5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational
Fifty of the best cheesemongers will be battling it out this Sunday in Long Island City, New York to see who really is a cut above the rest at the 5th Annual Cheesemonger Invitational.
This culinary thunderdome is the brainchild of Adam Moskowitz, CEO of Larkin Cold Storage, one of the largest cheese importers in the country and son of the man who brought cave-aged Gruyère to the United States. What began as an excuse to party, Moskowitz has PR’d into a substantial following and has, from what I understand, considered even expanding to twice a year! So what, exactly, happens at a Cheesemonger Invitational besides an abundance of fromage being cut?
Mongers really need to know their stuff, including how to be a charming cheese seller, have their taste buds and olfactory skills on point, be creative with the amuse, wrap like a star, and this year, artisanal isn’t only for the cheese. Mongers will be critiquing each other’s signs as well. It all sounds like a cheese lover’s paradise and for those with $75.00 and a Sunday in New York, it can be theirs to enjoy. Check out all the information below and if you do attend and take pictures, be sure to post some pictures too! May the best monger win!
Cheesemonger Invitational Stay cheesy!
May the new year bring you great cheese, fun reads, and new friends! Stay Cheesy! Love, The House Mouse.
Oh, and maybe just a little nostalgia.
Old Micky Mouse New Year’s Ad
Mice Cheese Knife Set from first Christmas with The Hubby’s family
My very first Christmas with The Hubby and his family, I received a bunch of cheese-centric gifts from just about everyone and was touched by their thoughtfulness. I loved each item and the person who took the time and care to find them for me. It had nothing to do with how much they cost, or where they came from, it was all about the heart and love that went into the gift. I was the new girl, the crazy cheese-loving stranger in their home who they didn’t know from anyone, yet they knew one thing: I loved cheese. And they love cheese too, which made finding gifts a bit easier. So what is an easy gift for that cheese lover on the list? The one thing no fromage freak can ever have too much of? Cheese knives and boards! I know it’s getting late for Christmas shopping and the weather outside is pretty darn frightful, but these suggestions are easy and probably available right in that neighborhood gift shop you’ve walked by a dozen or so times and never stopped in. Well, why not stop in today? Continue reading
mice and cheese light courtesy of the Birmingham Mail
It’s December 15th, which means ten days until Christmas (it also means Psych: the Musical is on tonight at 9pm on the USA Network, but that’s a whole different kind of cheese and I digress) so shopping for that cheese lover just kicked in to overdrive. Have no fear, because The House Mouse is here with Cheesy Gift Guide #3 which has some pretty cool gadgets. As most readers know, I prefer to shop local, keeping dollars within the community, however time is of the essence so I will be including prices and links here to sites that have expedited shipping, although I make no promises for holiday miracles. Should timing become an issue, I suggest a House Mouse tradition of placing a picture of the gift inside a box and then putting that box inside another box and so on and so on and so on. Include a note letting the recipient know their gift is en route to their home, which may be appreciated even more if the gadget is particularly large or heavy. And away we go!
Books have always been a huge part of my life – my parents encouraging my reading with trips to the library and bookstore on a weekly basis. I’ll never forget the time my mom got an angry call from my fourth grade teacher complaining about my refusal to participate in recess activities in order to sit under a tree with my new copy of I, Trissy by Norma Fox Mazer. My mother didn’t even respond. She just hung up the phone, came right up to the school (only four blocks away), sat down under the tree with me with her own book, glared up at the teacher and then proceeded to read right along with me. I thought my teacher was going to spit nails, but she just crossed her arms and stomped off. A great memory for sure, and yet another reason books have always been one of my favorite gifts to receive. Cheese books have become a particular passion now that I’m older and can appreciate them, and this year’s batch of fromage reads is pretty snazzy. I will admit to only owning one on my list of book gifts so should anyone wish to play secret cheesy Santa.
Okay, here we go for Cheesy Gift Guide Part 2 – Books:
A quick note: all titles are available on both amazon.com and bn.com, however I encourage everyone to seek out local bookstores or click on the links to the websites and purchase directly from the author or the link. Shop local and support the community. If you want to buy big box and use a discount, head out to your local Barnes & Noble brick and mortar and save a job like mine. Alright, preaching done. Here we go!
Cheesy Christmas t-shirt from Cafepress.com
Happy December 1 and welcome to SHOPPING THUNDERDOME! Yes, my cheesy friends, it’s holiday time and with the miracle of Thanksgivukkah coming so late that means we all have even less time franticly figure out what to get Aunt Fran and Cousin Lou for Festivus! Fear not, my fromage-loving fans, for The House Mouse is here to assist. Since my brilliant surgeon has demanded I take it slow and steady, I am using my time wisely to create a cheesy list of turophile gift ideas to share with all of you. Everything from the straight forward to the obscure, this list will have just about everything and price ranges from stocking stuffer to YOU MUST REALLY LOVE ME!?
Today’s selections are the ever-popular T-shirts as I like to call them, cheesewear. This list by no means represents the dozens upon dozens of cheese related shirts I found. this year. These are the highlights:
The House Mouse will be taking a very brief hiatus due to my having surgery on Monday. Thank you to all my House Mouse readers for sticking with me and I look forward to returning to you all very soon. In the meantime, don’t forget to Stay Cheesy!
Espresso BellaVitano photo courtesy of Sartori Company
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, coffee and cheese have been a favorite flavor fantasy formula since early childhood. It just seemed right that the nutty, sweet, bitter smells and tastes would fit perfectly together. I imagined they would, only I was still a kid and coffee had yet to become my morning nectar from the Gods. Two cheesemakers obviously felt the same.
We continue the tasting from yesterday with Part 2- Espresso BellaVitano Continue reading
Barely Buzzed photo courtesy of Beehive Cheese Co
My parents were big java drinkers and getting freshly ground coffee in the 70’s in our neighborhood meant going to Cheese World. The combined smell when we walked in the door of the ground beans and the sweet cheese always tantalized my taste buds. I couldn’t wait to be old enough to put the flavors together and see if my fantasy was as good as reality. It seems I was not alone in this fantasy world since not one, but TWO cheese makers created a coffee and cheese combination. So, who are these dream cheese-weavers and how do they stack up to the cozy fantasy? Part 1-Barely Buzzed! Continue reading