Great Hill Blue and something from Capri (Hubbardston Blue?) in the lineup. What I think we won't see is stuff from Capriole in Indiana, which really should be there. Not sure what we'll see for sheep cheese... can't remember what American sheeps they carry.

There's a story that's been going around the FK tastings about a buying trip where they brought a couple of cheeses from New England to a well-known French affineur for his thoughts. When he tried them, he insisted that the cheeses he tasted just HAD to be French. He was very upset when he learned the truth.
couplingchaos From: couplingchaos Date: February 25th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone could host their own tasting of "Ghetto Cheeses of America", highlighting the fine textures and subtle flavors of such greats as Cheez Whiz, Kraft Singles, Velveeta, spray cheese, and those little snack packs that come with crackers and red spreading sticks. Serve with crappy beer varieties in dixie cups, maybe meat sticks and jerky for other salty treats.
komos From: komos Date: February 25th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's the red stick that makes it delicious

You've forgotten Grated American Cheese Food as well as Kraft Mac 'N Cheese... If I host it, will you come?

Incidentally, have you ever noticed that the Hickory Farms gift boxes (complete with Beef Stick) make for the best severe hangover food?
couplingchaos From: couplingchaos Date: February 25th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: It's the red stick that makes it delicious

I would definitely come and could provide one or few of the aforementioned cheeses, plus perhaps a dessert course of Hydrox cookies and Tang.

I've yet to sample the bounty of the Hickory Farms gift boxes while hung over, but it makes sense to me.
iterum From: iterum Date: February 28th, 2005 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
Those are some good blues, indeed.

He was very upset when he learned the truth.

Heh.

Today J. will be in Paris to observe a cheese-tasting concours at the national Salon d'Agriculture happening this week. She was invited to participate in one as a taster, but it conflicted with this one that was more relevant to her studies. Alas.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 24th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Double-check on the FK tasting in March to find out the exact date and I may be able to plan a long-weekend in Boston for it - I'd love to attend another of their tasting classes.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
They probably won't post the schedule until after this weekend. I may try to hit Robert up for the info, though. Perhaps I can ply him with my not-quite-distinctive IPA.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: February 24th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who could resist free home-brewed IPA? You are sure to get an answer ;-)
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm kind of 'eh' about it. Just don't much like working with pre-hopped malt.
couplingchaos From: couplingchaos Date: February 24th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm interested, particularly in the cheaper Whole Foods tastings.
komos From: komos Date: February 24th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll be sure to keep you posted.
couplingchaos From: couplingchaos Date: February 25th, 2005 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll probably go in for 2, if not all 3. Do these fill up quickly (i.e. when should we call to get our names on the list)? Will you be going to all of them?
komos From: komos Date: February 25th, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not at all sure. I'll probably look into them sometime over the weekend. I know that they've got pre-registration... I just don't know how far in advance they accept it.

I may try, but I'll have to see just what my schedule looks like. It's whole lot of tasty to think about.
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