Three Cheese Finds in Philly

It fell upon Madame F. to do jury duty this week, which made for a lot of down time in dank City Hall. Of course, I packed a little cheese to eat on breaks, but I also fell into long spells of reverie as I thought about some of my favorite cheese haunts. Let me […]

Best Bites of Brewer’s Plate

Sunday night brought out the beards and bellies for Brewer’s Plate 2013. I put on loose-fitting pants and grabbed Monsieur Fromage for a promenade around the National Constitution Center, a space where civic education and fermentation meet once a year for Philadelphia’s rowdiest night of pairings. Area brewers roll in the barrels, chefs supply farm-fresh […]

Three Stars from Neal’s Yard

You know how I feel about rinds. Take a moment to admire the coats on these three British royals — Montgomery’s Cheddar, Gorwydd Caerphilly, and Berkswell. To me, their moldy jackets are far more interesting than anything at Fashion Week. Thank Neal’s Yard Dairy, Britain’s premier aging house. Their affineurs are like tailors for cheese […]

Brainy Rinds for Nerd Nite

Watch out, I’m getting ready to trot out some wild cheese. Come geek out on rinds with me on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Philadelphia’s Nerd Nite, hosted by Frankford Hall. I’ll be talking about five styles of cheese with odd bodies, strange hair, and other captivating characteristics. Here’s the line-up: Doors open at 6:45, […]

Brewer’s Plate 2013

On of my favorite Philadelphia events marries my two favorite things — I know, you’re thinking “cheese and beer.” Yes, you’d be right, but what I was going to say was: good cheese and good people. Brewer’s Plate pulls in cheesemakers, brewers, chefs, and artisan producers of all ilks from around Philly. They donate their […]