It’s been a while since we’ve caught up on cheese news in the nation’s capital. The big stories come from across the Potomac, however, where Northern Virginia’s curd-loving community continues to grow by leaps and bounds.
La Fromagerie of Old Town, Alexandria, is now a bistro and cheese shop, serving light, locally-sourced fare and cheese boards six days a week. Visit the website for hours (shop and bistro are closed Tuesdays). The new bistro layout also serves as a tasting space for after-hours events, including the champagne tasting I attended in December. (A port and blue cheese tasting is coming up in February; see the DC events page for details.)
Cheesetique, meanwhile, has both expanded its Del Ray dining room and menu and opened a second location in Shirlington. You can get the C+C favorite grilled pimento cheese and tomato soup — as well as an assortment of other grilled cheeses, mac-and-cheeses and other fare — at either location. Washingtonian has provided an early review of the Shirlington location. Visit the website for hours and menu (Del Ray is closed Mondays, Shirlington is open 7 days a week).
Back in Washington, Carolyn Stromberg of The Cheese Course is teaching monthly classes at Seasonal Pantry. Each class pairs 3 wines and 6 cheeses according to the month’s theme, along with housemade accompaniments by Seasonal Pantry’s Dan O’Brien. The February tasting will pair bubbly wines with cheese, chocolate and French macarons. Check our events page for dates and sign up quickly as they are sure to sell out.
Washington readers, please chime in to share where you’ve enjoyed good cheese lately.