Fairway Upper West Side. Photo: Courtesy of Fairway.
If you’re shopping at Fairway Saturday, you can get free samples and watch some demos by the supermarket’s chefs and other food experts. No, there’s no demo of how to avoid mixing it up with the market’s famously aggressive shoppers.
The program takes place from 11am to 3 pm at the Upper West Side store (2127 Broadway at 74th Street).
Ladies, are you hankering to become a cheesemonger? Or maybe a cheesemistress?
Cheese. Photo: Chiot's Run via Flickr.
Then come down to the Astor Center to hear about the world of cheese retailing from a group of New York’s best women cheese mavens.
Here are the details from Slow Food about the event at the Astor Center in the East Village:
Join Slow Food NYC Jan 6th for an evening filled with local women in cheese. On hand will be local cheese purveyor Anne Saxelby, of Saxelby Cheesemongers, leading a discussion with Karen Weinberg of Three Corner Field Farm, Betsy Devine and Rachel Mark of Salvatore Bklyn, Angela Miller of Consider Bardwell Farm, and Lisa Schwartz of Rainbeau Ridge.
Hear the story behind the cheese and how this diverse group of women got into the business. They will discuss the cheese making process from the pastures to the shelves and what makes each of their cheeses so wonderful and unique. And of course each participant will also bring plenty of cheese to try, paired with local New York State cider.
Proceeds from this event will help support the activities and programs of Slow Food NYC.
Location: Astor Center – 399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.); Manhattan [Web Site]
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Slow Food Members: $25 – use promotional code SFNYCMEM
Non-members: $35 – use promotional code SFNYCNON
It was a sad day when Maya Schaper closed her charming little antiques and cheese store last January. With its dainty vintage plates and other homey mapdata-upper-west-side/”>collectibles, the shop was a great place to browse. Now the New York Times reports that Schaper has reopened her shop in a tiny space on Columbus Avenue. She’s maintaining the unusual pairing of cheese and antiques, but Schaper will now emphasize items that relating soley to cooking and food.
West Side Cheese Company
228A Columbus Avenue at 71st Street
212 877 0177
September is a great time for a field trip to Hudson Valley farm country. You can join uber-cheesemistress Ann Saxelby for her annual Day A-Whey. Here are the details:
A Day A-Whey to Sprout Creek Farm and Terhune Orchard Sunday, September 27th 2009
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Trip begins and ends at Saxelby Cheesemongers, 120 Essex Street
for tickets ($95) and more info, visit saxelbycheese.com
Here’s what Ann has to say about her Day A-Whey:
Jump on the bus and come along on our Day A-Whey farm field trip to Sprout Creek Farm and Terhune Orchard! Join us on our chartered coach as we explore the finest of the Hudson Valley’s farm country at the peak of fall foliage.
The first stop on our Day A-Whey adventure is Sprout Creek Farm, where we’ll see first hand how fine farmstead cheese is made. After a tour of the farm and creamery, guests will be treated to a lavish picnic lunch featuring locally foraged foods and Sprout Creek cheeses. In the afternoon we’ll continue on to Terhune Orchard for a few hours of sunshine and apple picking. The coach will return to the city in the early evening after a full day of farm goodness!
Sprout Creek Farm, located just about an hour and a half north of the city in Poughkeepsie, was founded by nuns in the late 1980s as a place for children to reconnect with nature and learn about agriculture. After almost 30 years of agri-education, Sprout Creek has come to be one of the premier creameries in the country.
How to Get Your Day A-Whey: For tickets ($95) and information visit saxelbycheese.com
***Please note that the ticket price includes transportation, food, and apple picking***