Beer and cheese pairing event

20 Sep

This past Wednesday, Alex and I were invited to attend a beer and cheese pairing event at the Market District Robinson. We had such a fun time tasting and learning about cheese!

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Our cheese lesson was led by Gianfranco, cheese specialist and category manager at Giant Eagle. He shared stories about his world travels while shopping for new cheeses to bring into their stores. The man definitely knows his stuff! Alex and I are currently devising a strategy to get invited to his next cheese party. 20130919-225509.jpg

There are so many different kinds of cheese out there and sometimes it’s difficult to choose which ones to try. It’s even harder to try to pair different cheeses, nuts and fruits that compliment each other. Well luckily, we got to take home one of these cheese flight platters. Our “France” flight included three different cheeses that varied in texture and sharpness, accompanied with dried fruits. 20130919-225535.jpg

These wafer thin 34 crisps were a perfect companion to the different cheeses. They also make a good palette cleanser in between samplings. 20130919-225552.jpg

My favorite cheese and beer combo was this limited edition 2 year aged Cheddar from Westminster Farmer’s Reserve.  It was a pretty sharp tasting cheddar with hints of salt crystals, a perfect pairing to Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale.

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Market district has a pretty impressive beer selection! You can build your own six-pack for $12.99.  Not a bad price for the convenience and variety.

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Our night ended with a tour of the cheese department at the Market District Robinson. If you guys haven’t been there yet, you should most definitely pay a visit.  The variety of cheeses available is overwhelming.
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If you look carefully in the cheese display, you will notice these baskets filled with little “bites” of cheese. These are smaller packaged portions of cheeses available for purchase so you can sample new varieties at home without having to invest in an entire wheel.
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Surprisingly, one of the best cheeses we tried was this Lemon Baked Ricotta.  It tasted like a super light and fluffy lemon cheesecake.  Absolutely amazing!  Gianfranco suggested to serve it for breakfast with some fresh fruit.

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Alex’s new best friend at the cheese counter, Drew. Alex continued to pick his brain even after the event was over. He was very knowledgable and helpful (and he let us sample more cheeses!).
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2 Responses to “Beer and cheese pairing event”

  1. rachael.neilan@gmail.com September 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Awesome! We have to get together for cheese and beer soon.

    • chewmeblog September 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      Yeah for sure! Let’s do it soon!

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