Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Joy of Cheese September schedule

We're back and everything is okay.
There will be two tastings in September. On the 9th, 16th, and 18th at 7:00 at 10 Degrees will focus on classic English cheeses and their contemporary counterparts. England has exerted an enormous influence on American cheesemaking traditions, and we will delve into the reasons for that. However the current wave of exceptional cheeses from England and America are sort of engaged in an interesting dialogue which we will also discuss.
10 Degrees is located at 121 St. Mark's Place in the East Village. Tickets are $40 but there is a 10% for purchasing them in advance at Brown Paper Tickets dot com.
On the 21st at 1:30, and the 24th at 6:30, at Nectar Wine Bar, 2235 Frederick Douglas Blvd., we will turn our attention to the cheeses of Spain, Portugal and Colorado (yep, that Colorado). This will be a survey course of the fine cheeses of the Iberian peninsula plus a quick detour into Colorado where some of the best cheeses take their cues from Spanish cheesemaking traditions.
Tickets for the tasting are $50 but that includes sample sizes of five wines chosen specifically to accompany these cheeses. Again advance tix are available at Brown Paper Tickets dot com.

More info? contact me at thejoyofcheese at Gmail.


Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Joy of Cheese calls an audible

The Joy of Cheese changes the schedule

Due to a family medical emergency, there will be no tastings the week of August 18-22.

This means that the tastings scheduled for August 19 and 21 at 10 Degrees and August 20 at Nectar Wine Bar are cancelled.

The tastings will resume August 26th at 10 Degrees with our survey of great Italian affineurs.

From the department of Coming Soon, we have a tasting that pits classic English cheeses v. the new wave of Great British cheesemaking on September 9, 16, and 18 at 10 Degrees.

Then at Nectar Wine Bar on September 21 and 24, we will survey the cheeses of Spain, Portugal and Colorado (un hunh, that Colorado).

More on those in the next dispatch.


Monday, August 4, 2008

The Joy of Cheese plans a busy busy August

In the five weeks between now and Labor Day weekend, there will be eight Joy of Cheese tastings. Rather than spam you anymore than I already do, this is our August schedule.

Joy of Cheese (Uptown) Presents The Old World Cheeses of Nectar Wine Bar

This tasting will present the five old world cheeses of Nectar plus seven (or more) delectable new ones from leading affineurs overseas. In addition, Nectar’s manager Beth Baye will present five wines specifically chosen to match the five pairings of cheese.

The tastings are Sunday afternoon August 10th at 1:30 and Wednesday evening August 20th at 6:30.

The setting is Nectar Wine Bar is at 2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th Ave). 212-961-9622.

Tickets are $50 (the price includes the wine) and are available via Brown Paper Tickets, or make reservations by e-mailing me at or

The Joy of Cheese (Downtown) Presents La Dolce Formaggio

Which may not be grammatical but true fans of legendary Italian Director Frederico Fellini fans won’t care. This tasting will present the 12-14 examples from the work of the three leading Italian affineurs, Luigi Guffanti, Gianni Cora and the fine craftsmen and craftswomen or Casa Madaio. It’s just the thing for summer-ey dry sparkling wines.

The Tastings are at 7:00 Tuesdays August 19th and 26th as well as Thursday August 21st.

The setting is 10 Degrees, 121 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village.

Tickets are $40 and you pay for your wine as you go, but the tastings take place during two-for-the-price-of-one happy hour. You may buy advance tickets (and get a 10% discount) at Brown Paper Tickets via this link, Or you can make reservations by e-mailing me at or

Also there are a few settings left for the August 5th edition of our July series Classic French Cheese vs. Le Nouveau Fromage (imagine an adventure movie starring cheese), and there are an abundance of them for July 29 and 31. These tastings are at 10 Degrees. If you’re new to The Joy of Cheese, a small tasting is the introduction. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets,

And of course feel free to reserve at the yahoo or gmail addresses.

I hope to see you over some cheese!