Events: A Ricotta and Rosé Dinner

Summer started with sheep’s milk, and I am determined to end it with sheep’s milk. On Sunday, August 28, 2016 I invite you to join me for a ricotta + rosé dinner at a charming restaurant near my house in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, The Pickled Heron. The dinner will include a 4-course meal, featuring homemade […]

Puits d’Astier

Many wheels of cheese are beautiful, but only a handful are arresting. When I walked into Di Bruno Bros. on 9th Street and saw cheesemonger Rocco Rainone holding what looked like a lichen-covered wagon wheel, I lost all restraint. “What…is…that?” I demanded, pushing past a crate of bell-shaped goat cheeses. “Puits d’Astier,” Rocco whispered. It […]

A Champion Cheese Brunch

In America, there are three cheeses everyone wants to taste — they are the winners of this year’s American Cheese Society (ACS) Awards. Of course, no one can find all three at once because they are in such high demand. Only one man in the U.S. has a fridge full of them. That man is […]

Gin and Ginepro

When I was a kid, my parents used to drink gin and tonics on hot nights in the Midwest, so it’s no surprise that I’ve become a gin drinker. I love the smell of pines, the taste of botanicals — it’s like winter and summer in one. When I got into cheese, I held the misguided […]