Monday, December 28, 2009

Saxelby Cheesemongers Year-End Shakedown

This YEAR at Saxelby Cheesemongers!

I can hardly believe it, but a whole year has come and gone! Saxelby Cheesemongers fermented its way through 2009 with a cacophony of good cheese and good times. This week, in honor of anyone who's ever received one of those inevitably odd, 'Hey! Look! This is what our fabulous magnificent family has been up to this year!!' letters in the mail, we've decided to go for a cheesy recap/rundown/roundup of the year in curds and whey...

It was a year of learning things great and small for the folks at Saxelby Cheesemongers. Both Anne and Benoit were recipients of the NYC Fire Department's 'Certificates of Fitness' for propane use at outdoor events. Yes, they trust us with flammable gas. Proudly we managed not to ignite the entire Brooklyn Flea while attempting to make grilled cheese and pickle sandwiches. Were we girl scouts, this achievement badge would boast a tiny sandwich buffeted with flames coming from all sides. We'll be back next season, grilling up some more goodness!

After dynamiting half their hillside away and shaking the town of Greensboro to it's rugged core, the Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm revved up the cheese world in Vermont this year (and it's not the first time!), introducing us to a selection of new and delectable cheeses. Saxelby Cheesemongers was proud to welcome little babies like Oma, Landaff, and Moses Sleeper to the ranks of well loved cheese at the Essex Market. Not only are they well-made and cute as a button, they also taste great. Lets hope that cheese in those Cellars is like rabbits... the more the merrier!

We saw a fish-stinky, abandoned marketplace come alive again with a bigger, badder incarnation of the New Amsterdam Market! Saxelby Cheesemongers, minus the fish guts, plus a cadre of super talented food makers and sellers, got down and dirty on South Street for what hopefully becomes a permanent fixture on the waterfront of Lower Manhattan.

Saxelby Cheesemongers sent a team of cheese delegates (or, er, ok, it was just me and Benoit) to Europe for a whirlwind tour of cheeseries, dairies, caves, and festivals this past September. Armed with a suitcase full of unrefrigerated, ripe-as-all-get-out goat cheese, we spread the gospel of American farmstead cheese to all those onlookers, naysayers, and curious bystanders at Slow Food's 'Cheese' festival in Italy. Using diligent diplomatic skills (i.e. free tastes and long lunches and dinners) Saxelby's made peace with the other caseophiles of the world, ensuring long-lasting peace between farmstead cheese lovers.

Just barely managing to stay out of the local police blotter for piloting a bus through farmy back roads in Bridgehampton and Poughkeepsie, Saxelby Cheesemongers and our band of cheese-loving cohorts explored the nearer reaches of farm country, picnicking and apple picking and wine tasting our way through glorious summer and fall Sundays on our Days A-Whey. Look out for next year's schedule in the coming months! We're up for causing some trouble and doing some serious snacking.

Last but not least, Saxelby Cheesemongers delved into new media outlets with a cheese-centric radio show on the Heritage Radio Network. Though a stranger discourse may never have been served up over the interweb-waves, turns out that when it concerns curds, there's a heck of a lot to talk about. Look out for a movie trailer sequel to the film 'Pirate Radio' in 2010 entitled ' Heritage Radio. Not Quite Pirate, but Straight Out of a Shipping Container.'

We're looking forward to a cheese and hijinks filled 2010!! Thanks to you all, and to our cheese makers for making our last year so special!!

Till next year! Eat Cheese and Be Merry!

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