Dinner Lab Giveaway with Chris Kearse

Some meal memories never fade — I can still taste the milk dinner prepared by Philadelphia Chef Chris Kearse of Will BYOB four years ago on my birthday. A milk dinner. (Sigh.) Can anything be more beautiful? That’s why I am thrilled to be giving away two tickets to the pop-up dinner Kearse will roll out on March […]

Lakins Gorges Cheeses from Maine

Some cheeses inspire you the moment you unwrap them. Their freshness beckons, their rinds beg you to run your fingers across them. Surfaces speak: ripples call to mind tide pools, ridges suggest barnacles. I am speaking about Lakins Gorges Cheese from Rockport, Maine. When I opened the box from their maker, Alison Lakin, I was […]

Valley Milkhouse Cheese Tasting March 13

Few things make me happier than discovering a new cheese. Or a fabulous new cheesemaker. Imagine the bright fever that overcame me when I found a new Pennsylvania triple creme in the cooler at Greensgrow, my local urban farm, several months ago. It was so lush, I began stalking the cheesemaker on Instagram (@milkhousecheese), which led to […]

A Visit to Shellbark with WHYY

Back in December, I trekked out to Shellbark Hollow Farm with a television crew from WHYY, my local PBS affiliate. The producer, Monica Rogozinski, wanted to shoot an episode of her popular “Art of Food” segment about the Philadelphia cheese scene. I wrote this post to coincide with the show’s airing, this week on WHYY Friday Arts. In case […]

Winter Blues Pairing Party

Over the last year, illustrator Johanna Kindvall and I have collaborated on a series of posts devoted to seasonal cheeses. “Winter Blues” is the last of our 4-part project (links below to the other three posts). To celebrate, we designed a blue-cheese pairing party. We hope it inspires you to lower the lights, fire up the turntable, […]