HH had the pleasure of attending a cheese tasting at The Cheese Store recently. This particular tasting was all about the myriad of cheeses produced from our friend the goat. It was fascinating, and quite tasty. It's funny how enjoyable food can be when you actually pay attention to what you are eating.
Whether you are an on-and-off cheese beginner, an obsessive compulsive hoarder, or the refined wino, you will love the monthly tastings that Chung hosts at his store.
$30 bought HH an enormous plate of cheese - pictured above. Plus all the bread, crackers, nuts, dried fruits, and jams that you can cram into your mouth. It was suggested that we each bring a favorite bottle of white wine to compliment our cheeses, and also to loosen up the crowd. Here's Chung getting everything ready:
After taking our seats and getting comfortable, we journeyed through our plate in a clockwise fashion, tasting, sipping, mmmmmming, nodding our head and rubbing our tummies in delight. Chung briefed us on what we were trying, where it came from, why it tasted like it does, and I have to say it was simply fascinating.
From a basic Chevre (what you find in the supermarket), to a Selles sur Cher (heaven with mold on it!) that was so perishable it was flown in to his store and aged right there on Monroe Street in his refrigerated cases. We tried many different types of goat cheeses - a blue cheese (who knew?!), a Kunik (has a touch of cow's milk for smoothness), and the Midnight Moon, a personal favorite.
After answering all of our questions, from the basic to the more complicated, we were free to wander the shop and marvel at the refrigerated cases full of cheese from all over the world, as well as the spreads, fruits, nuts, jams, meats, sweets and dry goods - basically anything you can think of to complement cheese.
In addition to fresh sandwiches each day, Chung also specializes in party platters and other entertaining options for when you have people over and want to impress.
I recently ordered a cheese/prosciutto platter that my guests just raved about. I was able to taste before buying, and each cheese came with a nifty paper sign that described the name, taste, and region. So chic. And after the party was over and we nursed our hangovers, I took all that leftover cheese and melted it down into a $75 gourmet mac & cheese, which we enjoyed until our bellies hurt. Then I froze the rest in individual portions for when I want to be lazy, and then took a nap.
Who knew cheese could provide so much bliss?
The Cheese Store
720 Monroe Street
@ the Monroe Center for the Arts