Cold Nights, Hot Cheese {News & Events}

by dccheese on January 21, 2015

in cheese awards,events,washington dc

Happy New Year, curd friends! We hope you’ve wrapped up those January juice cleanses and are refreshed and ready for a new year of cheese exploration. This week saw the official National Cheese Lovers’ Day (January 20), but for us it really is just the kick-off of a month of cheese lovin’ — I mean, from the White House’s Big Block of Cheese Day to the Super Bowl and on to Valentine’s Day, you’d be hard-pressed to find an excuse *not* to eat cheese, amiright?

raclette party | reading raclette | cheeseandchampagne.com

January is also when the West Coast hosts its Cheesapalooza (aka the week of the Good Food Awards, Winter Fancy Food Show and Cheesemonger Invitational SF) — go read our friend Kirstin’s highlights from San Francisco. We congratulate our many cheesemaker friends who received Good Food Award medals this year — you may recognize a number of them from our ABCs of American Artisanal Cheese series.

Good Food Awards for cheese | cheeseandchampagne.com

We also congratulate the winners of the Cheesemonger Invitiational SF: Matt Reilly of Eataly Chicago gives Eataly back to back wins, after Emily Acosta of Eataly NY won last summer’s CMI NY. Second place went to Jessica Beer of Cured in Boulder, CO, and third to Megan Beene of Rainbow Grocery in San Francisco. (East Coasters, mark your calendars for June 27, 2015.)

winnimere | jasper hill farm | cheeseandchampagne.com

Not to bury the lede here, but also, WINNIMERE IS BACK. Sure, you savvy curd-lovers have likely seen it popping up in your Instagram feeds for over a month — but as of this week it’s finally made its official arrival in DC’s area cheese shops. As a limited-production and highly-seasonal cheese, it gets distributed to Northeast regional shops first, and other big wig city shops, before trickling down to us. Yours truly got tired of waiting for the Winni love and mail-ordered a wheel from the first batch. (Pro tip: get on the Jasper Hill email list and get notified of its annual arrival ahead of the hungry hordes.) I’ve gushed enough about Winnimere in previous years, so I’ll just say, go pick up your wheel now.

And lastly, keep an eye on our DC cheese events page. I’m leading a tasting of French v. American cheeses at the Alliance Francaise in DC this Friday night — get your tickets now. {update: sold out!} Stay tuned — I hope to do more educational events this year. Because even better than sharing cheese with y’all in this space is sharing it in person, no?

Now let us know, what new cheese have you tried so far in the new year?? Whatever you’re enjoying, we’d love to see — tag your pictures #curdwise on Instagram and help us spread the #cheeselove!

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