Saxelby Cheesemongers Wishes You a Cheesy New Year!
was an exciting year for Saxelby Cheesemongers, and we've got reason to
believe that 2012 will be even better. On this chilly January day, we'd
like to say thanks to all of YOU, the cheese lovers who make our work
so satisfying, and above all, fun.
what the heck happened this year? Firstly, after five years of slinging
cheese from behind the counter of our tiny stall at the Essex Street
Market, we opened a wholesale 'cheese cave' out in Red Hook Brooklyn.
From this outpost in the land of lobster rolls, Stumptown coffee, and
swedish meatballs, we're stocking and aging cheeses to be sent to chefs
all across the city who support delicious local dairy. So far in 2012
we've got some interesting affinage experiments in the works with
Sixpoint Craft Ales, and look forward to lots of other stinky
partnerships of that ilk. (Stay tuned for the release of that cheese in
just a few weeks!)
tickled in 2011 to have the opportunity to work with Chef Daniel Boulud
and his team to curate the cheese counter at their first ever retail
shop, Epicerie Boulud.
We branched out beyond our national borders to work with master
affineur Hervé Mons, and put together a selection of the finest seasonal
American and French cheeses you'll ever taste. The next time you're up
at Lincoln Center or headed to the park, be sure to stop in for a cheese
plate, a glass of wine, and some of their incredible house-made
In July, mayor Bloomberg awarded Saxelby Cheesemongers 'Small Business of the Year'
for the borough of Manhattan at the annual neighborhood achievement
awards. We were thrilled and honored to be recognized by the mayor and
his office of Small Business Services for helping make the Essex Street
Market a vibrant and delicious destination!
flipside of that award, Saxelby Cheesemongers took an active stand in
2011 to oppose the potential demolition of the Essex Street Market as
part of the SPURA redevelopment plan on the Lower East Side. Official
plans are expected to be announced this spring, so now's the time to
reach out to City Councilwoman Margaret Chin's office
and tell her you want to save Essex Market!
Cutting the Curd,
our weekly dairy dispatch on the Heritage Radio Network is still going
strong, and we're looking forward to recording our 100th episode in
2012! Tune in TODAY from 4:30 to 5:00 pm for a 'Best of 2011' episode. We'll revisit our favorite interviews from the past year and preview some exciting cheesy happenings in the coming year.
So what are
we looking forward to in 2012? Building and strengthening our
relationships with our cheesemakers and customers, plenty of tastings,
dinners and events to celebrate our community, more farm trips and
cheesy excursions, another season of the New Amsterdam Market, grilled
cheese at our Essex Market shop (coming soon!), and most of all,
continuing our work of cheesemongering, the thing we love best.
Thanks and A Happy New Year from everyone at Saxelby Cheesemongers!
offers a premier selection of American farmstead cheese, focusing on cheeses produced in the Northeastern United States. Co-owners Anne Saxelby and Benoit Breal pride themselves on selecting cheeses from small producers who farm sustainably with respect for their land and animals. The range of cheeses available at Saxelby Cheesemongers changes throughout the year as we work with and celebrate the seasonal nature of cheesemaking.