Cheese Ball II: A Cave Raising
Maybe you remember Cheese Ball 2012? Maybe you were there, circling the giant cheese board we built above a pool table where all of Philadelphia’s lacto-rati gathered to nibble and imbibe? It was the city’s greatest dairy potluck, a showcase of curd-driven love — attended by cheese lovers, cheese makers, cheesemongers, and even a few blog readers who drove down from NYC with favorite hunks from their state.
Yes, it’s finally happening again — on the night of Saturday, January 18 back at RUBA Club! Thanks for your patience, your inquiries, your prodding. I meant to host the ball again last year, then got swept away by book promotion. But believe me, I haven’t forgotten the fun we had or the mix of guests dressed in everything from tuxedos and ball gowns, to overalls and even capes. I hope you’ll come and bring a friend. Anyone who loves cheese is welcome at the Cheese Ball.
All you have to do is bring a cheese to share and $10 — the money will be donated to local cheesemaker, Sue Miller, to help her build a cheese cave (more details below) at Birchrun Hills Farm. That’s Sue on the right at the last Cheese Ball. Her Birchrun Blue was a big hit at the party, and her story is one that I have told many times. I think she’s making some of the state’s best raw-milk cheese.
Cheese Ball II, Sat. January 18, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm – midnight
Where: RUBA Club, 416 Green St., Philadelphia, PA 19123
Entry: Bring a cheese (or something to pair with cheese) +$10
Dress can be formal or cow-barn casual. Cash bar. No RSVP or tickets necessary. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
WHY A CAVE RAISING?
I’m calling on the Philadelphia cheese community to help raise a cheese cave for one of our own. Many of you know Sue Miller, of Birchrun Hills Farm, from local farmers’ markets where she sells her glorious Birchrun Blue, Fat Cat, Red Cat, and Equinox. Her stellar raw-milk cheeses are sold by Di Bruno Bros., Metropolitan Bakery, Fair Food Farmstand, and other local retailers. You can also find them on cheese boards around the Philadelphia, from Kennett to Talula’s Garden.
Sue and her family are life-long dairy farmers in Chester County, Pa. They started farming because they love animals, and they began making cheese in order to keep farming once milk prices dropped. Now they truck milk to a small off-site facility several times a week and age their cheese in a cave the size of a closet. In order to expand their business with their two grown sons, the Millers need to build. Financing a major building project when you’re self-employed is difficult. In 2014, Sue Miller plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign. I want to kick it into gear.
Let’s start raising this cave at Cheese Ball II!