The mood is edgy at the 2018 Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI) in San Francisco. The cheesemongers are finishing their written exams and starting their taste trials and smell tests … and you can feel the tension in the room. Watch the full story.
At the Cheesemonger Invitational in Brooklyn, cheese professionals compete in categories which test their knowledge and dedication to all things cheese. Watch the full story.
At 9:30 on a recent Saturday morning, in a Long Island City warehouse that smelled a bit funky, fifty-two people sat at two long tables, hunched over exams. At each seat was a sign with the test taker’s name and place of business, a slate slab, and a cutting board. The proctor, Adam Moskowitz, walked down the aisle, his steps echoing in the vast space. Suddenly, something caught his eye, and he squeaked to a halt. Read the full story.
“Cheese is love,” a mantra heard over and over again at Brooklyn’s Cheesemonger Invitational this past weekend. Gouda, Muenster, aged Comté, (the list goes on) were all present at the competition created by third generation cheese importer, Adam Moskowitz, who MC’d the festivities dressed in, what else but a cow costume. Read the full story.
The public-facing component of The Cheesemonger Invitational is a dairy bacchanalia where ticket-buying attendees can consume their weight in unlimited cheese. But behind the scenes at the bright, industrial space on the Brooklyn waterfront, the pros have come to compete. Watch the full story.
Raspberry-dusted cheese plates, unlimited cheese samples, and an MC dressed as a cow: We get an up-front look at how the cheese industry parties. Read the full story.
New York has more than its share of corporate, political and civic leaders. But it can rightfully claim only one “big cheese.” And, no, it isn’t Mayor Bill de Blasio. Read the full story.
Over the last weekend of October, the first nor'easter of autumn crashed through New York City, whipping sheets of rain on 60 mph gusts of wind through the deserted corridors of industrial Long Island City in Queens. But signs of life, in the form of house music audible over the jarring rumble of passing tractor-trailers, emanated from the Larkin Cold Storage facility, not unlike any number of area warehouses hosting costume party–cum-raves that Saturday night. Read the full story.
Prior to what can only be described as one of the most electric and enthusiastic award parties ever, contestants participate in a weekend-long educational workshop focused on cheese. This includes the Cheese Decathlon, where competitors are challenged with a written test; taste and aroma tests; cutting and wrapping; salesmanship evaluation; and creating the perfect beverage pairing, plate and bite. Read the full story.
What happens when you take the best cheesemongers from around the USA, put them in one room, and have them compete against each other for the glory of being named 'Cheesemonger Champion? Watch the full story.