Scenes from the Cheese Ball

Lets Raise a Cheese Cave

Today, I am gushing. Not milk, but gratitude. Last night’s Cheese Ball and Cave Raising pulled together $5,000 of seed money for Birchrun Hills Farm to build a cheese cave. This little box, which I decorated last week and posted on Instagram, was filled to the brim. That’s thanks to 370 cheese lovers from across Philadelphia who came out to support our cave raising.

We rented out a club, built a giant cheese board, crowd-sourced the selection, rallied volunteers, and auctioned off dozens of prizes — from a goat cheese CSA to an 8-person cheese tasting. The generosity of local cheese counters, bakeries, cheesemakers, restaurants and small businesses made this night happen. Thank you to everyone who pitched in. A thousand curdy smooches.

Cheesemaker Sue Miller flanked by Yours Truly and Cheesemonger Matt Buddha

Cheesemaker Sue Miller flanked by Yours Truly and Cheesemonger Matt Buddha

Thank YOU…

Local cheesemakers!

Bloggers of the Twittersphere!

Cheese counters of Philadelphia and beyond!

Solid Gold Cheese Ball Dancers! (Who were those people in tracksuits?)

DJ Fusty Camembert!

Cheese-angel Instagrammer groupies!

Baguette-cutting chorus line of Drexel University!

The Cheese Board at 7:30 p.m.

The Cheese Board at 7:30 p.m.

The Cheese Board at midnight

And You...

Weckerlys Ice Cream Sign

Our super volunteers: Marisa McClellan, Jamie Png, Richard Luis Morillo, Seth Kalkenstein, Emily Geddes, Lala Harley, Messy & Picky, Ben Perry, Carolyn Caton, Noelle Foizen, Aimee Knight, Ruth Kalinka, Robin Swan Shreeves, Todd Stregiel

Chief noisemakers, thank you for shoutin’: Hadas Kuznits of Radio KYW, Emily Teel of Foobooz, The Food Dept. of, Phoenixville Dish, Main Line Today, and more…

Vampire Slayer

And to all of you who brought cheese (from Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia), YOU made Cheese Ball 2014 a night to remember.


P.S. Are you wondering what happened at the Cheese Ball after midnight? The crowd thinned, there was a lot of dancing, and the lacto-rati stood around eating, assessing, nibbling, pecking, picking, drinking, laughing, hugging, smirking, scooping, smiling, and scoping out the last bits to make fromage fort!

Jamie Png and Ashley GatesCheese Board AftermathSue Miller at the Table

What next, darlings?

On February 4, 2014 Chef Eli Kulp of High Street on Market will feature Sue Miller’s cheeses for a family and friends dinner from 9-11 p.m. Three courses, $25. Join us for a quiet night around the table, sans crowds. Seating is limited to 35. Reservations: 215-625-0988.

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10 Responses to “Scenes from the Cheese Ball”
  1. Amanda says:

    Bravo, Madame! It was an amazing event! We had so much fun. We were also wondering about The Royal Tennenbaums showing off their awesome track suits.
    So happy for the wonderful Sue, as well!

  2. Alex says:

    “Not milk, but gratitude.” LOVE IT.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work! It was a wonderful evening.

  3. Jodi says:

    Love sue miller and birchrun hills. What a great event and outpouring of support for a superb cheese maker. Xoxoxo

  4. Rebecca says:

    A wild and wonderful evening! Thank you for hosting.

  5. Colleen says:

    Looks like an amazing night — congrats!

  6. Jodi G says:

    FABULOUS and fun event! So glad so many came out to support Sue and family of Birchrun Hills Farm! The farm wives are glad we made the trip to support a fellow farm wife! 🙂

  7. Kathy Si,om says:

    A delightful time! Such wonderful cheesy spirit in the community. Brava.

    • tdarlington says:

      Thanks so much! Were you there? Big love shout-out to Cherry Grove in NJ. We had a very happy local foodie bid (and win) your cheese class.

  8. oh my… how could we have possibly missed this?

    this cave has been years coming and will bring glorious returns to all of the revelers.

    viva the cave at birchrun hills!

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