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Enter the 36 Cheese Caves – An Ode to The Cheesemonger Invitational 2014

What happens when you round up 50 of the country’s best cheesemongers in a cold store unit in Long Island City with unlimited cheese, booze, and dance music? The Cheesemonger Invitational - that’s what. It happened last night and it was probably the best night of my whole entire life. There were spliffs being passed around, a whole hog bbq, endless Sixpoint beers (my fav!), fountains and pots of melting cheese, and a mother effin’ dance party. Seriously, what could you not like about that? … Um nothing, duh.

The event started off with some Wu-Tang, and well, I got to thinking ” Hmmmm, why aren’t there more wu-tang cheese puns and why don’t I own a shirt of one of these??” So this morning when I woke up, I followed through with my ideas and made some things that I think you guys will like. Here ya go… raw-wu-tang-cheese-500



wu-tang-cheese-raclette-500   K, so let’s get to the CMI pics! Handmade Hazelnut Cracker topped with Chiriboga Blue, Rhododendron Honey, and Edible Flowers The CMI starts with the first round of the monger’s competition – crafting the perfect bite. This one was by Halley Zelicoff and featured Handmade Hazelnut Cracker topped with Chiriboga Blue, Rhododendron Honey, and Edible Flowers. Very, very good and very beautiful. cmi2014 There were about a million more, but these two were the most stunning to me. I’m not too sure which one this one was but I think it’s by Laura Chenel’s ash-rinded buchette canape on freeze-dried strawberries with mint and graham cracker crumble. If you were there, let me know! I think I was too busy stuffing my face to remember. CHEESEMONGER INVITATIONAL And then this happened… within minutes. Ultimate sadface. Andy Hatch After speed-eating approximately 40 bites, not realizing they were running out :(,  I ran into Andy Hatch, the HCMIC (Head Cheese Maker In Charge) of Uplands – who made the Pleasant Ridge Reserve cheese that I used in my last pop-up at Underground Butcher.  he’s great and I loved his shirt – THE FDA CAN SUCK IT! And I believe you can get the shirt from the peeps at The Cellars of Jasper Hill. pleasant ridge and sweetgrass dairy Then I made Andy HatchGabe Goodlett (of Sweetgrass Dairy), and Joanna Miller (Wisconsin Cheese) pose for a picture with me. Hah. Yeah, I’m totally faded in this pic. Shit. Eat Cheek meat And I know this pic is terrifying, but there was a whole hog bbq and getting down on some serious cheek meat was probably one of my favorite parts of the night. I felt ill I ate so much. Raclette They had all these amazing raclette melters and this babe would basically just heat up the cheese, and then smear it on top of your amuse-bouche which consisted of pickles, sausage, bread, grapes, and hmm I think that’s it. Raclette and Sixpoint Bengali This is what I was talking about in the last caption. It may look a little gross, but it wasn’t… like at all. Fondue and Sausage All I have to say for this one is FON-DO ME. Blue Cheese PlatterI love this pic because it kind of sums up the CMI. I mean honestly, what other party have you been to where someone has a giant platter of expensive blue cheese and is trying to shove it in random peoples mouths. Totally my kind of party. Mr Moo And lastly, here’s a pic of me and Mr. Moo… He’s the MC of the whole event and without him, it wouldn’t be happening. To be blunt, he’s a crazy mother fucker with great energy. You just have to go next near to see what I mean.

Girl’d Cheese – Which One Are You?

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It’s really weird to think that my love of the grilled cheese sandwich has helped launch a legit career for myself. Sheesh, it actually blows my mind. Just a few years ago I was in grad school at Columbia University for psychology, and I was completely miserable. Like so sad, mad, and bent out of shape that even my parents were on board for me dipping out early. But I didn’t quit because eff that. The cost of that ridiculous tuition was way too pricey for a student like me to leave after just one year. So like some chick with a death wish, I stuck through it.

Grilled Cheese Social live on “The Couch”

Well, if you’ve been following me on instagram, you probably already know that it’s national grilled cheese month – but did you know that I was on live TV?! Like the real, real, live kind. In front of cameras, ya know? SO UNREAL.

So yeah, check out this link on CBS’s The Couch to see me grill up some sandwiches and pair them with some really nice St. Francis wine. SUPER COOL, right?!

In this video, I smile a lot and I show y’all how to prepare The Bushwick Painkiller, The Pleasure Pasture, and The Blueberry Baby using all Wisconsin Cheese!

Wisconsin Cheese Grilled Cheese Party!

Want to host a dinner party but don’t want to deal with all the stress that comes along with it? Then host a DIY Grilled Cheese Party!
There’s nothing better than having all of your loved ones around the table, but hosting can be stressful; timing everything just right, and preparing something that everyone likes is just not an easy feat. That’s why throwing one of these parties is so great. All you have to do is buy the proper ingredients and tools and invite your friends over for a super fun night. Having them assemble their own sandwiches from the spread that you create is not only fun and interactive but it will also have your guests battling over who made the best sandwich – and that can be pretty entertaining to watch.
So whether your crew would rather stick to the classics and eat a gooey grilled cheese made with Wisconsin Muenster and baby heirloom tomatoes, or prefer something more sophisticated like a Wisconsin Blue grilled cheese with fig preserves and rosemary butter, you can specialize your smorgasbord to suit them. Here are three themes for DIY grilled cheese parties that will surely give your guests a delicious and memorable culinary experience.

Theme 1: The Classic Feast
Cheese: Wisconsin Cheddar, Swiss, Muenster
Bread: Classic White Bread, Wheat Bread, Potato Bread
Fillings: Tomato, Bacon, Avocado, Pickles
Butter: Salted Butter, Garlic Butter, Mayonnaise

Suggested Recipe:

Wisconsin Muenster Grilled Cheese with Heirloom Tomatoes and Garlic Butter

Theme 2: The Gourmet Get-Together
Cheese: Wisconsin Blue Cheese, Gruyere, Limburger
Bread: Cranberry Walnut, Sourdough, Garlic Loaf
Fillings: Quince paste, Onion Jam, Fig Preserves, Prosciutto
Butter: Rosemary Butter, Cultured Butter, Truffle Butter

Suggested Recipe:

Grilled Blue Cheese with Fig Jam and Rosemary Butter

Theme 3: The Sweet Tooth Soirée
Cheese: Wisconsin Mascarpone, Brie, Ricotta
Bread: Croissants, English Muffins, Pound Cake
Fillings: Fig Jam, Strawberries, Nutella®, Honey
Butter: Cinnamon Sugar Butter, Maple Butter, Bacon Butter

Suggested Recipe:

Wisconsin Brie Grilled Cheese with Strawberries and Honey


Party Tips

  • BEER
  • If you’re cooking for a large bunch, buy two large double burner griddle pans to make the most out of your space. This way, you can cook 16 sandwiches at once.
  • Having a variety of tools will inspire your guests to experiment with their sandwiches. I like to put out presses, spatulas, and cookie cutters. If you don’t have any heavy metal presses, then wrap bricks in tinfoil for a cheap alternative.
  • If you want even more variety for fillings, dig through your fridge for items like sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, sauces and herbs. The more offerings, the better.
  • Plastic spatulas make great, inexpensive party favors. Guests can use them at the party and take them home to remember the experience.
  • Because there are so many possibilities in a DIY grilled cheese party, it’s best to stick to the same thing when it comes to beverages. Be sure to have a variety of wine, beer, and alcohol-free drinks to keep everyone happy.
Check out the original feature on Wisconsin Cheese’s site [HERE].