Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery/Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., and Michelin-starred Queens chefs Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse and Danny Brown of Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen will be among several chefs creating exquisite dishes at Flushing Town Hall at 2015’s premier cheese event, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest, on Saturday, December 5 from 6 to 9 PM.
“Everybody from bona fide curd nerds to cheese enthusiasts will find something to enjoy,” said Joe DiStefano, vice president of New York Epicurean Events. “And, in a nod to the diversity of Queens itself, Will Horowitz will pay homage to the pungent Tibetan cheese soup served at the renowned restaurant Phayul in Jackson Heights.”
More than 30 artisanal creameries—including Vulto Creamery—will have guests sampling the region’s finest cheeses from nutty sheep’s milk tommes and sharp Cheddars to luscious triple cremes and tangy goat cheeses.
Guests will have an opportunity to savor the cheeses and learn about them from their makers. Pairings will include top-rated wines, craft beers, farmstead ciders, and cocktails created especially for the cheeses. There will also be hands-on demonstrations, including a primer on how to create the perfect cheese board just in time for the holidays. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase cheeses from the creameries directly at the event and take them home.
Jos Vulto, a Walton, N.Y.-based cheese maker once called “Brooklyn’s favorite urban cheese maker”, will showcase his raw milk cheeses at the event. Vulto Creamery’s cheeses—including Ouleout a semi-soft, washed rind cheese that’s been compared to Reblochon a French cheese that can no longer be imported to the States—are critically acclaimed and can be found everywhere from cheese plates at Gramercy Tavern to specialty shops like Murray’s Cheese.
Desserts will be provided by two leading Queens confectioners, Chef Judy Lai of Silk Cakes, who will be showcasing her cheesecakes, and Chef Rudolf Merlin of Creme Bakery, who will be preparing delectable French pastry using artisanal cheeses.
A $60 general admission ticket entitles guests to unlimited tasting and sampling of all food and beverages.
Additionally, there will be a limited amount of first-come, first-serve $150 VIP tickets sold, which will allow exclusive access to special earlier culinary demonstrations and discussions about cheeses from acclaimed cheese writer and maître fromager Max McCalman. Mixologists will create hand-crafted cocktails and a sommelier will be pouring top-rated wines to pair with exquisite cheeses. VIP guests will also have early access to the rest of the festival.
“A lot of diners are familiar with European cheeses, but it’s important for people learn about and enjoy all the wonderful gems the region has to offer,” said David Noeth, president of New York Epicurean Events. “In order to sample this many cheeses of such a high quality in one evening you’d have to own a cheese shop.”
“We have an abundance of incredibly talented cheese and craft beverage producers within the Northeast,” said Nicole E. Day Gray of AgriForaging, Inc., a founding sponsor of The Great Northeast Cheese Fest. “As a premier artisanal culinary event, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest offers an ideal way to intimately celebrate and enjoy their talents in a gorgeous setting.”
ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP TICKETS can be purchased here.