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Cheese and Cocktails

This past Thursday Aldo and I had the opportunity to attend a Cheese and Cocktails Pairing event at the French Cheese Board in the city (the city = NYC). I say that all casually, but this was the first time I was invited to an event because of this blog, and I was SUPER excited!! I have never experienced a perk like this before from being a food blogger, and I am so glad we got to go!cheese and cocktails

This event featured cheese-inspired cocktails paired with small bites and lots and lots of delicious French cheese. I had no idea what to expect going in - is this a trap with a sales pitch at the end? Is this a lame event with one cocktail and one piece of Brie per person and that's it? Were they going to lecture us about cheese? I didn't ask a lot of questions beforehand because I figured, what the heck - worst case scenario we leave and go grab some dinner. cheese and cocktails

But the event itself was awesome. We got there and I picked up my name tag (it said Babaganosh on it - I am legit!!), the coat guy took our coats, and then we were free to try cheeses and order any of the three specialty cocktails for the rest of the night.cheese and cocktails

The spread of cheese in the center was very impressive - Brie, Camembert, Mimolette, Bleu d'Auvergne, Comté, Raclette, whipped cheese, and salted butter. So many things I can't pronounce!! But we went right past the cheese to check out the cocktails. Hey, priorities.cheese and cocktails

There were three cocktails on the menu and we tried them all. My favorite by FAR was the first one. Tangy, slightly sweet, just the right amount of fruity, and just super delicious and sip-able. Dangerous, even. This one was to be paired with Mac & Mimolette that a server was carrying around as hors d'oeuvres. Here is a picture of me being really excited about eating a tiny Mac & Cheese - I love tiny things!! And I also love cheese.cheese and cocktails

The second cocktail was also very good if you are a fan of gin. I usually don't like gin that much, but this one was pretty delicious with a lot of complex flavors, and it was paired with Brie and Grapes. You can't go wrong with Brie.

The third cocktail... I was not a fan. Aldo said it tasted like salami to him. It would have been great if it tasted like salami to me - I love salami! We set that one aside and went back for another round of Cocktail #1. cheese and cocktails

Throughout the evening we kept going back to sample all the different cheeses, trying to figure out which ones we liked the best. I would have to say the nutty Mimolette, the creamy Brie, and the whipped cheese were my favorite. The whipped cheese was sort of like whipped cream cheese, but about 100x better. And that's not an exaggeration. If you like creamy things, then do yourself a favor and find some good quality whipped cheese instead of the Philadelphia cream cheese.cheese and cocktails

cheese and cocktailsSadly, we could not purchase any of the cheeses they had in the store portion of their event space that night. I totally would have bought some cheese!

Throughout the night I chatted with a few other bloggers, but I realized my mingling and networking skills definitely need some improvement. A lot of improvement. There were people there from and, but I had no idea how to even come up to them and introduce myself!! Such a good networking opportunity missed! Although I gotta say that when I did overhear them talking to others (not that I was listening!!), I heard them saying fancy French words. Perhaps it's best that I didn't try to chat them up about these cheeses. Also, I forgot how swanky NYC events are. There I was in my work cardigan feeling very frumpy. Hey, at least I had a dangly necklace on that day. Could have been worse. 🙂

I am really glad we had the opportunity to attend this event. We tried so many delicious cheeses, got to drink some fancy cocktails, and just had a really good time overall. It was the perfect way to start my birthday celebration early!
cheese and cocktails

cheese and cocktails

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Sunday 27th of December 2015

Lol, what an amazing post Kate! Really great writing, you totally managed to transfer the feeling of the whole experience! Being there reminded us of similar perks we get here and there, but just like you, since those are rare, we haven't managed to develop our networking skills either!:) So reading about this, was just like reading about ourselves being there!:) Mirella has tried that creamy cheese (she says it must be fromage blanc) and she agrees with you, she says it's an amazing cheese! We got a similar here in here, called Katiki, but it's made from sheep's/goat's milk, so it's much more stronger in taste:) You guys look lovely in the pics, and we adored the one with the tiny mac and cheese!:) Wish you get more opportunities like that one, you are super sweet and definitely deserve to enjoy some perks for your wonderful blogging work! Off we go to see the rest of your posts! xoxoxo


Sunday 27th of December 2015

Thank you for this very sweet message. Yes, it must have been the fromage blanc - that was one of the cheeses there but I forgot to mention it. It was SO good. Now I know which cheese to look for!

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

Monday 14th of December 2015

What an amazing event. Cocktails or wine with cheese is my weakness. I would really enjoy all those cocktails (probably too much) and the cheeses - wow.

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