Monday, August 16, 2010

A Day A-Whey to Washington County, LES Cheese Crawl, and the 'State of Cheese' in Georgia

This Week at Saxelby Cheesemongers

This week at Saxelby Cheesemongers is bustling! Who says there's nothing doing in NYC in August? We've packed our dairy docket to the gills with cheesy happenings, so read on and see what strikes your fancy. Book your spot on an overnight Day A-Whey farm trip, meet one of Jasper Hill Farm's most talented cheese makers, or tune in to our latest 'State of Cheese' episode of Cutting the Curd! There's a whole lot of shaking going on...
A Day A-Whey: Washington County Cheese Tour
5 Farm Tours, Harvest Festival & Dinner
Saturday, September 11th to Sunday, September 12th
VERY limited availability, so call and reserve today!

consider bardwell siloAfter a couple months' hiatus, Saxelby Cheesemongers is ready to hit the road again and take you on a dairy-licious journey to Washington County for their annual cheese tour! This Day A-Whey really packs a punch; we'll visit 5 farms in 2 days, hit up a Harvest festival and dinner, stay at a gorgeous historic Inn, and whisk you back to the city by Sunday evening. Sit back, relax, and let us do the driving. All you have to bring is your love of cheese!


Our Day A-Whey begins early Saturday morning. We'll depart from the Essex Market at 8:00 am and head up to the historic Rice Mansion Inn in Cambridge, New York. Guests will drop their things at the hotel, munch some picnic-style lunch, and then head up the road to three of the county's finest farms. We'll visit the Argyle Cheese Farmer, Homestead Artisans at Longview Farm, and Sweet Spring Farm, makers of distinctive and delicious cow and goats' milk cheeses. Each stop includes a farm tour and cheese tasting, so be sure to bring your appetite!

Saturday evening, we'll head to the annual Harvest Festival in Salem for some local green-marketing, dinner, music, and hoopla. The festival features a slew of locally grown foods, homemade delicacies, as well as arts and crafts. At 6:00 pm we'll sit down to Salem's 'Farm to Fork' dinner featuring a range of culinary delights from local farms including Three Corner Field Farm, Sheldon Farm, and Locust Grove Farm. Dinner, music, and dancing (not mandatory!) to the tunes of local musicians will last till 9:00 pm. After the festivities we'll retire to the Rice Mansion Inn for a good night's snooze.

Sunday morning, we'll eat a breakfast fit for a farmer and hit the road early to tour Three Corner Field Farm, a sheep dairy producing a delectable array of fresh and aged cheeses. Cheese maker Karen Weinberg has arranged a special tour of her cheese cave for our group so we can see how her cheeses are matured to perfection! We'll then head across the border to Consider Bardwell Farm in West Pawlet, Vermont. After touring the farm, we'll be treated to a hearty lunch at the farm cafe. They'll be serving up lots of goodies, from homemade goat chili to their famous 'Pawletties', toasted cheese sandwiches made with Pawlet cheese! We'll be back to the city by 7:00 pm, happy, sated, and with a cooler full of farmstead cheese!

*To make a reservation, call Saxelby Cheesemongers at 212-228-8204. Reservations for this Day A-Whey are extremely limited, so reserve early! Ticket price includes transportation, hotel room, all meals, entrance to the Harvest Festival and dinner, and farm tours.

Single Rate: $300 per person
Double Rate: $250 per person
Groups of 3-4: $225 per person

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Make way for the cheese maker! This weekend, Veronica Pedraza, creamery manager at Jasper Hill Farm (and Saxelby alum!) will be coming to town for a myriad of cheesy events. Ever been on a pub crawl? This might be the Lower East Side's first ever cheese crawl... Come on down and put some curds and whey in your weekend, why don'tcha?

Cellars at Jasper Hill Cheese Tasting at Saxelby Cheesemongers
Saturday, August 21st 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Saxelby Cheesemongers, Essex Street Market, 120 Essex Street
No reservations necessary, just stop on by!

Join cheese maker Veronica Pedraza for a gastronomic glimpse into the world of Vermont cheese! We'll taste through a range of cheeses from the Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm, from farmstead favorites like Moses Sleeper and Bayley Hazen Blue, to cheeses matured in the Cellars like Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Ascutney Mountain from Cobb Hill Farm, and Hartwell from Ploughgate Creamery. We dare you to miss this Vermont-stravaganza!

Cellars at Jasper Hill Cheese & Beer Pairing at Against the Grain
Saturday, August 21st 6:00 to 10:00 pm
620 East 6th Street (between B & C)
For reservations ($30) call 212-420-0002

against the grain tasting

The dairy don't stop as our cheese crawl progresses to Against the Grain, one of the finest craft beer bars this side of the East River. Cheese and beer aficionados Veronica Pedraza and Caitlin Robin are teaming up to concoct four delicious cheese and beer pairings. Beer dork alert! Featured at this tasting will be a never-before-seen in NY keg from Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Vermont's first craft brewer! Sean Hill, brewer extraodinaire learned his trade in Belgium, and makes some of the finest beers this monger has ever tasted. Be the first to try Greensboro beer and cheese side by side!

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And last but not least, for the audio portion of your weekly email, don't forget to tune in to Cutting the Curd! This Sunday was the next installment in our ongiong 'State of Cheese' series. I talked with Jessica Little of Sweet Grass Dairy about milking goats, going back to the family farm, health inspectors, and the state of cheese in Georgia!

'Till next week, eat cheese and be merry!


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