If you are lucky enough to live near a well-stocked cheese counter, you may have experienced that sense of excitement when you’re looking upon stacks and wheels of familiar and unfamiliar cheeses—that feeling of adventure and exploration that will ultimately lead to a little (or big) wedge to call your own.
But first, the big unknown: How do you know which one you’ll like?
The obvious answer is to taste them, and we do, definitely, recommend doing this whenever you can. But let’s be real&mdashthere’s no way you can taste every cheese in the counter on your one visit (or likely even in multiple visits). On top of that, if you’re a curious eater, you might find yourself learning where the cheese comes from, what milk its made of, and how long its aged. How can you remember all that info?! And this doesn’t even begin to tackle the issue of the cheeses that aren’t even in your local counter!
Enter: Let’s Talk About Cheese, a cheese-tasting and education event like no other in our home base of Boston, Massachusetts.
On October 17, in partnership with The Boston Globe and the generous contributions of our sponsors, culture: the word on cheese turned the atrium of The Globe into the city’s largest cheese counter and cheese education center.
At last count we saw nearly 200 (yes, 200!) types of cheeses cut and stacked at stations labeled with tasting notes and producer information. Each station represented a different country (or for the US, regions of the country) and held the best of the best from those areas.
Within a few feet you could find beautiful Époisses from France, Gorgonzola Piccante from Italy, rich goudas from The Netherlands, manchego from Spain, Gruyère from Switzerland, cheddar from the UK, rustic blue cheese from the Western US, Italian-style grating cheese from the Central US, and creamy, aged goat cheese from the Eastern US—and all the accompaniments you can think of.
It was quite a day:
Feature Photo Credit: Alex Teng, The Boston Globe