Westin Whitlock, the Cheese Buyer at the Vancouver, Washington Whole Foods shared with me his pairings for tonight’s event:
1. Meule de Savoie with Pork Rilletts and Flatbread Crackers
2. Berliner with “Strawbanero Jelly and Cracked Pepper Crackers
3. Jarlsberg with Roasted Tomatoes, Pesto and Rosemary Crackers.
(My mouth is already watering…) – If you visit the Vancouver WFM, please tell Westin and his crew that you heard about the event on my website…
It’s Fall; it’s time to grill some cheese… Tomorrow night, Whole Foods Markets will kick off the fall season with an evening of grilling your favorite cheeses.
Here are the details from the Whole Foods website and resident Blogger, John Stewart:
Adding heat to cheese — one of the most celebratory and delicious ways to enjoy the dairy world’s crown jewel. Skillets, grills (yes, grills!), soups and, of course, grilled cheese sandwiches can all provide tasty new cheese experiences.
This season’s Cheese Nights, Tuesday, September 16 from 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm, will feature a unique selection of cheeses and the delectable things that happen when the heat is turned up a notch. Or two.
Introducing a few Cheese Nights cheeses and fun ways to cook them:
Emmi Roth Le Gruyère Reserve
Hand-selected for Whole Foods Market, this firm cheese displays a rich, earthy nuttiness. No surprise that it’s perfect for a fun Swiss dish called raclette. Literally meaning “to scrape,” the custom is to expose a quarter-wheel to heat — often an open flame. The melted layer is then be scraped onto the plate. Here’s an easier raclette! Heat slices in a non-stick skillet until melty, slide onto the plate and serve with traditional roasted fingerling potatoes and gherkins.
Mt. Vikos Halloumi
A classic sheep and goat’s milk cheese from the Greek island of Cypress. Tangy, salty hints of the Mediterranean are softened by sweetness from the incredibly fresh milk. Very happy to be seared in a skillet, or toasted on the grill since it doesn’t melt. Get the coals to medium and watch as a truly delicious crust develops.
Fond O’ Foods Berliner Der Käse
A very smooth, creamy cow’s milk cheese from Germany. Attractive caramel notes seem to get more pronounced when heat is added. Creaminess and texture make this perfect for your next cheese soup recipe — beer-cheese soup, popular in Wisconsin, just might be the place to start!
There’s nothing quite like melting, grilling or searing cheese! On your next Whole Foods Market visit, please stop by and chat with one of our cheesemongers. They are experts who love talking cheese and will happily give you a taste of any of our cheeses!
And don’t forget to come learn, taste and sample at our next Cheese Nights. This one focuses on Grilling Cheeses. Tuesday, September 16th, 6:00 pm—7:30 pm. It’s free! Contact your local store for event details.
And for more on WFM’s Cheese Counters, check out their Cheese 101.
You may have noticed that my website is going through a “face lift”. To help me celebrate the new look, Whole Foods is giving away a gift card to one lucky reader… stay tuned to learn how you can win this gift card…