Chef Alfonso Zhicay of the critically acclaimed Casa del Chef Bistro has joined the lineup of acclaimed chefs creating exquisite dishes at 2015’s premier cheese event, The Great Northeast Cheese Fest on Saturday, December 5th at historic Flushing Town Hall from 6 pm to 9 pm. Zhicay will be cooking alongside Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery/Harry & Ida’s Meat and Supply Co., and Michelin-starred Queens chef Hugue Dufour of M. Wells Steakhouse.
Artisanal creameries from the region—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.
Joining the three chefs will be these showcases of artisanal cheeses, fine libations, restaurants, and other products: Vulto Creamery, Beecher’s Handmade, The Maiden’s Creamery, The Cotton Hill Creamery, Bovina Valley Farm Creamery, Descendant Cider, Awestruck Premium Hard Cider, Rooftop Reds, Point of the Bluff Winery, Silk Cakes, Creme Bakery, Heritage Bakers and Krave Beef Jerky.
Maspeth-based Descendant Cider Co., New York City’s only producer of hard ciders will be pouring its small-batch ciders made from apples sourced from farms across the state.
“We see The Great Northeast Cheese Fest as a bridge between the region’s makers of fine cheeses and the borough’s culinary culture,” said Joe DiStefano vice president of New York Epicurean Events. “The festival is going to bring so much wonderful cheese to an area that was once farmland itself, so really it’s a homecoming.”
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.
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.
ADVANCE GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP TICKETS can be bought at this EventBrite link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-northeast-cheese-fest-tickets-17178525432?aff=es2
Flushing Town Hall is easily accessible. Directions via bus, train and car (including parking) are here: http://www.flushingtownhall.org/directions–parking